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Aqua Nera Luxury Cruise

Setting a new
standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon

Next departure: April 3, 2021

Embrace distinctive Amazon style and luxury aboard our brand-new river cruise ship.
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.

Aboard the Aqua Nera, award-winning architects Noor Design crafts every space to perfection. 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. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru.

Aqua Nera operates alongside the Aria Amazon, taking guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury and featuring cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs, known for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.

Accommodations and Cabins
Passengers are accommodated in 20 Design Suites across two decks. Each measuring 30 square meters / 322 square feet


The Amazon’s itineraries:
Enjoy a 7-night, 4-night or 3-night Amazon river cruise on the Aqua Nera. Guests travel far into the depths of the Amazon’s rainforests enjoying an intimate glimpse of her wildlife, ecosystems, local customs and jungle landscapes. The Aqua Nera is also available for private charter.

Listen to the many species of Peruvian birds, as they call to their mates through the leafy canopy. Learn about the habitats essential to the livelihoods of the endangered Amazon River dolphins, taricaya turtles and manatee. Photograph a three-toed sloth as he peers down at you, while dangling from a nearby branch, while relaxing on your luxury Amazon River boat.

Weather in this region of the Amazon remains generally warm with some rainfall even during low water season.

In fact, despite being the “rainy” season, during the high-water months, the Amazon only gets about 10% more rain than in the low water season.

Itineraries - High
Season (Dec-May)

Departure: Saturday
This 3-night Aqua Nera Explorer Cruise manages to fit major highlights of the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in an action-packed itinerary.
Departure: Tuesday
The 4-night itineraries focuses on the Marañon, the Amazon River’s largest tributary, as well as other neighboring waterways, the Samira , Yarapa and Yanayacu-Pucate
Departure: Saturday
The acclaimed 7-night Aqua Nera Expedition Cruise lets guests experience the most luxurious and complete of Amazon journeys among Amazon’s greatest tributaries, Marañon, Ucayali and Samiria.

Itineraries - Low
Season (Jun-Nov)

Departure: Saturday
Go piranha fishing, trek into the dense jungle with our experienced guides in search of wildlife such as Amazon monkeys, three-toed sloths, hoatzins, toucans, and more
Departure: Tuesday
Get a taste of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world aboard the Aqua Nera. Begin your journey in Iquitos, a rustic city which is the beating commercial heart of the Peruvian Amazon
Departure: Saturday
This all-encompassing itinerary lets explorers discover the best that Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve has to offer, including its hidden lakes and lagoons, as well as amazing jungle trails


Experience exquisite luxury comfort styled in Amazonian tranquility.
Award-winning architect Noor Design draws inspiration from the peaceful blackwater lagoons and tributaries of the Mirrored Forest of the Peruvian Amazon to craft an aesthetic for Aqua Nera’s suites that are impeccably stylish and inviting.

Presenting 20 Design Suites (including 4 interconnecting suites), your accommodation on the most luxurious ship in the Amazon features premium fittings and bedding, as well as full air-conditioning and full-length windows to gaze at the endlessly enthralling panorama of the Amazon river and rainforest.

Design Suite specifications

  • 20 spacious and luxuriously-appointed 322 square feet (30 sq m) Design Suites, two 644 sq ft (60 sq m) interconnecting suites.
  • Deluxe ensuite bathrooms with dual sinks and spacious walk-in shower plus overhead rainshower.
  • Pampering natural organic hair and bath amenities
  • Premium California King size beds, twin bed configuration available
  • Floor-to-ceiling panoramic view for all suites
  • Interior sofa for all suites
  • Large double closets with chest of drawers and electronic safe
  • Full air-conditioning in all-suites
  • Music docking station
  • Professional hairdryer


Design Suite layout

Besides being incredibly spacious, our suite’s layouts are designed to maximize space, optimize movement and enhance natural light. Passengers who need walking assistance can navigate our rooms and bathrooms with ease.

The  suites can each accommodate a maximum of three guests (interior sofas can be combined to form a bed), with a maximum cap of 44 guests on board the vessel.


All individual suites measure 322 square feet (30 sq m), inclusive of ensuite bathroom and closet space.

Bed dimensions

  • California King size bed: 2.1m (w) x 2m (l)
  • Single Twin Size bed: 1.05m (w) x 2m (l)

Interconnecting suites
Be it for larger families or to attain an ultimate experience of luxury, our interconnecting suites are the best choice for guests who desire more private space on the Aqua Nera.

Eight out of our 20 individual Design Suites on board the Aqua Nera can be combined into four interconnecting suites via a sliding door. Each interconnecting suite can accommodate up to six guests.

For the ultimate romantic cruise, our interconnecting suites offer the luxury of having one suite configured as a living room, while the other as the master bedroom with our sumptuous California King bed. Enjoy his-and-hers baths and the magnificent grandeur of a 640 square foot (60 sq m) residence on the Amazon.

