Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards
The votes are in: Aqua Expeditions has been recognized as the #1 Best River Cruise in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2023. For the first time, the luxury small-ship expeditions brand also appeared in the Best Intimate Ship Ocean Cruise Line category, earning the #3 spot on the list. Recognised for combining thrilling adventure with refined elegance, Aqua Expeditions offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the world’s most biodiverse and culturally significant destinations aboard best-in-class vessels of stylish contemporary design.
Aqua has been named as the World’s Best River Cruise Line, for its refined onboard accommodation and exciting itineraries along some of the world’s most remarkable rivers. With a recent boom in river-cruising, demonstrated by Virtuoso’s statistic that bookings have witnessed a 138% increase in comparison to 2019, the award carries a great weight of accolade. “We are honoured to be recognized by Travel + Leisure in this esteemed award and feel very proud of the support we’ve received from past guests and readers” said Francesco Galli Zugaro, CEO and Founder of Aqua Expeditions. “It’s a true testament to our talented staff and crew who deliver an impactful and memorable guest experience in the world’s most remote and unexpected settings.”
Aqua’s five-ship-fleet includes three luxury river vessels. Aqua Mekong charters a luxurious passage on Southeast Asia’s longest river across Cambodia and Vietnam. The ship is of award winning, modern design with comprehensive amenities such as a spa, gym, and river-facing plunge pool. Additionally, exploring the mystical Peruvian waters of the Amazon, are vessels Aqua Nera and Aria Amazon with breath-taking suites that have floor to ceiling views of the river and rainforest. Renowned for their ultra-personalised excursions, led by native born-and-raised naturalist guides, the itineraries permit guests to connect with nature in a remarkable, yet responsible way – whether its line fishing the Amazon’s piranhas or cycling through verdant Vietnamese countryside.
Aqua has also been named as Travel + Leisure’s 3rd Best Intimate Ship Cruise line in the world – a status designed to honour smaller ocean vessels with fewer than 150 cabins. As a recipient of this award, Aqua is recognised for its luxurious, nimble ships, that can access highly exclusive, less- frequented destinations.
Aqua Expeditions’ ocean fleet constitutes Aqua Mare, the first true superyacht in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and Aqua Bluwhich explores Komodo National Park, Spice Islands, as well as Raja Ampat in the Coral Triangle of Eastern Indonesia. Aqua Blu’s heritage as a former British-Naval-Explorer sets the stage for an unforgettable experience in the most striking parts of the world – from exploring the most pristine marine habitats and swimming with whale sharks, to observing Komodo dragons in the wild and hiking across active volcanoes. Aboard Aqua Mare, guests can expect to see a vast variety of wildlife, whether its giant tortoises, penguins, iguanas, or bottlenose dolphins – the specialist guides will ensure that splendour is found at every turn.
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About Aqua Expeditions
A recognized global leader in luxury small ship expeditions, Aqua Expeditions explores the world’s most biodiverse and culturally significant destinations aboard best-in-class vessels of stylish contemporary design. Venturing into unspoiled sanctuaries to witness the beauty of nature and wildlife, Aqua Expeditions sails to remote destinations with minimized human interaction, secluded from crowds. Expect tailored five- star itineraries, a highly exclusive 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio with personalized service, acclaimed cuisine by world-renowned chefs, and small group expert-guided adventure activities and excursions for all ages, with a maximum of 16-40 guests per ship. Aqua Expeditions currently operates river explorations on the Amazon(Peru), the Mekong (Cambodia and Vietnam), and coastal yacht voyages to Komodo National Park, Ambon and the Spice Islands, as well asRaja Ampat (East Indonesia), with our latest superyacht sailing the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) from June 2022.