M/Y Aqua Blue is an ultra Modern Expedition Luxury Yacht with a Naval Heritage
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Aqua Expeditions caters to modern-day adventurers who are seeking active exploration in destinations which are best discovered by a small luxury Expedition Yacht. Highly experiential in nature, every Aqua Expeditions voyage includes especially tailored activities with expert-guided small-group excursions that make each voyage unique. Newly arrived late in 2019 is the 5 Star Luxury Expedition Yacht “Aqua Blu”, which offers exceptional service with a one to one crew-to-guest ratio, and there is a focus on sustainability and conservation with a contemporary ship design. Also very important and vital to your vacation enjoyment is Aqua Expeditions renowned World-Class Cuisine experience created by their superb famous chefs.
Aqua Expeditions began operations with the
launch of three highly specialised ultra
With the arrival of newer River & Ocean Ships, those shown in bold above & below are those that remain in service today
Luxurious River Ships, Aria Amazon (2008) & Aqua
Above & below: The Aqua Mekong Indoor Lounge, below one of her Suites and the aft Pool
In 2019, Founder & CEO
The fist ship was the outstanding “Aqua Blu”, the cruise line’s first-ever Luxury Oceangoing Exploration Yacht, which will explore new coastal destinations of East Indonesia, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of “Komodo National Park” from November 2019.
The 2019 Magnificent completely rebuilt 5 Star Luxury Expedition Yacht “Aqua Blu”
The next brand new built River Cruise Ship for
Aqua Expeditions the “Aqua Nera”
and she will sail the Peruvian Amazon commencing (hopefully) in August 2020
with the goal of redefining the standards of
The New Aqua Nera (2020)
In the process of creation a cruise line that
has become highly acclaimed in such a short time, takes someone very special.
It is obvious that its founder
His immaculate attention to detail, refined tastes and sense of adventure is reflected in every Aqua ship and Aqua Expeditions journey.
Aqua Expeditions ships have received a great
deal of International Acclaim, including the Gold Award in the Architecture/New
Build category in the 2015 “Asia Hotel Design Awards” for the Aqua
Mekong. Many VIP guests to have cruised on one or two of the Aqua
vessel’s, including leading travel journalists, and have received awards
from “Travel + Leisure”, “Virutuaose”, “Financial
Times”, “Conde Nast Traveller”,
“Virutuaose” Luxury Travel Award 2014
Leisure Award” 2015 &
1. Aqua Blu voyage …
can say is this, to sail on an Aqua Blu voyage; you can believe me you will
experience a cruise adventure of the
an amazing experience, mere words cannot describe how perfect this
Aqua Blu has been without a doubt the renowned Boutique Cruising Specialists since 2008 when “Aqua Expeditions” made its first foray into Indonesian waters.
As built the Aqua Blu has inherited a grand legacy
as in a former life she was a British Naval Explorer, having been built as a
Navy ship in
Beagle is seen in
Please Note: As built she had a flat, or a vertical stern
Photograph by & © Captain Lawrence Dalli
In 2002 the Beagle was retired and was sold in March and she was completely converted into a private Super Yacht for a European Aristocratic Family.
However early in 2019 this fine Yacht was obtained and given an amazing refurbishment which was undertaken by Dutch Yacht Design Maestro Cor D. Rover who transformed the her into a total world-class cruising specifications cruising yacht, She had substantial hull transformations which saw the lengthening of her stern, as she was given an extensive almost water level teak platform for guests to board tenders, as well to enjoy water activities.
But most importantly upon completion she has met all her International Safety Regulations, such as being; ISM Compliant, as well as being in RINA Class and SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) Certified.
Her Guests can expect to embrace a distinguished sense of history, safety and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind Luxury Expedition Super Yacht.
M/Y Aqua Blue is seen from the air with a clear view of her all new extended aft boarding platform
Inside the five-deck the Aqua Blu you
will discover that Cor D. Rover has tastefully paired
her history with the modern, thus you will find a glamorous brass-and-ivory
interior theme with a generous and an inviting indoor and outdoor social
spaces, including a spacious sun deck.
Inside the five-deck the Aqua Blu you will discover that Cor D. Rover has tastefully paired her history with the modern, thus you will find a glamorous brass-and-ivory interior theme with a generous and an inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a spacious sun deck.
Aqua Blu’s range stands heads and
shoulders above that of its peers in
The Aqua Blu will cruise on the
The Aqua Blu set sail on her inaugural (Maiden) Voyage on November 16, 2019, and those who where able to sail on her prior to the arrival of that horrid illness “Covid-19”, were absolutely delighted with everything about her, those delightful interiors, and her spacious accommodations, the “Die for Food”, and “… the itineraries ashore were absolute perfection, I will never forget it!” Itineraries will be covered below.
The Ships General Layout:
I will now cover the ships general layout, revealing the locations of her public venues and five decks, but I will cover her accommodations on Page Two, which will also feature her Deck Plan. She does have 15 fine Suites in three grades located over four Decks providing spacious and luxury accommodation for 30 guests.
Here we see a mid range, Cat II: Suite located on Main Deck having large windows
Aqua Blu’s interiors has been carefully and tastefully paired with fine brass-and-ivory interior themes, which combines well with the generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a Sun Deck with outdoor seating, lounge and barbecue. Bridge Deck offers a Jacuzzi, outdoor Lounge, Spa and Gym. Dine outside on the Forecastle Deck that also includes a Lounge and Bar as well as a Library and TV Room. Main Deck contains the Dining Room, the Salon and there is also a large outdoor deck aft with ample seating.
But let us now take a closer look, deck by deck!
