The Advantages of Small Ship Cruises


Aqua Mekong Sun Deck


The best small ship cruises epitomize intimacy, relaxation, satisfaction, and ultimately, a personalized experience. With specially-curated experiences and an engaging 1:1 guest to guide ratio, Aqua Expeditions’ boutique vessels offer bespoke service onboard our spacious private and entertaining spaces, and via tailor-made excursions.


Since founding and starting Aqua Expeditions thirteen years ago, it has been the vision and mission of Francesco Galli Zugaro to create intimate, small ship expeditions to distant parts of the world. Now, more than ever, access is the new measure of luxury. What Aqua has stood for since the very beginning comes to the forefront, demonstrating the advantages of small explorer vessels in bringing families and friends on travels to the remote Amazon River of Peru, the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, and the pristine coastal waters of Eastern Indonesia in the Pacific.


Venture into unspoiled sanctuaries to witness the beauty of nature and wildlife, sailing to remote destinations with minimized human interaction, secluded from the tourist crowds.



Luxury Small Ship Cruising in Indonesia


Indonesia is home to some of the most magical destinations, some truly experienced only by the waters. Both popular and hidden islands await explorers, with natural wonders and mesmerizing beauty, accessible by smaller vessels that can perfectly navigate the Indonesian seas.


To make the most of your experience amid these natural wonders, the best small ship cruises approach destinations at a closer distance, presenting better opportunities for stunning views and on-shore excursions.


Aqua Blu


The highlight of small-ship expedition vessels, especially in the vast seas of East Indonesia, is in its safety standards, customized experiences, and state-of-the-art architecture. Inside the five-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover has tastefully paired a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck showing 360-degree views of the East Indonesian archipelago.


Aqua Blu Day Beds


Grab a book and lay on our lounge daybeds, or give our custom-made jacuzzi a whirl after your excursions. Intrigued by the many flavors in your meals? Join the cooking demonstration session onboard as our chefs show you how to whip up local favorites.



Small Luxury Cruise Ships on the Mekong and Amazon Rivers


Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to conquer some of the mightiest waters on earth? The life-giving waters of the Mekong and Amazon rivers are two of the most attractive cruise destinations for intrepid explorers and culture vultures.


Aria Amazon


With river cruises, it is all about exploring the shores alongside flowing waters, understanding indigenous or local experiences, and seeking out exotic wildlife. Small ships are the perfect way to get a adventure into the life, culture, and diversities of countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Peru.


With the limited number of people onboard at each departure, guests develop a one-of-a-kind intimate connection with each destination. They do so by learning more about the endemic wildlife and interacting with locals thanks to the help of a team of expert guides on board, who are also locals of the region. What will you choose: observing rare pink dolphins from onboard the Aria Amazon and Aqua Nera or the adventure of biking alongside the Mekong River with Aqua Mekong?Aqua Mekong Skiff Ride




Why Take a Cruise on a Small Ship? 


Personalized Service and Ultimate Luxury

Aqua Blu Romantic Dining


With a maximum capacity of 30-40 guests per voyage, this allows for a tailor-made experience Aqua Expeditions is renowned for. Traveling as couple or in a smaller group allows you to enjoy the peace and wonders of each destination while getting a personalized experience in luxurious accommodation. Our exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio and adventures customized to each of our guests’ preferences ensures no two voyages are the same here at Aqua Expeditions.



Authentic Adventure and Cultural Experiences

Komodo Islands


Perfectly crafted adventures combined with cultural immersion to each destinations’ rich history and heritage, ensure meaningful experiences on every journey with Aqua Expeditions. Traveling to remote destinations for the finest unspoiled locations, our small explorer vessels bring you deeper: sample delicious local dishes at a Peruvian jungle ranger station or watch legendary Komodo dragons in their natural habitat.



Gourmet cuisine crafted by world-renowned chefs

Aqua Mekong Dishes


Each of our small luxury Cruise Ships feature innovative menus created by our award-winning Consulting Chefs for each destination. Anchored by a locally-sourced approach to ingredients, be astounded by signature dishes that encapsulate the taste of the region in which you are traveling. It’s just as much as an adventure for your tastebuds with Pedro Miguel Schiaffino for the Amazonia, Benjamin Cross for the Indonesian seas, and David Thompson for the Mekong.



Commitment to Health & Safety

Aqua Blu Crew


Small ship cruises prove to be one of the best ways to cruise, with its limited capacity and ample safe physical distancing. The health and safety of our guests are our top priority. Each of our ships carries a Health and Safety Officer, whose responsibility is the wellbeing of each crew and guest, as well as the proper compliance and implementation of safety standards. Our vessels are cleaned and sanitized three times a day, ensuring the highest standards of hygiene.