HomeAdventure TravelAqua Expeditions Expands Partnership With Explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau



Conservationist and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau (left), ©Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures Society; the Aria Amazon (right)

Aqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced a new collaboration with world-renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection, Jean-Michel Cousteau, offering travelers a series of seven-night cruises in 2017 and 2018 hosted by the famed explorer on both the Aria Amazon and Aqua Mekong vessels. Due to increased demand, the cruise operator is now also offering three- and four-night itineraries for those unable to travel for longer periods of time.

The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work and to honor his father’s heritage. An award-winning producer of more than 80 films, Jean-Michel has been recognized internationally with numerous prestigious awards for his work in ocean conservation.

During these exclusive departures, travelers will experience the environmentally rich Amazon and Mekong rivers from the perspective of a conservationist and will get to know Jean-Michel in the intimacy of a small group of fellow travelers (the Aria Amazon‘s maximum capacity is 32 passengers, while the Aqua Mekong‘s is 40). Guests will learn first-hand about Cousteau’s deep experience exploring the Amazon and other remote areas around the world as he champions the cause of environmental conservation and protection. Each voyage will include evening talks with Cousteau and screenings of several of his award-winning films.”I met Jean-Michel several months ago and instantly understood we share important common values. As we launch our new partnership, it will be a privilege and an honor to be hosting him on these very special departures on the Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon,” said Francesco Galli-Zugaro, founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions. This special series of cruises introduces an in-depth collaboration between Jean-Michel Cousteau and Aqua Expeditions to highlight the importance of environmental conservation.

“The idea of traveling to some of the largest water systems in the world, including the Amazon and Mekong rivers, evokes a feeling of adventure, exotic beauty and remoteness. My hope is to inspire Aqua Expeditions’ passengers to appreciate at an emotional and intellectual level how we are part of one global water system. We are the only species that can ensure a biologically and culturally rich future for all species. Protecting our water planet now is our gift to the future,” said Cousteau.

The full schedule of special-edition Jean-Michel Cousteau voyages is below:Aqua Mekong

  • September 15-22, 2017 (seven nights)
  • September 15-19, 2017 (four nights)
  • September 19-22, 2017 (three nights)
  • February 23-March 2, 2018 (seven nights)
  • February 23-27, 2018 (four nights)
  • February 27-March 2, 2018 (three nights)
  • September 14-21, 2018 (seven nights)
  • September 14-18, 2018 (four nights)
  • September 18-21, 2018 (three nights)
Aria Amazon
  • February 9-16, 2018 (seven nights)
  • February 9-12, 2018 (three nights)
  • February 12-16, 2018 (four nights)
  • October 5-12, 2018 (seven nights)
  • October 5-8, 2018 (three nights)
  • October 8-12, 2018 (four nights)

Learn more about Jean-Michel Cousteau in a special video here.

Rates for the three-night itineraries start at US$4,350, per person, based on double occupancy, and US$5,600 person, based on double occupancy, for four-night departures. Rates for the seven-night voyages start at US$11,150 per person, based on double occupancy. Each departure is available for individual travelers or as a buyout for full charters. Learn more about Aqua Expeditions’ cruises with Jean-Michel Cousteau. Contact the Sales and Reservations team at reservations@aquaexpeditions.com to book.

Aqua Expeditions was the first adventure travel company to introduce five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru and on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia.  CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, founded Aqua Expeditions to cater to discerning, adventure travelers seeking to explore remote and culturally important destinations for luxury voyages on the world’s greatest rivers. Aqua Expeditions’ 16-suite Aria Amazon vessel entered service in 2011, a creation of Peruvian designer, Jordi Puig and featuring floor to ceiling windows, Jacuzzi, gym, sundeck and the haute Peruvian cuisine of Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. In October 2014, Aqua Expeditions expanded to Indochina with the launch of the Aqua Mekong with 20 design suites, sailing the historic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam.  For more information about Aqua Expeditions, please visit www.aquaexpeditions.com.

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