It wasn’t all that long ago that we posted a story about cruising the Amazon of Peru with Aqua Expeditions. They were taking passengers into the jungle in a ship far fancier than anything else on the water.

Now they’ve upped their own ante and launched the M.V. Aria, pictured above. One of our writers just got to spend a few days experiencing the great cuisine and basking in the experience of watching the riverbanks go by while lying in a comfortable bed in air conditioning. Step onto the deck and here’s what you’ll find:

“They’ve created a swanky sundeck complete with loungers, towels, cold water service, and Pisco Sours on demand. Think of a more intimate version of the poolside setup at your favorite five star hotel placed on the bow of a small ship. In the middle of the Amazon jungle. If you’re about leisure, relaxing and Vitamin D, it’s a lovely touch.”

With a well-known chef from Lima putting the menu together and fine South American wine at the ready, it’s hard to imagine a nicer way to get from place to place in what can be an inhospitable part of the world.

See our full story on Cruising the Amazon on the Luxurious M.V. Aria.