AmaDouro

The 102-passenger AmaDouro makes her debut on Portugal and Spain’s Douro River in 2019. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 161-215 sq. ft., or indulge even more in one of the suites at 323 sq. ft. Most staterooms have balconies. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet shower heads. AmaDouro offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, a spa, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner in Main Restaurant.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2019

Built in: Portugal

Length: 260 feet

Width: 37 feet

Crew: 38

Staterooms: 51

Suites: 4

Registry: Portugal

AmaVida

The 106-passenger AmaVida made her debut on Portugal and Spain’s Douro River in 2013. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 161-215 sq. ft., or indulge even more in one of the suites at 323 sq. ft. Most staterooms have balconies. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads. AmaVida offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, a spa, fitness room, Sun Deck swimming pool and a gift shop. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner in Main Restaurant.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2013

Built in: Portugal

Length: 260 feet

Width: 37 feet

Crew: 30

Staterooms: 51

Suites: 2

Registry: Portugal

AmaBella

The 161-passenger AmaBella made her debut in 2010. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-235 sq. ft. There are also suites at 350 sq. ft. and a single room at 140 sq. ft. Most staterooms have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. AmaBella offers added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, specialty coffee station and gift shop. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track, swimming pool and putting green on the Sun Deck; a fitness room; and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2010

Built in: Switzerland

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 81

Suites: 5

Registry: Switzerland

Home port: Basel

AmaCello

Decorated in a vibrant palette of gold and orange, the 144-passenger AmaCello debuted in 2008. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaCello offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2008

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 360 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 45

Staterooms: 73

Suites: 4

Registry: Switzerland

Home port: Basel

AmaCerto

Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the 162-passenger AmaCerto introduced in 2012, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaCerto offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track and heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2012

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 81

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

Home port: Basel

AmaDolce

The 144-passenger AmaDolce made her debut in 2009. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower.

The AmaDolce offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.

You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

All cabins features large picture windows with ocean view, beautiful clean wood floor, nice private facilities with shower, hot/cold water, locker and closet, and air conditioned.

Additionally the yacht has ample resting areas, library, TV-DVD room, and comfortable dining room and lounge on the main deck. On the upper deck the yacht features a very charming bar and an excellent area for resting together with a Jacuzzi for 6 people. Above the bar area we find the ample sundeck with resting chairs for 8 people.  With unparalleled stability you are guaranteed a tranquil and relaxed cruise.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2009

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 360 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 45

Staterooms: 73

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

Home port: Basel

AmaDante

The 144-passenger AmaDante made her debut in 2008. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaDante offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2008

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 360 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 45

Staterooms: 73

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

Home port: Basel

AmaKristina

Inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment of every guest, the AmaKristina introduced in 2017, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaKristina offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. On the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the heated pool, as well as a refreshing beverage at the swim-up bar. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine, along with unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2017

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms:  78

Suites: 4

Registry: Switzerland

 

Life On Board

Twin Balconies

Enjoy panoramic views and plenty of fresh air in our lavish twin-balcony staterooms that feature both a French balcony and an outside balcony.

 

Introducing the Latest Member Of Our Family… the AmaKristina!

Get swept up in our excitement for the brand-new AmaKristina, which debuted in 2017 on the Rhine

AmaLea

Launching in 2018, AmaLea is inspired by luxury yachts, providing a distinctive river cruise experience. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. AmaLea offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. On the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the heated pool, as well as a refreshing beverage at the swim-up bar. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Relish in a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2018

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 78

Suites: 4

Registry: Switzerland

 

DECK PLAN KEY

1-Lower Sun Deck

2-Navigation Bridge

3-Bicycles

4-Heated Pool

5-Sun Deck

6-Walking Track

7-Al Fresco Terrace

9-Observation Lounge

10-Main Lounge & Bar

11-Gift Shop

12-Reception

13-The Chef’s Table Restaurant

14-Main Restaurant

15-Elevator

16-Massage & Hair Salon

17-Fitness Room

18-Crew Cabins

AmaLyra

Introduced in 2009, the 144-passenger AmaLyra quickly earned a “Best New River Cruise Ship” distinction in comfort and style. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-225 sq. ft., or in a single stateroom of 140 sq. ft. You can always indulge even more in one of the suites at 255 sq. ft. Most staterooms have a French balcony. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaLyra offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a sauna, whirlpool, massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, and specialty coffee station. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2009

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 360 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 45

Staterooms: 73

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

Home port: Basel

AmaMora

Launching in 2019, AmaMora is inspired by luxury yachts, providing a distinctive river cruise experience. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. AmaMora offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. On the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the heated pool, as well as a refreshing beverage at the swim-up bar. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner. Relish in a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2019

Built in: Switzerland

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 78

Suites: 4

Registry: Switzerland

AmaPrima

Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the 162- passenger AmaPrima introduced in 2013, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaPrima offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track and heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2019

Built in: Switzerland

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 81

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

AmaReina

Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaReina introduced in 2014, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaReina offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track and heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2015

Built in: Switzerland

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 81

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

AmaSerena

Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaSerena introduced in 2015, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaSerena offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track and heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2015

Built in: Switzerland

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 81

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

AmaSonata

Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaSonata introduced in 2014, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaSonata offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track and heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2014

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 49

Staterooms: 79

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

AmaStella

Inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment of every guest, the AmaStella introduced in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaStella offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. On the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the heated pool, as well as a refreshing beverage at the swim-up bar. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine, along with unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2016

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 78

Suites: 4

Registry: Switzerland

AmaVenita

Inspired by classic ocean yachts, the AmaVenita introduced in 2015, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms range in size from 160-290 sq. ft. or indulge even more in one of the suites at 300 sq. ft. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaVenita offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track and heated swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2015

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 81

Suites: 3

Registry: Switzerland

AmaVerde

The 161-passenger AmaVerde made her debut in 2011. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, ranging in size from 170-235 sq. ft. There are also suites at 350 sq. ft. and a single room at 140 sq. ft. Most staterooms have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, unlimited Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting area with sofa and two chairs, and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. AmaVerde offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, a stylish and inviting Main Lounge, specialty coffee station and gift shop. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine always paired with unlimited wine, as well as beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. You’ll also enjoy a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track, heated swimming pool and putting green on the Sun Deck; a fitness room; and a fleet of onboard bicycles to use on your own or on one of the many guided bike tours, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2011

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 81

Suites: 5

Registry: Switzerland

AmaViola

Inspired by luxury yachts and designed specifically to maximize the enjoyment of every guest, the AmaViola introduced in 2016, provides a distinctive river cruise experience. Relax in spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms. Most accommodations have twin balconies, both a French and outside balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish. Additional stateroom amenities include Entertainment-On-Demand, featuring free high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, movies, music and English language TV stations; climate-controlled air conditioning; and an in-room safe. In the marble bathroom, enjoy multi-jet showerheads, soothing bath and body products, robes and hair dryers. Suites feature added enhancements, including a larger sitting and an expansive bathroom complete with a bathtub and separate shower. The AmaViola offers a host of added comforts and conveniences, including a massage and hair salon, gift shop and specialty coffee station. On the Sun Deck, enjoy a dip in the heated pool, as well as a refreshing beverage at the swim-up bar. The stunning Main Lounge provides an exhilarating backdrop for meeting your fellow guests and enjoying nightly entertainment. As a member of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the exclusive international culinary society, you’ll be treated to exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine, along with unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner. You’ll also relish a variety of dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, featuring an exquisite tasting menu prepared right before your eyes. With a walking track on the Sun Deck, a fitness room and a fleet of onboard bicycles, as well as healthy menu choices, you’ll have everything needed to stay active and healthy while sailing Europe’s great rivers.

 

TECHNICAL DATA

Built: 2016

Built in: Netherlands

Length: 443 feet

Width: 38 feet

Crew: 51

Staterooms: 78

Suites: 4

Registry: Switzerland

ANAKONDA

Travel on board the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, and experience the Amazon in a most unique way! Visit the remote and pristine areas where few have had the opportunity to travel, and interact with the region’s 15 local communities, while enjoying the comforts, commodities and services of a 5-star boutique hotel on board with us in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Our 40 guests aboard the 148 foot-long M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise may enjoy a wide variety of wine and fine dining, complete with the all-inclusive comfort of a five-star boutique hotel. Our 20 suites, each with an area over 215 square feet, feature sitting areas, large and comfortable beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows. The observation deck with the outdoor Jacuzzi and our al fresco lounge are ideal places to have a cocktail, to relax with a good book or simply enjoy the spectacular view.

Our guests may choose from four, five and eight-day itineraries, each one of them with spectacular highlights that are sure to make every passenger’s trip a memorable experience. On our 8D/7N itinerary, we visit Yasuni National Park, the Cuyabeno Wildlife reserve, and the Limoncocha and Pañacocha biological corridors, giving our passengers the opportunity to connect with the Ecuadorian Amazon and experience its wonders.

Our new programs to be offered include:

  • Stargazing
  • Natural Medicine
  • Ancestral indigenous encounters
  • Jungle Trekking

FAST FACTS:

  • Built: 2013
  • Port of Embarkation: Coca, Ecuador
  • Vessel’s Registry: Ecuador
  • Type of Vessel: River Expedition Vessel
  • Lenght: 148 feet / 45 m 
  • Beam: 30 feet / 9 m 
  • Draft: 5 feet / 1.5 m 
  • Gross Tonnage: 280 tons 
  • Cruissing Speed: 12 knots 
  • Electricity: 110 / 220 volts 
  • Engines: 2 John Deere 435 HP Marine Engines 
  • Generators: 2 x 80 KVA John Deere (Encased for noise reduction) 
  • Water: 10,000 -liter water treatment plant 
  • Safety: GPS tracking by the Ecuadorian Navy, Radio communication with separate battery pack, satellite phone, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishers, sprinklers and smoke detectors in each cabin, automatic defibrillator on board. 
  • Launch Boats: Three fiberglass ecologic canoes equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communications with the main vessel. Each canoe has a capacity of 30 passengers. 
  • Crew: 20, including a purser, paramedic, 4 English-speaking naturalist guides, 4 native guides, Captain, concierge and crew members. 
  • Accommodation: Up to 40 passengers with private facilities 
  • Suites: 18 Suites:
    • 4  Deluxe Suites with balconies
    • 14 Standard Suites (4 interconnected)
    • – All outside-facing with large panoramic windows
    • – All in-suite sitting areas
    • – All with air conditioning system 

Suite Features :

  • Full sized beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of toiletries
  • Hot water available 24-hours

 Social Areas :

  • Bar-Lounge / Conference room
  • Indoor Dining Room
  • Outside Lounge with “al fresco” dining facilities
  • Spacious sundeck with two outdoor Jacuzzis and lazy chairs
  • Boutique

Athala

The new luxury catamaran Athala II, accommodating just 16 guests, was specifically designed and built to cruise the Galapagos Islands in style. The elegant design provides more comfort, superior speed, excellent stability and meets all the latest safety standards.

The Athala II is unrivalled in offering the generous comfortable accommodation and amenities of a larger boat while still preserving the relaxed exclusivity of a smaller vessel. You are sure to find the layout, furnishings, food and crew to be at an excellent standard.

All cabins on board are deluxe, with well-appointed private bathroom, water, air conditioning, wall to wall carpeting. All have ocean views with large portrait windows (not portholes). All cabins are a minimum 175 square feet and the main deck rooms have the additional luxury of a private balcony.

The main deck also boasts the dining area and a separate comfortable lounge area complete with plasma TVs, lap tops (No internet service), DVD player, stereo and library.

The upper deck has a well-stocked bar, Jacuzzi and a beautiful open teak deck area for relaxation, alfresco dining and barbeques.

The huge sundeck is great for whale and dolphin watching or to simply relax and soak up the sun between island excursions. In the evenings there is no better place for star gazing.

You have a crew of 10 + 1 naturalist guide. The crew is friendly, full time, experienced and highly professional. Your guide is guaranteed to be bilingual (minimum fluent English and Spanish) and of the highest standard.

Catalyst

The Catalyst Cruise Experience

After more than 40 years offering small ship exploration cruises, I continue to discover wonderful treasures that I know people who want authentic experiences will appreciate and enjoy. In this regard, I am very pleased and honored to introduce you to Bill and Shannon Bailey, who have brought their combined love of each other, wilderness travel, and historic wooden boats together to create an unforgettable small ship cruise experience aboard the immaculately restored, 80-year old Catalyst.

Ship details

Our warm interior, with it’s decades old varnished wood paneling, heavy beamed ceilings and glowing mahogany trim and furniture takes us back to a time when craftsmanship was the rule rather than the exception. The slow pulse of our original 1932 Washington Diesel engine, the only one like it in the world, makes Catalyst a living creature, with a strong iron heart.

We use large battery banks that allow us to go for 12 hours without starting an engine to disrupt the quiet solitude that is at the core of a Pacific Catalyst trip. Why invest in a trip that feeds only a few of your senses? Why not spend what may be your one trip to Alaska being able to fully embrace; not just the sights that every guest on every big cruise ship will see, but also the cliff rimmed coves, the stunningly silent and calm anchorages where the only sounds are nesting Guillemots, or the explosive breaths of passing Humpback whales? Why not travel on a vessel that will stop for hours, engines off, drifting with an inquisitive Humpback who is intent on making eye contact with us? Instead of going off your diet for your vacation, why not find out how amazingly delicious healthy food can be?

Accommodations

Cabins with Ensuite Bath

Cabin 1: Location/Size: Upper deck, private washroom with shower. Bunk: Double Bunk, 49″ X 80″, single pull down upper bunk 32″ x 74″, door to deck, one opening porthole

Cabin 6: Location/Size: Behind pilot house. Bunk: Double Bunk: 50″ x 78″. Private entry from outside of pilot house, private head and shower, drawers and storage space, bookshelf, opening porthole and windows.

Coral I and Coral II

These unique and functional luxury yachts are a perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. The materials used in their decoration convey a pleasing sensation of warmth and comfort that will transport you automatically into a marine environment. You will be a part of nature thanks to the ample panoramic windows. Every single detail has been taken into consideration to make your stay on board unique and unforgettable. The jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks will give you a perfect space to relax. The social areas and the bar will be a place to enjoy.

Accommodations
Air conditioning with remote control
Phone service for internal, local, and international calls
Music
LCD TV with 5 channels
Safe-deposit box
Private bathroom

Junior Cabin
8 on Coral I and 6 on Coral II
Located on the Earth and Sky Decks
Interconnected
Average area: 12 m2 / 128 ft2
Panoramic Picture windows
Lower twin beds or a queen-sized bed

Standard Plus Cabin
8 on Coral I and 4 on Coral II
Located on the Sea Deck
Interconnected
Average area: 12m2 / 128 ft2
Port lights
Low twin beds or a queen-sized bed

Standard Cabin
2 on Coral I and one on Coral II
Located on the Sea Deck
Average area: 7 m2 / 75 ft2
Port lights
Full bed or two low twin beds

Delphin I

Our new and refurbished Delfin I takes you one step beyond luxury, where comfort and grace combine effortlessly with the wilderness of the Amazon to create the most unique and personalize vessel to ever sail in the Peruvian Amazon region. In a setting of understated elegance and world-class hospitality, this classic river vessel features 4 oversized suites, all with private panoramic terraces; 2 offer a private whirlpool for the ultimate treat. Travelers will be spoiled by the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow nature to be part of the natural suite décor. Cabin service 3 times a day will ensure you the most optimal personalized service possible.

On the top deck, guests will find a lounge area, bar and entertainment center which are perfect places to relax in while the jungle unfolds before their eyes.

As for service, intimacy and personal attention is the key to success.

This vessel features artwork by the women of the Puerto Miguel community, and with your help buying their beautiful work you will help provide the children of this community with enough school supplies to be used in the entire school year.

Fast Facts

  • Latest updates: Refurbished in 2010
  • Vessel´s Registry: Peru
  • Length: 67 feet
  • Beam: 33 feet
  • Draft: 5´8”
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Generator: Caterpillar, 45KW (encapsulated)
  • Engine: Cummins 285HP diesel turbo boosted
  • Cruising Speed: Average 8 knots
  • Water: Water treatment plant with 5.0 cubic meter capacity
  • Sewage Waters: 2.5 cubic meter septic tank
  • Radio Communication: VHF, UHF and satellite phone on board
  • Launch Boats: 2 aluminum 10 passenger skiffs equipped with four stroke low emission Mercury 60HP engines + radio communications with main vessel, life jackets and flares
  • Life Jackets: one per passenger, available in each Suite

 

PUBLIC SPACES

DINING ROOM
The Dining Room is located on the 2nd deck. Dining on the Delfin offers an unrivaled level of sophistication and the luxury of tasting simple and natural products. Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world’s finest and reflects the country’s cultural diversity, especially with the Amazon’s wild choices of fresh ingredients and the gentle blend of immigrant traditions. All these variables come together to create one of the world’s most unique and delicious cuisines.

