Cruises for People Who Hate Cruising

by Colleen Clark

Aqua Expeditions

Wide berth: For nature-loving sophisticates with a fear of canned shore excursions and generic design

Smooth sailing: The 130-foot M/V Aqua feels like a loft that's been plucked out of Tribeca and dropped in the Amazon. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls open onto the unruly wilds of the river, which you explore safari-style each day with naturalists who bring you face-to-face with pink river dolphins, iguanas, and sloths. At night, guests (24 at most) relax in an on-deck lounge that wouldn't look out of place in a swanky resort, with white sail-like canopies and toffee and cream daybeds for two. The natural materials on display indoors—custom furniture made from South American hardwoods, Brazilian slate walls—are an ordered version of the Amazonian habitat right outside your picture windows. Just goes to show that you don't have to give up the comforts of the city when you set sail for the wild.

Aqua Expeditions
Tel: 866 603 3687

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