Camper and Nicholsons, the world’s oldest and largest yacht agency, has just welcomed a brand new expedition vessel to its fleet, the 62.40m Aqua Nera.
Aqua Nera is now the most luxurious river vessel on the Amazon River, the most biodiverse area on earth. From her base in Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon, the 20-cabin vessel has just completed her maiden voyage, and you can secure a booking from just USD 359,000 per week.
The arrival of Aqua Nera is a story of its own. In July 2020, the 800-ton vessel departed Ho Chi Minh City. She was transported for 35-days through the Indian and Atlantic Oceans to the mouth of the Amazon. Her owner, Francesco Galli Zugaro, then took her 2,000km (1,200 miles) upstream through Brazil to Peru. He said:
“Peru’s Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is inaccessible by road. That means we had to navigate Aqua Nera up the Amazon, which unleashes the discharge of the world’s next seven largest rivers combined. The logistics of the 15-day voyage were mind-boggling. But the chance to spot pink river dolphins and red-faced spider monkeys made it well worth it.”
Aqua Nera is designed for the Amazon. They have fitted her with low impact smokeless engines and an extremely shallow draft of just 1.5m (5ft), causing minimal disturbances and wake. Setting the standard for luxury river cruising, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical black water lagoons. Her stylish and contemporary interior, the work of the award-winning Noor architectural agency, brings the peacefulness of the Amazon — with just a hint of jungle drama — on board.
Her 20 design suites can accommodate 40 guests and include full floor-to-ceiling windows that make the revolving Amazonian panorama a permanent fixture. Each cabin is fitted with ensuite bathrooms complete with dual sinks, walk-in showers with overhead rain shower attachments.
- Well-appointed and flexible accommodation for 40 guests.
- Full-length windows offering spectacular panoramic views.
- Top-class service provided by 40 passionate crew members.
- Daily expert-guided adventure activities and on-shore excursions.
- Twin observation decks at both the bow and the stern of the vessel.
- On-deck plunge pool.
- Indoor and outdoor cinema facilities.
- Fully equipped gym and spa with single and couple treatments suites.
- Library and games room, including a pool table.
- 4 x auxiliary aluminium tenders equipped with low emission engines
- Boutique shop supporting local craftsmen.
- Infirmary with onboard medical staff.
The fine dining salon also offers cuisine from chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose Malabar restaurant in Lima ranks among San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Restaurants. River fish ceviche and coca leaf cookies grace his gourmet ‘rainforest to table’ menu.
Sacha Williams, Camper & Nicholsons’ Charter Marketing Director, says that:
“Francesco’s latest launch proves that he can place luxury vessels in the world’s hottest destinations, just as he did with Aqua Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam in 2014 and Aqua Blu in Raja Ampat and the Spice Islands in 2019. They can all be chartered using Camper & Nicholsons brokers alongside a dozen other explorer yachts from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean.”