Delfin Amazon Cruises has practiced and promoted responsible tourism since starting operations 11 years ago. Delfin is also committed to having a positive impact on the riverine communities visited on their itineraries, working permanently with local Amazon guides who provide vital support on all excursions off the ship. Every part of your Amazon journey benefits from these communities, from the local artwork that decorates the ship to the fresh fruit and fish served onboard. Experience not only a comfortable trip to this magical place in the world, but an enriching one.
WHAT IS THE DRINKING AGE ON THE VESSELS?
You must be at least 18 years old to legally consume beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages in Peru and onboard our vessels.
ARE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES INCLUDED?
The following beverages are included on all of our vessels: Natural juices, soda, coffee, tea, water, beer, house cocktails, pisco cocktails & sours, and house wines with lunch and dinner.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO CRUISE ON THE VESSELS?
We recommend travelers are at least 7 years old at the time of travel. But if we want to go with children less than 7 years old?
Children less than that age can board the vessel only with their parents in a private charter basis and with a disclaimer form signed ahead of time.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY CRUISE DOCUMENTS?
Periodically, you will receive recommended tips, facts, and other information from us leading up to your sail date. 90 days before your departure, we will reconfirm your booking by e-mail. Upon request, we can also send you your confirmation booking number.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I HAVE IN MY SUITE?
In order to ensure the optimum safety and comfort of all our passengers, we allow up to 2 adults and 1 child in each suite aboard Delfin I; 2 adults and 1 child on Delfin II (only two cabins); and up to 2 people on Delfin III. Aboard Delfin II there are 4 suites that can be interconnected to cater to families’ needs.
WHAT IF WE WANT TO FO WITH CHILDREN LESS THAN 7 YEARS OLD?
Children less than that age can board the vessel only with their parents on a private charter basis and with a disclaimer form signed ahead of time.
WHAT’S THE MINIMUM AGE TO TRAVEL ANY OF OUR VESSELS?
We recommend travelers are at least 7 years old at the time of travel.
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO TRAVEL WITHOUT A GUARDIAN?
Passengers must be at least 18 years old to travel without their parents or guardians. The only exception is that children under age 18 may be allowed to have their own cabin if they are traveling with their parents or guardians.
WHO IS CONSIDERED A CHILD?
We consider children to be 11 or under.
DO YOU WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN?
Yes. We warmly welcome families with children aged 7 or older. On Delfin II, 4 of our suites are interconnected to cater to families. Additional accommodation for one child is available in some cabins. Our naturalist guides are very friendly with kids and all of our staff will provide the necessary care for your family. We also have survivor jungle trails, piranha catch-and-release fishing experiences, a wide range of DVDs, and meal menus for kids.
DO YOU ACCEPT GROUP BOOKINGS? ARE CHARTERS AVAILABLE? WHAT ABOUT SPECIAL RATES AND DISCOUNTS?
Yes. We accept both group bookings and charters. We have also specially tailor-made charters; please request and fill out our special form so we may know your interests and preferences and thus design the perfect program just for you and your group. Please also request our charter terms and conditions and rates for further information. There are no other special rates, for example for senior citizens, families, or late-minute discounts.
WHAT IS A SHORE EXCURSION AND HOW PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING ARE THEY?
Ashore excursion can be anything from exploring remote tributaries to spotting monkeys and birds along a jungle trail, or from visiting a local village to fishing on one of Amazonia’s beautiful lakes. They vary in level of difficulty, but most travelers who are reasonably fit will have no trouble participating in every excursion. Passengers are divided into groups of 8 people for shore excursions, with each group led by a trained naturalist guide. Guides rotate among the groups so that each passenger can benefit from their specialized knowledge. Our guides speak fluent English (and Spanish of course!). We recommend that groups requiring any other language bring a translator, if necessary.
Each evening, your guides will brief you on what to expect during the next day’s excursions. Typically, you will navigate the Amazon River or one of its tributaries at night, arriving in a new location for a new adventure in the early morning. Passengers opting to go on the early morning excursions will get a wake-up call at approximately 6 a.m. Excursions last 3 to 4 hours, allowing plenty of time to explore, listen to your guide’s explanation, and photograph the abundant wildlife. While most excursions involve “dry” landings, some require “wet” landings, where you will have to step into shallow water and then wade to shore. Your guide and skiff driver will assist you, and rubber boots are provided. We also provide waterproof ponchos with hoods to protect against rain.
CAN WE DRINK THE WATER ABOARD THE VESSELS?
No. We do not recommend drinking water from the faucet. When you board the vessel, you will be supplied with fresh bottled water in your room. However, because plastic bottles are so polluting, we encourage our guests to refill their bottles, that way we can all help with preserving this fragile ecosystem. Bottled water will be placed and replenished in your suites and during daily activities. Water refill stations are available throughout the vessel. Water used in other operations on the boat (cooking, juices, etc.) is fully treated and proven safe for consumption.
IS MOTION SICKNESS EVER A PROBLEM?
Not really. Even though the main Amazon River looks like an open sea, we will be sailing in tributaries and creeks that are some of the calmest waters in the world with almost no waves. In addition, stabilizers and the advanced availability of accurate weather information have decreased the incidence of motion sickness.
DO YOU HAVE INSECT REPELLENT AND SUNSCREEN PROTECTION AVAILABLE?
We offer complimentary organic options on board. However, we recommend that you bring your own, especially insect repellent products with 100% DEET.
ARE THERE MORE NATURAL WAYS TO COMBAT MOSQUITOES AND INSECTS?
Taking vitamin B12 is a more natural way to gain some resistance to mosquitoes. It can be ingested as vitamin pills or found in some foods with high levels of B12 such as shellfish (clams, oysters, mussels), fish, crustaceans (crabs), soy products (milk, tofu), bran cereals, red meat (lamb, beef), low-fat milk, select cheeses, and eggs. We suggest taking B12 supplements around 2-3 weeks before arriving in Iquitos.
DO I NEED ANY SHOTS BEFORE TRAVELING TO THE AMAZON?
No specific vaccination or preventative treatments are required to enter Peru (including malaria and yellow fever). To reference, the USA Center of Disease for travel to Peru nevertheless requires a current yellow fever vaccination for trips to rainforest regions. This vaccination is normally required or recommended for all rainforest regions around the world. Malaria pills are recommended usually when traveling to tropical regions but the places we cruise are Malaria Free Places. No Anopheles mosquitoes (which are known to carry the disease) proliferate in the areas in which we cruise. For more specific details, we encourage you to discuss them with your doctor.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.