Lindblad bring amazing to the Amazon with Delfin II, a gorgeous wooden craft built in the classic riverboat style. The world’s greatest river becomes known as the Amazon at the confluence of the rivers Ucayali and Marañón in Peru, and the confluence forms the apex of Delfin II’s journey along both tributaries, skirting the massive Pacaya-Samiria nature reserve in the process. The reserve is home to over 1,000 animal species and a similar number of plant species, including the enigmatic pink dolphin, after which the boat is named.
Just as enthralling as the boat’s route are the facilities on board. The hardwood-panelled cabins have a calming minimalist flavour, and this unfussy approach means the rooms are dominated by large windows offering superb views. The outdoors can also be seen close-up from the kayaks and skiffs carried by the ship.
Food & Drink
1 restaurant, 1 bar
The Delfin II prides itself on its locally sourced, five-star cuisine – the only non-local ingredients used are olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Dining occurs at set times on unassigned tables and all guests eat in one sitting, giving good opportunities to mingle.
There is little by way of entertainment on board, but the surrounds provide plenty of diversion.
The library has plenty of books to read, and hosts a Recap session daily where expedition leaders and passengers discuss the day’s observations.
The focus on the excursions, usually made in kayaks or motorised skiffs, is exploration. Local guides take guests deep into the jungle, searching for elusive wildlife like the jaguar.