Wednesday 8 May 2019

Aqua Expeditions New Fleet Additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera [video]

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Aqua Blu to sail three key coastal destinations in East Indonesia

Aqua Nera to redefine Amazon luxury river cruise with nature-inspired design

Class-leading boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions officially announces two new fleet additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.

Aqua Blu is Aqua Expeditions’ first ever coastal ship, and the first ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the East Indonesian Archipelago with year-round departures.

Partnering with internationally-renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover, the completely refurbished Aqua Blu is endowed with a rich heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle.

To begin service on 16 November 2019, Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on 7-night coastal cruise itineraries:

Raja Ampat (Round-trip; December through to February; 10 departures/year)
Bali-Komodo National Park (Bi-directional; April to September; 23 departures/year)
Ambon & Spice Islands (Round-trip; October to November; 7 departures/year)
Opening up the opportunity of exploring multiple destinations in East Indonesia on a single itinerary and discovering exotic locales such as The Forgotten Islands, Aqua Blu will also offer highly-limited 12-night journeys.

Called Limited Cross-Destination Voyages, there will be a maximum of four departures a year, each sailing a different route. Rates for 7- and 12-night Aqua Blu itineraries range from USD7,525 to USD16,475 per person in double occupancy.

Aqua Nera, a new-build river cruise boat, features a high-concept interior by renowned architect Noor Design.

Designed and constructed in Vietnam, the vessel will sail to the Peruvian Amazon, where it will begin operations on 1 August 2020.

Aqua Nera will offer 3-, 4- and 7-night river cruise itineraries with rates ranging from USD4,125 to USD10,325 per person in double occupancy.

As Aqua Expeditions vessels, both Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera feature world-class cuisine experiences by renowned consulting chefs and will be open for booking from 7 May 2019.

Aqua Blu: Giving unprecedented access to Earth’s most intriguing destinations

Aqua Blu cruises in the heart of the Coral Triangle and traverses the fabled global spice trade route. Itineraries will cover tropical islands where wildlife, culture and age-old traditions reside in addition to the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites. Featuring technologically-advanced stabilizers for ultimate guest comfort while navigating or at res, the high-performance vessel is also RINA- and SOLAS-certified. With 15 individually-designed sea-facing suites in 3 cabin categories, Aqua Blu will welcome guests with onboard certified dive guides and a range of best-in-class cruise amenities including a sun deck, indoor lounge and bar, outdoor jacuzzi, spa and top-of-the-line non-motorised watersports equipment such as diving and snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Aqua Blu is also equipped with two high-powered tenders for sea excursions. Multiple excursions on land and water are planned to run concurrently on the Aqua Blu. Water-based excursions will cater to both certified divers as well as leisure snorkelers.

[Editor notes that the 'new' Aqua Blu (IMO 4902921) is a former Royal Navy Bulldog-class survey ship, launched as HMS Beagle in 1968 (Pennant A319) and was sold off in 2002. Most recent sailed as MY TITAN, GRT 1260, 57m LOA and built by BROOKE MARINE YACHTS in England.]

Aqua Nera: Setting a new standard of luxury in the Peruvian Amazon

Designed and built to become the most state-of-the-art riverboat to sail the Amazon, Aqua Nera will present guests with a luxuriously-appointed interior inspired by her surroundings: the blackwater lagoons and tributaries of the Amazon river and Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The design also incorporates intricate accents from the rubber boom era and the colourful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru. Using dark-hued, sustainably-sourced wood as the key interior material, Aqua Nera’s 20 spacious, river-facing suites will convey a welcoming and stylish sense of Amazonian tranquillity. The design philosophy manifests across the vessel’s social spaces including the restaurant, lounge and spa. Aqua Nera will also feature a river-facing plunge pool and gym. On Aqua Nera, Aqua Expeditions’ partnership with award-winning Peruvian culinarian Pedro Miguel Schiaffino will continue. Known for using Amazonian ingredients in his Modern Peruvian cuisine, Chef Schiaffino’s menu will reaffirm the cruise line’s steadfast commitment to sustainability and supporting local producers and conservation.

Bookings for Aqua Expeditions cruises are available through your travel agent or Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 or or

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