OBSERVATION DECK
On the top deck of our vessel, a casually elegant setting creates a welcoming and peaceful environment for those who want to get away from it all. Enjoy luxury and comfort seated on large, soft sofas while watching the breathtaking landscapes and sights of the Amazon pass by you. At night, soak in the billions of brilliant stars within our galaxy.
This open air lounge is also equipped with an entertainment center, a range of DVDs, reading materials about the Amazon Rainforest, an array of wildlife presentations, an XBox, and an open bar offering a variety of international and local drinks. Coffee and tea are always available.

BOUTIQUE
On board, you will surely delight in our partnership with the local communities within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve reflected in the wonderful and special handicrafts featured in your suite and throughout the vessel. These handmade pieces are one-of-a-kind gift items and absolutely authentic of the Amazon area and cultures.

 

CABINS

DELUXE SUITE
Located on the main deck are 2 spacious Deluxe Suites of 360 square feet. Each features a king size bed (or separate twin beds) that are wrapped by 180° panoramic windows stretching from floor to ceiling, a mini bar, in-suite seating area with a sofa bed (may be converted into an additional bed), fine Peruvian cotton linens, environmentally friendly amenities, silent A/C units, hot water, hair dryer, safe deposit box and internal communications system. Private terraces of 320 square feet each with cool water plunge pools makes Delfin I the first and only river vessel with this luxurious feature.
Panoramic floor to ceiling windows
Fine Peruvian cotton linens

MASTER SUITE
Located on the 2nd deck, these 2 Master Suites of 340 square feet and a private deck of 320 square feet share the same comforts as our Deluxe Suites but without plunge pools. Indeed, these Master Suites maintain the vessel’s signature panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows and the same amenities as the Deluxe Suites.

  • Panoramic floor to ceiling windows
  • King size bed
  • Fine Peruvian cotton linens
  • Private terraces of 320 square feet
  • Mini bar

Delphin II

Delfin II has 14 large guest suites include 4 Master Suites with 180° panoramic windows, and 10 Suites, 4 of which can be interconnected to accommodate families. Each with movie screen sized windows and natural elements, they offer all the comforts provided by world class lodging yet with the spirit of casual and refined elegance while you sail in the Peruvian Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with us.

The dining room, observation deck and lounge, bar, entertainment center, and library are the ideal gathering places for all our guests.

New to the Delfin II are the additions of an exercise space, spa, and lecture/presentation room.

Fast Facts

  • Latest updates: Refurbished in 2010
  • Vessel´s Registry: Peru
  • Length: 67 feet
  • Beam: 33 feet
  • Draft: 5´8”
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Generator: Caterpillar, 45KW (encapsulated)
  • Engine: Cummins 285HP diesel turbo boosted
  • Cruising Speed: Average 8 knots
  • Water: Water treatment plant with 5.0 cubic meter capacity
  • Sewage Waters: 2.5 cubic meter septic tank
  • Radio Communication: VHF, UHF and satellite phone on board
  • Launch Boats: 2 aluminum 10 passenger skiffs equipped with four stroke low emission Mercury 60HP engines + radio communications with main vessel, life jackets and flares
  • Life Jackets: one per passenger, available in each Suite

 

PUBLIC SPACES

DECK LOUNGE
We are proud to offer a completely new enclosed Lecture Room in the place of what was once the outdoor hammock area. This presentation room is equipped with a full set of media equipment and print materials so you can learn more about the wonderful Peruvian Amazon. During leisure moments, the lecture room may be enjoyed as a lounge, complete with computers for picture sharing, handmade game tables, and air conditioning. This lovely space has been warmly designed and carefully supervised by Delfin co-owner Lissy Urteaga.

DINING AREA
Memorable goes hand in hand with a Delfin experience. Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the world’s finest and reflects the country’s intrinsic cultural diversity. Welcome to our gastronomic adventure where our dedicated staff pride themselves on carefully preparing contemporary Creole plates and offer exceptional service for your ultimate indulgence. The Amazon’s wild choices of fresh ingredients and the gentle blend of worldly immigrant traditions will enchant your taste buds. Handmade plate ware, locally made table decorations changing from meal to meal and instrumental music performed by our staff create the ambiance to make each meal an unforgettable experience.

SPA
Wellness and healing continues with our Spa services. Surrounded by the lush natural surroundings of the Amazon, we encourage you to dive into the philosophies of rainforest remedial philosophies and therapies. Our wellness specialist is happy to accommodate your schedule at any time, and depending on your preference, you can rejuvenate in our spa room or find your zen in the comfort and privacy of your suite.

OPEN AIR OBSERVATION DECK
On the 3rd deck, you will find that our casual yet comfortable design will allow you to completely relax between the wonderful adventures of the morning and night activities. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of service, so we are sure you will enjoy relaxing in the open air lounge outfitted with big, soft sofas and chairs while you watch the river go by. Our bartender will always be ready with a choice of international and local liquors for a pre- or post- dinner cocktail. Coffee and tea will always be available.

GYM
To compliment your daily excursions in the rainforest, we welcome you to enrich your body while on board by making use of our newly restored exercise space. Whether you enjoy aerobic exercises or cardio, our Gym resources are available at your disposal. Better yet, the floor to ceiling window allows so you never miss a second of the vibrant jungle scenery outside.

BOUTIQUE
This vessel features artwork by Peru’s leading contemporary artists as well as authentic and locally driven craftwork – from the wood carved furniture to the hand woven palm leaf ceilings. If any artwork strikes your fancy, you may purchase it and we will have it shipped to the comforts of your home.
Delfin works in many ways to help the local communities – through charitable support and bringing new business to the area, we hope that we can raise living standards for local families. Read about our social reponsibility mission to learn more about how Delfin helps the local communities.

CABINS

DELUXE SUITE

Our 10 Suites have extra large windows that offer you the most breathtaking views. 4 Suites interconnected to cater especially to families. All Suites are designed with casually elegant interiors that create a welcoming and relaxing environment for those who want to get away from it all, yet enjoy indulgent comfort.

  • Extra large windows
  • King size beds
  • Fine Peruvian cotton linens
  • Interconnected rooms for families
  • Casually elegant interiors

MASTER SUITE

Our 4 spacious Master Suites are at the front of the vessel, with 180° panoramic windows, king sized bed, and exquisite sheets and bedspread of 100% 280-thread Peruvian cotton. All-cotton towels and bathrobes, the finest organic amenities, the most wonderful views, and individual reading lights create the epitome of calm luxury and enjoyment.

  • Front-viewing panoramic windows
  • Bedspread of 100% 280-thread Peruvian cotton
  • All-cotton towels and bathrobes
  • The finest organic amenities
  • King size beds
  • Individual reading lights

Delphin III

Our newest vessel, the Delfin III, offers guests an immersive rainforest experience while simultaneously treating them to the highest levels of luxury. This brand new vessel is also the largest in our fleet, with capacity for up to 43 passengers. The ship has been beautifully finished with the finest details, hardwood floors, designer furniture, and handmade Peruvian artifacts. The itineraries have been carefully planned and are set to offer an unforgettable experience. Guests will have no shortage of up close rainforest experience and gourmet food to compliment.

Guests have the option of four room classes. On the first deck there are 8 Suites complete with floor to ceiling panoramic windows as well as 2 spacious Corner Suites facing the front of the ship. The second deck is comprised of 10 Upper Suites and the largest of all, the Owner’s Suite. The top deck features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and of course the bar.

 

PUBLIC SPACES

CANOPY LOUNGE
In the heat of the Amazonian afternoons, the air-conditioned Canopy Lounge keeps you connected to the rainforest with floor-to-ceiling, panoramic windows and locally inspired decor. Here, cultural performances, lively discussions with expert naturalists, Peruvian cooking classes, and nightly entertainment around the bar enrich and delight as the ship’s staff cater to your every whim.

ANDES DINING ROOM
In the Andes Dining Room, the ship’s expert culinary team will present you with dazzling creations prepared from local ingredients, each dish infused with flavors and inspiration from the rainforest around you. As you take in the passing scenery, you’ll delight in menus featuring roasted meats, lightly grilled fish, fresh vegetables, sun-ripened tropical fruits, and decadent desserts.

BOUTIQUE
This vessel features artwork by Peru’s leading contemporary artists as well as authentic and locally driven craftwork – from the wood carved furniture to the hand woven palm leaf ceilings. If any artwork strikes your fancy, you may purchase it and we will have it shipped to the comforts of your home.

RAINFOREST SPA
Since ancient times, the Amazon rainforest has been the ultimate source of mystique-filled cures and exotic elixirs. In the serene Rainforest Spa, this tradition continues with indulgent remedies. Yucamani stone massages, soothing avocado wraps, invigorating coffee-cacao scrubs that promote wellness and rejuvenation for the mind and body. For those that prefer to relax with a good work out, never fear, there is also an on board gym.

SUN DECK
The open-air Sun Deck is the hub of activity on the Delfin III. Here you can practice yoga or savor a rich Peruvian coffee as you watch the sunrise. Curl up with a book on a cushioned chaise or go for a dip in the sparkling plunge pool. And in the evening, gather in the shaded lounge to sip Pisco Sours as you revel in the sounds of the jungle coming to life.

GYM
To compliment your daily excursions in the rainforest, we welcome you to enrich your body while on board by making use of our exercise space. Whether you enjoy aerobic exercises or cardio, our Gym resources are available at your disposal. Better yet, the floor to ceiling window allows so you never miss a second of the vibrant jungle scenery outside.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
For all short transport (such as from the vessel to land for hiking) and wildlife seeking excursions, you will travel via skiff boats. Our skiffs are quick to launch, stable to ride, and ready to navigate into the most hidden corners of the Amazon. Each skiff seats 15 passengers and come with their own expert naturalist guide, captain, and features all safety regulations.

CABINS

When not enjoying the comforts of the social areas, if you are on board, chances are you’ll be relaxing in your equally comfortable suite or stateroom. Both spacious and well-appointed, her on board accommodations all offer individual climate control, daily housekeeping with turndown service, the finest bed linens and duvets as well as a pillow menu, luxuriously soft robes and slippers, all natural therapeutic bath amenities, copious amounts of storage space, telescopes for star-gazing, and much more.

DELFIN III OWNERS SUITE
The Owner’s Suite is most spacious interior of all the cabins. Located on the second deck in the front of the ship, guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive river through 180 degrees of floor to ceiling windows. Added amenities include: one complimentary 30-minute spa treatment per guest, stocked mini-bar, scented bath upon request and complimentary laundry (limited to 10 pieces twice per cruise).

  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area

DELFIN III CORNER SUITE
The two Corner Suites are located on the main deck in the front of the ship, guests will enjoy breathtaking views of the expansive river through 90 degrees of floor to ceiling windows. Added amenities include: one complimentary 30-minute spa treatment per guest, stocked mini-bar, scented bath upon request and complimentary laundry (limited to 10 pieces twice per cruise).

  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area

DELFIN III UPPER SUITE
The Upper Suites each feature floor to ceiling windows for stunning views of the passing scenery. Located on the second deck of the ship, guests will enjoy king size beds with fine Peruvian cotton, comfortable sitting areas, and attention to every detail.

  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area

DELFIN III SUITE
The Suites each feature floor to ceiling windows for stunning views of the passing scenery. Located on the first deck of the ship, guests will enjoy king size beds with fine Peruvian cotton, comfortable sitting areas, and attention to every detail.

  • Deluxe beds with fine Peruvian linens
  • Choice of bed configuration
  • Bedside tables with reading lamps
  • Premium bath amenities
  • Internal communication system
  • Individual climate control
  • Large mirror in bathroom
  • Daily maid service
  • European-style duvets
  • Nightly turn-down service
  • Hairdryer
  • Easy under-bed luggage storage
  • In-room safe
  • Elegant, contemporary design
  • Seating area

Evolution

Thirty one years ago we set out on a mission: To provide travelers seeking to explore the Galapagos archipelago with a life-changing experience to the land of Darwin; with yachts providing comfort and privacy designed to enhance your journey.

In Quasar’s constant pursuit of this goal, I personally want to be the first to present to you Quasar Expeditions’ newly refurbished yacht, the M/V Evolution. After undergoing major renovations in Guayaquil for the past two months, our classic yacht returns to Galapagos, setting a new standard for the 30 – 40 passenger cruising segment.

The Evolution has been completely redecorated by Adriana Hoyos, one of Ecuador’s most renown interior designers and winner of the Award for Excellence in Design from Architectural Digest. Her talent for pioneering new styles of interiors and craft furniture designs for luxury hotels and resorts is now evident in the new look of the M/V Evolution.

Guests will experience brand new common spaces, cabins and bathrooms in company with new lighting specifically designed to complement the area’s specific purpose. Guests will enjoy shopping at the redecorated boutique and visiting the new coffee station. Upgrades to both the dining areas and kitchen complement our improved culinary experience. In short, those who travel aboard the renovated M/V Evolution will enjoy greater comfort and elegance, while experiencing that ‘Golden Age of travel’ feeling that Quasar Expeditions is best known for in the Galapagos.

STATEROOMS

Albatross Deck Master Suites

There are 2 master suites (A1 & A3) on the Albatross Deck, both with queen beds. Master Suite A1 is full beam and our largest cabin onboard. Private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have windows.

Albatross Deck Twin Suite

There is 1 twin suite (A2) on the Albatross-Deck, with 2 twin beds, private bathroom, AC control, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. A telephone is also available for internal communications only. This cabin has windows.

Cormorant Deck Queen Premium Staterooms

There are 4 premium queen staterooms (C1, C4, C5 & C9) on the Cormorant Deck, each with 1 queen bed, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes.

Cormorant Deck Twin Premium Staterooms

There are 5 premium twin staterooms (C2, C3, C6, C7 & C8) on the Cormorant Deck, all with 2 twin beds, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes.

Darwin Deck Queen Deluxe Staterooms

There are 2 deluxe queen staterooms (D2 & D3) on the Darwin Deck, each with 1 queen bed, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. A telephone are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes which let light into the cabin.

Darwin Deck Twin Deluxe Staterooms

There are 2 deluxe twin staterooms (D1 & D4) on the Darwin Deck, with 2 twin beds, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. A telephone are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes which let light into the cabin.

Bathroom Amenities

Amenities in your private bathroom include walk-in shower, vanity, shampoo, conditioner, soap and hair dryers available.

Grand Odyssey

The new yacht Grand Odyssey combines luxury, privacy and comfort in the marvelous setting of the Galapagos Islands.

Local and International dishes especially designed by our chef, are served in the cozy atmosphere of our dining room. Our yacht offers a large solarium with shaded and uncovered areas, two Jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and a Mini Spa offering therapies and massages. Social areas include Saloon, mini library and video library and a play zone for kids (during family departures). Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available without any extra charge.

M/Y Grand Odyssey complies with local and international safety regulations and sustainable practices to protect the fragility of the Archipelago.

Accommodations
The new yacht M/Y Grand Odyssey combines Luxury, privacy and comfort in the marvelous setting of the Galapagos Islands.

M/Y Grand Odyssey has a capacity for 16 passengers, it features 8 spacious Galapagos & Matrimonial suites (25m2 aprox) and 1 Odyssey Suite (35m2 aprox) equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the islands, private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, minibar, TV. Twin beds or one faux queen bed and connected suites for families.

Our cabins are appointed with:

  • Private bathroom with hot/cold water
  • Air conditioning with independent controls
  • Minibar
  • TV
  • Hair driers
  • Twin beds or one queen bed
  • Connected suites for families.
  • L’Occitane Amenities

Other Services

  • Mini Spa offering therapies and massages
  • Snorkeling equipment and kayaks are available without any extra charge

Galapagos Odyssey

Over 100 years of combined experience went in the design of the luxury yacht M/V Galapagos Odyssey. You will not find a private yacht in the Galapagos Islands that offers more space, comfort or service on a 16 passenger boat.

M/Y Galapagos Odyssey has a capacity for 16 passengers, featuring 8 spacious Twin and Matrimonial cabins (20 m2  approx) equipped with picture windows that can be opened for fresh air flow, private facilities and premium amenities

The Galapagos Odyssey was built to fulfill the highest expectations of any traveler seeking to experience the wonders of the Galapagos Islands in the most exclusive way. This luxury yacht has been designed to reduce the impact on the fragile Galapagos eco-system.

All cabins feature individually controlled air-conditioning, a small desk, sofa, mini-bar, and closet, as well as spacious bathrooms with shower cabins.

