Un-Cruise Adventure Cruises Extends to the Galapagos Islands

La PintaLove the style of Un-Cruise Adventures in Alaska, Hawaii, Baja Mexico and the Pacific Northwest? Then stay tuned, as the Galapagos is in sight.

With an official announcement still pending, Un-Cruise Adventures added a Galapagos itinerary to their selections, sailing the 10 day, 9 night “Colonial Quito & Galápagos Islands” itinerary aboard the 48-guest yacht La Pinta, starting in 2016.

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Spending the Fourth in the Galapagos

While you may have been spending the July 4th holiday grilling with friends, a few handful of others were exploring the Galapagos Islands with Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic aboard the National Geographic Islander.

What a way to celebrate America’s birthday and the 54th anniversary of the creation of the Galapagos National Park. “

Guests aboard the National Geographic Islander visited Santiago Island, following Darwin’s footsteps, hiking and kayaking even before breakfast. After breakfast, guests snorkeled at Buccaneers Cove, encountering some white-tipped reef sharks, and many species of fish and sea lions frolicked in the water.

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Silversea Names Second Expedition Ship, Sets Itineraries

Silver Galapagos
Silver Galapagos (former Galapagos Explorer II). The hull has already been painted the same dark blue as Silver Explorer, the company’s other expedition ship.

Silversea Cruises announced its recently obtained second expedition ship, the Galapagos Explorer II, has been renamed Silver Galapagos. The all-suite, 100-guest ship will undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013. Silver Galapagos will begin sailing the Galapagos Islands in late 2013. Silversea said the Silver Galapagos will be the only luxury expedition ship exploring the Galápagos archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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New Regulations Alter Galapagos Cruise Itineraries

Blue-footed Boobie
Effective February 1st, travel regulations will go into effect in the Galapagos Islands which are designed to help protect the environment there, while presenting travelers with a better experience for years to come.

The new regulation from the Ecuadorian government, which oversees operation of the Galapagos National Park, states that no vessel operating in and around the Galapagos can visit the same location more than once within a 14 day period. The hope is this regulation will disperse visitor traffic throughout the region, keeping overcrowding to a minimum, and protect the unique and fragile ecosystems there for years to come.
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Smithsonian Magazine Introduces EvoTourism – An Evolution World Tour

In the January 2012 issue, Smithsonian Magazine is introducing Evotourism. The word isn’t in the dictionary. But they think it’s worth adding to the lexicon because it describes a new kind of travel.

evo•tourism (ē vō toor’ iz’ əm) n. travel intended to promote awareness of evolution.

The article celebrates ten desinationa that span 300 million years and six continents. The destinations include:

  • Kangaroo Island, Australia – Where the Wild Things Are
  • Foraminifera Sculpture Park, China – 330-Million-Year-Old Organisms
  • Wadi Hitan, Egypt – Whales Walked Here
  • The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa – Human Evolution History
  • Jurassic Coast, England – A Fossil Treasure Trove
  • Mendel’s Garden, Czech Republic – Where Modern Genetics Was Born
  • Ashfall Fossil Beds, Nebraska – The Prehistoric Pompeii
  • Isle Royale, Michigan – A Fight for Survival
  • Galápagos Islands, Ecuador – Where Darwin Found Natural Selection
  • Mount St. Helens, Washington – Life Begins Anew

Of these, the last two are destinations visited by small ships (which, of course, excites us at Sunstone Tours & Cruises).

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2011 Holidays Aboard Small Ships

Many people settle down with family during the holidays to catch up, and reconnect with loved ones. For a small group, the holidays are a perfect time to explore and experience the world.

Small ship cruises have been busy this holiday season, exploring diverse areas of our world, from the southern reaches of Antarctica and the South Pacific, up to the unique Galapagos Islands and Central America, and further to Europe and America’s southern Atlantic coast.

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