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Aqua Expeditions




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Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions was the first adventure travel company to introduce five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru and on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, co-founded Aqua Expeditions to cater to discerning, adventure travelers seeking to explore remote and culturally important destinations aboard luxury voyages on the world’s great rivers. Aqua Expeditions’ 16- suite Aria Amazon vessel entered service in 2011, a creation of Peruvian designer, Jordi Puig, featuring staterooms with floor to ceiling windows, Jacuzzi, gym, sundeck and the haute Peruvian cuisine of Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. In October 2014, Aqua Expeditions expanded to Indochina with the launch of the Aqua Mekong with 20 design suites, sailing the historic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam, with cuisine curated by Australian-born chef David Thompson.

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Aqua Expeditions

Since its founding in 2008, Aqua Expeditions has earned a reputation for bringing 5-star luxury to river cruising in remote areas, and the identical level of lavishness and adventure will be featured throughout the company’s expanded fleet and routings.

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“We succeeded in bringing an unprecedented improvement to experiencing both the Peruvian Amazon and the Mekong by introducing intimate and luxurious boats from which travelers take safari-like excursions led by expert guides to discover jungles, wildlife and local cultures”

Galli Zugaro, CEO of Aqua Expeditions

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Partnering with Aqua Expeditions

“We are impressed by the brand and product Francesco has built and have a high degree of confidence in him and his team to deliver on the vision and goals of global expansion while maintaining dedication to quality and

– Doug Trussler, Partner at Bison Capital

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