Aqua Blu

Why cruise on this ship?

Setting the stage for the greatest luxury cruise expeditions in the Coral Triangle

Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago, Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.

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Dining

Central to every Aqua Expeditions cruise is the element of five-star dining with a menu created and overseen by a renowned chef. For the Aqua Blu, our Chef Benjamin Cross has masterfully created over 100 recipes that together showcase a refined journey of flavors from Africa to the Middle East and Asia, highlighting the islands of Indonesia’s role as the focus of the global spice trade in the 16th- and 17th-centuries.

In executing his eclectic culinary vision for the Aqua Blu, Chef Cross will rely on local ingredients sourced primarily from Bali and eastern Indonesia, including indigenous spices such as nutmeg and cloves, as well as a wealth of seafood such as giant Papuan prawns sustainably sourced from the Indonesian seas.

Dining Room

Experience refined Indonesian-inspired cuisine on board Aqua Blu in an inviting and stylishly-appointed dining room on the Main Deck.

Our Consulting Chef Benjamin Cross, a renowned culinarian who will be orchestrating a uniquely Indonesian-inspired five-star dining experience.

The Aqua Blu experience will additionally showcase the freshest, sustainably-sourced seafood that the pristine waters of East Indonesia has to offer. Guests can look forward to refined plated dishes as well as convivial communal barbecues and relaxed outdoor dining. Exquisite and scrumptious cuisine, set amidst dramatic coastal landscapes, will undoubtedly be the highlight of all Aqua Blu itineraries.

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Regional

Chef Benjamin Cross

Chef Benjamin Cross will introduce a journey of flavors complementing Aqua Blu’s culturally significant voyages in East Indonesia.

For Aqua Blu, Chef Cross will create and oversee more than 100 recipes that together showcase a refined journey of flavors from Asia to the Middle East, at the same time reflecting Indonesia’s role as the heart of the global spice trade in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Expressing a rich palette of flavors with native Indonesian produce

In executing his eclectic culinary vision for the Aqua Blu, Chef Cross will rely on local ingredients sourced primarily from Bali and East Indonesia, including indigenous spices such as nutmeg and cloves as well as a wealth of seafood such as giant Papuan prawns sustainably sourced from the Indonesian seas.

“Harnessing the abundant gifts from Indonesia’s land and seas, the goal of my concept is to orchestrate a refined rendition of flavors that have traveled through Indonesia’s fabled sea spice trade route — an amazing confluence of Asian, European and traditional local cooking philosophies and methods,” says Chef Cross.

Chef Cross also sees Aqua Blu as an opportunity to create a larger-than-life culinary experience that complements a five-star cruise journey. “Aqua Expeditions regards authentic cuisine as central to the itinerary, which means that the dining experience onboard won’t be just a menu, but a cohesive journey of discovery.”

All the more reason to follow the trails of the ancient trade route to the Spice Islands and to discover the richest marine biodiversity on our planet in the East Indonesian archipelago with us!

Features

  • Experience: Complimentary
  • Food type: Regional

Entertaining

Onboard you'll find:

  • Sun Deck with Outdoor Seating, Lounge Sofa and Barbecue
  • Bridge Deck with Jacuzzi, Outdoor Lounge Area, Spa and Gym
  • Forecastle Deck with Outdoor Dining and Seating Area, Indoor Lounge Bar, Library and TV Room
  • Main Deck with Outdoor Seating, Salon and Dining Room
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Sky Lounge Bar

Exchange the days tales of marine sightings over cocktail at the stylish Sky Lounge Bar, while looking out to gorgeous views of the surrounding seas.

Features

  • Bar
  • Lounge

Sun Deck

The iconic sun deck of Aqua Blu is the perfect setting for sunset cocktails and canapes as well as evening get-togethers under the stars, with a wraparound lounge sofa and outdoor seating.

Features

  • Sun Deck

Enrichment

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Excursions

Led by highly-experienced crew and guides (including dive guides), guests embark on expeditions to explore the world’s most biodiverse marine habitats, see rare native bird species and embrace centuries-old history and culture.

