The Best in Luxury River Cruising: Aqua Expeditions

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This year cruising is back and better than ever before with river cruising in particular seeing a huge 118% increase in popularity since 2019, with expedition cruises increasing by a whopping 131%*. For the best luxury expedition river cruises in some of the world’s most remote, biodiverse and hard to reach destinations, look no further than Aqua Expeditions. With luxury voyages taking place in The Mekong travelling though Cambodia and Vietnam onboard Aqua Mekong and exploring the Peruvian Amazon onboard Aqua Nera and Aria Amazon, Aqua Expeditions is the perfect choice for an unforgettable river cruise.

Aqua Mekong: Mekong River, Cambodia & Vietnam
Charting a luxurious passage on Southeast Asia’s longest river across Cambodia and Vietnam, the 205-foot Aqua Mekong showcases award-winning modern design with comprehensive amenities such as a spa, gym, and river-facing plunge pool. The vessel’s 20 spacious suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer ever-changing Mekong panoramas. For offshore excursions, the Mekong’s only fleet of private skiffs bring guests on small and highly personalized day trips led by expert local guides to landmarks, temples, and villages where tradition, spirituality and craftsmanship reside. The immersive cultural journey continues on board with locally inspired dining experiences crafted by Michelin-starred consulting chef David Thompson.

The itinerary for Aqua Mekong permits guests to visit earth’s unspoiled sanctuaries and connect with the area in a unique, authentic, and responsible way. Whether its walking through verdant plantations, tasting fruits in a local’s home, to the sounds of traditional folk song, admiring one of the largest Mahayana Buddhist temples in the region, witnessing the craftsmanship on Mekong’s ‘silk islands’ or exploring Phnom Peng by tuk-tuk, the itinerary is packed full of adventure, culture and wonder.

Aqua Nera: Amazon River, Peru
Setting a new standard for luxury river voyages on the Amazon, the 205-foot Aqua Neradraws inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical black water lagoons, bearing the signature style that Aqua Expedition ships are known for. The vessel’s 20 design suites convey a sense of tranquillity, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Revel in personalized luxury while exploring the depths of the Peruvian Amazon and savouring rainforest-inspired cuisine created by renowned chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions, rewarding guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.

Aria Amazon: Amazon River, Peru
Aria Amazon is custom-built to explore the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in comfort with minimal impact to the delicate Amazonian environment.
On board, 16 luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows reveal majestic river and rainforest views. The top deck features stylish amenities and extensive social spaces that include a jacuzzi, lounge and bar. Savor a comprehensive dining menu created by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s most accomplished chefs, known for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Excursions are conducted in small groups by highly experienced crew and naturalist guides, assuring guests of rewarding wildlife encounters.

A recognized global leader in luxury small-ship expeditions, Aqua Expeditions explores the world’s most biodiverse and culturally significant destinations aboard best-in-class vessels of stylish contemporary design. Expect tailored five-star itineraries, a highly exclusive 1:1 crew to-guest ratio with personalized service, world-class dining, and small group expert-guided activities and excursions, with a maximum of 16-40 guests per ship.

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