Aqua Expeditions is proud to share with you our latest company milestones:
A Company Update from Owner and C.E.O. Francesco Galli Zugaro
APRIL 23, 2013
As many of you may know, I decided to grow our business and start operations in South East Asia. Aqua Expeditions has been set up in Singapore now for almost eight months. We want to take this opportunity to update you on our progress on the new boat --the Aqua Mekong, and on other developments in the company.
Since moving to Asia, we have successfully opened our corporate headquarters in Singapore. With a growing number of staff, including a financial controller, regional sales and marketing manager, reservations staff for Mekong only operations, accountant, executive assistant and myself, we are ready to continue delivering the service and guest experience we are known for.
We are also happy to report that our Representative Office in Vietnam is fully constituted. Our Cambodian Subsidiary is also fully incorporated and waiting to begin operations once we hire staff toward the end of the year. Our operational headquarters for our Mekong cruiser will be in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Over the past few months I have taken several exploratory trips on the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia including the impressive Tonle Sap Lake, access point to the world-renowned complex of Ankgor Wat, in order to custom-design our exclusive itinerary. The trips have been an amazing opportunity to see all the possible shore excursions and highlights that our 3-, 4- and 7-night programs will offer. The beauty of this region is inspiring to me, and for your clients, the Aqua Mekong will be a perfect base from which to explore.
I have been busy with Naval architects and Marine consultants revisiting several design aspects that will set this river cruiser apart and in a league of its own. As a result of these changes and improvements, build time should be reduced and we therefore hope to begin taking reservations as soon as we have our delivery date. We are looking at a launch date in the second quarter of 2014.
We are so encouraged by the tremendous interest and desire from all of you to sell the Aqua Mekong and this part of the world. Sales and reservations will begin soon after construction starts.
Thank you for your ongoing support on what promises to be an exciting time in the history of Aqua Expeditions.
Francesco Galli Zugaro
CEO | Aqua Expeditions Pte Ltd
JACK HANNA'S "INTO THE WILD" TAKES VIEWERS INTO THE REMOTE PERUVIAN AMAZON IN 2011
Starting Feb. 21, 2011, Jack Hanna's "Into the Wild" will begin airing a series of episodes filmed in Peru showcasing the country's rich Amazonian wildlife offerings. Filmed on board the M/V Aqua , the series of episodes will air on various networks across the country and will feature pink dolphins, Amazonian manatees, rare river otters and other exotic fauna and flora found in the remote Peruvian Amazon. The three-episode series on Peru was filmed this past fall with Jack Hanna and his crew traveling to and exploring the Peruvian Amazon by land and river.
Jack Hanna's "Into the Wild" is set to be one of the most dynamic and in depth views into the Peruvian Amazon's wildlife experiences and tourism offerings. For more information on Jack Hanna, "Into the Wild" and air dates in your city, visit www.jhitw.com.
AQUA EXPEDITIONS' NEW AMAZON CRUISE
We are proud to announce that we have opened our brand-new lounge in Nauta on a tributary of the Amazon to offer greater comfort to our guests boarding the M/V Aqua, and in the spring, our new boat the MV Aria.
AQUA EXPEDITIONS' NEW CRUISE SHIP,
The M/V Aria features 16 specially designed cabins with floor to ceiling picture windows, a fully air-conditioned top deck with Observation Lounge as well as the Aqua Expeditions' signature Amazon Grill with award-winning Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
In addition to these amenities, the M/V Aria will also boast an exercise room and an outdoor Jacuzzi with Sun Deck, a unique addition to accommodate the discerning and fitness conscious traveler.
Aqua Expeditions Added to Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards Survey 2010
Aqua Expeditions, Peru’s first five-star luxury cruise company that ventures through rarely seen areas of the Peruvian Amazon, has been added to the prestigious Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards Survey for 2010.
Each year, readers of Travel+Leisure, the top travel magazine in the US, choose from among the world’s top hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines, airlines, travel companies and destinations, to determine the winners of the World’s Best Awards. This is the first year that Aqua Expeditions--which launched its flagship vessel, the M/V Aqua, on the Peruvian Amazon in 2008—will be included on the prestigious readers’ ballots.
Readers who cast votes in the readers’ poll at www.tlworldsbest.com through March 31, 2010, will also be entered to win a $10,000 dream trip to the destination of their choice. Results of the survey will be announced in the January 2011 issue of Travel+Leisure magazine.
Aqua Expeditions Appoints Juan Díaz Alván Community Outreach Manager
Aqua Expeditions has a strong commitment to identifying and helping to meet the needs of local communities in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where it operates its luxury vessel, the M/V Aqua. To underscore that commitment, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Francesco Galli-Zugaro recently appointed Juan Díaz Alván to the newly created position of Community Outreach Manager.
Socially Responsible Company: Aqua Expeditions Reaches Out to Fourteen Communities in the Peruvian Amazon
“One of our company’s key goals is to have a positive social impact on the some 14 Amazon communities that are touched by the M/V Aqua,” Galli-Zugaro explained. “We want that impact to include environmental conservation and protection of natural resources. That means we need to find environmentally friendly ways for these people to earn their livings.”