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Aqua Expeditions launched the first luxury boutique expedition vessel offering Amazon River cruises. Today, M/V Aria operates year-round on 3-, 4- and 7-night itineraries from the port city of Iquitos, as well as on Mekong River Cruises aboard the Aqua Mekong.

The boutique ship M/V Aria offers just 12 to 17 spacious and well appointed and air-conditioned guest suites. All suites are 230-240 square feet with large outward-facing panoramic picture windows and en-suite sitting areas. Each suite has a California king bed or twin beds, plus a sofa which can accommodate a third guest. Children 7 years or older are welcome onboard.

Fine dining aboard Aqua Expeditions includes buffet breakfasts and lunches, while dinners are a la carte culinary feasts under the direction of one of Lima's well-known restauranteurs. Beer and the best South American wines are included. A bar, boutique, observation deck and outdoor and indoor lounge lift this experience far above other Amazon River tours. A crew of 21 include a cruise director; a paramedic and 3 naturalist guides.

Each Amazon itinerary includes a visit to the freshwater manatee rescue center, as well as to one of 14 local communities Aqua Expeditions supports with medical, sanitation and educational supplies.

The 40-passenger Aqua Mekong operates Mekong River cruises, and features an outdoor infinity-edge plunge pool, spa, library and screening room. The timeless flavors of Southeast Asian cuisines will be enhance your voyage, under the guidance of Michelin starred Chef David Thompson, ranked as the #1 chef in Asia, and who serves as Executive Chef of Aqua Mekong

The Aqua Mekong staterooms are spacious at over 300 square feet, and feature floor to ceiling windows looking over the Mekong River, as well as complimentary WiFi.

Cultural experiences will include Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese, from visiting with Buddhist monks in remote villages, discovering backwater canals in Vietnam, or the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. Four ten-passenger skiffs onboard enable guests to get ashore and navigate Mekong tributaries. Onboard enjoy daily briefings and talks on culture and history.

Whether you choose a 3-, 4- or 7-night Aqua Expeditions river cruise adventure on the Amazon or Mekong, our travel consultants can tailor your amazing experience with pre- and post-cruise arrangements.