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Aqua Expeditions announces the resumption of its Amazon operations and the launch of Aqua Nera

November 16, 2020 River Cruising No Comments

Peruvian borders are now open, with flights from seven regional destinations in operation since October 5th, and international flights from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Jamaica back in operation since November 1st, 2020.

As travel restrictions slowly lift, Aqua Expeditions is glad to announce the resumption of its Peruvian Amazon operations with the first departure of Aria Amazon scheduled for 18 December, 2020, just in time for the holiday season.

More than ever, health and safety remain Aqua’s number one priority for guests and crew alike. Strict safety protocols have been imposed by LATAM Airlines and Lima Airport, with all travelers into the country required to present a negative RT-PCR test certificate or an antibody test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight, along with a health electronic sworn statement, and an Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization.

In line with the company’s safety measures, Aqua Expeditions requires a pre-boarding health assessment on the day of embarkation, as well as a negative COVID-19 test result, issued no later than 72 hours prior to the embarkation of our ships. Aqua also maintains rigorous anti-viral standards of hygiene and sanitization across every vessel, complying with health and safety guidelines of the International Safety Management (ISM) and World Health Organization (WHO). Each ship has a Health and Safety Officer whose responsibility is the wellbeing of each crew and guest, as well as the proper compliance and implementation of safety standards.

As Aqua Expeditions steers positively into 2021, Aqua Nera, the company’s newest expedition vessel, will launch its much-anticipated inaugural voyage on 3 April, 2021.  She will grace the mystical Amazon river with unparalleled contemporary luxury and bold design aesthetic. The 20-suite river ship, custom-designed by award-winning Noor Design, built in Vietnam, is currently sailing the full length of the Amazon river to her home port of Iquitos, Peru after an epic 19,866 km journey across the world.

Setting a new standard for luxury river expeditions on the Amazon, Aqua Nera honors Amazonian cultures and traditions, tastefully weaving design accents and intricate details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain, and Peru. Navigating the depths of the world’s most biodiverse rainforest in comfort, the ship’s expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions rewarding guests with up-close wildlife encounters. The expedition also features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce.

“We are excited to resume our operations and launch our newest ship Aqua Nera after months of travel bans.  Our team has used the past months wisely to refine our operations to the highest safety standards, so we will be at our very best to welcome guests back onboard. Aqua Nera is positioned to be an innovative addition on the Amazon river, inspired by the Peruvian black water lagoons, combining refined elegance with contemporary design.” – Francesco Galli Zugaro, CEO and Founder, Aqua Expeditions.

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