All main deck and upper deck cabins average 20 square meters in size including the bathroom. These cabins have big windows, which can be individually opened. Our Twin Cabins are spacious and fully equipped. It provides passengers with the comfort of a hotel room, while enjoying the constantly changing view outside their windows. Our matrimonial cabins are perfect for that romantic getaway, so you can enjoy the luxurious comfort with that special someone.

The Odyssey offers elegant and inviting social areas that are used to hold trip meetings, discuss your day to day itinerary, and share your experiences with other passengers.

Relax and enjoy the warm sun and the incredible Galapagos view on our comfortable loungers or in our Jacuzzi while sipping on one of our delicious cocktails.

Amenities on board include a Jacuzzi, al fresco dining area, spa service, spacious sun and shade decks, combined with elegant interiors and a cabin layout that allows for picture windows that can be opened for fresh air flow.

Accommodations
The Galapagos Odyssey has a capacity for 16 passengers, featuring 8 spacious Twin and Matrimonial cabins (20 m2  approx.) equipped with picture windows that can be opened for fresh air flow, private facilities and premium amenities.

Our cabins are appointed with:
Private bathroom with hot/cold water
Air conditioning with independent controls
Minibar
Hair driers
Twin beds or one queen bed

Facilities
Social areas include Saloon, mini library and video library. Large solarium with shaded and uncovered areas, Jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers bar.
Local and International dishes especially designed by our chef, will be served in the cozy atmosphere of our dining room or in our al fresco dining area.

Our cabins are appointed with:

  • Private bathroom with hot/cold water
  • Air conditioning with independent controls
  • Hair driers
  • Twin beds or one queen bed

Other Services

  • Snorkeling equipment and kayaks will be available without any extra charge.
  • Diving on request

Grace

INTERIOR SPACES

As of October 2017, the yacht will feature a new contemporary decor by Adriana Hoyos, a renown designer, that has worked with iconic cruising brands and luxury hotels, tailored furniture designed to enhance the guests experience, upgraded bathroom design to match practicality and modern décor and modern lighting that adjusts to different moods and ambiences.

STATEROOMS

Albert Deck Master Suites

There are 2 full beam master suites (A1 & A4) on the Albert Deck, both with 1 queen bed, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have windows.

Albert Deck Twin Suites

There are 2 suites (A2 & A3) on the Albert Deck, both with 2 twin beds that can convert to 1 queen bed, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have windows.

Carolina Deck Queen Premium Staterooms

There are 2 premium staterooms (C1 & C2) on the Carolina Deck, both with 1 queen bed, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes.

Carolina Deck Twin/Queen Premium Staterooms

There are 2 premium twin/queen staterooms (C3 & C4) on the Carolina Deck, both with 2 twin beds that can convert to 1 queen bed, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes.

Carolina Deck Premium Stateroom

There is 1 premium full beam stateroom (C5) on the Carolina Deck, with a twin bed and a queen bed, private bathroom, individual AC control, safe box, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. A telephone is also available for internal communications only. This cabin has portholes.

Bathroom Amenities

Amenities in your private bathroom include walk-in shower, vanity, shampoo, conditioner, soap and hair dryers available.

 EXTERIOR SPACES

The outer corridor is an excellent way to get around the M/Y Grace and all its social areas. It offers access to a 360 degree view of your surroundings while navigating the archipelago. As exciting as it is to explore the magic of Galapagos, we’ve found that our guests are almost as excited to sit down to a meal at the al-fresco dining area while enjoying the panorama. One of our most private and special places onboard is the stern resting area with the original 1927 wheel.

Enjoy the comforts of our inner saloon to spend some time to relax. We hold our daily briefings here where you can also learn from our guides on why Galapagos is a natural wonderland of our world. We are passionate about maintaining a connection to the past and history of the M/Y Grace. Original pieces of the yacht are found around the vessel and we celebrate this by bringing all the heritage of this iconic yacht back to life.

 HISTORY

1928-1939: CAMPER & NICHOLSON INTERNATIONAL

Born in 1928, Camper and Nicholsons, the oldest leisure marine company in the world, producing and managing yachts for the world’s richest people, constructed the M/Y Grace in Southampton, England.

She weighed 298 tons, was 147 feet long, with a 23-foot beam and a draft of 12 feet.M/Y Grace bore many names since Santiago Soulas, an Argentinean, commissioned her just before The Crash silenced the Roaring Twenties. Soulas named her after his daughter Monica, and kept her four years before selling her to Zarch Couyoumbian, a Greek gentleman who named her Rion. In 1938, Sir George Tilley, chairman of the Prudential Insurance Co., acquired and enjoyed her until 1939, when the British conscripted her for the war effort.

1939-1940: THE WAR YEARS

The Royal Navy – well-heeled in warships – needed smaller vessels for coastal patrols and snatched yachts from the Mediterranean and the Caribbean playgrounds. Rion found herself in a Tynemouth shipyard, stripped of her furnishings and paneling. She was strengthened to carry a 12-pound quick-firing gun on the forecastle, twin 40mm Oerlikons alongside the bridge and a rack on the stern holding eight 300 lb. depth charges. The corporate crew quarters were removed and hammock-hooks were welded to the deck. The forward suite became the operations and sonar room, another suite became the radio room, and the aft suite was an ammunition magazine.

On October 21, 1939, she joined the Royal Navy with a crew of 20 under the command of Lt. T. Brydon, RNVR. She and 15 other vessels patrolled the entrances to the Solent and along the Isle of Wight: calm waters with the Germans focused on the skies. On patrol off the Nab Tower, however, a Dornier 110 returning from a bombing raid strafed Rion. She took some damage to her superstructure but suffered no casualties.

On May 26, 1940, during Operation Dynamo, Rion was dispatched to the beaches of Dunkirk to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force. She made three 39-mile runs from Dunkirk to Dover, each time delivering 300 soldiers. On her third run, a near-miss from a bomb off her starboard bow killed 14 soldiers and one sailor and left shrapnel holes in the hull. Repaired in Portsmouth, she resumed duty in the channels from Portsmouth to Southampton.

1940-1951: SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

Rion’s finest hour came on November 22, 1940 with a daring nighttime capture. She was patrolling south of the Isle of Wight with HMS Shemara and HMS Valera. At 2:44 a.m. radar contact was obtained 10 miles southwest. Lt. Brydon ordered pursuit and discovered a German E-boat floundering in the swells, and Rion and Shemara opened fire from astern of the boat. The Germans returned small-arms fire but surrendered when a shell from Rion hit her bridge. Rion escorted the E-Boat to the Portsmouth Harbour naval base. Rion had not finished yet: she discovered a submarine on the night of March 23, 1941, and made numerous depth charge runs, but the large oil slick seen at dawn was insufficient evidence to confirm that Rion had destroyed the U-boat.

By June 3rd, Rion’s port engine had been crippled, and she was decommissioned for three months before returning to duty: stripped of armaments and refitted with three-tier bunks and a red cross painted on her sides and upper deck, she became an annex to the Royal Navy Hospital. Here she remained until the war’s end, when she was rechristened HMS Noir.

Sir Winston Churchill cruised on her after the war.

On October 1945 she was decommissioned and 17 months later she arrived at her original builders—Southampton’s Camper & Nicholson—for restoration. On September 16, 1947 she was returned to Sir George Tilley.

 1951-1960: HIGH LIFE ON THE HIGH SEAS

Upon Sir George’s death in 1951, Aristotle Onassis’ charter firm acquired HMS Noir and renamed her Arion. Two years later, the yacht became property of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco as a wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis. The royal couple honeymooned aboard the boat—which they christened Deo Juvente II—along the coasts of Corsica and Sardinia. They kept her until 1958, when a Monegasque businessman purchased her and renamed her Daska.

 

1960-2007: FROM MONACO TO NEGRIL

Crest Shipping’s charter business brought her to the Bahamas in 1960. In 1965, she joined Cove Shipping in the Caribbean as Angela, headquartered in Montego Bay.

She again became Daska in 1983, before seizure by the Jamaican government for non-payment of taxes. She languished in Montego Bay until 1985, when John Issa, chairman of SuperClubs, discovered her at auction. Thoroughly refitted in Tampa, Florida, she cruised along the East Coast, bearing the name of one of John Issa’s daughters: Zein.

M/Y Zein arrived in Negril for the opening of Grand Lido Negril in 1989 and remained there until 2006, tempting buyers from around the world, including Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, who hoped to use her as a shadow boat for his mega-yacht.

 

2007-PRESENT: AN ICON IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

In 2007 Quasar Expeditions acquired the M/Y Zein and rechristened her the M/Y Grace: a name that would take her back into her history, to her most elegant times. Over the course of the next 2 years the yacht was rebuilt completely from the ground up. She was outfitted with the latest equipment to meet the needs of modern times. Today, she is the most elegant and tasteful Galapagos cruise yacht to sail the enchanted Galapagos Islands.

Although M/Y Grace looks as young and chic today as the princess who honeymooned aboard her in the 1950s, she is nonetheless what the French call “une femme d’un certain age.” She’s surrendered none of her youth’s glamour to the scars and wrinkles of a gallant life, including a stint chasing submarines during World War II. Combat aged on her, but benefactors like Aristotle Onassis, John Issa, and Prince Rainier ensured she was kept in the style to which she was accustomed. Now, as the M/Y Grace, she plies the waters of the Galapagos Islands, once again the elegant hostess to carefree, adventurous, perfect parties.

Grande Mariner and Grande Caribe

The Blount Small Ship experience is truly about creating an unscripted journey to places others can’t reach. We wrap new friendships with a value unsurpassed in small ship cruising. Being a family run business for more than 50 years, we welcome all of our passengers as members of our own extended travel family. This means our onboard and onshore activities are always entertaining – full of humor, learning, and designed to create the bond of memories only achievable through one-of-a-kind shared experiences.

The size of our ships affords numerous and tangible benefits. As we carry a maximum of 88 passengers, you will never stand in lines, never be lost in the crowds, and best of all, you step directly off our ships and right into the destination. We pride ourselves on creating insider experiences by educating our passengers through lectures and talks from noted experts and with spirited tales from our knowledgeable and friendly crew.

Due to the intimate nature of the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner, your experience will be an exclusive and personal one. You’re never a number, you are our cherished guest, experiencing our unique form of hospitality and sailing amongst friends. One of the highlights of any adventure is gathering in the lounge or for a meal with friends both new and old and sharing the day’s adventures. Life onboard is extremely social as you are among like-minded adventurers who appreciate taking the road less traveled. A special bond soon develops through shared experiences and tales, one that stays with you in cherished memories long after your Blount adventure ends.

The unique size and design of our ships, with their bow ramps, retractable pilot houses, and shallow draft, allows them to take you to places other ships cannot. Imagine cruising up the Rio Dulce, off-limits to larger vessels, venturing deep into the lush jungles and rain forests past thundering waterfalls and through imposing, cavernous gorges. Marvel as your skilled Captain gently brings you right onto the beach in the Bahamian Out Islands where you easily and safely step right off the ship via our ingenious bow ramp. You’ll watch with amazement as the pilot house retracts to the deck level, affording our ships the enviable distinction of being the only cruise ships to traverse the historic Erie Canal which is a monument to ingenious American engineering.

WHAT SETS BLOUNT SMALL SHIP ADVENTURES APART?

• Exclusive Signature Series Adventures Provide Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences
• Charming And Friendly All-American Crew
• Open-Seating Dining
• Beer And Wine Included At Lunch And Dinner
• “BYOB” Bar Policy
• Unique Ship Design – Bow Ramp, Retractable Pilot House And Shallow Draft
• Stair Lifts Provide Ease Of Access Onboard
• Glass Bottom Boat – Provides A Diver’s-Eye View Without Getting Wet!
• Insightful Guest Lecturers And Destination Experts
• Photography Workshops
• Bike And Kayak Rental
• Spectacular Fall Foliage
• Snorkeling Adventures in the tropics

Isabela II

With a capacity of only 40 guests, yacht ISABELA II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition, where guests fully experience their sense of discovery and bonding with nature. ISABELA II Galapagos Island Cruise offers all aspects of the Galapagos: an intimate contact with wildlife, active volcanoes, a vast Marine Reserve, adventure, comfort and safety.

Our classic yacht ISABELA II offers the most in-depth week itinerary (Tuesday to Tuesday) allowing guests to enjoy all that Galapagos is famous for: from ancient giant tortoises to penguins, from sleek flamingos to bold sharks, from bizarre flightless cormorants to rugged marine iguanas and from whales and dolphins to dramatic island volcanoes and breathtaking scenery, plus the exploration of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (the second largest in the world) on kayaks, the glass bottom boat, swimming or snorkeling.

La Pinta

Designed specifically with comfort and luxury in mind, the La Pinta yacht offers only the most deluxe of travel accommodations.

All 24 deluxe cabins are located mid-ship, on the Upper Deck, with double beds, elegantly decorated, air-conditioned, with private, fully-equipped bathrooms, as well as large, sea-view windows. Six cabins are connected, for the convenience of families traveling together and there are also four triple cabins.?Yacht La Pinta, has been designed for the ultimate luxurious expedition adventure in the Galapagos Islands. The 63-meter (207-foot) yacht accommodates just 48 guests.

After intense days of wildlife exploration, yacht La Pinta provides a haven of relaxation and tranquility with tastefully appointed accommodations and all the facilities for a stylish yet informal ambiance.

L’Austral and Le Soleal

In May 2011, l’Austral joined PONANT’s fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L’Austral remains faithful to our philosophy – to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Guest decks:  6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • Gross tonnage: 10 992 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine.

At the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Main Lounge

Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance floor and cocktail bar

Access to the outside terrace

 Panoramic Lounge

Library, internet desk, cocktail bar, live entertainment on selected evenings. Direct access to the panoramic terrace.

Open-air Bar (Pool deck)

Overlooking the pool deck

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE SOLEAL

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

DELUXE STATEROOM

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE

  • Area : 27 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 4

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

OWNER’S SUITE

  • Area : 54 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

SUPERIOR STATEROOM

  • Area : 21 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

Le Boreal

Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor Reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing Neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our Signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create Personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Guest decks:  6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • Gross tonnage: 10 992 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine.

At the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Main Lounge

Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance floor and cocktail bar

Access to the outside terrace

 Panoramic Lounge

Library, internet desk, cocktail bar, live entertainment on selected evenings. Direct access to the panoramic terrace.

Open-air Bar (Pool deck)

Overlooking the pool deck

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE BOREAL

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

DELUXE STATEROOM

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE

  • Area : 27 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 4

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

OWNER’S SUITE

  • Area : 54 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

SUPERIOR STATEROOM

  • Area : 21 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

Eclipse

The Eclipse was converted specifically for upscale cruising in the islands, and was designed to meet the exacting demands of luxury travel. The Eclipse is the perfect base for any Galapagos experience; a generously proportioned ship with a small yacht atmosphere.

Accommodations
In designing the Eclipse’s layout we chose to provide our passengers with unrivalled cabin space and ample social areas. The Eclipse is unique in offering the generous accommodation of a larger vessel, while preserving the atmosphere and exclusivity of a smaller yacht.

The Eclipse accommodates up to 48 passengers in staterooms, all with sea views. Fully air-conditioned, the spacious cabins have either a queen or twin bed arrangement and well-appointed bathrooms with fresh towels provided every day and the complimentary use of bathrobes. All the ship’s twin beds can be converted to king size beds upon request.

Cabins are serviced three times a day. Room service is not available, but will be provided in the event of passenger illness.

Deluxe and Superior Staterooms on the Boat Deck have picture windows and Staterooms on the Main Deck have portholes.

Amenities
There is a well-equipped lounge for relaxation and for the nightly briefings on the day’s discoveries and the following day’s activities. In addition to the elegant indoor dining room, there is an al fresco dining area located on the Weather Deck, where you can enjoy the islands’ spectacular scenery over a delicious lunch. There is also a well-stocked library for quiet study and reading.

One of the most popular areas on board the Eclipse is the observation/sun deck, ideal for stargazing, whale watching, or simply relaxing in the Jacuzzi or on the comfortable sun loungers. For the more active passengers the sun deck is also equipped with two elliptical machines.

The ship features an indoor bar, outdoor bar and a boutique for the purchase of our exclusive range of souvenirs and Eclipse apparel. There is a well-equipped infirmary with an M.D. on board providing services and medicines at no extra cost. The Eclipse also offers a laundry service during the cruise.

Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design
We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Guest decks:  6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • Gross tonnage: 10 992 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine.

