Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Aqua Expeditions Prepares for Aria

Here at Time Spent At Sea (and World of Cruising), we are keen exponents and supporters of adventure cruising in all its guises. And this latest news release has got us dreaming of a luxury Amazonian voyage....

Peru, Mar 1.- The wait is nearly over as the final touches are being put in place on Aqua Expeditions' latest vessel, the M/V Aria. Scheduled to take its maiden voyage on April 24, the upgraded, design-driven vessel will join its sister ship as the two premier luxury cruisers in Peru's remote Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.

Like its sister ship, the Aria's interiors, furniture and finishes have been entirely custom-created to provide guests with an unrivalled experience onboard while at the same time highlighting the jaw-dropping scenery of the Peruvian Amazon. Peruvian interior designer Jordi Puig was charged with outfitting the new vessel along with Aqua Expeditions' newly opened embarkation lounge in Nauta.

New upgrades debuting on the M/V Aria include:

* Floor-to-ceiling windows on all guest suites
* An exercise room featuring elliptical, treadmill, and spinning machines
* Celebrity chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino's fine dining menus, highlighting regional dishes and local ingredients
* Redesigned excursion skiffs with larger seats
* Rooftop Jacuzzi
* Special Tour Leader accommodations

The new vessel will run 3-, 4- and 7-night itineraries alternating with the M/V Aqua's departures to provide more options for travelers. The Aria will venture to a different area of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, offering the same wildlife viewing capabilities.