Aqua Expeditions, the leading luxury river cruise operator, has announced a new collaboration with renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection, Jean-Michel Cousteau, offering travellers a series of 3, 4 and 7-night cruises in 2017 and 2018 hosted by the famed explorer on the two vessels.

The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work and to honour his father's heritage. An award-winning producer of more than 80 films, Jean-Michel has been recognized internationally with numerous prestigious awards for his work in ocean conservation.

During these exclusive departures, travellers will experience the environmentally rich Mekong and Amazon rivers from the perspective of a conservationist and will get to know Jean-Michel in the intimacy of a small group of fellow travellers (Aqua Mekong’s  maximum capacity is 40 passengers and Aria Amazon carries up to 32). Guests will learn first-hand about Cousteau's deep experience exploring the Amazon and other remote areas around the world as he champions the cause of environmental conservation and protection. Each voyage will include evening talks with Cousteau, and screenings of several of his award-winning films.

"I met Jean-Michel several months ago and instantly understood we share important common values,” said Aqua Expeditions Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro.

“As we launch our new partnership, it will be a privilege and an honour to be hosting him on these very special departures on Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon. This special series of cruises introduces an in-depth collaboration between Jean-Michel Cousteau and Aqua Expeditions to highlight the importance of environmental conservation, said Mr Galli Zugaro.

"The idea of travelling to some of the largest water systems in the world, including the Amazon and Mekong Rivers, evoke a feeling of adventure, exotic beauty and remoteness. My hope is to inspire Aqua Expeditions’ passengers to appreciate at an emotional and intellectual level on how we are part of one global water system. We are the only species that can ensure a biologically and culturally rich future for all species. Protecting our water planet now is our gift to the future,” said Cousteau.
These full schedule of special-edition Jean-Michel Cousteau voyages are below:

Aqua Mekong 

  • September 15-22, 2017 (7 nights)
  • September 15-19, 2017 (4 nights)
  • September 19-22, 2017 (3 nights)
  • February 23-March 2, 2018 (7 nights)
  • February 23-27, 2018 (4 nights)
  • February 27-March 2, 2018 (3 nights)
  • September 14-21, 2018 (7 nights)
  • September 14-18, 2018 (4 nights)
  • September 18-21, 2018 (3nights)

Aria Amazon

  • February 9-16, 2018 (7 nights)
  • February 9-12, 2018 (3 nights)
  • February 12-16, 2018 (4nights)
  • October 5-12, 2018 (7 nights)
  • October 5-8, 2018 (3 nights)
  • October 8-12, 2018 (4 nights)

Learn more about Jean-Michel Cousteau in a special video here.

Rates for 3-night night itineraries start at USD4350, per person, based on double occupancy, and USD5600 for 4-night departures.

Rates for 7-night voyages start at USD11,150. Each departure is available for individual travellers or as a buyout for full charters.

Learn more about Aqua Expeditions' cruises with Jean-Michel Cousteau.

For more information and bookings on these departures, please visit or contact Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 or


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