River Cruise International Expeditions charters ship for Peruvian Amazon cruises By Michelle Baran / September 13, 2017 Share 1 -- International Expeditions will charter a Peruvian Amazon ship, the 38-passenger Zafiro, beginning in December. The Zafiro will do a 10-day itinerary. The Zafiro launched in 2015 and is owned by a Peruvian company. It features staterooms ranging from 226 square feet to the 480-square-foot Zafiro suite with a Jacuzzi tub. Cabins are outfitted with California king-size beds, and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and/or balconies. The public areas include an indoor lounge, an outdoor bar, a Jacuzzi, a dining room, a massage room and a gym.The vessel will sail along the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, where guests will spot wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and fish for piranha. There are more than 130 species of birds in the region, as well as pink and gray river dolphins, sloths and nocturnal animals. There will also be opportunities to explore the waterways on two-person kayaks.The crew of 25 includes a cruise director and local naturalist guides. They will be joined by an International Expeditions expedition leader.Pricing for 2018 departures starts at $5,348 per person and includes daily excursions; complimentary cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks; most meals, transfers and pre-cruise accommodations in Lima.The new charter deal follows a fatal fire that occurred last year onboard La Estrella Amazonica, a vessel chartered by International Expeditions. Two passengers were killed. The story was featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" in mid-July and during a more in-depth "Nightline" segment that same week.