EXCLUSIVE: Aqua Expeditions has revealed plans to introduce a superyacht to its boutique small-ship fleet of vessels, and begin sailing in the Galapagos from mid-2022.
The company has begun spruiking the new destination and vessel, named Aqua Mare, on social media and its website in the past few days.
Aqua Expeditions currently operates a fleet of four vessels, the 16-suite Aria Amazon in Peruvian Amazon, the 20-suite Aqua Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam, the 15-suite Aqua Blu in East Indonesia and the most recent addition, the 20-suite Aqua Nera, also in Peruvian Amazon.
The cruise line hasn’t categorically named the Galapagos as its impending next destination as it is currently offering clients the chance to win a cruise on its first superyacht there by simply naming the location, however the images and description – including “the world’s largest marine biosphere reserve” make it seemingly obvious.
“This special uncharted corner of the planet is one of those magical settings where a dynamic ecosystem and different species’ lifecycles mean nature will have something extraordinary to show and teach us every day,” Aqua Expeditions’ website says.
Aqua Mare is a 50-metre superyacht – the first to operate in the Galapagos, according to Aqua Expeditions – that will offer two seven-night itineraries which can be combined to create two 14-night options.
Understood to have initially been constructed by CRN Spa in Ancona, Italy in 1998 and named Dr No No, the yacht appears to have been acquired by Aqua Expeditions in 2021 and has recently undergone a refit. Aqua Mare will accommodate 16 guests in eight cabins, with a crew of 12.
The competition also confirms Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino has once again been tasked as consulting chef to handle the onboard culinary program, as he has done on Aria Amazon and now Aqua Nera.
Voyages aboard Aqua Mare in the Galapagos will commence on 6 May 2022.
Further details are likely to be released once the competition has closed.