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Bison Capital is funding $28 million to grow Aqua Expeditions’ fleet size by 150% and add new locations over the next two years. 

“I’m thrilled that after a decade of changing the face of river cruising on both the Amazon and Mekong Rivers we will extend our footprint to coastal cruising in additional soft adventure destinations,” says Galli Zugaro, ceo of Aqua Expeditions, who will remain the majority shareholder and be fully in charge of the company.

Aqua Expeditions was founded in 2008, and since then has brought 5-star luxury to river cruising in remote areas. The fleet is known for a 1:1 staff to guest ratio.

“We’re equally excited about this partnership,” says Doug Trussler, partner at Bison Capital. “We’re impressed by the brand and the product Francesco has built and have a high degree of confidence in him and his team to deliver on the vision and goals of global expansion while maintaining dedication to quality and innovation.”

The first details of new vessels and routes will be announced later this month.

Photo: Courtesy of Aqua Expeditions


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