MNN Galleries

7 unconventional cruises for your bucket list

Grand Amazon Iberostar

Photo: Iberostar

8 of 9

The amazing Amazon

A small expedition-type vessel can provide a great Amazon cruising experience. Sure, it is possible to go for cheaper on a spartan local boat, but 150-person ships like the Iberostar Grand Amazon offer a bit more comfort, meaning that cruisers can relax and focus on taking in the sights and experiences of the Amazon. This river-worthy ship has a classic feel, with multiple decks and plenty of places to gaze at the greenery on the riverbanks. The Grand Amazon has plenty of chances for trips to the shore, where cruisers can see the rain forests and their inhabitants up close. With expensive land-based travel the only other real option for Amazon visitors, this type of cruise is actually one of the most practical ways to see the remote lands of the world’s largest rain forest.