Features

  • Excursions
  • Education

Watersports Equipment

Aqua Blu carries a comprehensive suite of top-of-the-line, non-motorised watersports equipment, including diving and snorkeling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Features

  • Excursions
  • Kayaks

Health and fitness

There is a Jacuzzi, Spa and Exercise Area on board.

Spa & Exercise Area

Make wellness a priority at Aqua Blu’s onboard spa and exercise area. Indulge in Balinese massage and aromatherapy from our on board therapist or work up a sweat in exercise area. Take your massage outdoors, if you wish.

Features

  • Spa
  • Exercise Class
  • Wellness
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Jacuzzi & Lounge Daybeds

Few things are more enjoyable in the tropics than cooling off in Aqua Blu’s jacuzzi, which is flanked by plush daybeds for sunbathing and perhaps even a snooze after a diving or snorkeling session!

Features

  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi

Kids and teens

There are no dedicated children's facilities on board.

Accommodation

Settle into modern yachting refinement and comfort of the highest calibre. Each of the 15 individually-designed suites aboard the Aqua Blu is an oasis on the vast East Indonesian seas. Conceptualized with modern luxury and ultimate comfort in mind by renowned Dutch yacht designer Cor D. Rover, these private sanctuaries lend a luxurious sense of home to every journey on the Aqua Blu cruise ship.

Cat I Suite

  • Ensuite bathrooms with spacious walk-in shower plus overhead rainshower, with natural organic hair and bath amenities∘
  • Closet with electronic safe
  • Average area (including bathroom): 25-31 square meters
  • King bed configuration
  • Interior sofas
  • Lounge areas (for selected suites)
  • Walk-in closet (for Suite 302)
  • Large round windows (for Suite 301); Large rectangular windows (other Cat I suites)
  • 2 interconnecting suites (Suite 401 and 402; Suite 301 and 302)

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Cat II Suite

  • Ensuite bathrooms with spacious walk-in shower plus overhead rainshower, with natural organic hair and bath amenities∘
  • Closet with electronic safe
  • Average area (including bathroom): 22-31 square meters
  • King or twin bed configuration
  • Interior sofas
  • Lounge areas (for selected suites)
  • Oval windwos (Suites 201, 202, 203, 204)
  • Porthole windows (Suites 101, 104, 105)

Features

  • King or Twin Configuration
  • Lounge Area
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Cat III Suite

  • Ensuite bathrooms with spacious walk-in shower plus overhead rainshower, with natural organic hair and bath amenities∘
  • Closet with electronic safe
  • Average area (including bathroom): 12-14 square meters
  • Twin bed configuration only
  • Porthole windows (all Cat III suites)

Features

  • Twin
  • Shower
  • Toiletries Provided
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Desk

Deck plans

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Sun Deck

Sun Deck The iconic sun deck of Aqua Blu is the perfect setting for sunset cocktails and canapes as well as evening get-togethers under the stars, with a wraparound lounge sofa and outdoor seating.

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Bridge Deck

Bridge Deck The bridge deck features CAT I and CAT II accommodation, and key amenities such as the outdoor jacuzzi and lounge beds, as well as an indoor spa and outdoor work out zone.

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Forecastle Deck

Forecastle Deck An ideal place for a retreat any time of day, the forecastle deck features the Sky Lounge Bar, ideal for kicking back with a cocktail or your drink of choice, as well as a cosy library and TV room. Meals may be served in the spacious al fresco dining and seating area. The forecastle deck also carries CAT I and CAT II accommodation.
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Main Deck

Main Deck The main deck welcomes all embarking guests, and also features Aqua Blu’s dining room and salon. CAT I, II and III suites are situated on this deck.

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Lower Deck

Lower Deck The Lower Deck is a private space that features CAT I and CAT III suites.

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Ship facts
Passengers
30
Crew
25
Launched
1968
Last refit
2019
Tonnage
1140t
Length
60m
Width
11
Speed
12kts
Decks
5
Wheelchair cabins
No
Currency
USD