The iconic Sun Deck on the Aqua Blu is the perfect setting for daytime barbeques, or sunset cocktails with canapés as well as evening get-togethers under the stars, as there as ample outdoor seating available.
A popular space day and at night, it perfect for star watching
The Bridge Deck features amenities such as an outdoor Jacuzzi and large Lounge beds, as well as an indoor Spa and outdoor work out zone and the Gym.
Views of the Outdoor Gym, Aqua-Blu-aft-decks and the large Lounge beds
Looking down from Sun Deck
Forward on Bridge Deck there are two magnificent spacious Cat I; Suites, and all suites are shown and described on Page Two.
This is the ideal place for a retreat at any time
of day, the Forecastle Deck features the Sky Lounge and Bar,
ideal to relax with a cocktail or your drink of choice, as well as the Library
and TV Room. Casual meals may be served in the spacious
Sky Lounge starboard side looking aft
Sky Lounge Bar with an Indonesian drink waiter, looking forward
Sky Lounge portside
Aft is the popular Al Fresco Dining Area and daytime gathering spot for a drink.
Forward on Forecastle Deck there are three fine Cat I; Suites.
Main Deck welcomes the embarking Guests, and also features Aqua Blu’s fine Dining Room and her main Salon located directly aft. This is followed by a spacious deck for out door seating perfect for relaxing and, or activities.
The Dining Room
The Salon looking forward towards the Dining Room
Forward on Main Deck there are four excellent Cat II; Suites, and one twin bedded Cat III; Suite.
The Lower Deck has three Cat II, and two twin bedded Cat III; Suites.
Central to each Aqua Blu cruise is the element
of five-star dining with a menu created and overseen by a renowned chef who is
supported by Consulting Chef Benjamin Cross,
who is a renowned Australian culinary genius who will be orchestrating the menu
for a uniquely Indonesian-inspired dining experience. Trained by
The Aqua Blu dining experience will additionally showcase the freshest,
sustainably-sourced seafood that the pristine waters of
For interest; Aqua Blu comes prepared with kayaks, paddleboards, snorkelling and diving gear. Enjoy complimentary internet and laundry service whilst aboard.
Great diving opportunities
2 x Zodiac 4.2m RIB rescue boats with Mariner 25 HP with state-of-the-art safety features include radio communications with separate battery pack, satellite phone, flares and signals, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board.
2 x Alson Flash 750
Faster, further, greater safety and comfort,
Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes her the perfect ship to navigate
Aqua Blu will primarily serve three destinations on 7-night coastal cruise itineraries:
A taste of one of Aqua Blu’s Indonesian Adventure Itineraries: Saturday Day I, AM board at Sorong Indonesia and have three meals on board and depart PM for Gam Island, where you will spend Day 2 as well as all the following locations during the voyage; Waisai & Kabui, Cape Kri & Arborek Island, Pulau Wayag, Aljui Bay & Pulau Pef, Dayang Island, late on Friday Day 7 having spent time at Birie Island around sunset Aqua Blu will head for Sorong, Indonesia for an overnight stay and guests will have breakfast on board on Day 8, before disembarking.
Raja Ampat: round voyages from December through to February, a total of 10 departures per year.
Ambon & Spice Islands: round voyages from October to November, a total of seven departures per year.
During the Spice Islands Voyage, you will also
Itineraries open up the opportunity of
exploring a multiple of destinations in
For Interest; Rates for 7 and 12-night Aqua Blu itineraries range from AU$10,793 to AU$23,631 per person in double occupancy.
Below are all her official details and specifications:
Aqua Blu’s Details & Specifications:
Year Built: 1968 as a British Naval survey vessel HMS Beagle (A319).
Commissioned: May 9, 1968.
Decommissioned: February 7, 2002.
Sold & Converted: March 2002 into a private luxury Yacht.
Year Refurbished: Fully
refurbished into a
Inaugural Voyage: November 16, 2019.
Cabins: 15 Suites over 4 decks in 3 different Suite categories.
Ports of Embarkation: Bali,
Labuan Bajo, Maumere,
Crew: 25, Cruise Director, Dive Instructor, Paramedic and English-speaking Guides.
Type of Vessel: Ocean-Going Expedition Yacht.
Length: 198.2 ft - 60.4 m.
Beam: 37.09 ft - 11.5 m.
Draft: 13.9 ft - 4.2 m.
Tonnage: 1,140 GRT (Gross Registered Tons).
Engines: Four ER58M 8-cylinder , 2,640 BHP.
Propellers: Twin screws, variable pitch propellers.
Cruising Speed: 10 Knots cruising speed, maximum speed 15 Knots.
Generators: 2 x Volvo Penta 225kW, 1 x Volvo Penta 80kW (backup).
Electricity: 220V and 110V.
Stabilizers: Quantum Zero Speed.
Safety: ISM Compliant, RINA Class and SOLAS Certified.
The magnificent 5 Star Luxury Yacht Aqua Blu
Join her, late in 2020, or 2021 when Covid-19 has finally ended
two short Video’s produced by Aqua Expeditions re their new
Watch two short Video’s produced by Aqua Expeditions re their newAqua Blu
A 1.55 minute video & A 2.30 minute video
Visit Page Two for Deck Plan & Accommodations
Please Note: Cruise-Australia and its associated pages are 100% non-commercial and privately owned cruise sites and are NOT associated with any cruise company or travel agency! Although the author has been in the passenger shipping industry and cruise companies over 60 years but is long retired, but continues cruise at least three time a year and write cruise and ship reviews and articles when able, in order to better to inform cruise and ship enthusiasts and provide information for those intending a cruise in the near future.
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