Comfort Amazon Cruises
Rainforest Cruises has a small range of itineraries aboard vessels that we categorise as Comfort class. See below how we define this and which cruiseboats fit our criteria.
Comfort Class Amazon River Cruises
Our mid-range Amazon riverboats offer the perfect blend of comfort, safety and affordability. Exploring deep into the Amazon rainforest of either Brazil or Peru, the itineraries all offer a wonderful and informative jungle experience, be they a set departure or as a charter.
The features of these Comfort Cruises that keep passengers relaxed and content, when not excursioning, include air-conditioned cabins, with private bathrooms and few bunk beds. The windows are numerous and look outwards, so that you always have views of the glorious Amazon scenery whilst in your cabin; and can open the window to feel the balmy, jungle breeze, if you like.
The public areas always include a bar/lounge, where meals might also be taken; and plenty of outdoor seating areas, ideal for absorbing the unique Amazon atmosphere and scenery as the cruise boats sail the river.
All meals are included and the food is very good, using the rich ingredients to be found in the Amazon region. Most dietary requirements can be catered to.
There is roughly one crew member to every two passengers on these river cruises, and so you will feel very well looked-after. In fact, it is the staff on the boats that normally come in for the most praise.
Moreover, with prices of roughly $300 per day per person, you can be pampered, informed and exhilarated in a breath-taking wilderness area, without breaking the bank.
La Amatista ~ Iquitos, Peru
M/V La Amatista - meaning amethyst, a type of semi-precious stone, in English - is a classic, wooden Amazon River vessel, built and fitted out by Amazon carpenters and shipwrights, so as to create an authentic atmosphere while providing all the facilities for a relaxing and comfortable stay.
The amenities include delicious international and local cuisine, an observation point on the boat's upper deck equipped with a full service bar, and 15 cabins that are air-conditioned and with hot water in the private bathrooms. Though the physical conditions of the vessels are lesser when compared to those of a European river cruise, you will find that cleanliness and onboard service are second-to-none.
Highly trained naturalist guides - and the entire crew – provide a first class service with a personal touch that completes the experience.
The M/V Amatista operates fixed six and seven day departures to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve - an area unrivaled for wildlife - with the option of spending a night camping in the heart of the rainforest and getting close to the abundant flora and fauna of the jungle canopy on the Canopy Walkway.
Motor Yacht Tucano ~ Manaus, Brazil
Cruises aboard the Motor Yacht Tucano are thoughtful, active and above all exploratory. Every aspect of the cruise is designed to enable guests to observe the wonders of nature and to sample the vibrant culture that thrives in this remote corner of the earth.
The facilities and nine cabins aboard the Tucano are slightly more rustic than the other cruiseships in the Comfort category, but the quality of the itinerary and guides more than makes up for this. With a devotion to nature and a spirit of exploration, the M/Y Tucano seeks out areas in the Brazilian Amazon often overlooked by other visitors and the clients are rewarded with a wider array of flora and fauna.
With over twenty years of experience in operating Amazon cruises out of Manaus, a voyage on the M/Y Tucano is undoubtedly one of the most authoritative and authentic offered in the Amazon.
Clipper Premium ~ Manaus, Brazil
Designed exclusively for cruising on the Amazon River and its tributaries, the Clipper Premium offers the best small-ship cruising in the Brazilian Amazon, for those who wish for real confort on board, while still enjoying unsurpassed wildlife-watching opportunities.
The Clipper Premium has 16 cabins, for up to 32 passengers, and was built to be as comfortable as possible, while still offering a perfect interaction with nature: the shallow draft allows visits to locations inaccessible to many other boats; and the outboard powered canoes that she carries are used for trips in lagoons, narrow channels, creeks and flooded forest.
Jacaré-Açu ~ Manaus, Brazil
The Jacaré-Açu combines adventure, ecology and comfort. With special authorization to operate in some of the most remote parts of the Brazilian Amazon and a well-trained and very experienced crew, she is able to undertake thrilling itineraries of up to ten days, that offer incredible scenery, wonderful wildlife-spotting opportunities, and constant adventure activities.
The Jacaré-Açu has been inspired by the traditional charm of caboclo culture - the European-Indian racial mix that has arisen along the Amazon, and developed a distinct set of customs and practices. So the boat draws on their boat-building tradition, the cuisine is rich in local ingredients and influence, and the itinerary visits and supports Amazon riverside communities.
The eight-cabin boat is rustic and cosy, with room for only 16 passengers, but still boasts all modern amenities. So, all cabins are air-conditioned and with private facilities; and there are three inviting public areas for relaxation and socializing ... and meal times!
And if you wish to include a dose of adventure among all the beautiful scenery and wildlife, then the Jacaré-Açu can offer tree climbing, jungle hikes, para-sailing, inflatable tubes and piranha fishing.
Please note that the Awapé is the sister ship of the smaller Awapé. When a departure has fewer than eight passengers, the Awapé is used.