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Aqua Expeditions Completes Renovations of Amazon Cruise Ships

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Patrick Clarke | August 14, 2015

Aqua Expeditions Completes Renovations of Amazon Cruise Ships

Luxury small ship cruise line Aqua Expeditions has announced completed renovations to both of its Peru-based ships, the Aqua Amazon and the Aria Amazon.

The two ships, which originally set sail in 2008 and 2011 respectively, operate in the Peruvian Amazon, offering three-, four- and seven-night cruises. 

South American architect Jordi Puig, who designed both ships, oversaw the latest upgrades, which included a handful of improvements to the ships' exteriors and interiors. The vessels now feature new woodwork, painting and awnings. Meanwhile, every suite has been revitalized with new floors, furniture and amenities. Even the bathrooms were given new flooring and tiles.

New 10-passenger skiffs have been added to the sister ships as well.

The 130-foot, 12-suite Aqua Amazon, the oldest of Aqua Expeditions' ships, underwent interior and technological renovations as recently as 2013. However the upgrades are the first received by the 147-foot, 16-suite Aria Amazon.

"As the leader and pioneer of small ship luxury cruising on the Amazon and Mekong, we want our boats to always be top-of-the-line and at the forefront of guest comfort and experience," said Aqua Expeditions founder and CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro in a statement. "As our travelers' needs and expectations evolve, so must our products. Both boats have a newly refreshed, elegant look about them that is indicative of our vision to provide a unique world-class experience."

The extensive renovations come just months after Aqua Expeditions launched its third vessel in Asia's Mekong River. Like its predecessors, the 205-foot, 20-suite Aqua Mekong offers three-, four- and seven-night river cruises.  

The three ships now bear a striking resemblance. 

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