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Amazon Discovery

Offering an extraordinary level of comfort, Amazon Discovery is one of the newest luxury ships cruising Peru’s Amazon. Launched in October 2015, Amazon Discovery is an all-suite ship offering just 22 large, deluxe suites, each with floor-to-ceiling panoramic picture windows so you enjoy the natural beauty of the vast rainforest from the comfort of your suite, and 5-star comforts and conveniences throughout to enhance and enrich an already fascinating journey along the Amazon River. The rainforest is never far away so why not explore one of the wildest places on earth from the luxury of this intimate yet spacious ship? Relax on the sun deck, enjoy a cooling dip in the plunge pool, learn about local delicacies at a cooking class in the indoor lounge or pamper yourself with an on board spa treatment. Each day, Amazon Discovery’s expert Naturalists provide a rich narrative about life along the Amazon.

Launched
2015
Length
51.0
Total Crew
29
Occupancy
44

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Fauna Stateroom

Fauna Staterooms provide guests with Bedside tables with reading lamps, a complimentary reusable water bottle, deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens, European-style duvets and pillow menu, hairdryer and premium bath amenities, in-room safe, iPod/MP3 dock with alarm clock, a telescope, choice of bed configuration- either twin beds or one double bed, daily maid service with nightly turndown service, easy under-bed luggage storage, individual climate control, and an internal communication system.

Fauna Staterooms also come with a seating area so guests can watch the world go by from the comfort of their room.

Flora Suite

Flora Suites provide guests with Bedside tables with reading lamps, a complimentary reusable water bottle, deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens, European-style duvets and pillow menu, hairdryer and premium bath amenities, in-room safe, iPod/MP3 dock with alarm clock, a telescope, choice of bed configuration- either twin beds or one double bed, daily maid service with nightly turndown service, easy under-bed luggage storage, individual climate control, and an internal communication system.

Flora Suites also come with a seating area so guests can watch the world go by from the comfort of their room.

Estuary Suite

Estuary Suites provide guests with Bedside tables with reading lamps, a complimentary reusable water bottle, deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens, European-style duvets and pillow menu, hairdryer and premium bath amenities, in-room safe, iPod/MP3 dock with alarm clock, a telescope, choice of bed configuration- either twin beds or one double bed, daily maid service with nightly turndown service, easy under-bed luggage storage, individual climate control, and an internal communication system.

Estuary Suites also come with added amenities such as a seating area so guests can watch the world go by from the comfort of their room, a complimentary 60-minute spa treatment per guest, the services of a personal butler, stocked mini-bar, bottomless ice bucket, complimentary laundry, evening canapés, and in-room breakfast upon request.

Amazonia Suite

Amazonia Suites provide guests with Bedside tables with reading lamps, a complimentary reusable water bottle, deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens, European-style duvets and pillow menu, hairdryer and premium bath amenities, in-room safe, iPod/MP3 dock with alarm clock, a telescope, choice of bed configuration- either twin beds or one double bed, daily maid service with nightly turndown service, easy under-bed luggage storage, individual climate control, and an internal communication system.

Amazonia Suites also come with added amenities such as a seating area so guests can watch the world go by from the comfort of their room, a complimentary 60-minute spa treatment per guest, the services of a personal butler, stocked mini-bar, bottomless ice bucket, complimentary laundry, evening canapés, and in-room breakfast upon request.

Sun Deck
Sun Deck
Upper Deck
Upper Deck
Main Deck
Main Deck

Experience famed Peruvian cuisine—a combination of tastes from the Incas, Spanish, Chinese, Africans, Italians, and Japanese. Each meal is locally sourced and designed by an expert culinary team with a selection of Peruvian dishes as well as Western favorites. As you take in the passing scenery, indulge in the innovative menus featuring roasted meats, grilled fish, savory vegetables, sun ripened tropical fruits, decadent desserts, and free-flowing wine.

While breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, dinner is served at your table with a choice of entrees. The culinary experience on the Amazon Discovery is superb. Paired with premium South American wines, each meal promises to be a Peruvian culinary feast.

Andes Dining Room

Experience: complimentary

Food: regional

Experience famed Peruvian cuisine—a combination of tastes from the Incas, Spanish, Chinese, Africans, Italians, and Japanese. Each meal is locally sourced and designed by an expert culinary team with a selection of Peruvian dishes as well as Western favorites. As you take in the passing scenery, indulge in the innovative menus featuring roasted meats, grilled fish, savory vegetables, sun ripened tropical fruits, decadent desserts, and free-flowing wine.

While breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, dinner is served at your table with a choice of entrees. The culinary experience on the Amazon Discovery is superb. Paired with premium South American wines, each meal promises to be a Peruvian culinary feast.

Hard wood, sustainably harvested from the local rainforest and colourful, handmade Peruvian textiles.... On board the Amazon Discovery, the rainforest is never far away yet five-star comforts and conveniences abound. At 170 feet, this intimate yet spacious river-ship is uniquely capable of providing an unforgettable Amazon River experience.

Canopy Lounge

Relax in the indoor, air-conditioned Canopy lounge with a book on the Amazon, listening to a lecture, learning how to prepare a Peruvian ceviche, or enjoying a glass of wine. The floor to ceiling windows that encompass the lounge ensure you won’t miss any of the ever-changing scenery of Amazonia as you cruise, and all whilst the ship’s staff cater to your every whim.

