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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MiNDFOOD – Australia & NZ

“Whether you’re a seasoned passenger or thinking of taking your very first cruise, your choices are enticing and spectacular. There are now more ships travelling around New Zealand and the Pacific than ever before. Further afield, the lure to escape to the Med with a range of different offerings and price ranges makes cruising the perfect holiday option.”


El Comercio – Peru

“Set sail from Iquitos and navigate to the Pacaya Samiria Reserve aboard luxury cruises with a capacity of up to 32 passengers. On the way, at the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, enjoy the views from the deck and stay tuned to see the pink dolphin.”


GG – Japan

“Never die without exploring the Earth” picks up a romantic trip via Aqua Mekong for the matured couple. The trip is blessed with relaxing views of Asian villages from the luxury ship offering superb cuisine.”



Precious – Japan

“Aria Amazon is recommended as one of “20 blissful destinations for the matured”. Five star luxury 3 night-cruise offers an expedition to the last hidden destination in the Amazons.”


FRaU – Japan

“A fully prepared hospitality and facility offering “camping for the grown-ups” – Ms. Yoshiko Webb reports about cruise experience on board Aqua Mekong with her daughter. Made comments of the cruise as offering numerous unique activities with detailed but friendly hospitality and with all the cost for beverages, cleaning and internet included, she believes that the Aqua Mekong price is quite reasonable, really value for money.”


Sea Dream – Japan

“Enjoying Cambodia on board five star river cruise Aqua Mekong. Cruise offers a luxury experience touring the longest river in Asia with cultural and historical aspects.”


Metro Society – Philippines

“Peru is many things to many people, and for good reason— it has mountains, beaches, culture, gastronomy, adventure, wildlife, and of course, Machu Pichu and the Amazon. In fact, we are hard-pressed to think of the one thing Peru doesn’t have. Maybe skyscrapers?”


Porthole Cruise – USA

Aqua Expeditions has set a high bar for the river cruise segment of the area’s burgeoning tourism industry. The 40-passenger, 205-foot Aqua Mekong integrates authentic regional design with a sparkling veneer of modernistic chic.”


Epicure – Asia

“Interestingly, Francesco Galli-Zugaro (founder of Aqua Expeditions), was one of the first to leverage the power of the palate to create travel memories and to enhance guest experiences.”

Kensington Chelsea Magazine – UK

‘The daily itinerary includes morning and afternoon excursions for three hours down the river on motorised skiffs in small groups. The guides really set the trip apart from other tours of the region. Having all grown up here, they are brimming with such a wealth of knowledge that they would even put David Attenborough to shame, and have an inexhaustible passion for their homeland’.

Virtuoso Life – USA

“Next year, Cousteau will return to join select four-, five-, and eight-day Aqua Expeditions sailings from Iquitos to lead talks and excursions, offer videography tips, and screen documentaries on some of the same stretches he filmed with his own children in Return to the Amazon, decades after his first trip.”


Let’s Travel – New Zealand

“Celebrating a decade of success in 2017, Aqua Expeditions is globally recognised as a leader in small ship river cruising. The first luxury cruise on the Amazon River in Peru, quickly earned accolades for professional guided nature-based adventures combined with sophisticated, architect-designed 5-star boutique hotel accommodations and gourmet cuisine.”

National Geographic Traveler – USA

“Pelicans and painted storks flap past temples that are clad in gold and scarlet. The farmers’ markets smell of lotus of blossoms, catfish, and sandalwood. The banks of the Mekong are a showcase for the senses, and a river cruise between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, delivers Indochina in all its fabled, fabulous variety. Consider this line, Aqua Mekong.”


In 2017 and 2018, the conservationist cruises led by oceanographer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau are as close as one can get to an adventure with Jacques, Jean-Michel’s late father.”

Christie’s International Real Estate  – UK

‘Experience nature through the eyes of a world-leading conservationist with Aqua Expeditions, which has launched a series of trips along the Amazon and Mekong Rivers’.

Cartography – Italy

“Aqua Expeditions launched the first Amazon River cruises on the Peruvian section of this iconic river in 2007. The Aria Amazon skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.”

Cruise Trade News – UK

‘The seven-night adventure on board Aria Amazon from Iquitos in Peru travels the mighty Amazon River, passing songbirds, hawks and pink river dolphins’

Vacation Agent – USA

“When it comes to Peru, the waterway is the Amazon and the vessel is the elegant 16-suite Aria Amazon of Aqua Expeditions, the first adventure travel company to introduce luxury cruises on the Peruvian sector of the Amazon River.”


G&G Joyeros – Peru

“Aqua Mekong cruises are recommended for long stays, as they take their passengers to know not only the floating markets and the rice plantations, but they allow you to enter in Vietnamese culture by visiting different temples, cities and riverine villages.”

Porthole Cruise – USA

“…we boarded Aqua Expeditions’ 40-passenger Aqua Mekong, which boasts large and luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.”

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