Pair the Amazon’s stunning scenery with chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s show-stopping cuisine at the refined Dining Room, stylishly adorned with colorful accents from the Peruvian culture. Choose to make dinner date night, or dine family-style as we deliver a five-star dining experience from start to finish.

Aqua Nera — Cuisine
Offering an world-class dining experience on an Amazon’s most luxurious cruise ship.
On the Aqua Nera, our partnership with chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino continues. Expect sumptuous and refined Peruvian cuisine orchestrated with native Amazonian ingredients that impart a multi-sensory dimension to your journey unlike any other cruise.

A born and bred Peruvian, chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is known for being one of the first culinarians in his country to put local cuisine on the international map by bringing out the best of Peru’s regional flavors. Since 2007, he has partnered with Aqua Expeditions as Consulting Chef on board the Aria Amazon, overseeing the onboard menu and dining experience.

With a distinctive design philosophy and a spacious layout, Aqua Nera is built for ultimate enjoyment and relaxation on the Amazon river, with amenities that are second-to-none.

Observation Deck
Opening up to the vast Amazon sky, the observation deck on both ends of the Aqua Nera is the highest vantage point aboard the cruise ship and the ideal place for guests to observe life on the river and riverbanks. This is also a perfect spot for photography and birdwatching when the ship sails closer to shore.

Outdoor Lounge and Bar
Admire expansive views of the Amazon with a cocktail or two at the outdoor lounge areas, which are located at both the bow and the stern of the cruise ship and outfitted with comfortable loungers. Or sit barside and strike up a conversation with our friendly bartender. Plenty of shade is offered at the bow lounge area, thanks to Aqua Nera’s soaring sun canopy that also provides shelter to the ship’s river-facing plunge pool.

In the evenings, Amazonia’s legendary sunsets draw guests to the open-air decks. Return to the outdoor lounge after dinner for stargazing, outdoor cinema screenings, or endless conversations as the river settles into a soothing peace and quiet.

Indoor Lounge and Bar
With an inviting ambiance tastefully blending modern and classic elements, the Aqua Nera’s indoor lounge is the focal point of the top deck for social activities. Luxurious lounge sofas let guests relax in air-conditioned comfort while sipping on the drink of choice from the bar.

Dining Room
Pair the Amazon’s stunning scenery with chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s show-stopping cuisine at the refined Dining Room, stylishly adorned with colorful accents from the Peruvian culture. Choose to make dinner date night, or dine family-style as we deliver a five-star dining experience from start to finish.

Private Screening Room
Enhance any Amazon river cruise journey with our selection of classic films about this exotic region. Our cruise director will be happy to organize a private screening for up to ten guests here or on the Observation Deck.

The Private Screening Room also sees guests gather for private lecture, videos, and documentaries to learn about the fascinating cultures on their Amazon river journey.

Outdoor Pool
Let the jacuzzi plunge pool’s cool soothing waters take the edge off Amazonian heat after a jungle or skiff excursion. Located at the bow of the Aqua Nera, the outdoor pool is well shielded from the elements with a canopy and places guests in a commanding position to soak in the majestic panoramic vista of the Peruvian Amazon.

Love your next cruise ship workout at a gym that faces out to the Amazon river with full-height windows. The gym is also comprehensively equipped with essential machines and free weights.

Indulge in therapeutic relaxation with a body massage at our onboard spa designed with privacy and tranquility in mind. Let our experienced therapists work wonders to rejuvenate your mind and soul, or simply to relax your muscles after a day out on the Amazon. Both single and couple spa suites are available.

Library and Games Room
Immerse in the finest literature about the region or play a game of pool on our exquisite glass and wood table. The library and games room on the Aqua Nera is the ideal place for quiet contemplation.

Ship Specifications

Year Built:  In Progress
Year Operational : 2020 (Inaugural voyage July 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
Engibes: 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


Aqua Nera Capacity :40 passengers

Ship Specifications

Year Built In Progress
Year Operational 2020 (Inaugural voyage July 2020)
Cabins 20 suites across 2 decks
Ports of Embarkation Iquitos (Perú)
Vessel’s Registry Perú
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


On Board Living and Social Areas

  • Sun Decks
  • Indoor and outdoor bars
  • Indoor dining room and outdoor private dining
  • Screening room with theater-style seating
  • Outdoor cinema under the stars
  • Games room with pool table
  • Outside shaded lounge with single and double day beds
  • Antique and artisanal boutique
  • Lobby lounge
  • Observation deck with outdoor sunbeds
  • Top deck gym overlooking the river
  • Infirmary with onboard medical staff
  • Outdoor top deck plunge pool with private cabanas
  • Two spa treatment rooms, one single and one double.


Launch Boats for Shore Excursions
Four auxiliary aluminum launch boats equipped with two four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communication with the main vessel. Each boat has a capacity of 10 passengers.


Aqua Nera Crew
40 members, including a cruise director, paramedic and 4 English-speaking guides.

Formulario de reservas

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