Luxurious river cruise line AmaWaterways on Thursday introduced a partnership with Metropolitan Touring, a number one South America tour operator, to introduce a brand new river cruise expertise in Colombia. By means of the partnership, AmaWaterways says it turns into the primary luxurious river cruise line to sail the Magdalena River. It additionally marks the river cruise line’s first foray into South America.
A brand new custom-built, all-suite, eco-friendly river cruise ship will start crusing in December 2023. Whereas particulars are nonetheless below wraps, AmaWaterways’ President and Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner says the ship will probably be named AmaMagdalena and can accommodate roughly 80 passengers. The brand new ship and cruise program will incorporate years of design expertise from Schreiner, plus Metropolitan Touring’s many years of experience in expedition cruising within the Galápagos Islands.
Company will be capable of select between two seven-night itineraries with pre- and post-cruise land applications exploring the Magdalena River and delving into Colombia’s cultural and pure heritage. Accompanied by a crew, which can embody a wellness supervisor on-board, river cruise vacationers on the Magdalena will take pleasure in in-depth connections with native nature, wildlife, tradition, flavors and other people, in addition to actions resembling kayaking, mountain climbing and birdwatching.
Particular itineraries are presently being developed with extra particulars anticipated within the coming weeks.
The Magdalena River is the principal river of Colombia, flowing for roughly 950 miles south-to-north within the western half of the nation. Its mouth is close to Barranquilla, alongside the Caribbean Sea, that means the river was the one transport hyperlink speaking Bogotá with the Caribbean Sea port Cartagena and, thus, with Europe.
Past the a whole bunch of fish species discovered within the river, different native animals embody caiman, iguanas, pelicans, manatees, parakeets, turtles and tortoises. Invasive hippopotamuses are additionally discovered within the river—initially dropped at Colombia by Pablo Escobar.
Bookings are more likely to open in fall of this 12 months.