Open Air Deck

On the tranquil open-air deck, practice yoga or savour a rich Peruvian coffee as you watch the sunrise. Curl up with a book on a cushioned chaise or go for a dip in the sparkling plunge pool. And in the evening, gather in the shaded lounge to sip Pisco Sours as you revel in the sounds of the jungle coming to life.

The Amazon Discovery, a ship so perfectly suited to its environment, even mother nature would be proud. While cruising the Amazon River, guests will explore one of the largest expanses of tropical rainforest in the world, and immerse themselves in the most biologically diverse region on earth.

Wildlife Watching Excursions

Each of the Naturalists onboard lead guests of the Amazon Discovery on daily expeditions aboard comfortable skiffs deep into the Amazon’s tributaries and on foot into the sultry Amazon rainforest. True ribereños, or “river dwellers”, the English speaking Amazon experts onboard grew up on the banks of the Amazon, and know every bird and mammal call as well as they do the sound of their mother’s voice. They possess a local native’s ability to spot a brown-throated three-toed sloth sleeping high up in the tree canopy, an anaconda slithering along the shoreline and even the elusive capybara hiding in the high grass after nightfall.

The black waters of the Yana Yacu Pucate River (a protected area within the Pacaya Samiria Reserve) will allow guests the chance to see parrots, hummingbirds, hawks, and “laughing” falcons. Spot pink and grey dolphins swimming below and red howler monkeys in the canopy above. Zoom-in on exotic spiders, dragonflies, butterflies, and tarantulas. Perhaps even catch glimpses of the endangered charapa turtle, spider monkey, giant river otter, or red macaw.

The largest wildlife preserve in Peru, Pacaya Samiria boasts more than five million acres of rich biodiversity. Throughout the day, expert naturalist guides will assist you in identifying flora and fauna from more than 527 species of birds, 102 mammals, 69 reptiles, 58 amphibians, nearly 300 varieties of fish, 1024 species of wild and cultivated plants, and innumerable classes of insects.

Onboard Experiences

Special onboard experiences are presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Native Village Visits

Cruise up another tributary and visit the local community of Santa Ana Village. Here, guests will be treated to an enchanting dance performance by the children, with music provided by the parents. After the show, guests will have a chance to shop their arts and crafts market. 

The Momon tributary leads to the village of the Bora people who maintain many of their original beliefs and customs. After coming ashore, guests will meet members of the Bora community, visit their ceremonial lodge (maloca), and witness an exhilarating, stick-thumping, traditional dance performance.

    Iquitos City Tour

    Upon arrival in Iquitos, you’ll be greeted by a member of the Amazon Discovery team. A short, air-conditioned, motor coach ride takes you through bustling streets where much of the city’s historical flavour can be seen in rickshaws, colourful tuk-tuks, and 19th century mansions financed by the rubber boom.

    Originally inhabited by Amerindian hunter-gatherers, Iquitos was established as a port city during the Spanish Colonial era. In the late 19th century, an increase in demand for rubber drew large numbers of European immigrants to the area. While this “rubber boom” brought great wealth and commercial development, it also had a devastating effect on the native populations.

    Upon arrival at Itaya River port, you’ll board the Amazon Discovery, then gather for cocktails and a celebratory welcome dinner as you make your way out of port and into the Amazon River.

      For those seeking a little more strenuous activity, an air-conditioned exercise room is available. Or what better way to relax after a day of adventurous sightseeing by having a stone massage or skin treatment in the Rainforest Spa?...

      Rainforest Spa

      Since ancient times, the Amazon rainforest has been the ultimate source of mystique-filled cures and exotic elixirs. In the serene Rainforest Spa, this tradition continues with indulgent remedies. Yucamani stone massages, soothing avocado wraps, invigorating coffee-cacao scrubs that promote wellness and rejuvenation for the mind and body.

      Fitness Room

      Located on the Sun Deck, along side the Rainforest Spa, a Fitness room is available for guests to use to help keep fit whilst cruising along the Amazon.

      Avalon allow travellers from the ages of 8 and over although there are no children’s facilities on-board.

      Disabled Facilities

      Not all sightseeing stops/sites accommodate wheelchairs, and some locations and sightseeing activities require extensive standing, sitting, or walking—sometimes on unpaved or cobblestone streets. Avalon is not responsible for any missed activities due to a participant's inability to participate with the group.

      Most transportation services, including the touring coaches and river ships, are not equipped with wheelchair ramps. Motorised scooters and motorised wheelchairs are not permitted on Avalon cruises. Collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board but for safety reasons, the number is limited and wheelchair maximum size must not exceed 1200mm/47.24 in length x 720mm/28.3 in wide.

      You must notify Avalon of your intention to bring a wheelchair at time of booking to ensure Avalon can accommodate within safety regulations. There is no separate storage for wheelchairs; they must be kept in your stateroom. Additionally stateroom doors and restrooms are not wide enough to allow access by standard wheelchairs, and bathrooms and other doorways may be fitted with coamings. For safety reasons, passengers in wheelchairs cannot be carried on ramps in ports where the ship is at anchor.

      Special Dietary Requirements

      Avalon Waterways ask that all special dietary requirements are mentioned at the time of booking so that they can do their best to accommodate these requests. 

      Dress Code

      Dress aboard and on shore is casual. Please bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. Dinner attire is casual—open-neck shirts, slacks, dresses. The Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners are dressy, but not formal- please note that ties for gentlemen are not recommended due to the warm humid climate.

      Age Restriciton

      In their many years of cruising experience, they have found that children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, they do not accept children under eight years of age. In addition, please note that there are no special arrangements or activities for children on the ships.

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