At the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Main Lounge

Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance floor and cocktail bar

Access to the outside terrace

 Panoramic Lounge

Library, internet desk, cocktail bar, live entertainment on selected evenings. Direct access to the panoramic terrace.

Open-air Bar (Pool deck)

Overlooking the pool deck

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE LYRIAL

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

DELUXE STATEROOM

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE

  • Area : 27 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 4

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

OWNER’S SUITE

  • Area : 54 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

SUPERIOR STATEROOM

  • Area : 21 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

Le Ponant

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French-style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of “Yacht Cruising”.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 290 ft
  • Beam: 39 ft
  • Draft: 13 ft
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots
  • Guest decks:  4
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 64
  • Normal crew size: 32
  • Gross tonnage: 1443 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Discreet yet attentive service: French Cuisine and reception in the 2 restaurants respect our best traditions.

The Diamant Restaurant and the Panoramic Restaurant offer high-quality cuisine and can host 67 guests. Both are widely open to the sea.
Of course, tribute is paid to the great French gastronomic tradition, accompanied by a selection of red, white and rosé wines free of charge during meals. A fine wine list is also available to you.

At lunchtime a delicious buffet is served on the terrace, while evening menus are more elaborate in the refined paneled décor of the Karukéra Restaurant where you dine at the table of your choice. Later in the bar, a pianist entertains guests.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Tasteful sophistication favoring life in the open air is our philosophy.

Le Ponant has plenty of space including a large comfortable lounge, two restaurants one with a terrace, and a vast sun deck from which to admire the 1500 m² of sail. There is also a platform just above sea level from which you can gaze at the marine life below or enjoy the water sports*.

The public rooms are flexible and able to receive all the passengers at once for conferences, presentations, or work sessions. Enjoy meeting people in the Emeraude Lounge, relaxing in the Saphir Lounge, having a walk on the Sun Deck.

* The water sports platform (marina) will only be open if the weather, security and local authorities permit it.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE PONANT

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

ANTIGUA

  •  Area : 12 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

MARIE GALANTE

  • Area : 10 m²
  • Capacity :up to 3 passengers per cabin

Mary Anne

A Genuine Nautical Experience!

Full sail navigation on a large ship like the S/S Mary Anne is probably one the best experiences in Galapagos.” Being an imposing 3-masted vessel, you will discover her sails are not only for show off. We hoist her sails on every itinerary and passengers can photograph this spectacle from the panga. She is the only ship in the Galapagos Archipelago that can navigate by wind power alone. Our crew will gladly welcome your help for hoisting.

Launched in 1997, this elegant 216 foot (66 meter)-long barquentine is the most apt way to visit these islands made famous by Charles Darwin.

The Mary Anne is the perfect ship for those who love to travel by sail. She has 1000m2 of canvas sails which she majestically takes to the waves.

A large and truly romantic sailing ship, she navigates through the archipelago majestically under full sail.

The Mary Anne feels as spacious as the seas that open out before her. Navigating at full sail, you will not be troubled by the sound of engines, tempting dolphins and whales to swim alongside the ship.

GOURMET FOOD

Dining is yet another thrill on board. Ecuadorian-inspired dishes including ultra-fresh seafood, prepared by the on-board chefs.

COMFORT

Indoors in the dining room or library or outside on the main deck, you will find space to enjoy the sensations and freedoms of the seas on the only ship of its kind on the horizon.

CABINS

Accommodations are located on the cabin deck and each cabin features a private bathroom with hot water.

WHAT MAKES THIS GALAPAGOS SAILING CRUISE SPECIAL

Due to its steel hull, tall masts and deep draft, the Mary Anne is one of the most stable vessels in the islands.

Travel with the Galapagos cruise industry pioneers.

Elegant 3-masted barquentine that is the only of its kind in the islands.

Navigating with full sails, you will enjoy traveling without the sound of engines, often attracting dolphins and whales.

Whether traveling alone or in a group, the Mary Anne can accommodate everyone, with 6 single cabins available with no single supplement.

Ocean Nova

Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica.

Accommodations

Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers accommodated in comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated single, twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, she also has a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. The ship has Zodiac boats  that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Ship Details

Expedition Staff & Crew: 38
Passengers: 68
Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed, capacity of 90
Length: 73.0 m
Breadth: 11.0 m
Draft: 3.7 m
Propulsion: Diesel engines – 2,000-horsepower
Ice Class: 1B, EO (Hull Ice 1A)
Cruising Speed: 12 knots in open water

Panorama

Discover a 3 masted Motor-sailer which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins. The “Panorama” was launched in 1993 and has been renovated in 2008. In 2014, the Upper Deck cabins and Lounge, as well as the Main Deck cabin en suite bathrooms and Lounge have been refitted.

Fast Facts

  • Date Launched/Rebuilt: 1993/2008
  • Length: 54m
  • Beam: 12m
  • Draft: 5m
  • Sail Area: 520 m2
  • Cruise Speed: 11 knots
  • Total Staff: 16-18
  • Passenger Capacity: 49
  • Masts: 3

Cabins:

All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

Category A – Upper Deck or Main Deck – 2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed Cabin and have large windows enabling a breathtaking view of the sea.
Category B – Lower Deck – 2 Lower Beds – with portholes.
Category C – Lower Deck – 1 Double Bed Cabin – with portholes.

Panorama II

Discover a 2 masted state of the art Motor-sailer which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. Panorama II was launched in 2004 offering the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety. The public areas include a main lounge with deep pile carpet and comfortable sofas. The aft area at the Upper deck provides generous semi covered or sun exposed areas and some magnificent views. The restaurant area at the Lower deck is the perfect setting for any of your meals, with generous buffet space and seating, while the swimming platform enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. The Panorama II cabins located at the upper and main decks are equipped with windows, while those at the lower deck come with portholes. All cabins are handsomely designed, finished with lustrous wood trims and warm fabrics. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble. All cabins are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Fast Facts

  • Date Launched/Rebuilt: 2004
  • Length: 50m
  • Beam: 11m
  • Draft: 4.5m
  • Sail Area: 520 m2
  • Cruise Speed: 10 knots
  • Total Staff: 16-18
  • Passenger Capacity: 49
  • Masts:2

Cabins:

All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

Category A – Upper Deck or Main Deck – 2 Lower Beds or 1 Double Bed Cabin and have large windows enabling a breathtaking view of the sea (voltage: 220 V).
Category B – Lower Deck – Lower Deck (Twin Beds or Triple Beds) – with portholes (voltage: 220 V). .
Category C – Lower Deck – 1 Double Bed Cabin – with portholes (voltage: 220 V).

Paul Gauguin

Designed specifically to glide through the shallow seas of the South Pacific, the Gauguin is the flagship of Paul Gauguin Cruises and a small-ship cruiser’s dream. She delivers travelers to intimate ports inaccessible to larger cruise ships, all the while providing an onboard experience that is nothing short of luxurious. Guests aboard our luxury cruises enjoy spacious suites and staterooms (more than 70% with private balconies), an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues, an extensive spa, and five-star service. Life onboard also reflects the beauty and rich cultural heritage of the islands she calls upon, with a warm, friendly feel, informal setting, and even a beloved troupe of Gauguines and Gauguins—local Tahitians who serve as cruise staff, entertainers, and storytellers.

 

Fast Facts

  • Weight: 19,200 tns
  • Length: 504 ft
  • Width: 59 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 18 knots
  • Total Staff: 217
  • Total Passengers: 332

 

DINING

During every meal onboard the Gauguin, with every sumptuous bit you sample, and each time our attentive staff fill your glass, you’ll begin to realize that dining on the high seas with Paul Gauguin Cruises is truly something special. Embark upon a five-star culinary adventure, designed just for you by some of the world’s most talented and award-winning chefs, including Jean-Pierre Vigato. What’s more, every one of our onboard dining options is included in your cruise fare. Bon appétit!

La Veranda
Dine al fresco or enjoy wraparound ocean views from the dining room of La Veranda, where we offer an ever-changing selection of buffet breakfast and lunch items and a la carte options, many of which are inspired by the destinations we visit. In the evening, La Veranda is transformed to a reservation-only dining venue serving Jean-Pierre Vigato’s gourmet cuisine.

L’Etoile
Our exquisite main dining room is dressed to impress with perfectly appointed décor, fine table linens, and delicate china. Join us every evening for dinner and sample a tantalizing array of expertly prepared dishes, perfectly paired with complimentary wines.

Le Grill
When your day’s plans call for a more casual dining experience, join us at Le Grill, located by the pool and offering a buffet breakfast, grilled lunch favorites, salads, and fresh tropical fruit. In the afternoon, stop by for tea with finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, desserts, pastries, and petit fours. Return in the evening to sample Polynesian specialties in a relaxed atmosphere. Reservations required for dinner.

 

Public Areas

Le Grand Salon

When the sun goes down at sea, Le Grand Salon comes alive with spectacular performances. Every night brings something different, whether it’s Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines performing ote’a—a complex line dance accompanied by drums—live piano music, Broadway show tunes, or foot-tapping rock music. Return to our main lounge during the day for a game of table tennis or lecture from a roster of anthropologists, archeologists, and marine biologists, as well as visiting experts on other popular topics.

 La Palette

This versatile lounge offers morning snacks, serves as the backdrop for special events, hosts Polynesian activities led by Les Gauguines, and is the perfect place to grab a nightcap and dance under the stars to live music.

Le Casino and Piano Bar

Try your luck in Le Casino, which features slot machines, blackjack, and roulette, and is open every evening, except where prohibited by port regulations. We also invite you to grab a drink at the Piano Bar and enjoy nightly piano entertainment.

 Pool and Pool Bar

Soak in the South Pacific sunshine with a day spent lounging by our outdoor pool. Cool off in the refreshing water, grab a cocktail from the adjacent Pool Bar, or take in the scenery from a comfortable lounge chair.

La Boutique

Just steps from your stateroom, find the perfect memento of your South Pacific cruise, like genuine Tahitian black pearl jewelry exclusively designed for Paul Gauguin Cruises, Tahitian vanilla, local arts and handicrafts, souvenir apparel, and more. It’s also the perfect place to pick up any necessary sundries or toiletries, like swimwear, beach attire, sunscreen, and batteries.

Photo Shop

Ensure that your vacation memories last a lifetime with services from Paul Gauguin Cruises’ Photo Shop. A dedicated photographer accompanies us throughout our cruise, giving you the opportunity to take home professional photos of significant events, like embarkation, the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Tahitian Night. Family portraits and casual photo-ops are also available. The Photo Shop is also stocked with everything you need to take your own photos, including single-use cameras, digital cameras, photo accessories, and media cards.

 

Cabins

Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration), bathroom with full-size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, and more. There is one wheelchair-accessible stateroom, and select staterooms can accommodate three guests.

OWNER’S SUITE 701
CATEGORY OS 701 | 534 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 457 sq. ft.
Veranda: 77 sq. ft.

  • Owner’s Suite 701 can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Bathroom includes a separate shower and a dressing area.
  • Owner’s Suite includes Butler service and complimentary internet.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

OWNER’S SUITE 7002
CATEGORY OS 7002 | 588 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 531 sq. ft.
Veranda: 57 sq. ft.

  • Owner’s Suite 7002 has a queen-size bed, and can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Bathroom includes a full-size tub and dressing area.
  • Owner’s Suite includes Butler service and complimentary internet.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

GS GRAND SUITE
CATEGORY GS | 529 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 332 sq. ft.
Veranda: 197 sq. ft.

  • Two suites available: Paul Gauguin Suite (801), Flora Tristan Suite (802).
  • Grand Suites can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Grand Suites includes Butler service and complimentary internet.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

A VERANDA SUITE
CATEGORY A | 358 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 300 sq. ft.
Veranda: 58 sq. ft.

CATEGORY A 7004 | 349 sq. ft.
Stateroom: 296 sq. ft.
Veranda: 53 sq. ft.

  • 4 Suites available: Tahiti Suite (709), Pont Avent Suite (710), Atuona Suite (711), Arles Suite (712).
  • Veranda Suites can accommodate up to 3 guests.
  • Veranda Suite 7004 has a queen-size bed.
  • Includes complimentary Butler Service.

Note: Loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

B VERANDA STATEROOM
CATEGORY B | 305 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 249 SQ. FT.
Veranda: 56 SQ. FT.

CATEGORY B 7003 | 303 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 256 SQ. FT.
Veranda: 47 SQ. FT.

  • Includes complimentary butler service.
  • B veranda staterooms can accommodate a third guest by adding a sofa bed.
  • Stateroom 7003 features a shower stall with no tub and also a queen-size bed.

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

C BALCONY STATEROOM
CATEGORY C | 239 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 202 SQ. FT.
Veranda : 37 SQ. FT

  • Balcony staterooms ending in 6 or 8 can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible (except 7006 & 766).
  • Stateroom 7006 (stateroom 206 sq. Ft. – Balcony 37 sq. Ft.) Features a very small bathroom with shower only

The following staterooms vary in size and feature shower stall with no tub:

  • 763 (Stateroom 186 sq. ft. – Balcony 75 sq. ft.)
  • 764 (Stateroom 188 sq. ft. – Balcony 75 sq. ft.)
  • 765 (Stateroom 221 sq. ft. – Balcony 74 sq. ft.)
  • 766 (Stateroom 216 sq. ft. – Balcony 70 sq. ft.)
  • 767 (Stateroom 229 sq. ft. – Balcony 74 sq. ft.)

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

D BALCONY STATEROOM
CATEGORY D | 239 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 202 sq. Ft.
Veranda : 37 sq. Ft.

  • Balcony staterooms ending in 6 or 8 can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible.

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

E WINDOW STATEROOM
CATEGORY E | 200 SQ. FT.
Stateroom: 200 sq. Ft. With picture window

  • Wheelchair-accessible stateroom (415)
  • Window staterooms ending in 5, 6, or 8 (except 415) can accommodate a third guest in a loveseat convertible.

Note: loveseat beds are slightly smaller than a standard twin bed.

F PORTHOLE STATEROOM
CATEGORY F | 200 SQ. FT.
Same as E but features two portholes instead of a window.

Royal Clipper

Inspired by the legendary tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched over 100 years ago. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold.

Boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for, the 439-foot Royal Clipper offers connoisseurs of sail cruising the ultimate sea-going experience. Royal Clipper balances the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht, carrying just 227 guests in luxurious style. Her 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment.

Fast Facts

  • Tonnage: 5000 t
  • Length: 439 ft
  • Beam: 54 ft
  • Draft: 18.5 ft
  • Sail Area: 56,000 ft2
  • Total Staff: 106
  • Passenger Capacity: 227
  • Masts: 2 masts, 42 sails
  • Mast Height: 197 ft

Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all!

Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.

A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports. And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes!

Cabins:

All accommodations feature a television, DVD player, phone, thermostat control, private safe, hair dryer, nightly turn-down service and 220 volt/European outlets. Cabins are similar in amenities with yacht-like décor and comfort. Some cabins have a private verandah but most only vary slightly in size and layout. The biggest distinguishing factor between categories is location on the ship. The higher the cabin category, the higher or more central they might be located onboard.

MAIN DECK

CABINS

Category 1 – Deluxe Outside Deck Stateroom, Double Bed, Minibar, Private Marble Bathroom with Whirlpool Bath, Cabin Doors Open onto Deck.
Deluxe Suite – Deluxe Outside Suite, Private Verandah, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Sitting Area, Minibar, Marble Bathroom with Whirlpool, Room Service.

CLIPPER DECK

CABINS

Owner’s Suite – Super Deluxe Outside Suite, Two Double Beds, Seperate Sitting Area, Minibar, Private Marble Bathroom with Whirlpool, Room Service.
Category 2 – Superior Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Private Marble Bathroom with Shower.
Category 3 – Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Private Marble Bathroom with Shower.
Category 4 – Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Private Marble Bathroom with Shower.
Category 6 – Inside Stateroom, Fixed Double Bed, Private Bathroom with Shower.

COMMODORE DECK

CABINS

Owner’s Suite – Super Deluxe Outside Suite, Two Double Beds, Seperate Sitting Area, Minibar, Private Marble Bathroom with Whirlpool, Room Service.
Category 3 – Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Private Marble Bathroom with Shower.
Category 4 – Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Private Marble Bathroom with Shower.
Category 5 – Outside Stateroom, Fixed Double Bed, Private Marble Bathroom with Shower.

Safari Endeavour

Aboard the Safari Endeavour, elegant ambience is combined with a full menu of comfortable amenities. This 84-guest expedition vessel is equipped for exploration with three decks for viewing and onboard, at-the-ready adventure equipment.

