Aqua Expeditions

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Aqua Expeditions Highlights

  • Eco-conscious Amazon exploration
  • Small, luxurious, new river ship with enormous picture windows
  • English-speaking, experienced guides
  • Family-friendly exploration
  • Aqua Expeditions News: Update: Amazon River Cruise Ship Sinks, Four Crew Members Missing

Aqua Expeditions Fleet (3)

The Aqua Amazon was commissioned and built in 2007, the 400-ton, 24-passenger ship resembles a houseboat moored in Seattle's Lake Union. It's tall, contemporary and features enormous picture windows. Designed by Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the ship uses sustainable and local materials whenever possible. There is a staff of 17, including three English-speaking naturalists/guides, and three skiffs for excursions.

The Aria Amazon, which debuted in April 2011, can accommodate 32 passengers catered to by 24 crewmembers. The houseboat style vessel was also designed by Puig.

About Aqua Expeditions

Based in Loreto, Peru, Aqua Expeditions is the fulfillment of CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro's long-time ambition. Previous experience working with a Galapagos Islands tour company gave him the experience and expertise he needed to found Aqua Expeditions and introduce passengers to the remote region of Peru's Amazon River.

Founded in 2007, the two-ship line operates year-round, sailing three-, four- and seven-night cruises from Iquitos. Committed to sustainable tourism, the company has vowed to leave as small a footprint as possible while introducing visitors to the Amazonia people, culture, rainforest, jungle and wildlife of the region. Its practices include careful monitoring of emissions, waste management and fuel efficiency, as well as safe-food and water-purification protocols.

Onboard

Editor's Editor: Aqua Amazon is no longer in operation due to an accident that occurred during turnaround hours, resulting in the sinking of the ship.

The two boats feature suites that could be found on much larger sea-going vessels. Staterooms average 230-240 square feet and include flat-screen TVs, sitting areas and in-suite baths. The boats are fully air-conditioned but have no radio, cell-phone or Internet access. (There is a satellite phone for emergencies.) The lounges do, however, have DVDs and a flat-screen television. Small DVD players are also available to borrow for in-suite use.

Public rooms include an indoor bar and lounge, an observation deck, an outdoor lounge, a boutique and a dining room. Meals are prepared with local ingredients and a Peruvian flare; South American wines are included with supper. Naturalists onboard speak English; daily excursions are included.

Fellow Passengers

Aqua Amazon attracts well-heeled, seasoned travelers, looking for unique experiences. Oddly, for a cruise company that emphasizes luxury and adventure, the line welcomes families. Not only can the vessel accommodate one child (over the age of seven years), but it also has several connecting staterooms for larger family groups. Of course, there are no facilities specifically for children, but families interested in the remarkable ecosystem and culture of the Amazon will be welcomed and accommodated.
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