Are you looking for a way to experience the Amazon without sacrificing comfort and style? The 74-cabin Iberostar Grand Amazon blends all the luxury of a five-star hotel with the excitement and adventure of the world’s largest rainforest.
Life aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon
Your all-inclusive experience starts the moment you step aboard this luxury cruise liner. Toast to your adventure as you set sail with a top-shelf beverage from the open bar. Then, enjoy the sunset from the top deck while listening to the nightly musical performance. At mealtimes, you may choose between two restaurants, which are both included in the all-inclusive pricing.
The Kuarup restaurant offers a breakfast and lunch buffet and upscale à la carte options in the evening. The Tucano Grill provides continental breakfast and casual lunches and dinners. Though your on-shore excursions are sure to be filled with adventures, the ship provides ample opportunities for relaxation. On the upper deck, take in the scenery while lounging in the whirlpool or one of the two pools.
After a day of hiking and exploration, schedule a massage at the spa. You can also use the fitness room to keep up your exercise routine while on board. Though the Iberostar Grand Amazon features a larger cruise liner’s amenities, the maximum capacity is just 148 guests. The intimate group size means you will have plenty of personal attention and space to enjoy all the ship has to offer.
Every cabin on the Iberostar Grand Amazon, with the exception of the Royal suites, are all the same size and have all the same features, each having a river-view balcony with seating, which makes this the ideal ship for watching the Amazon slip by from the comfort of your private sanctuary. The only choice you really have to make is cabin location – in general, the higher the deck, the better the views and the lower the engine noise – something to bear in mind with such a large vessel.
Excursions from your Iberostar Grand Amazon cruise
The Iberostar Grand Amazon offers three itineraries, all of which depart from Manaus. The 4-day option explores the rich cultures of the Manacapuru and Manaquiri regions and the Solimões River. A 5-day itinerary travels north-west along the Negro River and the ecologically rich area that surrounds it. Can’t choose between the two? Have it all with the eight-day plan, which combines both the four- and five-day schedules.
Whichever itinerary you opt for, there are unique ways to experience the cultures and wildlife of the Amazon region. Take a skiff boat tour for daytime piranha fishing or late-night caiman spotting in the Manaquiri region. Along the Manacapuru River, there are opportunities for photo safaris via skiff boat or jungle walks. Then, you can observe the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ at sunrise. The black water of the Negro River and the tan hues of the Solimões River merge into one waterway, but the waters refuse to mix and create a multi-colored river.
On Tres Bocas, one of the largest islands in the Anavilhanas archipelago, you can see orchids among the dense vegetation, as well as rare toucans and macaws. You will also visit Cambebas, an authentic indigenous village, to learn about life in the Amazon. There are also opportunities to visit a museum dedicated to rubber tapping and to interact with pink Amazon dolphins.
Ideal for multi-generation cruises
Finding a holiday that appeals to the whole family can be tricky, but the Iberostar Grand Amazon truly has something for everyone. Children above the age of eight years are welcome aboard. Better yet, travelers between eight and twelve years old receive a 50% price discount. Young (or picky) eaters will always find things to enjoy on the buffet and their favorite pizza and sandwiches at the snack bar.
There are also two pairs of interconnected cabins on each floor, which allow plenty of space for families to play and sleep comfortably. A wheelchair-accessible room is also available, and an elevator provides access to each level, making the Iberostar Grand Amazon a unique option for people of all abilities.
Suites & Cabins
The Mandí Suites are located on the first floor of the Iberostar cruise. To relax after walks and trips, you can cool off on the private balcony of your cabin while you contemplate the course of the Amazon River. In addition, you will enjoy the views from a cruise ship free from single-use plastics, as well as other environmentally-friendly measures.
There is one wheelchair-accessible cabin on the Mandi deck. The room features less furniture, a widened doorway, a roll-in shower, and extra bathroom rails for greater access. The bathroom also comes with hot water, shampoo, soap, and other amenities for a refreshing shower.
Some of these cabins are interconnected, making them especially suitable for families. The spacious cabins come with private balconies where you can relax and unwind, enjoying the amazon scenery. Guests can also enjoy room service from 11am - 11pm.
They feature a large river view cabin for guests to enjoy the grand view of the Amazon. They come with a fully-stocked minibar and a private balcony. The rooms have dehumidifiers, a safe, and a closet to put your belongings.
These suites are incredibly spacious, featuring extra-large balconies with sun-loungers. Guests in the royal suite can enjoy room service, a lounging area, a sofa, a kitchenette, and a dining table. The private bathrooms come with a gorgeous jacuzzi bath and built-in shower with hot water.