Class-leading boutique cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced two exciting new additions to its fleet: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.

While Aqua Nera takes passengers deep into the exotic Peruvian Amazon, Aqua Blu will sail through the East Indonesian Archipelago as the brand’s first ever coastal ship.

As in all Aqua Expeditions vessels, the two new additions boast tailored five-star itineraries, world-class cuisine, a highly exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio and expert-guided adventure excursions.

Here’s exactly what each state-of-the-art ship has to offer:

Aqua Blu

The work of internationally renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover, Aqua Blu has been completely refurbished yet still upholds a rich heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle.

To begin service in November 2019, she is the cruise line’s first coastal ship and the first-ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the stunning East Indonesian archipelago.

Departing year-round, Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on seven-night coastal cruise itineraries:

  • Raja Ampat (December to February; 10 departures/year)
  • Bali-Komodo National Park (April to September; 23 departures/year)
  • Ambon & Spice Islands (October to November; 7 departures/year)

Passengers traverse the fabled global spice trade route and discover some of the Coral Triangle’s best diving and snorkelling sites, as well as tropical islands where wildlife, culture and age-old traditions thrive.

With 15 individually designed sea-facing suites across three luxurious cabin categories, Aqua Blu is equipped with technologically advanced stabilisers to ensure smooth sailing.

On board, guests can take full advantage of certified dive guides and amenities including an outdoor plunge pool and spa, diving and snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Limited 12-night itineraries are also available with four departures per year, each sailing a different route. Rates for seven- and 12-night Aqua Blu itineraries range from US$7,525 to US$16,475 per person in double occupancy.

Aqua Nera

Setting a new standard of luxury in the Peruvian Amazon, Aqua Nera will become the most state-of-the-art river boat to sail the region. Designed by Noor, her luxuriously appointed interiors draw inspiration from her lush surroundings and feature dark, sustainably sourced wood throughout.

From the blackwater lagoons and twisting arms of the Amazon River and Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to intricate accents from the rubber boom era and the vibrant cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru, the design conveys a sense of stylish hospitality.

This design philosophy continues across the vessel’s 20 river-facing suites and social spaces including the restaurant and lounge, gym, plunge pool and spa.

By continuing its partnership with award-winning Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Aqua Expeditions will deliver a sustainable menu that emphasises local produce and fresh ingredients.

The ship’s sprawling balconies provide the perfect viewpoint to observe some of the Amazon Rainforest’s incredible 427 mammal species, 1,300 bird species, 378 reptile species and 400 amphibian species.

Aqua Nera will enter service in July 2020 and offer three-, four- and seven-night river cruise itineraries with rates ranging from US$4,125 to 10,325 per person in double occupancy.

Visit Aqua Expeditions for bookings and more information.