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Cunard Ship is Largest to Cruise the Amazon

Written by Alastair McKenzie on 10 February 2017.

Queen Victoria on the Amazon

Cunard's Queen Victoria became the largest cruise ship to sail the waters of the Amazon when it made its way up to Manaus last month.

Queen Victoria, made her maiden voyage through the "Meeting of Waters", and became the largest passenger ship to sail the Amazon, sailing between the dark Rio Negro and the pale Amazon River in Manaus, Brazil. Manaus marks the sixth out of 32 ports on Queen Victoria's 41,000 nautical mile, 120-night World Voyage.

Captain Peter Philpott was at the helm as the ship arrived in the Brazilian port on 25 January. Passengers disembarked for excursions including a city tour to see sights including the Teatro Amazonas opera house and the municipal market. Others took a boat trip to the "Meeting of the Waters", where the Rio Negro joins the Amazon.

Queen Victoria left Southampton on January 5 and will return on May 5. The World Voyage has already called at Fort Lauderdale and ports in the Caribbean, and takes her on to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, Hawaii, San Francisco, and the Panama Canal.

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