Iberostar Grand Amazon River Boat Duration 8 days
One of the many natural peculiarities of Brazil is the confluence of the Solimões River and the Negro River, a meeting of waters after which the Amazon river is called by its own name until it reaches its outpouring on the Atlantic coast of Brazil.
Cruise Liner Comfort in Brazil’s Amazon
The 148-passenger Iberostar Grand Amazon cruise specializes in unforgettable all-inclusive journeys in Brazil’s Amazon region, with the superior comfort and excellence of the best ocean-going cruise ships.
Experience the tropical rainforest and the fascinating environs of the Amazon River on this trip deep into the jungle while you luxuriate in the comfort of a five-star cruise ship.
The adventure begins in the Brazilian city of Manaus, and explores an area with the greatest natural exuberance on the planet – Amazonia. Along the way, the Iberostar makes stops at various spots in the Amazon Rainforest, offering trips on small boats for guests who want to explore the jungle’s dense, untouched vegetation to marvel at tropical trees, plants and exotic animal species.
Despite the remoteness of the destination, passengers can enjoy all the modern conveniences on a luxury cruise ship, including 74 fully-equipped cabins, exclusive bars, a choice of two restaurants, a wide range of entertainment activities, a conference room for conventions, a convenience store, no fewer than two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, disco, massage room, gym and more! The vessel is also unique in that it has a wheelchair accessible cabin and an elevator to all floors making it the best Amazon cruise option for those with disabilities.
Despite the minimum age requirement being 8, we do feel the Iberostar Grand Amazon is a great option for kids, especially for families whose children are between 8 – 12 years old who receive a 50% discount on the already low rates. Each deck has 4 cabins that are interconnectable, ideal for families, and there’s plenty of space for them to run around and two large pools for them to cool off in. There are a wide range of activities to keep them entertained including lectures, shows, local folklore-themed festivals, bingo, live music & dance, and even when in the cabins there are TVs which show films & documentaries.
Food can often be a problem for those whose children are picky eaters, but on the Iberostar Grand Amazon the choice of two restaurants and buffet-style meals provide such a wide selection there is something for everyone. The kids will also love the pizzas, sandwiches and other snacks available on the top deck. Parents may also be pleased to know that there are two bars and that all alcoholic beverages are included to help them unwind!
Please note that specific to the Iberostar Grand Amazon, there is a maximum allowance of 2 pieces of luggage per person. In addition to this, gentlemen should also be aware that they are not allowed to wear shorts to dinner in the Restaurant Kuarup, so please pack a pair of pants accordingly.
Day 1 Depart Manaus
2:00pm to 3:30pm – Check In at Port of Manaus
5:00pm – Depart from port and sail through the Rio Negro. Enjoy your first sunset on board from the upper deck with a background of live classical music. Enjoy welcome drinks in the Lua Room as the Captain introduces the board crew and reviews safety procedures.
Day 2 Rio Negro River
On your first morning, the boat arrives at Novo Airao at sunrise. There is a morning hike through the Igarapes and a chance to see the unusual pink dolphins frolicking in the waters at Novo Airao. Then, navigate to Lake Aracari and try your hand at Piranha fishing. In the evening there is alligator spotting before heading to the Puduarí River.
Day 3 Rio Negro River
Today, there is bird watching at sunrise with your experienced guides. After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the Puduari River; continuing to Jacare Island. After Lunch on board, depart on a photo safari to Igarape Aturia. At sunset, the boat sets sail to the Cuieiras River.
Day 4 Rio Negro River
On your last full day on board, the boat has a sunrise arrival at the Cuieiras River. Today, a enjoy a fascinating visit to Cambebas to visit the Indian Community and learn how they survive in the Amazon. The ship then sails to Paia Grande (Anavilhanas Archipel). After lunch, an excursion through Igarape del Pato with leisure time at the Praia Grande beach. In the evening a special farewell dinner with a colorful Amazon Folkloric Show.
Day 5 Rio Negro River
Today you will wake early to see the fascinating phenomena of the “Meeting of the Waters” at sunrise.
This evening, sail through the Solimoes River and enjoy your first sunset on board from the upper deck with a background of live classical music. Enjoy drinks in the Lua Room. Enjoy dinner at Kuarup Restaurant this evening.
Day 6 Solimoes River
On your first day on the river you will enter the Rio Manacapuru. Depart on a photo safari in the Manacapuru region through Igarapes and Igapos, continuing to Lake Jacare. After lunch on board, try your hand at Piranha fishing or bird watching at Lake Rei. Tonight, after dinner, there is time for alligator spotting.
Day 7 Solimoes River
This morning, you will arrive in Janauaca. After breakfast, bird watching and jungle hiking. Continue to Igarape do Rei for a boat excursion though the Igarapes.
In the evening enjoy a special farewell dinner.
Day 8 Arrive Manaus
Today you will wake early to see the fascinating phenomena of the “Meeting of the Waters” at sunrise. Then disembarkation at the port of Manaus
+ All meals
+ Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
+ Bottled water on excursions
+ Accommodation in double or twin cabins
+ Excursions & entertainment as described in the itinerary
+ Tourism and harbor taxes
+ Bilingual naturalist guide
+ Entrance fees
– International or domestic airfares
– Airport taxes
– Transfers to & from Port of Manaus
– Cost of Medical Emergencies, including evacuation
– Souvenirs or additional services
– Travel insurance
– Cost of relevant visas
– Anything else not listed as included