Aqua Expeditions, a boutique luxury cruise line, officially announces two new additions to its fleet: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera. Aqua Blu is Aqua Expeditions’ first coastal ship, and the first-ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the east Indonesian archipelago. Aqua Blu will offer year-round departures and will begin service on November 16, 2019. The state-of-the-art Aqua Nera, which will begin service in the Peruvian Amazon on August 1, 2020, will redefine luxury river cruising in the region.
Partnering with internationally renowned yacht designer Cor D. Rover, the completely refurbished Aqua Blu is endowed with a rich heritage as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle, which most famously carried naturalist Charles Darwin around the world. To begin service on November 16, 2019, Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on seven-night coastal cruise itineraries:
• Raja Ampat (roundtrip; December through February; 10 departures/year)
• Bali-Komodo National Park (bi-directional; April to September; 23 departures/year)
• Ambon & Spice Islands (roundtrip; October to November; 7 departures/year)
Aqua Nera, a newly built river cruise boat, features a high-concept interior by renowned architect Noor Design. The vessel will begin service on August 1, 2020 and offer 3-, 4- and 7-night river cruise itineraries with rates ranging from USD$4,125 to USD$10,325 per person, based on double occupancy.
As Aqua Expeditions vessels, both Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera will maintain a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio.