Nathan Philpot, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said:
“Very few cruise lines are able to offer guests this sort of unforgettable Amazon experience. Because Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca is a smaller-sized ship, she can take guests as far up the Amazon River as it is possible to go.
“This unique cruise will be taking in the three river ports of Santarem, Manaus and Parinitins, where guests will have the opportunity to witness the magnificent spectacle of the ‘Meeting of the Waters’, where the Rio Negro flows alongside the Amazon River without mixing.”
Fred. Olsen’s smaller-sized ship Boudicca, carrying just 880 guests, will first call at the “Garden Island” of Funchal (Madeira) and Santa Cruz (Tenerife), before arriving at Santarém, the first Brazilian port, situated on the banks of the Tapajós River.
The next port is Manaus, once one of Latin America’s most prosperous cities thanks to its trade in lucrative “borracha” – a natural latex, harvested from rubber trees, used to make, among other things, car tyres.
The third Amazonian call is the small village of Parintins on Tupinambarana Island, rich in local culture with a colourful floating market.
There are a number of shore excursions, from Caiman spotting by riverboat at night near Manaus, to a forest trail through the Bosque Santa Lúcia Forest.
An overnight stay in Manaus – located nearly 1,000 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean – gives guests the chance to book the Jungle Lodge Adventure tour, for a stay in the world’s largest tree top hotel, deep in the rainforest.
From here Boudicca travels to five Caribbean islands: Bridgetown (Barbados); St George’s (Grenada), known as the “Spice Island” with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and vanilla plantations; Castries (St Lucia); Roseau (Dominica) with its dense rainforest, lakes and rich flora and fauna; and Philipsburg (St Maarten), before sailing to Ponta Delgada (São Miguel), part of the Azores and once an important staging post between Europe and the Americas.
The 35-night Amazon River & the Beaches of the Caribbean cruise departs from Southampton on 22 March 2014 and costs from £2,700pp based on two adults sharing a twin, inside cabin including all meals, entertainment and port dues and you can upgrade to the all-inclusive drinks package for just £10pp per night.
For more information on this cruise and to book go to fredolsencruises.com, contact an ABTA travel agent or call 0800 0355 242.