Our Cruise on the Royal Princess from Manaus, Brazil to Florida, via the Amazon River and the northeastern coast of South America and the Caribbean.
(January 30 to February 11, 2002)
We loved our previous two cruises aboard the M.V. Royal Princess, so this year we came back to the same ship, and again to the very same cabin! This year, our cruise started in Manaus, Brazil, a thousand miles up the Amazon, and ended in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, via the Amazon and the Caribbean. The following is the day-by-day itinerary of the trip: pictures are available at the italicized areas.
First, by bus to the Opera House in downtown Manaus. [More photos of the Opera House: Ceiling of entry hall -- view of the balconies, from the first row -- details -- Steph wants floors like these -- ceiling of entry hall -- lots of wonderful furniture] The church across the street.
Then the tour continued, onto a riverboat and to the Meeting of the Waters. The Amazon meets the Rio Negro, but the waters don't merge. Different density, and different rate of flow, keep the brown Amazon waters separate from the black Rio Negro. [Two more photos of the different colors of the water: second and third photos.] We got onto a "canoe" (a small motorboat seating about 8 or 9 tourists) and headed into the jungle. At times, we could see the boat in front of us. Mostly we saw the jungle -- looking up at tall trees or at the natives in their canoes (looking for handouts!). We kept going and going deeper into the forest, but continued to encounter more natives around almost every bend. Finally we came to our destination -- that is, a place wide enough to turn around and go back the way we came!
After the canoe trip, we came ashore to take a walk on an elevated walkway to look down on giant lilly pads. Staring closely, we could see some were flowering. Under the platform we stood upon, we saw a canoe. And on the way back, we saw a flash of color -- a red butterfly which settled down long enough to take its photograph.
On the way back to Manaus, we had lots of time to take photos of the shoreline of the river. We stopped at a small village where a parakeet ate lunch for the cameras. One house had a magnificant garden with flowers in bloom.
Just before leaving Manaus, after dark, a photo of the riverboats at the dock. And our final view of Manaus, as the Royal Princess pulled away.
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. . . as of February, 2002