Seabourn Quest guests exploring a tributary of the Amazon River by Zodiac.
Seabourn Quest guests explore a tributary of South America’s mighty Amazon River by Zodiac recently.

A reader says last week’s post by on top river cruises failed to mention South America’s Amazon River which cuts a mighty path through Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.

True, that river often appears on travellers’ wish lists, and is now being explored by large cruise ships as well as smaller expedition vessels. The larger ships still have to tender passengers to shore in ports along the Amazon, while smaller vessels have the advantage of being able to sail deeper into the jungle.

The luxury cruise line Seabourn has just completed her first season of a ‘Ventures by Seabourn’ programme in the Amazon on Seabourn Quest which carries 450 guests. On Zodiac and kayak tours enthusiastic guests explored endangered rainforest where protected flora and fauna flourish, and sighted exotic birds, three-toed sloths, scarily loud howler monkeys, and anacondas (one of the world’s largest snakes). Flesh-eating piranha, Amazonian manatees, pink river dolphins, remote villages, and floating markets were also in their sights.

The onboard expedition team, included an ornithologist, naturalist, biologist and geologist, to give enrichment lectures on the region, as well as cultural insights,

South America’s Amazon is the world’s second largest river behind Africa’s Nile. Manaus (population, 1.4 million) and Iquitos (400,000+) are major ports along the Amazon.

Cruises avoid sailing the Amazon River in the rainy season from December to March.

Small expedition ships that visit the Amazon River include:

APT,; Avalon Waterways,; Lindblad-National Geographic,; Scenic,

Large cruise ships with the Amazon River on their itineraries include:

Crystal Cruises,; Holland America,; Oceania,; Regent Seven Seas,; Seabourn,; Silversea,




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