Uniworld River Cruises just announced that it will be offering cruises in South America for the first time ever. The river cruise line will offer two thrilling itineraries on the Peruvian Amazon. The sailings will explore one of the world's most famous rivers, if not the most famous.
For those who are wondering, the sailings will debut in September next year. The ship, named the Aria Amazon, will take cruisers on epic journeys. There are 11-day and 15-day journeys to choose from.
The 15-day journey will start on land. Guests will stay at a five-star hotel in Lima. Then, they will head out on a seven-night cruise and explore the Amazon rainforest. The journey ends in the heart of the Inca Empire with visits to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
For the 11-day itinerary, travelers will also explore the busting capital city of Lima. They will then visit the untouched Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and sail through the Amazon River. The sailing part of the journey starts and ends in Iquitos, a jungle city accessible by only car or boat.
On board both sailings, cruisers will enjoy educational experiences by guides who were born and raised in the area, and guests will even be able to visit nearby villages to interact with locals.
While cruising is often associated with massive cruise ships, this is not the case when visiting the Amazon. The Aria Amazon is a 16-suite ship with floor-to-ceiling windows. There are other comforts such as a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar and even an observation deck to enjoy the sights and sounds. It will also offer a five-star restaurant run by well-known Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Guests can also look forward to enjoying unlimited choices of spirits and wines aboard.
Uniworld truly offers it all. Not only are all gratuities included, but there is Wi-Fi access, curated excursions for guests, airport transfers and round-trip flights included in the price. Its first voyage into the Amazon will depart September 23 of next year, and prices start at a little over $15,500 per person.