Guess the river cruise destination

SINGAPORE, 10 April 2019: Boutique river cruise firm Aqua Expeditions says it will diversify its business operations and enter the coastal cruises market in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The announcement follows the successful funding concluded last November.

Last month, the company finalised the purchase of a long-range explorer yacht. The explorer class vessel will serve three new destinations with year-round departures, scheduled to begin from November.

The full announcement on vessel name, facts, destinations and itinerary details will be released 8 May.

A worldwide teaser campaign ahead of the global launch announcement gives a a sneak preview of the three new destinations and a glimpse of the new vessel,

Aqua Expeditions produced a  90-second sneak preview video (Link: part of a month-long campaign ‘Guess the New Destination’ sweepstakes to promote the upcoming destinations.

Entrants stand to win a seven-night cruise for two worth USD15,050 aboard Aqua Expedition’s first explorer yacht.

The move by Aqua Expeditions to expand coincides with luxury travel advisor Virtuoso naming “river cruises” as one of the 10 biggest travel trends in its 2019 Luxe Report, along with “luxury cruises”.

Last November, the river cruise firm announced it would double its fleet from two to four vessels by 2020 and add new geographic locations over the next two years.

The Singapore-based Aqua Expeditions’ CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro, who launched the company in 2008, reported last November: “I am thrilled that after a decade of changing the face of river cruising on both the Peruvian Amazon and the Mekong River, we will extend our footprint to coastal cruising in additional soft adventure destinations.

The expansion of Aqua Expeditions has been made possible by a USD28 million capital injection by the Los Angeles and New York-based private equity firm, Bison Capital, according to earlier press statements.

Since its founding in 2008, Aqua Expeditions sells five-star luxury river cruising in remote areas and the same concept will drive the company’s fleet expansion and routings.

Aqua Expeditions’ first vessel sailed the Amazon River in Peru in 2011. In October 2014, the company added an Indochina cruise with the launch of the 20-cabin Aqua Mekong that sails the lower Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam.