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Spice Islands expert Ian Burnet to host October sailings for Aqua Expeditions

March 17, 2020 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

Australian historian and author Ian Burnet will join Aqua Blu, Aqua Expeditions’ first long-range expedition yacht, as a local expert on the Ambon and Spice Islands sailings in October 2020.Burnet spent thirty years living, working and travelling in Indonesia and has written multiple books on the archipelago. His book, Spice Islands, received critical acclaim for its scholarship and entertaining history, covering the romance and adventure of the spice trade which spans more than an incredible 2000 years.

The Ambon and Spice Islands 7-night cruise travels across the Banda Sea and throughout the Spice Islands, exploring destinations such as Banda Neira, the epicentre of Old World global spice trade, Pulau Run, a remote village island – once traded by the British for the island of Manhattan – as well as the forgotten islands of Nusa Laut and Molana, a picturesque paradise for both water- and land-based adventures.

Every Aqua Expeditions journey is highly experiential in nature and encompasses tailored activities with expert-guided small-group excursions, including world-class diving, refreshing cuisine and exceptional service.

Ian Burnet

Travellers will board the Aqua Blu, a former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle, and the first-ever ocean-faring yacht to be permanently based in the East Indonesian Archipelago. Recently refurbished in 2019 by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover, it continues its own distinguished sense of maritime heritage with contemporary luxuries.

“Beyond the outstanding beauty of the Spice islands, the region is further appreciated by an understanding of its fascinating history,” says Aqua Expeditions’ CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro.

“We are excited to enhance the experience for our guests by sharing the tales of the region with Ian Burnet,” he continued.

Ian Burnet will host the Ambon and Spice Islands cruise from 17th to 24th October 2020 and 24th to 31st October 2020, delivering a number of lectures including the history of the Dutch East India Company, the Banda massacre, and the Coral Triangle, a region often referred to as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

Rates for 7-night Aqua Blu itineraries start from USD$7,525 per person in double occupancy.
Expeditions start from October 17, 2020.

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