We always enjoy hearing from our guests in their own words, about what they most enjoyed and remembered from their Aqua Expeditions cruises.
We also encourage all our guests to share photos and videos of their trips with us with their friends and family, on Trip Advisor, Facebook and wherever else you wish.
Here are some recent stories from our wonderful guests at Aqua Expeditions…
“I would like to thank you and Aqua Expeditions for allowing me to experience the MV Aqua on my recent trip to Peru. My partner Joe and I absolutely loved every moment of the experience. I have worked in the travel industry for 25 years and never have I experienced such a flawless product. From the beautiful boat, to the wonderful crew, the superb wildlife and knowledgeable naturalists (in particular, Roland), the food, everything was perfect. Our only regret was that 3 nights was not long enough. Thanks again and I also wish you success with the new Mekong experience.”
Kate Witton – December 2013
“Amazing Amazon on the Aqua. First class all the way, loved it!! Thank you!”
Family Miller and Windsor, September 2013
“Aria a highlight – such customer service. Amazing wildlife on the 4 nts – further up into the park – monkeys, wonderful birds. Gracias!!!”
Mr. & Mrs. Richardson, August 2013
“The Aqua was super. The cabins were luxurious even with a third body in residence. Fourteen guests total with capacity for 24 – and ten of us were rearranged from a cancelled cruise! Really interesting and friendly traveling companions – no one as young as DeLu but one family had two daughters 20 and 23 who made a big fuss over DeLu. As usual she made friends with her drawing/cartooning talents. The naturalists were very fine and the food absolutely gourmet. The chef always sent someone to ask if DeLu wanted to eat the set meal or something less fancy. She ate the lunches as offered to the group and usually went quick and light on the dinners in order to go to bed early – worked out great.The highlight of the trip was a skiff boat outing on the Pacaya River when the guide trusted his intuition and led the boat into the grasses at the riverbank and pulled on board an 8-foot immature anaconda snake with DeLu sitting in the front seat, alternating between gasping in horror and giggling in delight! What a photo op! It ended up probably being an improvement over Plan A to have the two different venues, a variety of guides and swimming pool. Curiously enough, the Aqua cruise director told us that the ship was fully booked for the following week.”
Lee Family, August 2013
Watch a video created by Linda A. about her experience piranha fishing in 2011:
“What can I say? It was awesome! We went in July of 2013. The weather was great (upper 80s and rained once over 4 days). The water level had already receded about 12-15 feet, so treking into the jungle was great fun! We saw anacondas, caimans, sloths, monkeys, dolphins manatees and birds of every type.
The staff went beyond my expectations in every way. The cruise director (Anna), the guides (Ricardo, Naycer, Jorge, and Roland, the dining room attendants, the room service, were all top notch! I grew up in Las Vegas where there are more 5 star, 5 diamond restaurants than anywhere on the planet, and I promise you that I have never had any food better than what they served on the Aria! It is truly a must do trip!”
Mr. Joe Cavanagh, July 2013
“Just returned from Peru and a four day visit on the Aqua with my wife and 22 year old son. What a first class experience, great guides, great service, truly an enjoyable and memorable trip. I highly recommend taking a journey with Aqua Expeditions.”
Mr. Thomas Klein, July 2013
“Words can not express the great time we had on the cruise.Thank you for helping to make this a once in a lifetime experience for our family.”
Mr. and Mrs. Swoboda, June 2013
“The accommodations were very nice and all the staff (crew, guides) helpful and attentive. The meals were very good and they adjusted to our food restrictions. They provided mosquito netting in our cabin. The education sessions and skiff excursions were very good. We also enjoyed talking with our fellow travelers. We would highly recommend the Aria cruise.”
Mr. and Mrs. Colburn, June 2013
“We enjoyed every minute on the Aria. The delicious meals, the inviting atmosphere and the wonderful crew make it an incredible experience.
The daily excursions and itineraries were perfectly planned and the guides were world class. As a family, we have traveled all over the world and we all agreed our three nights on the Aria were one of the best experiences in all our traveling. The Aria is a once in a lifetime holiday and we hope to return again.”
Ms. Stephanie Goodman, May 2013
“We were surprisingly pleased with our 4-night trip aboard MV Aria. The guides were outstanding. How they managed to find wildlife hidden (to us) high in the tree tops while the skiffs were cruising at 20 knots is amazing. The food was likewise excellent, emphasizing local Peruvian fresh foods. I’m now a convert to camu camu. I wish I could get it at home. The accommodations were also first rate. Lying in bed, watching the world go by through the huge picture window was a wonderful experience.”
