Aqua Expeditions’ coastal ship debut to sail Indonesian waters

Aqua Blu

Boutique luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions has made two new additions to its fleet, the Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.

As Aqua Expeditions’ coastal ship debut, Aqua Blu will become the company’s first-ever long-range expedition-class yacht to be permanently based in the East Indonesian Archipelago with year-round departures.

Aqua Blu is part of Aqua Expeditions effort at diversifying its business operations

Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on seven-night coastal cruise itineraries following its launch in November 2019: Raja Ampat (round-trip; December to January; 10 departures a year); Bali-Komodo National Park (bi-directional; April through September; 23 departures a year); and Ambon & Spice Islands (round-trip; October to November; seven departures a year).

The vessel will feature 15 individually-designed sea-facing suites in three cabin categories, with amenities including an outdoor plunge pool, spa, non-motorised water sports equipment like kayaks, and two high-powered tenders for sea excursions. Multiple excursions on land and water are planned to run concurrently. Water-based excursions will cater to both certified divers as well as leisure snorkellers.

Aqua Blu will also offer limited 12-night journeys called Limited Cross-Destination Voyages, which will only have a maximum of four departures a year, each sailing a different route.

Rates for seven- and 12-night Aqua Blu itineraries range from US$7,525 to US$16,475 per person in double occupancy.

Meanwhile, the Aqua Nera, a new-build river cruise boat, designed and constructed in Vietnam, will sail to the Peruvian Amazon, where it will begin operations on August 1, 2020. The vessel will have 20 river-facing suites, a plunge pool, gym, restaurant, lounge and spa.

Aqua Nera will offer three-, four- and seven-night river cruise itineraries with rates ranging from US$4,125 to US$10,325 per person in double occupancy.

Both Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera itineraries are now open for bookings.

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