International Expeditions will launch a 31-passenger river cruise ship on the Peruvian Amazon this summer.
The new vessel has not yet been named and is currently under construction in Peru.
International Expeditions had been chartering the 28-passenger La Amatista for years until last year, when it transitioned to a steel-hulled boat, as La Amatista was starting to age and have maintenance issues, according to the company. It is currently chartering the 24-guest Aquamarina from the Peruvian company TuSelva.
As of July, all of its Amazon River voyages will take place on the new vessel, which International Expeditions designed in collaboration with the Peruvian company Expediciones Amazonicas, which owns the boat.
International Expeditions will have a long-term charter of the ship, and the company’s staff in Peru is working closely with Expediciones Amazonicas on the ship’s construction.
It is being built with 15 outward-facing cabins, all with private balconies that feature ceiling fans. Each cabin will measure approximately 220 square feet and will include furniture hand-crafted by Peruvian artisans, native handicrafts and textiles from Amazonian tribes and river villages as well as private baths.
There will also be a multimedia lecture room, fitness center, kayaks onboard, a 1,000-square foot observation deck and a nightly reception with complimentary Peruvian cocktails, wine and beer.
Pricing for 10-day expedition cruises aboard International Expeditions’ new riverboat starts at $4,398, per person.
The price includes daily excursions, laundry service onboard, nightly receptions, most meals, transfers, precruise accommodations in Lima at the Swissotel, a post-tour dayroom and tours of Lima and Iquitos.
An expedition leader and two local naturalist guides will accompany each cruise group. Follow Michelle Baran on Twitter @mbtravelweekly.