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Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical blackwater lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions cruise ships are known for. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Aqua Nera takes guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury and featuring an authentic Amazonia-inspired cuisine experience created by renowned chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.

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High Water Discovery Cruise (Nov-May)

Explore narrow creeks and primitive jungle paths in search of exotic birds, animals and plant-life. Swim, kayak or canoe with river dolphins and fish for piranhas.

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Stunning sunsets on an Aria Amazon cruise

Low Water Discovery Cruise (Jun-Oct)

Cruise and kayak along wildlife-rich rivers, in the company of pink river dolphins and head into the jungle in search of sloths, toucans and macaws.

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Exploring the rainforest

High Water Explorer Cruise (Nov-May)

Immerse yourself in the jungle landscape; cruise along slow rivers to view caiman and river dolphins and discover a remote Amazonian community.

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Aria Amazon cruise in Peru

Low Water Explorer Cruise (Jun-Oct)

Discover the magnificent exuberance of the Amazon on foot, by kayak and swimming and in canoes, skiffs and from the comfort of your luxury Aria Amazon riverboat.

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High Water Expedition Cruise (Nov-May)

Enjoy a longer immersion into the rainforest, with more opportunities to discover its natural beauty and canoe, swim, kayak and walk in the Amazon.

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Low Water Expedition Cruise (Jun-Oct)

Venture deeper into the Amazon for a fuller jungle experience; walk, swim, canoe, kayak and soak up the views from the luxury Aria Amazon riverboat.

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Boat description

An expedition aboard the brand new Aqua Nera is set to be an Amazon experience like no other. The vessel offers stunning public facilities including the observation deck (perfect for photography and birdwatching), an outdoor and indoor lounge, bar, library, games room, gym, spa and river facing plunge pool. The ship can even offer a private screening of up to 10 guests watching classic films on the observation deck.

There is also a private screening room on the ship where you can enjoy lectures and videos on the Amazon, led by the expert naturalist guides.

The Aqua Nera will offer five-star cuisine in the restaurant, created by chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. 70% of the ingredients are sourced from the local area. Guests enjoy dishes such as hearts of palm soufflé, scallops with wild almonds and umari fruit, plantain, and yucca gnocchi, escolar fish in aji panka chili adobo, grilled paiche with Amazon huatia potatoes — the delicious results of chef Schiaffino’s culinary mind.

Every day the expert naturalist guides will take you on explorations by skiff or on land exploring the vast Amazon region and meeting local villagers. It is an authentic and inspiring experience.

What's Included:

  • Stunning facilities of this luxury river ship
  • All meals on board
  • All excursions from expert naturalist guides including rubber boots and ponchos
  • All nonalcoholic drinks, beer and house wine
  • Transfers at the beginning and end of your cruise
  • Entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

Ship Information:

  • Year Built: In Progress
  • Year Operational: 2020 (Inaugural voyage Oct 2020)
  • Cabins: 20 suites across 2 decks
  • Ports of Embarkation: Iquitos (Peru)
  • Vessel’s Registry: Peru
  • Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel
  • Length: 62.4 meters / 205 feet
  • Beam: 11.5 meters / 38 feet
  • Draft: 1.5 meters / 5 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
  • Electricity: 220 volts
  • Engines: 2 x Caterpillars, Tier 3 Emission compliant
  • Generators: 2 x Caterpillars, encapsulated for noise reduction
  • Water: Reverse osmosis and UV water treatment plant
  • AC: Central air-conditioning throughout
  • Laundry: Complimentary service (no dry cleaning on board)
  • Safety: ISM Compliant



Deck Plan

Passengers are accommodated in 20 Design Suites across two decks. Each measuring 30 square meters / 322 square feet. Award-winning architect Noor Design draws inspiration from the peaceful blackwater lagoons and tributaries of the Mirrored Forest in the Peruvian Amazon to craft an aesthetic for Aqua Nera’s suites that is impeccably stylish and inviting. Each suite has premium fittings and bedding, as well as full air-conditioning and full-length windows to admire the endlessly enthralling panorama of the Amazon river and rainforest.


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