Aqua Expeditions, a luxury river cruise line, announced this week a partnership with Passport Online, Inc. which reaches thousands of travel agencies and their customers.
The newly launched partnership allows the river cruise operator to expand its network and become a part of the electronic-marketing opportunities afforded to Passport Online's travel agency customers and their consumers. The nearly six million unique customers a month who browse their personal travel professional's website through Passport Online, can now learn more about Aqua Expeditions' itineraries directly through the web portal, with each call-to-action directed back to the travel professional.
New this season, Aqua Expeditions is offering exclusive cruises aboard the Aria Amazon led by conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of explorer Jacques Cousteau. In October, guests can join Cousteau for bike and kayak jungle excursions to spot wildlife and hear the conservationist share stories from his journeys. During evening talks, guests will discover the Amazon from the perspective of Cousteau as they learn about preserving wildlife habitats, delicate ecosystems, evolving cultural traditions and economic pressures which threaten the environment.
Jean-Michel Cousteau-Hosted Departures:
- Aria Amazon: Seven-night departures from October 5-12, 2018
- Aria Amazon: Four-night departures from October 8-12, 2018
- Aria Amazon: Three-night departures from October 5-8, 2018
In September and October of this year, Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, consulting chef on the Aria Amazon, invites travelers to explore the flavors of the Amazon with him. Schiaffino is the chef and owner of Malabar and ÁmaZ in Lima; both restaurants were chosen among Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants in 2017.
During the Pedro Miguel Schiaffino-hosted departures, guests will experience the Amazon through Chef Schiaffino's eyes, traveling together to the local markets to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients that are essential to creating his signature dishes on-board, such as the Coconut Tapioca with Mango Sorbet and Causa with Shrimp Escabeche, and will even have an opportunity to take cooking classes with Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino himself.
Chef-Hosted Departures with Pedro Miguel Schiaffino:
- Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from September 24-28, 2018
- Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from October 29 - November 2, 2018
This fall, Aqua Expeditions is also offering departures hosted by founder and CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro. Aboard the Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon, guests will travel alongside Zugaro, exploring his favorite sights and excursions and will have an opportunity to learn about how Aqua Expeditions came to be. Guests can kayak with him on the gentle flows of the Amazon to spot indigenous wildlife or join him on a biking adventure through the streets along the Mekong.
- Aqua Mekong: Four-night departure from May 4-8, 2018 and August 31-September 4, 2018
- Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from April 2-6, 2018 and November 19-23, 2018
For more information, visit www.aquaexpeditions.com.