My husband and I actually enjoyed this trip. It gave us an opportunity to see the river up close and gave us something of an historical perspective of the area while being pleasant, interesting and relaxing. We were there in November so it was just a little cool, but not bad, on deck, while being very comfortable inside.
We were a bit disappointed in the 'tour' part of the trip. The 'naturalist' who functions as a kind of tour guide, needs to reconsider the way she presents the tour. There are TV screens for your viewing but the images scroll randomly and aren't connected to what she is describing on the tour. If she controlled the images on the screen (I believe it''s just a powerpoint slideshow) to sync with her presentation and if she scanned her visual aids to the slideshow it would be a much more cohesive and thereby interesting tour. Another problem, is that she doesn't address the scenery and history on both sides of the boat going and coming. Since there is a big obstruction in the middle and to the back, if you are in the back HALF of the boat you can't see anything relating to about half of what she talks about. Since she doesn't repeat anything on the return, those who were seated in the back are left feeling like they missed half of the tour. This can lead to disappointment and won't hold your attention for long. Both in the row in front of us and in the row behind us several people took a nap through most of the trip
Don't get me wrong, the boat is very pleasant and the pilot does his best to make it fun. While I don't think there is enough of interest here to make this trip an "excellent" experience, I do think that if you were sitting in the front half of the boat and/or if the presenters were better organized with their presentation that this trip could move from average to very good.
So, manage your expectations, this isn't a river in Belize or Alaska but it is interesting in its own way, and make sure you sit in the front half of the boat so that you can get the most out of the tour and relax and enjoy the history and the scenery.
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