Luxury cruise through the Amazon aboard the new M/V Aria



The Aqua, another of Aqua Expeditions luxury cruises. (Photo: Aqua Expeditions)

Missoula-based travel company Adventure Life has announced a series of Amazon cruises aboard the M/V Aria, only the second luxury cruise ship to explore the northern Amazon River in Peru, operated by Aqua Expeditions.

The 147-foot luxury vessel was custom built by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig and completed in early 2011 to offer an extraordinary level of comfort and indulgence.

Adventure Life said in a press release that it is offering 4, 5 and 8 day trips from May – December with prices starting at $2,550.

"The M/V Aria offers one of the most intimate Amazon experiences available. With a maximum of 32 guests plus crew, this ship provides extremely high-end dining and sleeping accommodations, and phenomenal access to Amazonian wildlife," said Adventure Life operations director Jonathan Brunger.

It also offers a relaxed lounge, outdoor jacuzzi, fitness center, gourmet cuisine and modern navigation technologies. The ship’s 16 luxury suites each measure 240 square feet and feature sitting areas and large picture-windows with panoramic Amazon River views.

Renowned Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, of Malabar, has created an exclusive menu consisting of fresh Peruvian food that promises to be a Peruvian culinary feast for the senses, paired with premium South American wines.

Adventure Life cruises aboard M/V Aria include guided jungle explorations, encounters with bald uakari monkeys, squirrel monkeys, saddleback tamarin monkeys and sloths, as well as many other species.

They also include opportunities to photograph rare gray and pink freshwater dolphins, a visit into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, encounters with locals in the native village of Puerto Miguel, and skiff excursions into the bowels of the Amazon forests.