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Cruise Ship Information
In 2014, Avalon began offering cruises on the Amazon River aboard the MV Aria, operated by Aqua Expeditions.The 147-foot-long, Aria is a true luxury river cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru and it is custom built by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. The M/V Aria offers an extraordinary level of comfort for guests. The Aria can accommodate a maximum of 32 cruise ship guests in sixteen oversized suites featuring floor to ceiling panoramic picture-windows. Cruise along the Amazon enjoying views of the vast rainforest full of wildlife and natural beauty from the comfort of your air-conditioned suite. This luxury river cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing an extremely comfortable indoor and outdoor lounge, outdoor Jacuzzi, exercise room, boutique, dining room, and sleeping accommodations.
 
Atmosphere onboard 
Aria Amazon custom built for Aqua Expeditions by leading Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the Aria Amazon allows her guests to explore the Peruvian Amazon in utmost comfort. The 45 meter (147 foot) Aria Amazon set sail in 2011 following the success of its sister ship, the Aqua Amazon.
 
Exterior 1Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the 16-cabin Aria Amazon incorporates extremely generous dining and lounging areas including an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the Amazon’s riverviews. The striking matte black hulled ship can accommodate a maximum of 32 guests plus 24 crew including the paramedic and four English speaking naturalist guides. Aqua Expeditions highly experienced cruise ship captain and crew and the Aqua Expedition’s rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the waters of the Amazon.
There is no Wi-Fi, although cruisers can sometimes connect to the Internet via the roaming functions on mobile phones. There's no phone signal in remote areas, but the ship's satellite phone is available for emergency calls.
 
Food & Dining 
Dining room with single open seating. Enjoy fine cuisine in your ship’s non-smoking dining room.
Bar & lounge. Relax with friends old and new.
 
Meals are served in the dining room, aft on the second deck, and passengers can choose to sit at a table for two or dine at larger tables. The relaxing observation deck has an indoor lounge with large, comfortable sofas; a bar; a library; and a sun deck with a whirlpool. Other amenities include a small exercise room and shop that sells local handicrafts. The vessel also has an onboard paramedic. Fares include all meals and drinks -- soft beverages, house wine and beer -- excursions and transfers to and from the ship when arriving or departing on recommended flights. International air travel is not included
 
Though Peruvian cuisine has made its way around the world, many of Schiaffino’s obscure yet delectable ingredients grow only the Amazon jungle. He has spent years studying the cooking traditions and food resources of Amazonia, working beyond the kitchen with anthropologists and environmental scientists. The Lima based chef returns often to go even deeper into this dense jungle in search of the next sustainable ingredients he’ll incorporate to create original recipes for Aqua Expeditions guests on the Amazon. Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s Amazonia-inspired cuisine offers up plenty of reasons to take one’s eyes off the captivating landscapes showcased by the floor-to-ceiling windows which define this elegant space.
 
Aria dining room designed to balance the stunning scenery, the refined interior of the Aria Amazon dining room has been stylishly finished with contemporary Peruvian art, fine china and crystal glassware. These aesthetic elements are matched by attentive, personalized service from long serving staff that quickly learn guest names and tastes, from Peruvian coffee in the morning to the evening’s fine South American and European wines.
 
Aria dining room  (Choose to dine à deux, or family style among new friends. Whatever dishes you choose among Schiaffino’s fresh, ever-changing modern Amazon jungle influenced menus, perhaps the hearts of palm soufflé followed by an Amazon bass tiradito, do save room for dessert, be it a warm banana tart or classic chocolate fondant.
 
Family with Kids/Teens 
The line welcomes families. Not only can the vessel accommodate one child (over the age of seven years), but it also has several connecting staterooms for larger family groups. Of course, there are no facilities specifically for children, but families interested in the remarkable ecosystem and culture of the Amazon will be welcomed and accommodated.
 
Past Passenger Programs
Avalon cruise line loyalty program name: Journeys Club. Information about the program Journeys Club is the frequent travelers club. Through it, frequent travelers are awarded perks entry requirements: Anyone who has traveled with Avalon Waterways within the past five years is eligible to join. Program Tiers/Benefits: Benefits include 5% repeat traveler discount, last minute deal alerts, a monthly e-newsletter, all access to the Concierge Desk.  On board benefits include a welcome fruit platter in your stateroom, one complimentary continental breakfast room service per week during your cruise and a commemorative member pin.
 
Fitness And Spa
The Aria Amazon’s signature walls of glass come in especially helpful here in the ship’s dedicated workout space, offering engrossing distraction for guests on the treadmill and stationery bicycle.
 
Entertainment
With Avalon onboard ship experience is as lively and captivating as your time on shore! Get behind the scenes as you tour the Galley and Bridge. Movie nights, demonstrations by local artisans, and talks by local experts about the areas through which you're traveling. Avalon bring  even local entertainers on board so that you can gain a full appreciation for the region and its culture.
 