Mr. Mark and Donna Blum, April 2013
“We just arrived home. We had the best time everything was even better than expected! Especially the crew, guides! Trip of a lifetime!! Thanks so much we will highly recommend Aqua Expeditions!”
Mr. Jason Wolff, April 2013
“Thank you for making the arrangements for my family to go on the Aria. We had a wonderful time. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The boat is beautiful and the cabins are spacious. It was great to see the animals in their natural setting and to see the floating city in Iquitos and the Villages along the River.”
Mr. Jeff Traugot, April 2013
“We are just back home and I wanted to report that our experience aboard Aria this week was just above expectation. And this was shared by all the passengers representing quite an international range of clients: Canada, Taiwan, US, Australia and France! Thank you so much for giving us this great opportunity. I have some experience in hospitality and in river cruising in particular and what you ve created is just perfectly balanced: discovery, gastronomy, atmosphere, comfort, organisation, kindness and professionalism of the staff. All went smoothly. The boat has been very well thought through as well as itineraries. Really not much to comment on. We saw (we double checked!) 35 different species including Anaconda, Caiman, tarentula, Guacamayo, poisonous snakes, amazing frogs…we fished Pirahnas. Well you know all this. In other words just great. Special awards to Ricardo X 2, Georges and Julio. They really made our journeys. The chef is also exceptional. Well done. And Carolina, your new Cruise Director is a lovely person. I can assure you that you have now 25 new Ambassadors! All the best to both of you, thanks again for your hospitality and I look forward to seeing you soon.”
Un abrazo fuerte
Mr. Yann Guézennec, April 2013
“There were many memorable moments from the three days we spent on the Aria. We were particularly taken by our ability to connect with not just the land but also the people from the region, from the time we spend with the energetic and knowledgeable guides (all of whom were born and bred there) as well as with the children and teachers in the local village with whom we spent some time on our last day. Thank you for showing us the richness of Amazon with all the comfort that the Aria offered.”
Mr. and Mrs. Lui, March 2013
“My husband and I took this cruise last week. EVERY SINGLE aspect of our interaction with the folks related to the Aqua vessel was beyond our expectations. The crew is professional and masterful! We loved the experience and would highly recommend this cruise to all even remotely interested!!”
Mrs. and Mr. Manly, March 2013
“The Aqua Expedition of the Peruvian Amazon gave us a very good taste of the jungle. The Pacaya-Samiria reserve is spectacular providing us with a lifetime experience. The vessel, staff, food and expeditions were all first class. Whoever takes this cruise will never forget it!!!”
Mr. Vega, February 2013
“Thank you for your email. I am a bit embarrassed you have our feedback form as it was done in such a rush. But we would like to say that we thought Aqua expedition was the best trip of our lives. We felt it was a privilege to be able to see so much of the Birthplace of the Amazon, so rich in fauna and flora, in such hospitable comfort. We never normally do a cruise, it is not our thing. But we absolutely loved the Aqua expedition, and we loved the mother ship. We liked that she was small and intimate. And we liked the care that had been taken with everything. It was fabulous, all the staff was wonderful and responsive and anticipated all out needs. Neythan was a superb guide and so obviously knew the Amazon that he was an inspiration. Gabriella rang a very happy ship and it showed across all the different components, from the restaurant, to the bar, to the rooms to the expeditions.Thank you for the care everyone at Aqua expeditions took, you gave us an experience of a lifetime.”
Mr. and Mrs. Begbie, February 2013
“It was one of the best journey we had ever. We would like to come back again. I made a digital album. Please access to the site below:
Thank you for all things which you have done for us during the cruise. We are looking forward to seeing you again very near future.”
Mr. and Mrs. Nakagawa, February 2013
“A rare opportunity to visit and intimately experience a remote and unique part of the world. This boutique tour operator provided cruise guides and naturalists, mostly local, who were very friendly and knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure their guests were well looked after. The fauna and flora of the upper reaches of the Amazon River are always photogenic, but with eagle-eyed guides knowing the best vantage points the experience was truly amazing. Special mention and thanks to Danial, Julio and Ricky (and a brave cruise director who even tried to teach me to dance). Altogether an unforgettable experience.”
