Aqua Expeditions confirms Galapagos entry, new superyacht

16-guest Aqua Mare to offer 7- and 14-night itineraries from May 2022

Aqua Mare © Aqua Expeditions

Aqua Expeditions has confirmed an expansion of its fleet with the introduction of a superyacht, Aqua Mare, to launch in the Galapagos from May 2022, as exclusively foreshadowed by LATTE.

The seven-suite Aqua Mare will offer a choice of two seven-night itineraries exploring the Archipelagos’ East and West regions, as well as two 14-night voyages.

The choice of the Galapagos as the destination for Aqua Expeditions’ fifth vessel holds special significance as it is where the company’s CEO and Founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro, began his professional career in luxury travel. It is the location that inspired Galli Zugaro and co-founder Fred Brown to launch their own brand of immersive small-ship expeditions on the Peruvian Amazon River.

Aqua Mare exterior © Aqua Expeditions

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Designed and built by the world-renowned Italian CRN yard with custom interiors by François Zuretti, Aqua Mare accommodates up to 16 guests in seven individually designed suites. The 80 square-metre Owner’s Suite is the largest suite in the Galapagos with a 20 square-metre bathroom. Other suites are a minimum of 20 square- metres, showcasing the attention to detail of passionate Italian craftsmanship and design.

At 50 meters and 640 gross tonnes, Aqua Mare boasts 30 per cent more indoor volume than most yachts in her class. Spread over four decks featuring shaded and open sun decks, a six-person jacuzzi, an outdoor barbecue area and a workout zone, the superyacht is an ideal hub from which to explore the marine and land-based endemic wildlife of the Archipelago.

A highlight of the superyacht is its unique ‘Beach Club’ located at the aft of the lower deck, complete with a hydraulic opening panoramic beam-to-beam window – Galapagos’ first and only.

Sixteen crew including two naturalist guides ensure a world-class experience that is second to none in the Archipelago.

Two custom-made military-grade black rib tenders with central steering consoles ensure Aqua Mare’s twice-daily expeditions are a true adventure. Led by expert naturalist guides, each group is capped at only eight guests. Aqua Mare is also equipped with double kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkelling gear.

Iguanas in the Galapagos

Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino is once again Consulting Chef for Aqua Mare. Taking inspiration from the Coast to the Pacific, Chef Schiaffino will deliver a Peruvian Japanese-inspired menu consisting of only the freshest sustainable ingredients sourced from local suppliers all the way to the Andes of Ecuador. Highlights include Galapagueña lobster lettuce wraps with Acevichado dressing, delicate potato llapingachos, tuna crudo, barbecued plantains, and shrimp ceviche.

Together with the recent launch of Aqua Nera on the Peruvian Amazon, the announcement of Aqua Mare is a testament to the company’s steadfast commitment to the experiential travel niche.

Al Fresco dining area, Aqua Mare © Aqua Expeditions

Rates on Aqua Mare start from US$9,450 per person for a 7-night itinerary including all meals and beverages (non-alcoholic, premium wines, and beer), local transfer to/from recommended flights; all excursions, Galapagos Park entrance fee and INGALA transit card; laundry service and internet.

A 7-night charter for up to 16 passengers starts from US$196,000, including house spirits and a private masseuse 5 hours per day.

Aqua Mare departs weekly from 6 May 2022, onwards and is now open for booking via

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