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We are booked on this cruise in March. Very excited to go up the river to Iquitos. But so far we are not impressed with Hapag-Lloyd's arrangement in Iquitos, actually non arrangement for international passengers. They sent plenty of general literature but no indication which of the (rickety) floating docks they will use. So far no offer to provide a waiting area/luggage storage/day room in a hotel or excursion for the time between the morning arrival by ship and evening departure by plane. My husband sent them an e-mail and they had nothing prepared yet. Let's see what they come up with. 

 

We are probably spoiled by previous trips where the wilderness lodge booked all the transfers in the Amazon basin and took care of the luggage. Celebrity cruises did the same for a land/cruise Galapagos trip. 

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Jacqueline, I thought you were on this cruise as well?

 

Yesterday, we  received embarkation and disembarkation information, ship cards, luggage tags, requirement for yellow fever vaccination. Disembarkation in Iquitos is via a local shuttle boat, no information which floating dock and no information on the time after disembarkation.

We booked the Hilton Hotel. 

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... the Hilton Hotel in Iquitos. We won't stay the night, but we can have them store our luggage until the room is available, walk into town, rest in the afternoon and have them call a taxi to the airport. The only thing left open so far is a taxi from the floating dock to the hotel. 

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We received an e-mail today from H-L, all day tour in Iquitos 250 Euro. All entrance fees for butterfly garden and/or Manatee station and lunch are extra. We decided to stick with our hotel reservation. Hanging out all day in various hot places before a night flight does not sound appealing. We'll walk into town, return for lunch and call it a day until the taxi ride to the airport. 

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Another e-mail today. If you have been to China, Macau or Hongkong within 14 days of cruise begin you can't board. This includes transfers in the Hong Kong airport. 

 

In addition to all our vaccinations, old, new, updated, we now have results of a blood test for measles. First to be sure we had this childhood disease. I was 2 at the time. And secondly I wanted written proof in case some country wants it. Last year, a cruise ship was refused in Fiji and the cruise line negotiated that passengers of a certain age could go ashore without proof of measles vaccination. The age depended on the country of origin of the passengers because vaccination started at different times in the US, Canada, and Europe. All adults born before the beginning of measles vaccinations are presumed immune because they had had measles as children.

 

Brazil has cases of measles.

 

 

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