Helena, AL (PRWEB) September 11, 2013
A blessing ceremony on the banks of the Amazon River and host of special guests and past travelers marked the inaugural Amazon cruise for International Expeditions’ new riverboat La Estrella Amazonica. This new vessel offers travelers a range of amenities and “extras” found on no other boat in the region. Highlighting the new riverboat’s features are private balconies for every cabin, multimedia lecture room, fitness center, Hobie kayaks, a nightly reception with complimentary wine and beer, and the Amazon’s largest observation deck — more than 1,000 square feet — ideal for stargazing or photographing the passing rainforest.
“After spending the past two weeks in the Amazon and traveling with our guests, I can safely say that La Estrella Amazonica has exceeded our very high expectations in terms of style, comfort and spaciousness,” said IE President Van Perry.
La Estrella Amazonica offers accommodations for a maximum of 31 guests in 15 outward-facing cabins. Each air-conditioned cabin measures approximately 220 square feet and feature furniture hand-crafted by Peruvian artisans, native handicrafts and textiles from Amazonian tribes and river villages, and ample private baths decorated with Italian tile. Private balconies for each cabin are equipped with two cushioned chairs, providing a comfortable retreat where travelers can unwind while surveying the passing jungle.
“With this new riverboat, we have been able to bring the warmth of Peru and the villages along the river into the décor found in each cabin and our public spaces,” said Senior Expedition Leader Jorge Salas, who is overseeing riverboat operations in Peru.
Pricing for 10-day Amazon cruises starts at $4,398, and includes daily naturalist-guided excursions; complimentary laundry service while onboard boat; nightly receptions with complimentary wine and beer; most meals; transfers; pre-cruise accommodations at Lima’s Swissôtel; post-tour dayroom; tours of Colonial Lima and Iquitos; services of an experienced expedition leader and two local naturalist guides.
For more information or a brochure on Amazon cruises, call International Expeditions at 1-800-234-9620 or visit http://www.IEtravel.com.
Celebrating 34 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators & safari outfitters for seven years and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”