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Delfin II Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Amazing Amazon on Delfin II

Review for Delfin II to South America
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kyriecat
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Oct 2017
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Morning mist in the Amazon region
Swimming in the Amazon
Hertzel bird
Black-collared hawk
Skiff rides were offered as shore excursions
Skiff ride
Local community
Hiking with a naturalist.
Three-toed sloth
Amazon sunset
Bathroom area
View from windows of cabin 16.

My husband and I were part of Lindblad / National Geographic tour of the Upper Amazon on Delfin II for Oct. 29 - Nov. 5, 2017. We have been on 21 cruises, including three expedition cruises (Celebrity Xpedition to Galapagos twice and Silversea Explorer to Antarctica) but this was the smallest boat we've been on and our first river cruise.

We booked the 10-night package, which included two nights before and one night after the cruise at the Wyndham Costa del Sol airport hotel in Lima. We arrived in Lima late (almost midnight) on the Friday night before our cruise. The hotel is right across the street from the airport, so we could walk to it, which was nice because the taxi line was extremely long. Other than being convenient for the airport, the hotel was nothing special. The room was clean but worn-looking with basic amenities (shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, body wash), two bottles of water, and Wi-Fi. The hotel has a spa with a small hot tub (seats about 4) and a tiny pool (15 ft X 7 ft).

For the first day, breakfast was included but no other meals, and there were no planned activities until evening. There is nothing within walking distance of the hotel so my husband and I took a taxi to Miraflores, which was about 40 minutes away. There was a Meet & Greet planned for that evening in the hotel bar, but we stayed longer than expected in Miraflores and missed it. Lima traffic is very heavy and "rush hour" lasts until late at night.

Cabin Review

Cabin Master Suite

The cabin was gorgeous with wood flooring and walls and well-maintained. It was located at the front of the boat on deck 2 and had four large windows with nearly 90 degrees of viewing. It had a shower, but water pressure was limited and temperature fluctuated. Upon returning from excursions, just a dribble of water was available due to so many people trying to clean up the same time. The septic system was fragile and we were asked to throw toilet paper in a bucket and not the bowl. The cabin steward emptied the bucket 2-3 times a day and scent spray was provided to eliminate odors.

The only complaint about the cabin was the lack of storage space. There was a single armoire with a bar for hangers and two shelves. There were also 8 hooks scattered around the room for hanging items. There were no drawers, and the bed was too low to allow suitcases to be stored under it. The sink area was small with a single shelf under it for toiletries.

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