Luxury cruises have become very popular over the years but the luxury cruise ships have become bigger and bigger over time. Travelers do tend to get the feeling of being trapped in a giant floating building with three thousand other people and forced to have a buffet meal. But Aqua Expeditions of Peru with its five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru has redefined the luxury cruise experience. They are the first adventure travel company to introduce such a cruise on the Amazon River.
Francesco Galli Zugaro, the founder and CEO launched Aqua Expeditions in 2007 with a dream of taking guests to one of the world’s most beautiful and remote regions. Francesco has had a long experience of working with a boutique cruise tour operator in the Galapagos Islands. Aqua Expeditions, based in Lima started operations with its first custom built luxury cruise ship M/V Aqua and offered year round sailing on 7, 4 and 3 night itineraries. Iquitos, Peru is the starting point of these cruises that take guests to the very source of the Amazon.
The success of Aqua encouraged the tour operator to add another cruise ship to its fleet. The new ship is called Aria and it is an improvement on the Aqua. People used to the large cruise ships might find it a little weird and whacky but it is strangely beautiful and very luxuriously done up and it is not so large that it becomes impersonal. The service is top class and the best part is that you stop along the way to explore all the different river habitats. If you hurry up you might still be able to book a place on the ship for this Valentine’s Day.