Polished, unwavering, and upscale, the Safari Endeavour may be the workhorse of the fleet but it’s her zest-for-life persona that’s remembered most. She looks sharp—a nod to the crew who work hard to keep her that way. Wood fixtures and accents shine and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. No other UnCruise ship covers more territory, and like her namesake, Captain Cook’s Endeavour, both the ship and crew are true explorers.

Always reliable, the captain and crew take great pride in their ship and the teamwork that keeps her running smoothly. And it shows. You can be sure if there is a score to be settled, the captain will argue she’s the “greatest” ship in the fleet. Her roomy lounge, dining room, and sun deck are undisputed, but the Safari Endeavour claims to have the biggest heart, too.

Ready for adventure at a moment’s notice, the Safari Endeavour is fully loaded with adventure equipment: kayaks; paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; and snorkel gear and wetsuits; plus, a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. For those moments when attention turns to relaxation, the vessel comes equipped with two hot tubs, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a massage suite.

Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; desk and chair; private bath with shower; generous storage and closet space.

 

Fast Facts

  • Launched: 1983/2012 (renovated)
  • Length: 232 ft
  • Width: 37 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 10 knots
  • Total Staff: 35
  • Total Passengers:84
  • Cabins: 42

 

Equipment

Your expedition vessel carries 12- or 20-passenger inflatable skiffs used for transfers to/from shore. Tandem sea kayaks and paddle boards are available with instruction provided by the crew. An exercise bike, stair stepper or elliptical machine is also available.

Public Areas

The Safari Endeavour has two on-deck hot tubs, main salon/lounge, dining room, wine bar, library, sun deck with covered patio, and an open bow for up-close viewing. An assortment of DVDs, magazines, books, and games are available for your use. The bridge is open to guests most of the time.

Activities

Throughout your voyage, activities such as guided hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and small skiff excursions are available. You should be able to comfortably walk distances of at least 1/2-mile at a time. A certain amount of agility is necessary when boarding your expedition vessel and kayaks, motorized skiffs, or hiking over exposed vegetation and rocks on trails. All activity equipment is provided.

Meals

While on board, meals and all premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included at no additional charge. Charges apply only for super premium wines and spirits. Specific meal times and daily entrée choices will be announced on board.

Cabins

All cabins are well-appointed, comfortable, and keyless. The small size and intimate nature of our vessels make it possible to avoid the inconvenience of keys. You can always lock your cabin from within. Cabins offer full bathroom facilities featuring either a Jacuzzi tub/shower or shower configuration. A collection of bath toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash), two terry robes, towels, hair dryer, alarm clock/IPod docking station, and TV/DVD player are provided. The tap water is potable.

Standard 110v electrical outlets can accommodate electric shavers, travel irons, laptops, cell phones, and camera battery chargers. Check all of your equipment to ensure that you have the required chargers, adapters and converters for safe operation at 110v. Please note that at this time internet access is not available on board.

Master
Cabins 103-104, 212, 301-302
Fixed queen, or fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view window or portholes; private bath and shower

Commander
Cabins 303-308, 311-322
Fixed twin beds; desk and chair; view windows; private bath with shower

Captain
Cabins 105-112, 203-204, 209-210
King or twin beds; desk and chair; view window; private bath and shower

Admiral
Cabins 201-202, 309
King or twin beds; refrigerator; desk and chair; view window; private bath with shower

Commodore Suite
Cabins 205-208
Sitting area; king or twin beds; Tempur-pedic® products; refrigerator; view windows; French doors and step out balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower

Safari Voyager

A quick clip on the Safari Voyager—discreet, classy, and stealth. She is a leader in expedition functionality and features the fleet’s most advanced skiff launching platform. Comfortable in warm water regions, she’s specifically built to handle the humidity and heat that can challenge lesser-designed vessels. Tropical adventure and wilderness access are always at the forefront. So is the natural landscape.

A seamless extension of the places she sails, the ship and her mostly-local crew exude pura vida (pure life). Handcrafted artwork throughout the vessel and in each cabin pays homage to the regions of Costa Rica and Panamá. Casual in nature, the Safari Voyager is a bit of a show-off, too—take in 270-degrees of view from the top deck or window-to-window in the air-conditioned lounge.

An aft EZ Dock launch platform provides convenient access into and from the water for adventure activities. The vessel is outfitted with kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, snorkel gear, and hiking poles. For rejuvenation and relaxation, guests can take advantage of our wellness amenities with fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.

Depending on the cabin category, singles, doubles, or triples can be accommodated. Common to all cabins are: wide panoramic view windows; individually controlled air conditioning; generous storage and closet space; desk and chair; iPod/MP3/MP4 docking stations; TV/DVD player; private bath with shower.

 

Fast Facts

  • Launched: 1982/2016 (renovated)
  • Length: 174 ft
  • Width: 36 ft
  • Cruise Speed: 9 knots
  • Total Staff: 28-32
  • Total Passengers: 62
  • Cabins: 32

SEA EXPLORER

A return to elegance

Sea Explorer is a small, all-suite expedition vessel. She was built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated  in 2005. Several improvements have been made since. With an ice-strengthened hull, Sea Explorer  offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica.  While Sea Explorer has capacity for up to 110 guests, we will accommodate a maximum of 71 travellers on our Air-Cruises, further increasing the comfort of our guests.

The ship offers six different categories of accommodation. All Suites are spacious, with premium appointments throughout. Each Suite features a sitting area, a private bathroom, a picture window, and two twin beds that, on request, can be joined  to form a large queen-size bed. Several Suites include private balconies accessed via a sliding door. Triple cabins feature a sofa bed.

Public areas include “The Club” (panorama lounge), a Library, a Lounge with audio-visual facilities, a Dining room, a wraparound Sun Deck with Jacuzzi, an Exercise Room, a Medical Clinic and an elevator serving all passenger decks. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are used for exploration in Antarctica.

Sea Spirit

Introducing the Sea Spirit, formerly the Spirit of Oceanus – Sailing in grand style with all the amenities of a luxury hotel.
Providing spacious suites for accommodation of 116 passengers the Sea Spirit at the same time features maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of small ships. The vessel has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiacs, and a set of retractable fin stabilizers for smoother sailing.

Explore the Polar Regions in style and comfort aboard the all-suite Sea Spirit. Providing spacious suites and social areas for 116 guests the Sea Spirit at the same time features maneuverability and friendly atmosphere of small ships.

Public areas include: Reception, Restaurant, Bar, Outdoor Bistro, Club Lounge, Library, Presentation Lounge, Infirmary, Gym, Bridge.

We have open Bridge policy. Talk to the Captain and officers. Watch landscapes from this special angle of view. Fix your location at a map of your expedition.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 1992/2006
  • Length: 297 ft
  • Beam: 50 ft
  • Draft: 13.5 ft
  • Tonnage: 4954 t
  • Cruise Speed: 12 knots
  • Total Staff: 72
  • Passenger Capacity: 116
  • Registry: Bahamas

Onboard Amenities

Restaurant
The Restaurant on board the Sea Spirit offers open-seating dining, which means there are no assigned tables. Contemporary, international cuisine is created by our talented chefs.

Bar
After a day of explorations passengers may relax at a Bar staffed by a professional bartender. With a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and engaging conversation, the bar on board this small luxury ship welcomes guests to mix and mingle.

Presentation Lounge
The Presentation Lounge with state-of-the-art equipment is where all lectures, briefings and social gatherings take place. Attend informative lectures, recaps and briefings, and enjoy views outside.

Club Lounge
Club Lounge provides great opportunities for socializing and observing fantastic landscapes passing by. This comfortable seating area also offers a 24-hour self-service coffee and tea bar.

Library
The Library is a quiet cozy place for reading and relaxation. It has an extensive selection of polar books and DVDs, magazines, reference materials and newspapers.

Gym
Well-equipped Gym allows travelers not to break away from regular sports for the time of a trip. The Gym is open daily and offers stationary bikes, several treadmills, and some multi-functional training machines.

Reception
Should you have a question or require any service be sure to visit the Reception area. Our experts can provide invaluable information to help you get the most out of your cruise.

DECK PLANS and CABINS

All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

CABINS

OWNER’S SUITE: Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior entrance, a private terrace, a complimentary minibar (restocked daily), one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, in-room safe, (Deck 6)

PREMIUM SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to their private balcony. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 6)

DELUXE SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to their private balcony, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 5)

SUPERIOR SUITE:Ocean view stateroom  with large pictures window(s), sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 4)

CLASSIC SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with large pictures window(s), two twin or one queen bed (Deck 3)

MAIN DECK SUITE: Large ocean view stateroom with portholes, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 2)

TRIPLE CLASSIC SUITE: Ocean view stateroom with large pictures window(s), Three twin beds, or one Queen and one twin. (Deck 3).

Silver Cloud Expedition

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22  passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

Fast Facts

  • Officers: European
  • Length: 514 ft
  • Width: 70 ft
  • Tonnage: 16,800 t
  • Cruise Speed: 18 knots
  • Total Staff: 223
  • Passenger Capacity: 254

 

DINING

The Grill

One of the healthiest cuisines to exist, The Grill features lava stone cooking at its finest. Sourced from volcanic rock and placed in an oven to reach an optimum temperature of 400˚C, The Grill invites guests to cook their food directly at their table. Place your meat, fish or vegetables on top of the grill stone or inside the soup bowl, and then simply cook to your very own taste. Every bite is cooked to perfection, time after time.

With the stone cooking available in the evenings only, The Grill becomes a daytime rotisserie and gourmet salad and burger bar, offering build your own burgers from the best selections of meat.

Dress code: Casual

Casual wear consists of pants, blouses or casual dresses for women; open-neck shirts and slacks for men are appropriate.

La Terrazza

Offering the very best of Italian cuisine, La Terrazza’s freshly made authentic a la carte dishes are complimented by a wide range of complimentray wines, even in the most remote of destinations!

Using only the best seasonal produce, La Terrazza offers buffet restaurant for breakfast and lunch with indoor or al fresco seating and is transformed into an intimate Italian restaurant for dinner.

The Restaurant

Sparkling with tales of adventure, bonhomie and like-minded friends, The Restauant offers contemporary, international cuisine created by our most talented chefs. Menus feature regional specialities unique to the destinations guests visit on their cruise, so don’t be surpised to see a roasted Chilean Sea Bass while cruising the Chilean fjords. During days at sea, choose something from La Collection du Monde, a series of signature dishes created exclusively for Silversea cruises by the Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux.

La Dame by Relais & Châteaux

The world’s southernmost Relais & Châteaux restaurant can only be found aboard the Silver Cloud Expedition. After a day of trekking through tundra and whale watching, indulge in an evening of palette pampering, where fine wines are complemented by a set tasting menu of regionally-inspired dishes in an intimate, elegant setting. An extraordinary six-course experience celebrating the world’s most distinguished wine regions complete what is surely the finest dining at sea.

Per guest reservation fee of US$60. Please visit My Silversea to make your reservations.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Beauty Salon

A full range of Beauty Salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship.

Boutiques

Exceptional shopping experiences do not end in the cosmopolitan cities we visit.

Silversea’s striking new shipboard boutiques, reimagined and redesigned by famed Italian architect Tiziano Vudafieri  and his team at Vudafieri & Saverino Studio, are stunning modern design spaces befitting the finest creations from legendary designers including Buccellati, Damiani, Le Vian, Tag Heuer, Bulgari, Gucci, Paul & Shark, Sisley, Swarovski and more.

A new partnership with the LVMH Group company Starboard offers guests a carefully curated selection of cutting edge fashions, jewelry, accessories, fine perfumes and cosmetics in our boutiques from iconic brands renowned for blending tradition, innovation and exceptional quality.

Fitness Centre

The Fitness Centre on board this luxury cruise ship is equipped with free weights, weight machines, state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical trainers and recumbent and upright bicycles. Classes in aerobics, yoga, Pilates and circuit training are led by the onboard fitness trainer and are always complimentary. Personal training, body composition analysis and specialty classes are available at an additional charge on board all luxury cruises.

Connoisseur’s Corner

The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.

Library

The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. On-Demand Movies are available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.

Dolce Vita

With complimentary cocktails and engaging conversation, live music and a dance floor, Dolce Vita on board Silver Cloud welcomes guests to mix and mingle. When living such unique experiences as these, there is never a dull moment!

Tor’s Observation Library

The ideal place for scenic days at sea, this vantage point far forward and high atop this luxury cruise ship is perfect for that “king of the world” feeling.

Panorama Lounge

The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the luxury cruise ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind on your cruise, enjoy afternoon tea, listen to the pianist and watch the setting sun. The drinks are complimentary, the music live and inviting. Enjoy dancing to a range of musical styles for every taste from standards to the latest club mixes.

Reception

This reception area welcomes guests to speak with a staff member should they have a question or require any service during the cruise. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.

Zagara Spa

Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing spa therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for spa services may be made on board the ship.

The Explorer Lounge

Perfect for presentations, lectures and video screenings, this is where our team of dedicated experts share their knowledge on their specialized subject, not to mention their infectious passion and energy. Multi-tiered Explorer Lounge and banquette style seating ensure that you enjoy every minute of the talk and with lectures being streamed live to your suite if desired, this is one of the very few lecture theatres at sea theatre to combine such comfort with such technology.

Pool Deck

Chaise lounges arranged in the sun or shade. Bubbling whirlpools. The pool water refreshing in warmer climates, heated for cooler weather. The attentive staff at the ready with an oversized towel as you emerge from the pool, with your favourite beverage at just the right moment. This is expedition cruising as you have never experienced it before. What better way to watch the icebergs?

Silver Discoverer

Silver Discoverer is expertly engineered to explore the most isolated archipelagos of the Pacific. Her small size and shallow draft allow close-up access to rugged coasts well beyond the reach of ordinary vessels. And she has been newly refurbished to help guests maximize their experience and build a genuine connection with the regions they visit.

Spacious decks and panoramic public rooms mean the drama of the unexpected is never far from view. A fleet of Zodiacs allows exploration from the water or remote landings anywhere nature or curiosity dictate. Since many of our expeditions sail to some of the world’s most pristine coral reef systems, there’s a glass-bottom boat for underwater viewing along with a full complement of snorkeling equipment and a dive program for advanced divers.

We’ve also taken great care to assemble a truly outstanding Expedition Team, composed of experts in the culture, history and wild life of the destinations, to present informal talks, guide Zodiac outings and lead small-group explorations ashore. While back on board, every creature comfort awaits: an ocean-view suite, in-suite bar and the head-to-toe pampering of a butler; elegant lounges and open bar where fellow travelers gather to swap tales about their day’s adventures; and cuisine that meets Silversea’s standards of culinary excellence — which are lofty, indeed. Imaginative menus in The Restaurant feature both regional offerings and dishes inspired by Relais & Châteaux. Additional amenities include a sun-catching pool deck, an internet cafe, a fitness center, and a beauty and massage center — particularly alluring after an adventurous day ashore.

Fast Facts

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 2016
  • Officers: International
  • Length: 338 ft
  • Beam: 51 ft
  • Tonnage: 5218 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 96
  • Passenger Capacity: 120
AMENITIES:

Silver Discoverer is designed for discerning travelers who like to explore the great outdoors while enjoying gracious comfort and gourmet cuisine indoors. Enjoy exceptional amenities on your Silversea Expedition:

All Ocean-View Accommodations
Our accommodations are some of the largest at sea, featuring luxurious amenities that can be customized to your individual preferences.

Butler Service For All Suites
Enjoy the services of a highly trained butler. Silversea is the only cruise line with butler service for all suites.

Complimentary In-Suite Beverages And Throughout The Ship
Select wines, premium spirits and specialty coffees, as well as juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. Your suite’s refrigerator and bar are also stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits. Your butler will replenish them upon request.

Gratuities Always Included
Onboard gratuities are included in your cruise fare, assuring a level of service motivated only by a desire to see you smile. Not including spa and salon treatments.

Open-Seating Dining
Dine when and with whomever you please during breakfast, lunch and dinner. No assigned times, no assigned tables.

In-Suite Dining And Room Service
You can have breakfast delivered to your suite or a formal dinner ordered from The Restaurant menu. Lighter fare is always available from our room service menu.

Complimentary Adventures Ashore
Unearth fascinating dimensions of culture, history, science and the environment through a diverse collection of complimentary shoreside experiences and distinctive onboard events.

Expert Expedition Team
Travel with historians, biologists, anthropologists, geologists, botanists, ornithologists, naturalists, photographers and destination experts at your side as you discover remote and remarkable environments.

Casual/Informal Attire
No tuxedos or formal evening dress required.

Menus Inspired By Relais & Chateaux
Silversea’s preferred culinary partner.

Complimentary Parka
For guests aboard expedition voyages bound for the Russian Far East & New Zealand Sub-Antarctic.

