- year built
- crew members
- 147 feet
- 29.5 feet
- 5 feet
- cruising speed
- 12 knots
Custom built in 2011 and refurbished in 2015, the 32-guest Aria Amazon meets the highest standards of modern small ship cruising. With suites comparable to a 5-star hotel, private baths, luxury toiletries and fine linen bedding, full air-conditioning, state-of-the-art lighting and floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in every suite and common area, the Aria Amazon’s design makes the most of luxury adventure cruising along the Amazon River.
Aria Amazon Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Aria Amazon review includes a deck plan, photo gallery and detailed description of the small ship. Our Amazon small ship specialists have been aboard the Aria firsthand. Please read our Aria Amazon review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the Aria with other small cruise ships and riverboats offering Amazon cruises, including private charter cruises.
Choose the Aria for her reputation for style and comfort, driven by the unique structure and design of renowned Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, who designed Aria as a 147-foot, matte black hulled ship. Her sophisticated boutique hotel aesthetic, woven tapestries of indigenous Peruvian fibers, soft lighting, natural wood flooring and neutral hues create a calming and indulgently comfortable backdrop from which to focus on the captivating landscape. She is spacious yet intimate and feels entirely exclusive—a real Peruvian pleasure.
Common Areas Aboard Aria Amazon
Aria’s Indoor Lounge features floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows on both sides for a seamless connection to the ever-changing scenery of Amazonia. The sunshine-soaked Outdoor Lounge has cushioned loungers and an expansive awning for relaxation. A fully stocked bar, tightly edited library, plush sofas, high ceilings and a perfectly tempered Jacuzzi adorn the Observation Deck on Aria’s top level, perfect for gazing at the river and jungle in comfort. A workout facility includes treadmills and a stationary bike with Aria’s signature walls of glass for uninterrupted viewing. She is equipped with a satellite phone (the cost is determined before the call is made and can be purchased on board). There is no internet connection on board.
Dining Aboard Aria Amazon
The dining room, decorated with contemporary Peruvian art, is further complemented by attentive, personalized service from long-serving staff who quickly learn guest names and tastes, from Peruvian coffee in the morning to the evening’s fine South American and European wines. Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Lima’s culinary stars, prepares Amazonia-inspired cuisine served on fine china with crystal glassware. Choose to dine à deux or family style among new friends, always enjoying Schiaffino’s fresh, ever-changing menus.
Shopping Aboard Aria Amazon
The Aria Amazon’s onboard boutique offers the convenience of shopping in leisure for high quality, thoughtfully selected Peruvian handicrafts, jewelry and souvenirs. Artisanal items include original pieces sourced directly from the artisans of Amazonia, who live and work in the communities Aria visits and actively supports.
The “Amazon proof” Enigma timepieces designed by Gianni Bulgari exclusively for the launch of the Aria Amazon are on display among the Peruvian treasures. Waterproof to a depth of 300 feet, the steel case with sapphire Aqua C42 Amazon watch and a limited selection of Gianni Bulgari designed diamond and 14K gold Aqua Expedition jewelry are limited-edition items. Proceeds from sales go directly to social projects in the communities that the Aria Amazon visits throughout the year.
Crew & Guides Aboard Aria Amazon
Four professionally trained expert naturalist guides grew up on the banks of the Amazon and lead daily expeditions in groups of eight or fewer guests. They possess a local native’s ability to spot elusive wildlife both by day and night. The skilled captain, crew and onboard paramedic ensure an unforgettable, life-enriching experience while deep in the Amazon jungle.
Activities Aboard Aria Amazon
Land- and water-based activities from Aria include cycling, kayaking, swimming, fishing and more so that guests enjoy a more diverse, multidimensional experience.
Off-ship excursions into the Amazon jungle are on customized aluminum motorized launch boats, or skiffs, carrying up to eight passengers on two to three daily excursions, with constant radio contact between captains. In accordance with Aria safety policies and environmental conservation and responsible travel guidelines, skiffs are equipped with the latest Mercury 60 HP Marine Outboard engines, which operate at ultra-low emissions levels as certified by the California Air Resources Board. These energy-efficient vessels produce 65 percent lower emissions than required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency standards.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Aria Amazon
The M/V Aria Amazon’s 16 oversized suites are 250 square feet with polished timber flooring and generous outward-facing picture-windows. All suites have twin beds that convert to a California king-size bed, en suite sitting area, private bath with hot/cold showers, hairdryer, luxury toiletries, fine Peruvian linen, internal communication system and safety deposit box. Four suites can be interconnected to cater to families.