Singapore-headquartered Aqua Expeditions will expand its cruise offerings in Asia this November when Aqua Blu starts cruising in eastern Indonesia, where it will be the first long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based there with year-round departures.
The company’s first coastal ship, Aqua Blu has a rich heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and has been completely refurbished in partnership with renowned Dutch designer Cor D. Rover, with 15 individually-designed sea-facing suites in three cabin categories.
Featuring technologically-advanced stabilisers, the high-performance vessel is certified by RINA and SOLAS.
Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on seven-night coastal cruise itineraries, with round trips through Raja Ampat in December and January (10 annual departures).
From April through September, it will offer bi-directional cruises through Bali and Komodo National Park (23 departures), while in October and November it will operate round trips in the Ambon and Spice Islands (seven departures).
Aqua Blu will also offer 12-night ‘Limited Cross-Destination Voyages’, with up to four departures a year, each a different route, offering the chance to exploring multiple destinations and exotic locales such as The Forgotten Islands.
The vessel will operate in the heart of the Coral Triangle and traverse the fabled spice trade route, with all itineraries including tropical islands with exotic wildlife, local culture and age-old traditions, plus some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites.
Aqua Blu will have certified dive guides and amenities including an outdoor plunge pool, spa and non-motorised watersports equipment such as diving and snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
Two high-powered tenders will support sea excursions. Multiple excursions on land and sea will run concurrently, with water-based excursions catering to both certified divers and leisure snorkelers.
Rates for seven-night and 12-night Aqua Blu itineraries will range from US$7,525 to US$16,475 per person in double occupancy.
Another addition to the Aqua Expeditions fleet is Aqua Nera, a new river cruise boat designed and constructed in Vietnam that will operate in the Peruvian Amazon from August 2020. Aqua Nera will offer three, four and seven-night river cruise itineraries with rates ranging from US$4,125 to US$10,325 per person in double occupancy.
Founded by CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro, Aqua Expeditions introduced five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru and on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia to explore remote, culturally important destinations on two of the world’s great rivers. The company currently operates the Aria Amazon in Peru and the Aqua Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam.