Aqua Expeditions, one of world's leading luxury river cruise companies, has announced a new collaboration with world-renowned champion of ocean conservation and environmental protection, Jean-Michel Cousteau.

Launching with a series of special luxury cruises in 2017 and 2018 featuring five seven-night departures, these new Cousteau-hosted itineraries will offer guests intimate insider access to the famed explorer on both the Aria Amazon and Aqua Mekong 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 honor 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, travelers will experience the environmentally rich Amazon and Mekong rivers from the perspective of a conservationist and will get to know Jean-Michel in the intimacy of a small group of fellow travelers (the Aria Amazon's maximum capacity is 32 passengers, while the Aqua Mekong's is 40). 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. As we launch our new partnership, it will be a privilege and an honor to be hosting him on these very special departures on the Aqua Mekong and Aria Amazon," said Francesco Galli-Zugaro, founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions. This special series of cruises introduces an in-depth collaboration between Jean-Michel Cousteau and Aqua Expeditions to highlight the importance of environmental conservation.

These special-edition Jean-Michel Cousteau voyages are open for booking with a limited number of spaces available:

Aqua Mekong

  • September 15-22, 2017
    Siem Reap, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • February 23-March 2, 2018
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • September 14-21, 2018
    Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Aria Amazon

  • February 9-16, 2018
    Iquitos, Peru
  • October 5-12, 2018
    Iquitos, Peru

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

Aqua Expeditions' cruises with Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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