Mr. Shelton, January 2013
“There are no words to adequately describe our adventure. It was amazing. I will send photos (double rainbow at Macchu Picchu) which may begin to tell you how much fun and excitement we had. We all climbed Waynapicchu and made it down too! The guide was amazing from OE. Just a hint..Ben snatched a speckled caiman from the rivers of the Amazon!!!He was supervised, of course, by a guide and it was a small one, only a couple feet long. How thrilling. Aqua was amazing..loved it.”
Mr. and Mrs. Kopecky, January 2013
“The cruise was fantastic we had a wonderful time. The staff were very attentive and made our time on in the rainforest amazing. The room was very comfortable and everyone was very friendly. The presentation of the food was also great. It was a great experience.”
Mr. and Mrs. McFadzen, November 2012
“Dear Mr. Zugaro,
My wife and I recently took a four day cruise on the Amazon aboard the Aria. The staff aboard the ship was incredibly accommodating and friendly – particularly the director of the cruise, Gabriela Rodriguez, who made the trip so enjoyable by her outgoing personality and participation, as well as her efforts in getting all of the passengers to know one another. Many thanks to Ms. Rodriguez and the rest of the staff aboard the Aria for helping us to create a wonderful experience that my wife and I will remember for years to come.”
Mr. and Mrs. Silverman, October 2012
What an amazing experience we had recently on the “Aria”. We absolutely loved it and without exception it was the highlight of our Peru holiday. The “Aria” is such a brilliant boat on the Amazon with every convenience including the great bed, spacious bathroom and the picture windows for watching life on the Amazon……we haven’t stopped raving about our trip, since we left Iquitos! All the staff were so gracious and accommodating and full of enthusiasm and it was obvious they loved their jobs and their role in helping the ecology of the area. We had 2 fantastic naturalist guides, Julio and George who managed to find all sorts of wildlife and how they did, we’ll still never know. They are great ambassadors for Aqua Expeditions and the area itself and both are good-humoured, intelligent and full of information. My husband, Greg and I loved all the daily excursions and to meet the local people, see the smiling children and enjoy the time with them was very special. All the shipboard staff were fantastic too in the bar, restaurant and throughout the ship. Smiling, professional and couldn’t do enough for everyone on board. Food was excellent and Greg, being vegetarian who eats fish/seafood was really well accommodated as was another guest who was strictly vegetarian. We had such a lovely group of people and everyone of them was as enthusiastic as Greg and I, about their 4 nights onboard. All of us commented that we would travel back to Peru, just to take another Aqua Expedition.
The entire time, from when we were picked up at Iquitos Airport until we left Iquitos was superb and we were still learning enroute to the airport at the manatee rescue centre. Really fabulous experience and product. Every trip to Peru should revolve around Aqua Expeditions as the highlight. Thank you to Marylin for all her help in organizing and thank you to Francesco and to all at Aqua Expeditions for making this trip possible. This was the experience of a lifetime.
Mrs. and Mr. Thackray, September 2012
”Dear Aqua Crew,
Was wonderful every minute that we spent in the cruise. We’ll never forget all of you. There are no words to describe our experience. We’ve just want to tell all of you thank you very much for everything. Right know we are listening the CD and looking our thousand of photos….. THANK YOU.”
Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm, July 2012
We had a fantastic trip!!!!!!!!! It exceeded our expectations. You should be very proud of Aqua Expeditions/Aria! From the moment we were met at the airport to the moment we were dropped off a week later, everything was amazing! The boat, the accomodations, the service, the food, the EXPERIENCE! Certainly one that we’ll highly recommentd. Thanks.”
Mrs. Gerdes, June 2012
“Yes, the Amazon is fascinating and for people who appreciate a more personal trip, Aqua Expeditions are just the right size and duration. Our four day, three night cruise during High Water season was a unique experiece on so many levels. You met our expectations for food, caring staff, room design and guides. What we hadn’t expected but fortunately did experience, were the variety and friendliness of the other guests, which now feel more like friends than just fellow travelers. Thank you for attracting such great personalities and helping to create wonderful experiences. There is a wealth of vegatation waiting to be explored.”