Water-Resistant Backpack And Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Professional gear for your authentic expedition.

Ship-Wide WiFi
Fees apply.

ACCOMODATIONS:

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Luxury pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Flat-screen television with on-demand movies, music and satellite news programming
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

MEDALLION SUITE

Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, the Medallion Suite is Silver Discoverer’s most spacious with overall size of 408 sq. ft./38 m2 (including Veranda 27 sq. ft./2.5 m2). The ideal suite for entertaining friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda.

VERANDA SUITE

Stylish, sophisticated and welcoming, Veranda Suites are a favorite of returning Silversea guests. The private veranda surrounds you with panoramic views. Each suite has an overall size of 280 sq. ft./ 26 m2 (including Veranda 35.5 sq. ft./ 3.2 m2 ), and several Veranda Suites can accommodate three guests.

VISTA SUITE

A quiet sanctuary. Enough living space to roam and relax. Two large view windows provide ocean views. Each suite has an overall size of 269 sq. ft./25 m2 .

VIEW SUITE

The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their suite will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy Silversea accommodation. Each suite has a view window and overall size of 181 sq.ft./ 16.8 m2 .

EXPLORER SUITE

With preferred midship location and as spacious as a View Suite, enjoy the passing scenery through two porthole windows. Each suite has an overall size of 186 sq. ft./ 17.3 m2.

Silver Explorer

The purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Fast Facts

  • Officers: International
  • Length: 354 ft
  • Beam: 52 ft
  • Tonnage: 6072 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 117
  • Passenger Capacity: 132
PUBLIC AREAS:

Beauty Salon

A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

Boutiques

Featuring designer collections and duty-free shopping, the onboard Boutiques offer a selection of jewellery, fashions, perfumes and Silversea logo items. Shops are closed while in port and on occasion due to local government regulations. Toiletries and convenience items are also available for purchase.

Connoisseur’s Corner

The Connoisseur’s Corner offers exceptional cognacs along with a premium selection of cigars for purchase.

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is open daily and offers a treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.

Internet Café

Email friends and family back home or surf the web for a nominal fee. CD burners, headphones, digital camera media readers, and complimentary black and white laser printing are also available.

Launderette

Complimentary self-service laundry facilities are available onboard.

Library

The Library has an extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, reference materials and newspapers, as well as audio listening stations. Movies are also available and can be viewed on your in-suite entertainment center.

Observation Lounge

Located on Deck 6 high atop the ship, the Observation Lounge offers panoramic views. Here you will find comfortable seats to enjoy a beverage and watch the ever-changing view.

Outdoor Grill and Whirl Pool

Alfresco dining in the soft ocean breeze. Menu options include healthy CruiseLite selections, fresh-from-the-oven pizza and lighter fare.

Panorama Lounge

The Panorama Lounge is specially designed to provide an uninterrupted view of the day’s destination from the comfort of the ship’s interior. This is an ideal place to unwind, listen to the pianist and enjoy a nightcap with new friends.

Reception

This central lobby area welcomes guests to speak with a Guest Relations specialist should they have a question or require any service. Assistance is available 24 hours a day.

The Restaurant

Sparkling with silver, crystal and candlelight, The Restaurant encircles its guests with sophisticated elegance and impeccable service.

The Spa at Silversea

Relax your body and mind with a wide range of soothing therapies including facials, body wraps and massages. Sauna and steam rooms are perfect for relaxing before your spa treatment or after a long nature hike. Appointments for chargeable services may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Voyage.

The Theater

Gather in The Theater to hear fascinating tales of adventure or to learn about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Lectures and seminars are presented by knowledgeable experts in a variety of scientific fields.

CABINS:

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Champagne upon request
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• European bath amenities
• Fine pratesi bed linens and down duvets
• Premium mattresses
• A choice of nine pillow types
• ipod docking station
• Plush robes and slippers
• Personalized stationery
• Umbrella
• Hair dryer
• Wifi internet access (fee applies)
• Daily suite service with nightly turndown

Owner’s Suite

Owner’s Suite can accommodate 3 guests

728 sq. ft./67 m2 including large veranda (158 sq. ft./15 m2)

Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

GRAND SUITE

Grand Suite can accommodate 3 guests.

618 sq. ft./57 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table, Four hours of internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

MEDALLION SUITE

400 sq. ft./37 m2 including veranda (86 sq. ft./8 m2)

Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer’s table

SILVER SUITE/EXPEDITION SUITE

Silver and Expedition suites can accommodate three guests.

SILVER SUITE 422 sq. ft./39 m2 including 2 French Balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors (30 sq. ft./3 m2)
EXPEDITION SUITE 388-397 sq. ft./36-37 m2 with 2 view windows or 2 large picture windows

Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer (Silver Suite), Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service (Silver Suite), Afternoon canapés upon request
(Silver Suite), Dinner at officer’s table (Silver Suite)

VERANDA/VISTA/VIEW SUITE

VERANDA SUITE 206-216 sq. ft./19-20 m2 including French Balcony
(16 sq. ft./1.5 m2) with floor-to-ceiling glass doors
VISTA SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with large picture window providing panoramic ocean views
VIEW SUITE 192 sq. ft./18 m2 with view window

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed (Veranda suites 500, 501, 512 and 513 have a fixed queen-sized bed), Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed (View suites 310, 311, 312, 313 and Vista suites 410, 412, 415, 417), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

EXPLORER SUITE/ADVENTURER SUITE

EXPLORER SUITE 175–190 sq. ft./16–18 m2 with view window
ADVENTURER SUITE 157–167 sq. ft./14 – 15 m2 with 2 portholes

Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/ shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

Silver Galapagos

The government of Ecuador, and in particular the Galapagos National Park Service, closely monitors and control visitor activity in the Galapagos Islands. They have established very strict regulations concerning everything from which vessels are allowed to operate, to the licensing of naturalist guides. The maximum capacity of any ship visiting the Galapagos Islands is 100. You will not find any huge mega liners here! Vessel permits may no longer be bought and sold, or combined, as in the past. This means the majority of vessels are just 16 passengers, with just a few with higher capacities.

We have selected a small cross section of ships and yachts to present here. These are vessels I have been on or with which am very familiar. One of my favorites is the SILVER GALAPAGOS, a smaller sister ship to the Spirit of Oceanus. She is all-suite – very large cabins – some with private balconies. She is very elegant, comfortable and stable. She carries up to 100 guests, though designed to carry a bit more.

SILVER GALAPAGOS

The Silver Galapagos is by far the largest, most comfortable and luxurious of all Galapagos ships. Accommodating a maximum of 100 guests, the ship was built for comfortable ocean cruising, and is a sister ship of the former “Spirit of Oceanus”, one of the world’s finest expedition ships. All cabins are outside Suites, ranging in size from 210 square feet to 287 square feet, with marble bathrooms, beds that can be configured as large Queen or two twins, sofa, flat screen TV, vanity dresser, large closets, and mini-bar. A crew of 70 (an incredible 1.4 to 1 ratio) looks after all your safety, comfort, dining and intellectually stimulating needs. There is ample room throughout the ship and on the open decks. Enjoy two hot tub spas, a shaded outdoor seating area, and an upper sun deck to relax. A masseuse is available to ease your tired body after a day of exploration. An elevator serves all five decks.

A fleet of 6 zodiacs efficiently transports small groups to the remote islands with their English speaking naturalist guides. Daily recaps and presentations take place in the spacious and comfortable conference lounge.

Star Clipper and Star Flyer

Star Clipper and  sister Star Flyer are stars of the sea, as fleet as the wind and as graceful as a swan. They are true clipper ships reflecting their proud heritage in every inch of polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day.

A modern cruise ship in every way, Star Clipper was created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Clipper is 360 feet long and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Clipper. She offers spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that Star Clipper offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.

Fast Facts

  • Length: 360 ft
  • Beam: 50 ft
  • Draft: 18.5 ft
  • Sail Area: 36,000 ft2
  • Masts: 4 masts, 16 sails
  • Mast Height: 226 ft
  • Tonnage: 2298 t
  • Cruise Speed: 14 knots
  • Total Staff: 72
  • Passenger Capacity: 170

DECK PLANS and CABINS

All accommodations feature a television, DVD player, phone, thermostat control, private safe, hair dryer, nightly turn-down service and 220 volt/European outlets. Cabins are similar in amenities with yacht-like décor and comfort. Most cabins vary only slightly in size and layout, and a select few open onto the deck. The biggest distinguishing factor between categories is location on the ship. The higher the cabin category, the higher or more central they might be located onboard.

Star Clipper Sail and Deck Plan

SUN DECK

CABINS

Category 1 – Deluxe Outside Deck Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Minibar, Private Marble Bathroom with Whirlpool Bath, Cabin Doors Open Onto Deck.

MAIN DECK

CABINS

Category 1 – Deluxe Outside Deck Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Convert to Double Bed, Minibar, Private Marble Bathroom with Whirlpool Bath, Cabin Doors Open Onto Deck.

CLIPPER DECK

CABINS

Owner’s Cabin – Luxurious Large Outside Stateroom. Double Bed, Sitting Area, Minibar, Private Marble bath with Whirlpool Bath.
Category 2 – Larger Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds, Double Bed, or Triple Berths, Private Marble Bathroom.
Category 3 – Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds, Double Bed, or Triple Berths, Private Marble Bathroom.
Category 5 – Inside/Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds, Double Bed, or Triple Berths, Private Marble Bathroom.

COMMODORE DECK

CABINS

Category 3 – Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds, Double Bed, or Triple Berths, Private Marble Bathroom.
Category 4 – Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds Double Bed, or Triple Berths, Private Marble Bathroom.
Category 5 – Inside/Outside Stateroom, Two Lower Beds, Double Bed, or Triple Berths, Private Marble Bathroom.
Category 6 – Inside Stateroom, Upper/Lower Berths, Private Bathroom.

Stella Australis

The Stella Australis Cruise Experience

With zodiac tours and landings, cruises aboard the Stella Australis take you to see the main points of interest through Tierra del Fuego: the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, glaciers and National Parks. All expeditions are led by expert guides in local geography, cultural history, flora and fauna.

Life aboard Stella Australis is deliciously stimulating. Stella Australis offers continental cuisine with buffet lunches and a la carte dinners. We work to cater to various special diet requests. The bar, which also operates with an “all-inclusive” system, features an international menu and a wide selection of liquors and wines where the favorite is the Calafate Sour. All passengers have access to a library with literature on the flora, fauna, and history of the area, board games, and other onboard entertainment activities. Every afternoon, at the end of the day, the guides give a brief presentation about the next day’s activities and share their extensive knowledge of Tierra del Fuego.

Tip Top II

Our First Class Yacht Tip Top II was designed and ?constructed to offer the highest level of security and ?comfort to our guests. The Tip Top II is a First Class steel-hulled Motor Yacht, built to impeccably high ?standards in Guayaquil Ecuador in 1983 and completely rebuilt in 1986, 1998 and 2006. The Tip Top II is specially designed and built to accommodate 16 guests in comfortable cabins.

With a length of 90 feet, 22-foot beam, and a 5-foot Draft, the Tip Top II is a very comfortable, traditional yacht in the Galapagos Islands.

Our 16 guests are accommodated in 9 cabins, each with private bathroom. The six cabins on the Lower Deck have two single lower berths. On the Upper Deck we have 2 cabins with two single lower berths and one cabin with one double lower berth. Cabins, Bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted for your comfort. A beautiful teak sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board.

Tip Top III

Our First Class Yacht Tip Top III was designed and constructed to offer the highest level of security and comfort to our guests. The Tip Top III is a First Class Steel-hulled Motor Yacht, built to impeccably high standard in Guayaquil/Ecuador in 2001. The Tip Top III is specially designed and built to accommodate 16 guests in comfortable cabins.

In the Upper Deck we have four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. Cabins, Bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted for your comfort. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board.

Our 16 guests are accommodated in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. Four of the cabins in the Lower Deck have two single lower berths an two of the cabins have one double lower berth and one single upper berth.

On the Upper Deck we have four cabins with one double lower berth and one single lower berth. Cabins, Bar, dining room and lounge are fully carpeted for your comfort. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board.

With our highly trained professional crew on board, twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, all the coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed, the Tip Top III ensure safe cruising around the Galapagos Islands.

Tip Top IV

Our First Class Yacht Tip Top IV was designed and constructed to offer the highest level of security and comfort to our guests. The Tip Top IV is a First Class steel-hulled Motor Yacht, built to impeccably high standards in Guayaquil Ecuador in 2006.

The Tip Top IV is specially designed and built to accommodate 16 guests in comfortable cabins. With a length of 130 feet, a beam of 25 feet  and a 6 foot draft, the Tip Top IV is the flagship of the Tip Top Fleet in the Galapagos Islands and among the best ships available in its category.

Our 16 guests are accommodated in 10 cabins, each with private bathroom. All cabins, six in the Lower Deck and four in the upper deck have two single lower berths that may be transformed in a king size bed and the cabins in the lower deck can be transformed in familiar suites by interconnecting doors. Cabins, Bar and lounge are fully carpeted for your comfort. A beautiful teak floored sun deck and dining room creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board.

With our highly trained professional crew on board, twin main engines, twin electric generators, twin Radars, Eco-sounders and GPS, Reverse Osmosis Water Maker, all the coastguard required safety equipment and twelve knot cruising speed, the Tip Top IV ensure safe cruising around the Galapagos Islands.

Our Captain, multilingual guide, engineer, international cook, barman, waitress and two sailors will be at your service. Our relatively numerous crew on board will ensure the best personal service to all of our guests.

Tucano

Our trips are quite active and we spend most of our time off the vessel exploring the forest, but when we are on board, the Motor Yacht Tucano offers plenty of space to spread out and contemplate the wonders of nature. With over seventy large windows, the vessel is bright and airy. The cabins and the salon are air-conditioned and have elegant raised wood paneling in the style of the 19th Century steamers that cruised these majestic rivers.

The Motor Yacht Tucano is designed to offer an experience that is comfortable, intimate, efficient and fun. The vessel is not a luxury vessel, but then the best way to experience the Amazon is to dive in and embrace the environment – to experience to the fullest the exotic sights and sounds of this greatest wilderness on earth.

Middle Balcony
This wide balcony faces forward and is a serene spot to relax as we wind our way along the forested shore. It is also a good place to observe monkeys jumping from one vine to another and pink dolphins leaping into the air.

Large Observation Deck
The top deck is open and has a large shade canopy. It is a wonderful place to spot wildlife or soak in the vastness of the Amazon. There is space to catch some sun and watch the Macaw parrots screeching across the afternoon sky.

A Generous Salon
From this large space, filled with windows and situated at the front of the vessel, we are treated to fantastic vistas of the wilderness around us. Meals are served here and we have a library of choice books on Amazon wildlife.

Comfortable and Private Cabins
All of the cabins on Tucano are outside cabins and have lots of windows. Each cabin is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom. Since the corridors are on the inside of the vessel, the cabins offer privacy and we can leave our curtains open to the awe inspiring vistas of the Amazon. A third small bed can be added to some cabins in order to accommodate three persons.

Cabin Categories

All of the cabins on Tucano are outside cabins with large windows, private baths with showers, and air-conditioning. There are two categories of cabins. Yellow Category cabins are the larger cabins and have beds side by side. The Green Category cabins are smaller and have above and below berths.

Yellow Category Cabins: The five cabins in this category are large and have beds side by side. They are numbered 3, 4, 5, 6, and 0. Cabin “0” has a queen size bed beside a single bed.

Triple Cabins: Some of the YellowCategory cabins can accommodate three travelers. This is helpful for families with children. In cabins “3” and “4” a narrow bed can be placed between the single beds.

Green Category Cabins: The four cabins in this category have above and below berths with a single size mattress above and a single sized mattress below. These are cabins numbered 1, 2, 7, and 8. These cabins are significantly smaller than the Yellow cabins. But they are nonetheless comfortable outside cabins with large windows, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning.

Variety Voyager

The new build 68m/223ft state of the art Mega Yacht accommodates just 72 passengers in 36 cabins. Built under the latest International “Safety of Life At Sea” (SOLAS 2010) regulations and classified by RINA, the Variety Voyager maximizes guests’ safety with incomparable comfort and elegance.

The Variety Voyager seduces her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, very much what one expects from a millionaire’s super yacht. Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft tones wood paneling. Everywhere, unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited. And above all, the professional service of a crew of 30, always with a smile and a true desire to satisfy.

Facts at a Glance

Fast Facts

  • Launched: 2012
  • Length: 68 m
  • Beam: 11.5 m
  • Draft: 3.5 m
  • Cruise Speed: 13 knots
  • Total Staff: 28-32
  • Cabins: 36

PUBLIC AREAS:

Dining Area

Indoor dining area available for 75 passengers. Full height glass windows all around. Audiovisual equipment.

