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Aqua Expeditions sails two of the world’s most legendary rivers, located at opposite ends of the Earth. With Aqua, sail the Amazon and the Mekong in utmost comfort and an exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio.
Recently refurbished to reaffirm the brand’s well-established position as Best in Class, the 147-foot, 16-cabin Aria Amazon commands the mighty Peruvian Amazon River in uncompromising style. Custom designed by noted Peruvian designer, Jordi Puig, this luxury vessel boasts generous indoor and outdoor lounging spaces, an elegant dining room, and an upper-deck bar. Spacious private living quarters feature newly upgraded interiors and floor-to-ceiling, river-facing windows. Guests enjoy delectable dishes from Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, globally renowned for his Amazon-influenced cuisine, paired with sommelier-selected South American wines.
Experienced naturalist guides lead excursion groups of eight guests deep into the enigmatic black waters and lush jungles of Amazonia. Guests get up close to countless species while on board and during short excursions, engaging with the endangered pink Amazon dolphin, endearing three-toed sloth, playful squirrel monkey, and hundreds of exotic birds. Guest may cycle, kayak, swim, and fish en route to further engage with the wonders of the Amazon. A full-time paramedic is on board to ensure guest safety on every adventure. Between excursions, guests may relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi while sipping pisco punch, exercise behind glass windows with a river view, or enjoy massages from professional therapists with 100% pure, natural essential oils.
Aria offers guests unique opportunities for interaction and inspiration on special-edition departures. Experience the Amazon from the insider perspective of CEO and Founder Francesco Galli Zugaro. Treat your palate to the ultimate pleasure of joining Pedro Miguel Schiaffino in unique chef-hosted departures. Discover the Amazon with world-class explorer and champion of ocean conservation, Jean-Michel Cousteau. These experts and other adventures await.
In celebration of the launch of a new collaboration between Aqua Expeditions and Jean-Michel Cousteau, there will be a series of special luxury cruises featuring this world-renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection.
October 5th – 3 & 7 Night Itinerary
October 8th – 4 Night Itinerary
Unique opportunities for our guests on these departures include:
Experience the Amazon from the perspective of a conservationist: Discover this fascinating destination as you learn about the challenges conservationists face preserving wildlife habitats, delicate ecosystems and evolving cultural traditions and economic pressures which threaten the environment. Listen to evening talks and join the conversation with Jean-Michel as you learn about international conservation from a true expert.
Enjoy insider access: Meet and get to know Jean-Michel Cousteau in the intimacy of a small group of travelers as you share excursions into the Amazon jungle. Grab a bike or a kayak and pedal or paddle beside this fun and entertaining world traveler as he shares hilarious moments from his many journeys.
Learn from a master: Try your hand at your own video storytelling as you receive valuable tips from a world-class film producer. Relax in the evening as Jean-Michel provides a personal perspective before you enjoy screenings of some of his award-winning films.
Join in interactive Q & A Sessions: Ask questions of this world-class explorer in evening discussions, following his storytelling about his adventures and hear what he’s learned about advocacy in ocean conservation. Discover the man and the vision behind the Ocean Futures Society through informal conversations over drinks.
The Amazon – the world’s largest rain forest and considered the “lung of the earth” – cuts through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and of course Brazil. Journey from Northern Peru on board the Aria, going one step beyond luxury, where comfort and grace combine effortlessly with the wilderness of the Amazon in the most unique and personalized vessels ever to cruise the Amazon River.
Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has been an impassioned diplomat for the environment and our ocean planet. As Founder, Chairman of the Board and President of Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education organization, Jean-Michel has championed understanding worldwide about the critical relationship between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy.
Traveling the Amazon originally with his esteemed father 35 years ago, Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Society team returned in 2008 to this bio-diverse ecosystem to film “Ocean Adventures – Return to the Amazon” for PBS. An award-winning producer of over 80 films, Jean-Michel has been recognized internationally with numerous prestigious awards for his pioneering work in ocean conservation. In May 2016, he was honored with the highest French civilian order of distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honor by the President of France, François Hollande.
An inspirational visionary, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels the globe, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business, educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.
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