Mrs. and Mr. Silver, May 2012
“The experience was absolutely AMAZING from beginning to end. The Amazon and villages speak for themselves. The staff of the ARIA was SO nice and accomdating. The service was excellent and the menus even better! our guides George, Ricardo, Roland and Julio was so very knowledgeable, not to mention cute and adorable. So was the staff in the restaurant, Robinson, Tony and Ericson……..they also sing and dance, who knew?? in one word…EXCELLENT !!”
Mr. Thomas, April 2012
I wanted to thank you for your help in planning a wonderful trip. My husband and I really enjoyed every part of our time in Peru and your suggestion of taking the Aria cruise at the end of our tour worked well for us. We had a wonderful time in Peru. The itinerary planned, the guides and drivers were all 5 star. The staff of the Aria are superb. The naturalists are so enthusiastic about sharing the Amazon experience with visitors. Ricardo, Julio, Roland, and Jorge never tired of helping us sight wildlife, get good photographs, and learn about the culture and environment of the Amazon. Their love of nature, knowledge of the plant and animal life, respect for the environment, and “people skills” are what we believe made the trip. Also, the rest of the Aria crew in a few short days came to know our personal preferences for food and beverages. On the last day Roberto made guacamole specially for my husband and if he had been able I know he would have provided my husband with barbecued pork for every meal!”
Mrs. and Mr. Smith, March 2012
“I and my wife – and 16 other Danish travellers – had the pleasure recently, in February/March 2012, to spend 4 nights/5 days on the boat ARIA, belonging to Aqua Expeditions, travelling the Amazon from Nauta to Iquitos. I have read all the reviews about ARIA, including the negative ones. But let me put it as simple as it gets: There is NOTHING negative to be said about ARIA and the trip on the Amazon at the moment. There might have been problems in the past but they have been solved 100%!
In short: If you want to see the Amazon, from a safe and luxurious place, with cabins and food/drinks that exceed your highest expectations, this is THE boat! You get a fantastic experience from the start to the end. In a complete safe environment (a policeman is accompanying the boat all the time) and with cabin facilities that belongs to a 6 star hotel… Every day you will be going on fantastic excursions on the river/in the rain forest. Beautiful sights, exciting views, great experiences etc. etc. I can only recommend this boat and the Aqua company at the most. Don’t even think of alternatives if you want to see the Amazon and surroundings from a base of luxury!”
Mr. and Mrs. Goldin (Ranked by Tripadvisor as a “professional”), March 2012
“We recently returned from a 4 night cruise and we are still feeling the effects of the magic we experienced on your ship. From the moment we arrived at the dock to board the Aria to the sad ending of 4 perfect days and nights, we were treated to the most amazing adventure. Visiting the mighty Amazon in all its wonder and glory is so very special.
To be able to explore all it has to offer with your very knowledgeable naturalists was truly a gift. All of the employee’s were so passionate about everything they did. It was obvious they took pride in their work, and their smiles and sincerity was contagious. The food, was superb and being able to taste the fresh juices, fish and vegetables from the Amazon was perfect. Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime. Words cannot describe the feelings everyone on the boat felt, it truly was magic!”
Mrs. Moskow, March 2012
“Hi Victoria–My husband, Erik, and I had a fabulous week with you aboard Aqua at the end of February, 2012. Everyone was exemplary on this trip–from the guides to the chefs to the cabin personnel. We highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience the Amazon in a truly unique way.”
Mr. and Mrs. Rifkin, February 2012
“Dear Mr. Zugaro:
My wife, Margaret, and I were on your Aqua cruise February 4 to 11. Over the years we have taken 15 cruises, some expeditions in nature, as the Aqua cruise and have been on safaris and other adventures around the world. This Aqua adventure and cruise was superbly lead and executed by Anita Rodriquez. In particular her leadership of the Aqua team was outstanding. It became very apparent that Anita has earned both the respect and loyalty of the team and has instilled a high degree of team spirit. Furthermore, Anita has an engaging personality that gives her a wonderful way with the ship’s guests. She and the entire Aqua team exhibits a high degree of pride in your company that was evident throughout the cruise. Several crew members in addition to Anita mentioned how much they enjoyed working for your organization.
The person responsible for hiring Anita is to be commended. It is evident from the guides, table staff, boat personnel and other crew that Aqua has a superb hiring program.
I like to hear when my people do well and I felt you would like to know you have a great team on Aqua and a wonderful representative in Anita. I will not hesitate to recommend your company to others. Aqua proved to be one of the best trips in our past 25 years of travel.”
Mr. Swink, February 2012