We took the Amazon Cruise on Princess in Dec., 2012-13. I don't have much to say about it other than it was excruciatingly boring. One tends to think of the Amazon as thick jungle and all sorts of exotic animals. We didn't see ONE. The thick jungle, much of the time, is pasture land for grazing animals with small shacks where the farmers stay. This is because of the deforestation of the Amazon jungle that you read about. Since the deep water channel is so far into the huge river, you cannot go near the shore, unless you are making a stop. Other than that, you better have binoculars to even see the shore. Princess was lovely as always - fine service, good food and clean ships, although there had been an outbreak of Norovirus on this ship prior to us getting on. They called Hazmat teams in from Ft. Lauderdale and no one got sick on our cruise, so they must have gotten it. I have spent a lot of time in jungles, having been to 95 countries and while I have been on several ocean cruises and five river cruises, this was by far the most boring, They stopped at some towns along the way and although rather modern, which is alright, they did make one stop in a small village where supposedly Indians lived. Then we saw cable dishes on their homes and other modern things, so it isn't like the place you imagined. The stops were dangerous, I thought, and I was injured coming off the tender. There were two other people who were injured as well - one broken foot and one broken arm. The stops were generally packed with about two or three inches of red mud, and many people fell and slid in this stuff. I guess it would have been worth it if we had seen even one animal, but we didn't. For instance, we signed up to go on a jungle walk and it turned out it was this guy's rather large fenced in back yard. Our sum total of "animals" were large ants. That's it. Manaus, the largest city has a noteworthy opera house, in which Caruso once sang, but the rest of the city is pretty poor and run down. Princess is always lovely - the only criticism I have was that the buffet had way too many plainly cooked carbohydrates - a pan of rice, a pan of mashed potatoes, a pan of spatzle, etc. For those of us who are allergic to garlic, there is virtually nothing to eat. Almost everything is cooked in garlic, so I had almost nothing to eat but the carbs. Generally Princess has better buffets for lunch and this was disappointing. So, I would sum this up by saying, that in my opinion, this is an extremely boring trip with nothing to see and almost nothing to do. They only do it once a year and I see why. Prior to the Amazon, they went to three Caribbean islands, which I had been to several times and Devil's Island - the penal colony off French Guiana. I thought Devil's Island was the best thing on the trip. It was a beautiful area and the three islands are covered with beautiful foliage and flowers. Many of the old buildings are still there, although Devil's Island itself is something you actually cannot visit. You can only look across a channel at it from another of the other two islands. The whole thing was an expensive trip for what you see, which is almost nothing. The other excursions were to see lily pads and an area where the two rivers meet, etc. I think Princess does the best they can with what they have but there just isn't much there.