Lounge Area

Lounge area at main deck seating 75 passengers.

Reception and Bar

Reception area & Bar with audiovisual equipment. The ship also provides internet corner and library, while you can enjoy a fresh made juice or a refreshing cocktail at the partly shaded sun deck lounge bar.

Sun Deck Bar and Lounge

Mini Spa

Mini Spa with massage room, sauna, hair and beauty care as well as fitness equipment.

CABINS:

Category C: Lower Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed).

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck offering oversized twin port holes, bathrooms with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category B: Lower/Main Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)

The category B cabins are located on the lower and main deck offering oversized twin port holes (lower deck) or double windows (main deck), bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 7 of the 10 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category A: Main Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)

The category A cabins are located on the main deck offering double windows, bathroom with marble floors as well as Glass and Corian showers. 9 of the 11 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Category P: Upper Deck (Twin Beds or Double Bed)
The category P cabins are located on the upper Horizons Deck offering double windows, all finished with marble throughout the bathrooms and more luxurious fabrics and special amenities. All cabins offer flexible bedding configuration while 4 of the 7 include an extra sofa bed. The cabins are equipped with individual controlled A/C, TV with DVD player, mini fridge, safe deposit box, deluxe toiletries and bathrobes and they all have WIFI at a charge.

Owner’s Suite: Upper deck, double bedded cabin

 Victory I and Victory II 

Agile and Elegant Small Ships, Perfectly Suited to Coastal Cruising

REFINED, SMALL SHIP EXPERIENCES
The indisputable joy of sailing is brought to life on the Victory I and II, agile small ships that easily navigate canals and locks, tranquil bays, and hidden ports where larger ships dare not go. Onboard, fresh, modern design tips its hat to our maritime past as spacious, open-air lounges, inviting dining venues, and generous windows ensure you never miss a chance to savor the view.

INTUITIVE & ATTENTIVE SERVICE
With a caring crew of 90 pampering no more than 210 guests, you’ll feel at home  from the moment you step on board. Whether it’s a favorite cocktail served to you on deck, hot coffee delivered to your room, an iPad® offered for use in the lounge, or the delicate chocolate on your pillow ensuring sweet dreams, serving you is our pleasure. Throughout the ship, “free flowing” beverages are available 24 hours a day and 24-hour room service is just a phone call away.

ONBOARD SPECIALISTS & INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
Aboard the VICTORY I and II, you’ll often travel in the company of engaging specialists focusing on areas such as: marine biology, naval history, ornithology and geology who share their expertise freely in presentations and impromptu discussions throughout your journey. In port, shore excursions with knowledgeable local guides provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history, unique wildlife, and fascinating cultures of the destinations you visit.

Fast Facts:

 

  • Dare Launched/Rebuilt: 1995/2015
  • Length: 286 ft
  • Beam: 50 ft
  • Draft: 13.5 ft
  • Tonnage: 4954 t
  • Cruise Speed: 12 knots
  • Total Staff: 90
  • Passenger Capacity: 210
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • Mast Height: 197 ft

 

Onboard Amenities:

 

  • Spa quality robes & slippers
  • L’Occitane® bath amenities
  • Pillow menu
  • Premium mattresses | 100% Egyptian cotton bedding
  • In-room electronic safe
  • Individual climate control
  • LCD flat-screen television (satellite)
  • Hair dryer and make-up mirror
  • Alarm clock
  • En suite telephone with outside line
  • 24-hour room service
  • Bottled mineral water, replenished daily
  • “Free flow” beverage service
  • Complimentary WiFi package
  • Daily housekeeping, nightly turndown
  • Certified medical doctor on board
  • Salon on board

 

DECK PLANS and CABINS

All accommodations are air-conditioned and fitted with TV, telephone, hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, and public address system and safe boxes. The fully equipped bathrooms are finished with marble.

OWNER’S SUITE: Ocean view suite boasting sweeping views, interior and exterior entrances, a private terrace, a complimentary minibar (restocked daily), one queen bed and one sofa bed, sitting area, in-room safe, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 3)

Category AA Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom with direct access to the open-air promenade. Added amenities include: two twin or one queen bed, armoire, minibar, evening canapés, complimentary laundry service, and the services of a dedicated butler, fresh fruit upon arrival (Deck 4)

Category A Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed (Deck 3)

Category B Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, sweeping views, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)

Category C Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)

Category D Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)

Category E Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 2)

Category F Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)

Category G Stateroom: Ocean view stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 1)

Category H Stateroom: 1 Interior stateroom, two twin or one queen bed, armoire, chest of drawers (Deck 3)

OUR SHIPS

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Alaska

LOCAL TIME

Alaska Standard Time is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 9 hours (one hour behind Pacific Standard Time).

 

CLIMATE

The Alaskan panhandle has an Oceanic (or Maritime) climate, noted for being relatively mild and consistent. Average summer temperatures range between highs of 60-64° F, and lows of 44-52° F. As an example, Juneau’s average July temperature is 56.9. There is no dry season although it rains the least in June and July.

 

CLOTHING

Dressing in layers is essential, including a moisture absorbing inner layer, a warm, lightweight middle layer such as a fleece jacket, sweatshirt or sweater, and a waterproof, breathable shell. Gloves are helpful, especially when you’re up close and personal with a glacier, as are a hat or hood. Active wear is essential if you plan to engage in activities such as kayaking. Be sure to bring sunscreen, high quality sunglasses, bug spray, lots of memory storage for your photos, and a backpack or tote bag to carry it all.

 

SHOES

Bring comfortable, supportive, broken-in shoes to make the most of your exploring time.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and US regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the United States Coast Guard, among others.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • The 49th State
  • Area: 663,300 square miles (1.718 million km2) (Largest state, 2.5 times the size of Texas)
  • Capital city: Juneau 32,556 inhabitants (estimated 2012, 4th least populous
  • Main Cities: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan
  • Purchased from Russia: March 30, 1867
  • Statehood date: January 3, 1959
  • Currency: U.S. Dollars (Euros can be easily changed)

 

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 731,449 (2012 est.)
  • Population density: 1.2/sq mi Least densely populated US state)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 52.04 % – Feminine 47.96 % (2010)
  • Population forecast: (2020) 802,762
  • Life Expectancy: male: 73.94 years / female: 79.84 years (2008 est.)

Antarctica

GETTING THERE

Antarctica tours begin in Chile or Argentina. Click on Chile or Argentina for information about passports, visas, etc.

CLIMATE

Summer temperatures on the Antarctic Peninsula average about 32° F, but sometimes it will feel colder due to the wind chill.

CLOTHING

it is best to wear several layers of light, warm clothing, with a windproof and waterproof jacket and pants as outside layer. The suggested clothing for Antarctica is very similar to skiing equipment.

  • Thermal socks
  • Thermal underwear, including sweatshirts and turtlenecks
  • Fleece jacket and trousers
  • Waterproof hooded parka
  • Insulated waterproof trousers
  • Thermal gloves or mittens
  • Polar cap, hat or balaclava hood
  • Swimsuit (for possible hot spring dips)
  • Comfortable clothes to wear on board (68°-72° F)
  • Comfortable rubber-soled shoes to wear on board
  • Personal medications and a backpack to carry your belongings during shore excursions

WATERPROOF BOOTS

As most landings in Antarctica are “wet landings”, the best footwear is knee-high waterproof boots. Most expedition ships will provide you with a pair of thermal rubber boots on board.

FACE PROTECTION

Good quality UV filtering sunglasses are essential. Glacier glasses have leather flaps at the sides to stop the light from passing through. Due to the high level of reflection of UV radiation, you will also need good sun block lotion for your face (protection factor 30 and above) and lip balm.

PHOTOGRAPHY

To see the wildlife, you should have a good pair of lightweight binoculars (best degree of magnification 7 or 8 x 30). If you are passionate about photography, do not forget a good zoom lens to shoot wildlife and which avoids close approaches. Do not forget to take with you spare batteries since cold temperatures can reduce their life span.

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with international regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), and Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices.

GENERAL FACTS

  • Antarctica is earth’s southernmost and fifth largest continent
  • The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of the mainland of Antarctica
  • Area: 5,400,000 square miles (14,000,000 km2) (Twice the size of Australia)
  • Ice coverage: 98% of it’s area, at least 1.2 miles (1.9km) thick!
  • Treaty: The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 by 12 countries; to date, 49 countries have signed. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, prohibits nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal, supports scientific research, and protects the continent’s ecozone.
  • Research Stations: 30 countries maintain permanent or seasonal research staions
  • Research: Biologists, geologists, oceanographers, physicists, astronomers, glaciologists, and meteorologists conduct experiments possible only on Antactica

 

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: Approximately 1,000 in summer, 5,000 in winter
  • Population density: .00018/sq mi in summer, .00091/sq mi in winter

The Arctic

The Arctic refers to the northern polar regions, as opposed to Antarctica, which refers to the southern polar regions. Destinations include northern Alaska and the Bering Sea, Russian Far East, Greenland, Iceland, northern Norway, including Svalbard, and Jan Mayen, the Barents Sea, Franz Josef Land, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, Northern Canada, Hudson Bay and the Northwest and Northeast Passages, and the North Pole.

Some of the most popular expedition cruise destinations are Alaska and the Russian Far East of the Chukotka Peninsula, Greenland, Iceland, and Svalbard. Now, with warming climate, cruises are being offered between Greenland and Alaska – the Northwest Passage, and between Alaska and Scandinavia – the Northeast Passage.

Most of these areas, with the exception of Alaska, Norway and Iceland, are sparsely inhabited, if at all. It is true remote wlderness.

GETTING THERE

Arctic explorations begin in a variety of countries – Greenland, accessible by direct flughts from Copenhagen, Denmark; Reykjavik, Iceland, easily accissible from many US and European gateways; Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and various Norwegian coastal ports, accessible from Oslo, Norway;  and some Canadian and European or UK ports.

 CLIMATE

Summer temperatures in the Artic average about 62° F, but sometimes it will feel colder due to the wind chill.

CLOTHING

It is best to wear several layers of light, warm clothing, with a windproof and waterproof jacket and pants as outside layer. The suggested clothing for Arctic travel is very similar to skiing equipment. Depnding on where you are going –

  • Thermal socks
  • Thermal underwear, including sweatshirts and turtlenecks
  • Fleece jacket and trousers
  • Waterproof hooded parka
  • Insulated waterproof trousers
  • Thermal gloves or mittens
  • Polar cap, hat or balaclava hood
  • Swimsuit (for possible hot spring dips)
  • Comfortable clothes to wear on board (68°-72° F)
  • Comfortable rubber-soled shoes to wear on board
  • Personal medications and a backpack to carry your belongings during shore excursions

WATERPROOF BOOTS

As many landings in Arctic are “wet landings”, the best footwear is knee-high waterproof boots. Most expedition ships will provide you with a pair of thermal rubber boots on board.

FACE PROTECTION

Good quality UV filtering sunglasses are essential. Glacier glasses have leather flaps at the sides to stop the light from passing through. Due to the high level of reflection of UV radiation, you will also need good sun block lotion for your face (protection factor 30 and above) and lip balm.

PHOTOGRAPHY

To see the wildlife, you should have a good pair of lightweight binoculars (best degree of magnification 7 or 8 x 30). If you are passionate about photography, do not forget a good zoom lens to shoot wildlife and which avoids close approaches. Do not forget to take with you spare batteries since cold temperatures can reduce their life span.

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with international regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), and Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices.

Argentina

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the end date of the tour, and have at least one blank page for entry and exit stamps. No visas are needed for stays of up to 90 days. No vaccination certificate is required to enter the country. You must pay the reciprocity online prior to arriving in Argentina.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

 

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic. At least 40 languages are spoken but Spanish is dominant. After Spanish, the most spoken language is English, which is taught since the elementary school; 42.3% of Argentines claim to speak some English (though only 15.4% of those claimed to have a high level of English comprehension).

 

CURRENCY

Argentina’s currency is the Peso. There are bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos, and coins of 1 peso and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents. Although US Dollars and Euros are generally taken everywhere, foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted. There may be difficulties in changing traveler’s check outside Buenos Aires.

 

TAXES

Argentina has a 21% Value added Tax (VAT). You may obtain a VAT reimbursement to any purchases of local products made for an amount over $70 (per invoice) in shops operating with the “Global Refund” system. Visitors coming from countries not bordering Argentina are exempt from all taxes on travelling articles and new articles up to US$ 300 and an additional US$ 300, if purchased at duty free shops within the national territory. You must pay a $US 160 Reciprocity Fee online before you enter the country; the online site charges a $US 20 Service Fee.

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Argentina is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 3 hours.

CLIMATE

The country’s territory offers a wide variety of climates: subtropical in the North, sub-Antarctic in the southern Patagonia, and mild and humid in the Pampas plains. Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate. Its average summer (November to March) temperature is 73 °F, 82 to 88 °F during the day and 61 to 70 °F at night. Relative humidity is 64–70% in the summer, so the heat index is higher than the true air temperature. Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, has a subpolar oceanic climate. Its average summer temperature is 48 °F, with highs between 54 and 59 °F, and lows between 38 and 42 °F. Ushuaia gets significant rain throughout the year.

CLOTHING

It’s best to dress in layers, including a moisture absorbing inner layer, a warm, lightweight middle layer such as a fleece jacket, sweatshirt or sweater, and a waterproof, breathable shell.

 

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring.

 

ELECTRICITY

200-220 volts, 50 cycles AC is used. Two types of plugs are still in use, the typical European rounded two prong plug and the 3 prong plug used in Australia. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Argentina uses the PAL system.

 

FOOD

Argentina has a rich food tradition and Argentine people have a reputation for their love of eating, and for eating beef in particular. Argentine cuisine is influenced by the blending of multiple cultures – indigenous, Spanish, Italian, and 6.6 million immigrants – and the wide scope of livestock available in the country. Grilled meat from the asado (barbecue) is a staple. The most common condiment for asado is Chimichurri, a sauce of herbs, garlic and vinegar. Breaded and fried meats — milanesas — are used as snacks, in sandwiches, or eaten warm with mashed potatoes — purée. Empanadas — small pastries of meat, cheese, sweet corn, and a hundred other fillings — are a common sight at parties and picnics, or as starters to a meal. Italian staples, such as pizza and pasta, are eaten as commonly as beef. A sweet paste, dulce de leche is another treasured national food, used to fill cakes and pancakes, spread over toasted bread for breakfast, or served with ice cream.

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. 10% of the amount of the check is usually left in cafeterias and restaurants. Doormen, porters, and ushers in cinemas and theaters are also generally tipped. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting up to date on all vaccines before traveling, and getting Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines before visiting Argentina.

Argentina’s ozone layer, especially in the southern region and Patagonia, is thinner than in the U.S. or Europe, and you’ll burn a lot faster here, especially if you’re in high altitudes. In Patagonia, “red alert” days (Sept-Nov) mean that fair-skinned visitors can burn within 10 minutes. Protect yourself with sun block, a long-sleeved shirt, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Do not take this lightly.

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Argentinian regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), and Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, among others.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Banks and Exchange Bureaus are open Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Business Offices are generally open from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Stores in the big cities are open from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., although in the outskirts and the provinces they generally close at midday. Saturdays, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Most cafés, cake shops and pizzerias are open most of the time except between 2.00 and 6.00 a.m. Restaurants serve lunch from 12.30 p.m. and dinner from 8.30 p.m. Fast-food menus are served in many restaurants at all times.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: The Argentine Republic
  • Area: 1,073,518 square miles (2,780,400 km2) (90% of the size of India)
  • Capital city: Buenos Aires 2,891,000 inhabitants (estimated 2013)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Buenos Aires, Cordova, Rosary, Mendoza
  • Official languages: Spanish
  • Independence date: July 9, 1816
  • Currency: Peso
  • Religion: 92% Roman Catholic – government supported – home of Pope Francis

 

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 41,660,417 (2013 est.)
  • Population density: 37.3/sq mi
  • Population growth: 0.98% (2013 est.)
  • Urban-rural population: Urban 92% – Rural 8% (2010 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 49.2 % – Feminine 50.8 % (2013 est.)
  • Population forecast: 43.8 million in 2020 (2013 est.)
  • Birth rate : 17.12 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Mortality : 7.35 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Fertility (children): 2.27 children born/woman (2008 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 74.09 years / female: 80.73 years (2008 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 97.9% (population over 15; 2011 est.)
  • Education: Initial, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary
  • Ethnicity: Multiethnic – predominately White, then Arab, Native, Mestizo, Asian

THE COUNTRY

With a mainland area of 1,073,500 sq mi (2,780,400 km2), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. Its large, long geographic area gives it many climates, ranging from subtropical in the north to subpolar in the south with a temperate climate in between. Similarly, it has very diverse geography and great biodiversity. In the modern period Argentina has become a regional leader with a growing economy, a large share of the high tech sector and “very high” rating on Human Development Index. Its beauty, long coastlines and rich history make it a particularly compelling place to visit.

