The Desafio Cruises offers the better of two worlds: the convenience and comfort of a pre-arranged group program and the joy of personal discovery known to those who travel on their own. Small enough for everyone to be on a first-name basis by the end of the first hours, our passengers feel at home heart of the Amazon. Today's adventuresome travelers like to enjoy themselves in their manner. And our specialized multilingual hosts will be glad to tell the travelers every single detailed of wild life, flora and the amazon way of living, with the “Caboclos” and the “Flour Houses” seen along the river shore.
The cruises depart from Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, a city in the jungle that prospered during the rubber boom last century and where you will find a smaller copy of the Opera House in Paris, France. There is a choice of a three or four days cruises, both of which include the “Meeting of the Waters”, where the Rio Negro and the Amazon River converge. For many miles the different colored waters don't mix! The cruises also include small boat excursions into the jungle with specialized guides who will explain the local flora and fauna. Piranha fishing and visits to native's communities along the river are also included.
Wooden hull, Length: 33 m (112'), Beam 7,30m (25'), Draft 3,0 (10'), Tonnage 140, Engines: 2 x 365 hp each (Caterpillar), Generators 2 x 66 kWh. 110 AC, Speed 5-10 knots, Fuel tanks: 19.000 lt., Water tanks: 10.000 lt., 2 thermo tanks 150W each, fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator, deep freezer, ice-maker, air conditioning all through, VHF 1, SSB 1, Radar 1, depth sounder, compasses, color TV, VCR, stereo. Safety equipment as per Merchant Marine Ministry's regulations, incl. 2 excursion boats with 2 x 40-hp o/b engines. Crew of 9.
12 cabin divided into upper deck (06) and lower deck (06) with private facilities/showers/wardrobes/bedlights/carpets and fully aircondicioned, being 07 doubles and 5 twins. Air-conditioned Restaurant and Bar. Large sundeck with outdoor Bar.
-Cruising as per program chosen.
-Accommodations in cabins with private facilities and air-conditioning
-Meals as per program description.
-Beverages are not included throughout the trip. Mineral water is available free of charge.
-Transfers to/from airport or hotel are not included
-Bi-lingual speaking host included.
-Only few cabins can hold a child up to 12 years old. (Upon request)
Light clothes, (jacket for the winter season) bathing suit, sunglasses and suntan lotion.
The cruise reserves the right to vary itineraries in accordance with operating requirements and cancel departures without any previous notice. The Captain reserves the right to add or omit portions of the cruise due to weather or technical or operational reasons without any previous advance notice to passengers. After commencement of the cruise, should the yacht sustain any breakdown of machinery or be disabled by fire, grounding or collision for more than 24 consecutive hours, which prevents the further operation of the cruise itinerary and if no alternative arrangement or substitute vessel is offered by the cruise operator, then the passengers will be given a proportional refund “per diem” on paid cruise fare. No further claims will be accepted. Because no lifeguard security is provided, swimming off the vessel is at passenger's own risk. Passengers are insured against personal accidents while cruising with M/S Desafio, but those who wish may have own insurance arrangements. We also suggest purchasing a “trip cancellation” insurance in case of any unexpected contingencies. Chances in the itinerary occurred due to technical reasons does not entitle passengers for any claims or refunds.