An exterior view of the Aqua Mekong expedition ship.
Aqua Expeditions offers one ship cruising on the Mekong River in Vietnam.

Small ship Amazon River cruise brand Aqua Expeditions has revealed it will grow its South American fleet, building a brand new luxury vessel to sail on existing itineraries on the river.

The new ship will be named Aqua Amazon, assuming the name of one of the line’s two existing vessels. In turn, the boat currently sailing as Aqua Amazon will be renamed Aqualina and will be removed from regularly scheduled service, instead becoming a charter vessel available for wholesale, corporate and private hire.

Similar accommodations to the Amazon Suite on the Aqua Amazon will feature on the new ship.
Similar accommodations to the Amazon Suite on the Aqua Amazon will feature on the new ship.

Passenger facilities available on the new Aqua Amazon will include a gym, spa and top-deck swimming pool, with accommodations consisting of 20 suites each measuring nearly 30 square metres in size. A fleet of four zodiac vessels, which each day take guests deeper along the Amazon’s tributaries as part of their explorations, will also be housed on the ship. Culinary offerings will adhere to Aqua Expeditions’ reputation of fine small-ship dining, with menus and dishes prepared daily by some of the region’s most experienced chefs.

Construction on the new Aqua Amazon will begin from December this year and will run for around a year, launching into service at the end of 2017 in time for the peak high water wet season. It will join its fleet-mate Aria Amazon in service along the South American river.

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