Category Archives: Galapagos

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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Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic

Want my clients to know that all Lindblad/National Geo sailings are departing with no complications from Sandy. However, their offices in New York are still without power. They are running emergency calls through their Seattle office.

If you have any qustions before your sailing call us….We are on the west coast and here to answer our clients questions and reserve new cabins on Lindblad’s unique expeditions. . Linda 888-815-5428

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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No Single Supplement Fee on Select 2012 Galapagos Cruises from International Expeditions

Galapagos Blue Footed Booby

Galapagos Blue Footed Booby

Solo travelers looking for savings can take advantage of no single supplement ($1,200 savings) on eight Galapagos adventures offered by International Expeditions. The single supplement fees will be waived on International Expeditions’s February 3 and 17, March 16 and 30, May 11 and 25, and October 12 and 26, 2012 Galapagos Island cruises.

On the 10-day Galapagos Islands cruise, solo travelers join a group of like-minded guests aboard International Expeditions’ 32-passenger yacht M/V Evolution. This immersive expedition navigates to captivating islands, where the small group size allows for easy access to the wildlife and far more personal attention than guests find aboard larger cruise ships. Onboard, guests sail in comfort with spacious accommodations, fine cuisine and a host of amenities including an observation deck (perfect for whale watching) and canopied bar, plus complimentary snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks.

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Free Air on Select Galapagos Cruises

Take advantage of FREE AIR on select 2011-2012 Lindblad Expeditions Galapagos cruises.

Experience Galápagos panoramically: on a voyage linking island to island, awaking to fresh vistas and discoveries every day. You’ll experience it intimately: landing each day on a new island, getting up close to the astounding wildlife. And you’ll experience it holistically: the undersea will be as vital a part of your adventure as the land, the sky, the animals, the grassy highlands and the beaches. Exploring with us is genuinely immersive: whether you’re literally underwater, in a kayak, or watching ROV footage of a world beneath the ship on a plasma screen in our ship’s Lounge.   Read the rest of this entry

Tsunami Galapagos update

Reports from the Galapagos Islands have just arrived with the following update on the passing of the waves that resulted from Japan’s earthquake earlier today: The waves arrived to the Islands about an hour later than originally expected. Seas are choppier than normal around the entire archipelago (according to our captains aboard M/V Evolution and M/Y Grace), but nothing out of the ordinary. Waves at Academy Bay, in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), were taller than normal as well, but there are no records of any damages caused to boats, coasts or ports in the Galapagos. The animals from the Charles Darwin Research Station that had been transported to the highlands as a precaution will be transported back down during the course of the day tomorrow. All appears to be back to normal in the Islands.

Local airlines have confirmed as well that all flights will operate normally tomorrow at their regular scheduled times. No delays are expected with our flight operations for tomorrow.

The Tsunami Warning in Ecuador is expected to be lifted in the next couple of hours.

I wonder if Curious George was up lifted to higher ground?