Tipping
Gratuities on board and on land are not included in the cruise price. Tipping is a personal way to show your satisfaction for good service and is always appreciated. It is recommended that tips be paid in cash. Alternatively, you may choose to prepay gratuities for the Cruise Director and ships' crew.
 
Staterooms
16 suites (8 Design Suites measuring 23.2 square meters /250 square feet on the first deck and 8 Design Suites measuring 23.2 square meters / 250 square feet on the second deck). All outside-facing with floor to ceiling panoramic windows. All air conditioned with en suite sitting areas. Four interconnecting suites for families. Unique Cabin Features and Amenities: Amazon river facing panoramic windows; air conditioning; twin beds that convert to a California king-sized bed; en suite sitting area, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer, hot water around the clock and a basket of toiletries; internal communications system.
 
Soft lighting, natural fibers and neutral hues create a relaxing and luxuriously comfortable enclave where one’s only challenge may be to decide whether to gaze upon the Amazon from atop the California king size bed (which can be separated into two twin beds) made with 100% Peruvian cotton high thread count sheets or while lounging on the cozy window-side day bed, binoculars in hand.
 
Please note: Ship do not have Internet connection on board the Aria Amazon, though guests report periodically connecting via roaming on their Blackberry, iPhone and other handheld devices, depending on our proximity to more developed areas. For cellular phone contact you may need a special telephone that can operate on a foreign signal although, keep in mind that most areas outside Iquitos are so remote that you will be unable to get a signal. If you need to contact your home or office for any emergency, the Aria Amazon is equipped with a satellite phone. We will inform you, prior to calling, of the current price of an international call and you may pay for these directly on board.
 
Fellow Passengers
Avalon primarily targets upscale North American, U.K., and Australian passengers in their mid-50s and older. Four- and five-night river cruises are aimed at a younger (40-something) crowd. These shorter-than-average cruises also appeal strongly to first-time river cruise passengers.
In contrast, passengers on Aria wore lightweight khaki clothing and sensible shoes. They were intent on seeing as much of the rich Amazonian flora and fauna .For the most part travelers were experienced, passionate, knowledgeable animal lovers and birders, among them a group from Natural Habitat Adventures, a travel partner of the World Wildlife Fund. Most were armed with state-of-the-art binoculars and telephoto lenses the size of bazookas. However, that even the most serious wildlife lover is prone to cruise antics, such as a conga line fueled by pisco, a potent grape brandy at home
 
Our recommendation
Leave your expensive cameras and jewelry  at home and  try to travel as little as cash. Other recommendation avoid getting  a cabin over the engine, if you want a good night sleep. The Aria moves at night so the engines with their excessive vibration kept us awake all night. The Amazon has floating water hyacinth which clogs the propellers and these are freed by changing the gears, so if you begin to sleep the gear changing wakes you up again. This happens about every 30-45 mins.
 
Don’t trust bottled water. Reports of locals filling bottles with tap water, sealing and then selling as purified water have come out of several countries. Since Aquatabs have no unpleasant taste or colour, play it safe any time you are faced with suspect water. If you're visiting Amozon  area make sure water onboard has perfect sanitation, be especially wary of the water. Preventing Waterborne Disease, Bacteria, Viruses and Cysts such as amoebic dysentery and giardia as well as salmonella.
 
Ask for drinks without ice unless the ice is made from bottled or boiled water. Avoid popsicles and flavored ices that may have been made with contaminated water. In many places, the food can be as risky as the water. You should be especially suspicious of salads, uncooked fruits and vegetables, unpasteurized milk, raw meat, shellfish, and any foods sold by street vendors. Avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables unless peeled in your presence. Avoid raw milk and products made from raw milk. Drink only pasteurized or boiled milk.
 
Peru’s rainy season runs from December through May, which is summer and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. This is our relatively cooler and wetter season when the Amazon region receives more than half (60%) of its total annual rainfall. During the high water season, the average temperature is 86°F (30°C), only 12°F (7°C) cooler than in the average low water season.

Benefits of visiting Peru’s Amazon at this time of year include the dramatic high water panorama. The Amazon Basin’s rivers and streams rise about 23 feet (7 meters) higher than during the low water season. Aside from the striking visual affect, this also means that every river, creek and lake is navigable. Thus, Aqua Expeditions tenders are able to cruise further along the wildlife-rich waterways of Amazonia and bring our guests up close to more plants and Amazon animals than during the low water season. Flooded waterways carry us significantly deeper by water into the Amazon jungle canopy, where our kaleidoscope of Amazon birds flutter about. Although the odds of sighting wildlife do not change significantly between the two seasons, you are likely to see more of some Amazon wildlife favorites such as monkeys, turtles and caimans during the high water months.