Aqua Expeditions in the Press

Aqua Expeditions is regularly featured by top travel journalists in the travel, culinary and news media. Read below the latest press and news media coverage about Aqua Expeditions – leading guests on luxury voyages on the world’s greatest rivers.

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“The ship [Aqua Nera] provided a serene foil to the wilderness surrounding it, and life on board was relaxing and laid back. As much as I enjoyed the excursions, dining was admittedly my favorite part of the cruise, from alfresco breakfasts to festive meals in the dining room. Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s innovative menus showcased ingredients sourced from the Amazon, elevating everything with a delicious sense of place.”


“Aqua Nera offers itineraries tailored with once-in-a-lifetime experiences that include intimate encounters with exotic wildlife and exhilarating adventures ranging from jungle walks, spotting Amazonian pink dolphins, piranha fishing, kayaking along the river’s black water tributaries, and more.”

Vogue Turkey Oct 2021

“Floating in the Peruvian Amazon, Aqua Nera and exploring the Mekong River connecting Vietnam and Cambodia, Aqua Mekong are among the most special boats of the award-winning company. With only 20 suites, these ultra-luxurious boats sail deep into the Amazon rainforest and historical treasures along the Mekong coast.”

SEA+I Issue 44

“For Francesco Galli Zugaro the world is not enough. As of 2021 he operates four explorer vessels that ply the Mekong River, the Spice Islands and the farthest reaches of the Amazon River. The greatest adventure? It has just set sail. His latest launch, Aqua Nera, stalks big cats and scarlet macaws in the Peruvian rainforest wetlands.”

Travel+Leisure October 2021

“Aqua Expeditions N°4 River Cruise Line in the 2021 World’s Best Awards”

Robb Report Mexico July /August 2021

“In one of the most spectacular ecosystems, the Amazon, a new species has been born: Aqua Nera, the most recent vessel of Aqua Expeditions.”

Boat International June 2021

“Representing more than half of the world’s remaining rainforest, the Amazon spans nine countries and is home to 16,000 species of tree. The Peruvian Amazon can be visited in superyacht style on board Aqua Expeditions’ new 20-suite Aqua Nera, whose inaugural voyage is planned for this month.”

Prestige Indonesia APR 2021

“Aqua Blu welcomes guests with luxuriously appointed amenities including spectacular observation decks and workout facilities as well as generous and inviting outdoor spaces.”




“Life on Aqua Blu revolves around the water. My journey is a destination deep-dive in every sense. On a seven-day trip, you can do as much or as little as you like. Most days, a group of us don tanks and dive the coral gardens, while others snorkel or swim from the beach. No less blissful, however, are afternoons spent on the sun deck with a drink and a pair of binoculars, spying solitary huts and waterside villages hemmed in by limestone cliffs.”

Town&Country Mar 2021

“I’m finally here (what’s a 38-hour plane-and-airport marathon when I’ve been waiting a decade?) because I found just the right vessel on which to explore. I love wildness, but I also love creature comforts, and the Aqua Blu, the newest boat operating in Raja Ampat, fit the bill.”

Asia-Pacific Boating Jan/Feb 2021

“Aqua Blu started out as a hydrographic vessel chartering underwater terrain in far flung locations. After several refurbishments, its new mission is letting guests explore Indonesia’s most sought-after marine destinations in comfort. It’s a fitting next chapter in this boat’s history.”


“The debut of the boat, Aqua Blu, is Galli Zugaro’s first foray into ocean cruising. It has made visiting this remote part of Asia possible without the challenges of organizing a private charter (though you can do that, too–the Aqua Blu can accommodate parties of up to 30 people, perfect for those who want privacy).”

Virtuoso Life Jan/Feb 2021

“Aqua Expeditions’ new 40-passenger Aqua Nera will join sister ship Aria Amazon in Iquitos, Peru, for expeditions in South America’s richest ecosystems. Daily naturalist-led, small-group excursions depart to spy three-toed sloths and toucans, explore local communities on all-terrain bike tours, kayak, fish for piranhas, and search for the Amazon’s endangered pink river dolphin.”

Departures Jan/Feb 2021

“Aqua Expeditions has redefined cruising on the Amazon with its stylish ships, world-class cuisine, and wildlife excursions – and now the company is improving its winning formula with this 20-suite vessel.”

Robb Report Dec/Jan 2021

The anthropologist Lawrence Blair has spent the past few decades trekking to the most remote corners of Indonesia, living with indigenous peoples, climbing Krakatoa, sailing with pirates, seeking rare birds of paradise and researching ancient myths, as depicted in his Emmy-winning 1988 PBS documentary, Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey. Now Robb Report readers can join the colorful explorer on private expeditions to some of Indonesia’s most spectacular locations aboard a private charter of the Aqua Blu superyacht.”

Condé Nast Traveler Nov 2020

Aqua Expeditions N°5 River Ship in the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

Boat International Oct 2020

“Aqua Expeditions will launch the 62-metre Aqua Nera for whole boat charter on the Peruvian
Amazon in November. Explore the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve then dive in the plunge pool before settling down to Amazonian dishes by chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.”

Robb Report Arabia August 2020

“It [Aqua Blu] could take you to dive or snorkel around the Raja Ampat Islands, where the warm sea is home to three-quarters of the world’s known coral species. Then again, you could opt to see the dinosaur-like dragon lizards of the UNESCO-protected Komodo National Park, or hop among the nutmeg-tree-covered Spice Islands.”

Virtuoso Life Sep Oct 2020

“From the beginning, we’ve been committed to contributing to communities and protecting the environment. But the pandemic allowed us time to rethink our approach.”

Abenteuer & Reisen Jan 2020

“Sailing towards Cambodia – In golden west Thailand, in busy east Vietnam and in between the very humble and peaceful Cambodia, a place offering so much more than just the world-famous temples such as Angkor Wat. Cambodia’s huge diversity can be seen during the pottery-making excursion in the countryside, on the river expedition on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Lake, as well as a visit to a Robinson luxury island.”

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