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Aqua Expeditions Aria Amazon

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Passengers: 32   |   Crew: 24
Passengers to crew: 1.33:1
Launched: 2010   

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GordJa wrote a review Feb 2022
Langley, Canada9 contributions
The hardest part of this trip was trying to fill out the comment sheet. When asked to pick out someone for special merit we couldn’t because the level was very high everywhere. From the first time we met George, the guide, in the lobby of our hotel and he told us the history of the hotel (which was built in 1908) until the last night when he turned into a rapper/breakdancer everyone on the boat/ship was very attentive, helpful, professional and knowledgeable. We were celebrating our 50th anniversary and they made this the trip of a lifetime. The excursions were well organized, the in boat demos were informative and the scheduling was all perfect. The animals, from frogs to hoatzins were numerous with the only ones we missed were cats and toucans so more of the boxes were checked than we expected. They had a special evening for us to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary and the performance by Harvey and Hector was memorable and on the last night the crew performed again and at one point brought a tear to my eye. Truly a heartfelt outpouring of their pride and love of their country. I can’t say enough about the boat or the crew. Gracias
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Isaac M wrote a review Aug 2021
Mexico City, Mexico80 contributions37 helpful votes
We went to Aqua Nera, into the Amazon river, the staff treat us like family, the food was great and all the expeditions where amazing
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Anela67 wrote a review Feb 2020
Waimea, Hawaii15 contributions7 helpful votes
The Aria is a small 16-suite ship, all with large picture windows for viewing the river and surroundings. We had a suite on the second floor which I believe provided a better view. The cabins were spacious and well appointed and provided ample room to store our belongings. The bathrooms were large for a ship. Everything worked and the room was spotless. There was a very nice lounge on the top floor of the ship which included a bar. This was where various talks were given by the crew--and a little special entertainment by them as well. Since the suites were air-conditioned and the outside was much warmer, an area that was not air-conditioned was provided to keep cameras and binoculars so they wouldn't fog up when we went out on excursions. I thought this was a very thoughtful touch! There were many wonderful things about our trip down the Amazon and the ship itself but I'll focus on a couple. First of all, the guides (and other crew members) were outstanding! Our 4 guides were knowledgeable, professional, and fun to be with. Most if not all grew up in the small villages along the Amazon and had a deep love of and respect for the river, the flora and fauna, and the local people. We had an opportunity to go out in the skiffs with each of them and this made the excursions all the more interesting. Typically we went out on the river after breakfast, returned to the ship for lunch, and went out again in the late afternoon and returned in time for dinner. Sometimes there were optional early morning excursions as well and one time we went out before breakfast and had a special breakfast delivered to our skiffs. Quite a remarkable feat actually. Passengers were loaded into 4 comfortable skiffs so everyone had a view seat and guides made a real effort to make sure everyone could see whatever we discovered before moving on. By the end of the first or second day, the guides had learned our names. I think there's something particularly nice about being addressed by name! In addition to the guides, other crew members were equally professional and helpful. All crew members seemed to work together to assure that their guests had an amazing trip. The food was very good—varied and creative. I was pleased that we had an opportunity to enjoy a variety of local foods as well as some things that were perhaps more familiar to us. Part of travel is experiencing the local culture and food is certainly an important element. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style and there was always a variety of choices. Dinner was served "family style" and while there was only one main course there were a number of side dishes to choose from. Since tables were small--generally for 4--this family style approach worked well. As guests seated themselves for dinner, one of the dining room staff brought printed menus with the evening's fare and asked if anyone needed a substitution. House wine and local beer were complimentary and were served at both lunch and dinner (and at the bar at other times). I thought the food was excellent and I definitely enjoyed the variety that was provided. As a bonus, during the week our chef led two cooking demonstrations as did the bartender with special drinks. I really enjoyed this interaction with the other crew members. Of course the Amazon and its tributaries was a main attraction! It was high-water season so we were able to navigate by boat pretty much everywhere. We saw many birds and some other critters--lots of beautiful scenery--and interesting villages. We were lucky with the weather and experienced little rain but each skiff was equipped with some serious ponchos just in case. We did have one sudden but brief downpour and were glad for a poncho! I was expecting mosquitos but we really had very few. All and all, it was a wonderful, memorable trip. If you're contemplating an Amazon River cruise, I'd highly recommend booking on the Aria Amazon!
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avrammiller wrote a review Nov 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel170 contributions179 helpful votes
We had been wanting to take the trip on the Aria for a long time. The boat did not dispoint. Our suite was comfortable, as was the public space. The crew was very nice and the food was wonderful. The problem is that four days was too long. The Amazon is like going on Safari without the animals. It is mostly birds and reptiles and everything pretty much looks that same. It is not the fault of the Aria and for those that like to carry very large cameras, maybe it is perfect. Just not perfect for us. I am sure lots of people would disagree with us. Frankly, I don't know what we should have expected. The same company has a boat in Cambodia and now a new one in Indonisia. We might consider the one in Indonisa (we have been to Cambodia many times).
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sealcoater wrote a review Nov 2019
Coral Gables, Florida306 contributions178 helpful votes
My wife and myself luckly choose to go on the 7 day cruise down the amazon on the Aria. When looked at the offereings we saw that their were shorter trips available but how many times does one get the chance to go down the Amazon. The boat is perfect. The bedroom and bathroom were quite large for a river cruiser. The ambiance of the dinning room was warm and inviting. The top lounge was quite large with a nice bar located on one side. But the best part of the ship was the expansive windows everywhere. The staff was the best staff that we have ever encountered in our journey to 168 countries. The food was excellent. The skiffs that were used to take us on our journey off of the boat were very well designed with saftey of on and off considered. The guides who were indeed naturalists were exceptional. What more need be said this was a perfect trip!
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