Amazon Cruises


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The Ship


As with her sister ship, 2015 sees the strategic refreshment, from bed linens to state of the art lighting, of the 45 meter (147 foot) long Aria Amazon which first set sail in 2011, designed by innovative Peruvian architect Jordi Puig. Extremely generous dining and lounging areas include an outdoor river facing Jacuzzi. Floor to ceiling windows face the Amazon River in the Aria Amazon’s 16 Design Suites, each measuring 23 square meters (250 square feet). 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 lounge on the cozy window-side day bed, binoculars in hand. Four of these can interconnect for families. Upgrades in the floating spa include new decor for enhanced relaxation. The striking black hulled ship accommodates a maximum of 32 guests plus 26 crew including the paramedic and four English speaking naturalist guides. Aqua Expeditions highly experienced river pilots and the most rigorous cruise ship standards ensure smooth travel and safety on the water.


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5 Star Cuisine


Hearts of palm soufflé, scallops with wild almonds and umari fruit, plantain and yucca gnocchi, escolar fish in aji panka chili adobo, grilled paiche with Amazon huatia potatoes are just some of the regional delicacies created by Aqua Expeditions Amazon Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Schiaffino has earned global recognition, including from The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, for his innovative Amazonia-influenced cuisine, served at Malabar and Amaz, two of his top-ranked Lima restaurants, as well as on board the Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon.


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.


Schiaffino says around 70% of all ingredients on board are sourced in the waters and rainforest surrounding our journey, but guests may rest assured that dishes also stay true to more accessible indigenous traditions like Peruvian ceviche, with its succulent tranches of just caught river fish, juicy onions, cilantro, coriander and corn kernels the size of South Sea pearls.


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Aria Deck Plan & Facts





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Year Built: 2011
Port of Embarkation: Iquitos, Peru
Vessel Registry: Peru
Vessel Type: River Expedition Vessel
Length: 147 feet
Beam: 29.5 feet
Draft: 5 feet
Gross Tonnage: 500 tons
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Electricity: 220 volts
Engines: 2 Cummins 400 HP Marine Engines
Generators: 2 x 135 KVA Cummins (encapsulated for noise reduction)
Water: 9,000-liter water treatment plant








Safety on board the Aria Amazon: Radio communication with separate battery pack; satellite phone; life jackets, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin; flares and signals; automatic defibrillator on board.


Launch Boats Used for Shore Excursions from the Aria Amazon: Four auxiliary aluminum launch boats equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communication with the main vessel. Each boat has a capacity of 8 passengers.


Aria Amazon Crew: 24, including a cruise director, paramedic and 4 English speaking naturalist guides.


Aria Amazon Capacity: Up to 32 passengers with private facilities (Additional accommodation for one child in each cabin)








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