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Francesco Galli Zugaro, founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions

Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro,

Launched in 2007, Aqua Expeditions is a boutique luxury river and yacht cruise line with ships offering a unique brand of expedition cruising in the world’s most ecologically and culturally significant locales: the Peruvian Amazon, the Mekong river in Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as the seas of East Indonesia.

Our Story

Aqua Expeditions caters to modern-day adventurers seeking active exploration in destinations best discovered by cruising. Highly experiential in nature, every Aqua Expeditions journey encompasses tailored activities with expert-guided small-group excursions, exceptional service with a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, a focus on sustainability and conservation, contemporary ship design as well as a world-class cuisine experience created by renowned chefs.

Aqua Expeditions began with the launch of three Aqua Expeditions river cruise vessels, the Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon in 2008 and 2011 respectively in the Peruvian Amazon, followed by an expansion in Southeast Asia – Cambodia and Vietnam with the Aqua Mekong in 2014.

In 2019, Founder & CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro announced the continued global expansion of Aqua Expeditions with two new vessels and three new destinations. Aqua Blu, the cruise line’s first-ever oceangoing explorer yacht, will explore three new coastal destinations of East Indonesia, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park from November 2019. Aqua Nera, a new-build river cruise ship, will sail the Peruvian Amazon in August 2020 with the goal of redefining the standards of luxury river cruising on the Amazon.

In the process, Galli Zugaro has cultivated a brand that exemplifies his attention to detail and desire to personalize an immersive luxury cruise experience by pairing iconic boutique five-star vessels with “soft adventures” led by highly-knowledgeable teams of full-time guides and crew. His immaculate attention to detail, refined tastes and sense of adventure is reflected in every Aqua Expeditions journey.

Aqua Expeditions ships have received international acclaim, including the Gold Award in the Architecture/New Build category in the 2015 Asia Hotel Design Awards for the Aqua Mekong. VIP guests to have cruised on an Aqua vessel include leading travel journalists from Travel + Leisure, Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Forbes and Robb Report, amongst others.

Sail with us on an Aqua Expeditions journey and experience a cruise adventure unlike any other.