THE PEOPLE

Argentina’s population and culture were heavily shaped by immigrants from throughout Europe, with Italy and Spain providing the largest percentage of newcomers from 1860 to 1930. Argentina had the second highest immigration of all countries – 6.6 million, second only to the United States with 27 million – Argentina is a melting pot.

Belize

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for six months from the end date of the tour. Visas are not needed for US citizens.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LANGUAGE

English is the official language of Belize. It is the only country in Central America with English as the official language, however an English creole (Kriol) and Spanish are more commonly spoken. 8 regional languages are also recognized, including Kriol, Spanish and 3 dialects of Maya.

CURRENCY

Belize’s currency is the Belize Dollar (BZD). Travelers’ Checks are not recommended due to the difficulty of cashing them. US dollars are widely accepted in Belize, although change will often be given in Belizean currency.

TAXES

Belize has a General Sales Tax (GST) of 12.5%. There is a standard 9% hotel tax that is added to your hotel bil. There is also an US$18.75 international departure tax however it is generally included in the price of the airline ticket.

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Belize is Greenwich Meridian Time plus 6 hours, or Central Standard Time (CST). Belize does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

CLIMATE

Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons, although there are significant variations in weather patterns by region. Temperatures vary according to elevation, proximity to the coast, and the moderating effects of the northeast trade winds off the Caribbean. The average daily high temperature in Belize ranges between 81.7 °F in January and 89.2 °F in May. The average low ranges between 67.1 °F in January and 89.2 °F in May. Average rainfall is 12.1 inches in April, as compared to over 56 inches in May and June and 69.8 inches in September!

CLOTHING

ON BOARD
Generally, the atmosphere aboard ship is informal and relaxed. Cruise wear should be lightweight and easy to care for. Sportswear is acceptable for both men and women. Because the air can be chilly when the ship is moving at full speed, it is also advisable to bring a windbreaker or fleece to wear on the deck of the ship.

ON EXCURSIONS
Clothing that can be layered is essential, as our destinations vary in temperatures. We recommend bringing lightweight long‐sleeved cotton shirts and trousers to protect against the sun. Although clothing made out of cotton is the traditional choice, you may also want to consider clothes made of wool or new synthetic materials. A windproof jacket is an essential outer layer, especially for evenings. A light windbreaker or fleece will allow you to wear multiple layers underneath so that you may easily adjust to indoor and outdoor temperature changes. You may also want to bring a sweater, since nights can be chilly. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring. Waterproof, close-toed sandals, such as Teva or Keen are great for wet landings and rocky shorelines. Please be certain that your footwear is properly broken in before the trip.

ELECTRICITY

110/220 volts, 60 cycles AC is used. Belize uses the B (North America) and G (British 3 prong) type plugs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Belize uses the NTSC system.

FOOD

Belizean cuisine encompasses the foods of the wide variety of ethnicities in the nation. Breakfast consists of bread, flour tortillas, or fry jacks that are often homemade. Fry jacks are eaten with various cheeses, refried beans, various forms of eggs or cereal, along with milk, coffee, or tea. Midday meals vary, from lighter foods such as rice and beans or beans and rice with or without coconut milk, tamales (masa – a starchy, usually corn-based dough, filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies, etc., and steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper), panades (fried maize shells with beans or fish), meat pies, escabeche (onion soup), chirmole (soup), stew chicken and garnaches (fried tortillas with beans, cheese, and sauce) to various constituted dinners featuring some type of rice and beans, meat and salad or coleslaw. Mealtime is a communion for families and schools and some businesses close at midday for lunch, reopening later in the afternoon.

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. 15% is common in restaurants and hotels may add a 10% service charge to your bill. A 5-10% tip for hotel staff is appropriate in hotels that do not add a service charge. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. The CDC recommends that all travelers get up to date on all routine vaccines before traveling. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. The CDC recommends that most travelers get the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines as well. The areas you will be travelling in are malaria regions. We suggest that you speak to your physician or healthcare provider and take the action he/she recommends as there are various differing ideas about which prophylactics to take, if at all. Check the CDC web site for more detailed information.

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Drink bottled and purified water only. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is available at all hotels, ships and lodges.

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Belizean regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE), among others.

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Banks are generally open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. However, in many small towns, villages, and tourist destinations, bank hours may be limited with banks closing at 1 or 2pm. In very few instances, banks have begun opening on Saturday. Belizean businesses tend to be open Monday through Friday from 8am to noon, and from 1 to 5pm. Some businesses do not close for lunch, and some open on Saturday. Most bars are open until 1 or 2am, although some go later.

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Belize
  • Area: 8,867 sq mi (22,966 km2) (the size of the state of New Jersey)
  • Capital city: Belmopan 13,931 inhabitants (2010 census)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Belize City, San Ignacio, Belmopan, San Pedro Town
  • Official language: English. Kriol and Spanish are also widely spoken
  • Independence date: September 21, 1981
  • Currency: Belize Dollar (BZD)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 39.3% – Protestant 30.9% Jehovah’s Witness 1.6% – Other 9.9% – Irreligious 15.2%

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 334,297 (2013 est.)
  • Population density: 37.7/sq mi
  • Population growth: 1.92% (2014 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 52% – Rural 48% (2010)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 50.7 % – Feminine 49.3 % (2014 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2025) 450,000
  • Birth rate: 25.14 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Mortality: 5.95 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Fertility: 3.02 children born/woman (2014 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 66.8 years / female: 70.17 years (2014 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 76.9% (population over 15; 2000 census)
  • Education: Kindergarten, Secondary, Tertiary, University
  • Ethnicity: mestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7% (2000 census)

THE COUNTRY

Belize is a country on the northeastern coast of Central America. It has the lowest population density in Central America. Belize’s abundance of terrestrial and marine species and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. Inland from Belize’s Punta Gorda, is a rarely-visited ancient Maya site, Lubaantun. Located on a high ridge, Lubaantun flourished between A.D. 730 and A.D. 890. Two major pyramids remain; their most significant feature is that the structures are mostly built of large stone blocks laid with no mortar, primarily black slate rather than the limestone typical of the region. Tourism has become the mainstay of the Belizean economy. It is the number one foreign exchange earner in this small economy, followed by exports of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and garments.

THE PEOPLE

Belize has a diverse society, with many cultures and languages. Originally part of the British Empire, it shares a common colonial history with other Anglophone Caribbean countries. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854 until it won independence in 1981. Migration continues to transform Belize’s population. About 16% of Belizeans live abroad, while immigrants constitute approximately 15% of Belize’s population. The emigration of a large share of Creoles (Afro-Belizeans) and the influx of Central American immigrants, mainly Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Hondurans, has changed Belize’s ethnic composition. Mestizos have become the largest ethnic group, and Belize now has more native Spanish speakers than English or Creole speakers, despite English being the official language. Belize’s history as a melting pot have contributed to their welcoming culture that makes visitors feel immediately comfortable.

Brazil

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the end date of the tour. Citizens of the United States and Canada are required to acquire Tourist Visas to enter Brasil.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LANGUAGE

The language of Brazil is Portuguese, and English is not widely spoken. Learning and using a just few, simple Portuguese phrases can go a long way in demonstrating respect for Brazilian life and culture.

CURRENCY

Brazil’s currency unit is the real (plural = reais) and is made up of 100 centavos. It is not a good idea to use traveler’s checks unless only visiting major cities. Visa and Master Card are widely accepted. American Express is not as widely accepted, but in most hotels as well as many restaurants and stores (especially in the larger cities) do accept it.

TAXES

Brazil has a 19% sales tax. There is also a $US 39 international departure tax that must be paid in U.S. Dollars at the airport.

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Brzail’s Amazon region is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 4 hours (Central Time in the United States). Most of Brazil observes daylight savings from November to February (as compared to Aril to October in the US).

 

CLIMATE

The climate of Brazil comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical. The different climatic conditions produce environments ranging from equatorial rainforests in the north and semiarid deserts in the northeast, to temperate coniferous forests in the south and tropical savannas in central Brazil. Manaus has a tropical monsoonal climate with relatively dry season (June to October) and a heavy monsoon the rest of year, and no cold season. The average temperature is 79-82°F throughout the year, with an average high of 87-91°F and an average low of 73-74°F.

CLOTHING

It’s best to dress in light layers, including a waterproof outer layer. Essentials include shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, lots of memory storage for your photos and a day pack or backpack to keep them in. Waterproof backpacks are especially useful, as they enable you to have your arms free.

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring. Waterproof, close-toed sandals, such as Teva or Keen are great for wet landings and rocky shorelines.

ELECTRICITY

Electric current in Brazil varies widely—from 100 to 127 volts or 220 to 240 volts and from 50 to 60Hz—even within the same city, building, apartment or office. Be aware before you plug in any electrical device. Some cities in Brazil only use 220 volts. While many hotels clearly label electrical outlets, others don’t. If you’re in doubt, ask first. Also be aware that many electrical outlets in Brazil will only accept a standard Brazilian two round prong plug. You may need a plug adapter. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Brazil is the only country using the PAL-M system.

 

FOOD

Brazilian cuisine has European and African influences. It varies greatly by region, reflecting the country’s mix of native and immigrant populations, and its continental size as well. This has created a national cuisine marked by the preservation of regional differences. The Brazilian feijoada (feijoada brasileira) has been described as the national dish of Brazil. It is prepared with black beans, a variety of salted pork or beef products, such as pork trimmings (ears, tail, feet), bacon, smoked pork ribs, and at least two types of smoked sausage and jerked beef (loin and tongue). Typical regional dishes include vatapá (bread, shrimp, coconut milk, finely ground peanuts and palm oil mashed into a creamy paste), moqueca (salt water fish stew in coconut milk with tomatoes, onions, garlic, coriander and some palm oil), polenta (cornmeal boiled into a porridge, and eaten directly or baked, fried or grilled) and acarajé (peeled black-eyed peas formed into a ball and then deep-fried in dendê (palm oil)). Other typical dishes are caruru (okra, onion, dried shrimp, and toasted nuts (peanuts and/or cashews), cooked with palm oil until a spread-like consistency is reached0, and moqueca capixaba (slow-cooked fish, tomato, onion and garlic, topped with cilantro; and linguiça, a mildly spicy sausage).

 

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. The standard tip for waiters in restaurants and botequims is 10% and is often included in the bill.

All provided components of your EXPLOR CRUISES tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

 

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry however a yellow fever vaccination is advised for travel to areas in the north, northeast or center west of the country. Because of the tropical climate of Brazil, occasional cases of Yellow fever, Dengue fever and Chagas disease are reported in various parts of the country. In addition, cases of hepatitis A, B, C and D are not unknown. The CDC recommends that all travelers get up to date on all routine vaccines, and that most get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid as well. Check the CDC web site for more detailed information.

 

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Almost all Brazilian cities have treated water supplies. Those that don’t, use artesian well water. Either way, you’re probably not going to get sick from drinking the water, anything washed in it or ice cubes made from it. But if the taste of chlorine is not your favorite, it’s probably best to drink only água mineral sem gás (non-carbonated mineral water) or com gás (carbonated) which is readily available almost everywhere.

Because Brazil is a tropical country, it’s very easy to quickly become dehydrated. Brazilian doctors recommend drinking at least two liters of water per day. You should also consider drinking coconut water which is readily available at many beaches and in cities from street vendors as well as restaurants and lanchonetes (snack bars). Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage with the same electrolytic level as human blood. It contains no cholesterol, is naturally sterile and is full of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off fatigue. It’s nature’s own ‘sports drink’ and far better for you than any commercially produced product.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Brazilian regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Brazilian Maritime Authority, among others.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Brazilian bank hours are from 10-4, Monday to Friday. Business hours are typically 8-6. ATM Machines of banks are generally open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm (although it is common for the locks on the doors to be not operational). Generally, ATM machines that accept international credit cards are readily found in large cities. However, if travelling outside the city or to remote areas, it will be much more difficult to find an ATM machine.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Area: 3,287,597 sq mi (8,515,767 km2) (5% larger than the 48 contiguous United States)
  • Capital city: Brasília 2,789,761/4,041,042 city/metro inhabitants (estimated 2013)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasília
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Independence date: 7 September 1822
  • Currency: Real
  • Religion: Roman Catholicism 65%, Protestantism 22%, No religion 8%, Spiritism 2%, Other 3%

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 202,656,788 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population density: 61.5/sq mi
  • Population growth: 0.8% (2014 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 87% – Rural 13% (2010 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 49.49% – Feminine 50.51% (2008 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2025) 215,032,000
  • Birth rate : 14.72 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Mortality : 6.54 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Fertility (children): 1.79 children born/woman (2014 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 69.73 years / female: 77 years (2014 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 90.4% (population over 15; 2008 est.)
  • Education: Kindergarten, Elementary, Medium, University. The constitution reserves 25% of the state budget and 18% of federal taxes and municipal taxes for education.
  • Ethnicity: white 47.7%, mulatto (mixed white and black) 43.1%, black 7.6%, Asian 1.1%, indigenous 0.4% (2010 est.)

THE COUNTRY

Brazil is the largest country in South America and in the Latin America region. It is the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile. Brazil was a colony of Portugal from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500 until 1815. Since independence in 1822 it has grown to become the world’s sixth largest economy by nominal GDP and the seventh largest by purchasing power parity (as of 2011). Brazil is one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. Brazil is also one of the 17 megadiverse countries, home to diverse wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources in a variety of protected habitats.

THE PEOPLE

Brazil is home to people of many different ethnic backgrounds, primarily descendants of colonial settlers and post-colonial immigrants, African slaves and Brazil’s indigenous peoples. Most of the immigrants were Portuguese, Italians, Spaniards and Germans, also with significantly large numbers of Japanese and Lebanese people. Brazil is home to the largest Italian, Portuguese, Lebanese and Japanese (c. 70-145 million) diaspora, and holds the biggest number of multiracial people (Pardo) in the world. However the ethnic composition of Brazilians is far from uniform across the country. The vast majority of Brazilians live in cities along it’s coast, over 11 million in Sao Paulo alone. Brazil’s diverse history shows in its rich culture and customs. They are a warm, friendly, hospitable social people. Although Brazil is an important agricultural and industrial power, rich in natural resources, and a middle income country with the strongest economy in Latin America, poverty is widespread in Brazil (51% of the population). Poverty levels and human development indicators in poor rural areas are comparable to those in the poorest countries of Latin America.

Chile

PASSPORTS & VISAS

No visa is necessary for US citizens travelling to Chile, only a valid passport. When entering Chile (By cruise, vehicle or plane), at customs, you’ll need to fill out a Tourist Card that allows visitors to stay for up to 90 days and will allow multiple entries. . You’ll need to show this Tourist Card to Customs when leaving the country as well, so be sure you don’t lose it.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LANGUAGE

Chile’s official language is Spanish. Chilean Spanish is a dialect that is sometimes difficult for speakers of the Castilian variant of Spanish to understand. English fluency is not widespread in Chile, however many Chileans in the tourism industry and in major cities are able to speak some words of basic English. Try to learn even a dozen basic Spanish phrases before arriving.

CURRENCY

The currency in Chile is the peso (CLP), with coins of one, five, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos and bills of 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 pesos. Carry small bills with you; it can be difficult to change bills larger than Ch$1000 in rural areas. Exchange rates are usually best in Santiago. Generally, only Santiago will have a ready market for foreign currencies.

TAXES

Chile has a 19% Value Added Tax (VAT). Many hotels waive the VAT applied to rooms when the guest shows their tourist card and pays with U.S. dollars or a credit card.

There is a reciprocity fee (entry fee) of US$160 dollars to be paid in cash (U.S. dollars) or credit card. The one-time charge is good for the life of your passport. There is also an $US 18 international airport departure tax to be paid at the airport. On domestic flights airport tax is included in the airline ticket.

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Chile is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 4 hours (an hour earlier than Eastern Standard Time in the US). Chile observes Daylight Savings Time, however as it’s the Southern Hemisphere DST starts in September and ends in April.

CLIMATE

Due to its extensive length, Chile features a variety of climates. The presence of the sea gives the country a predominantly Mediterranean-style climate, with moderate temperatures and a wide range between the highs of the day and the lows of the night, creating fog and cool winds. Santiago has relatively hot dry summers (December to February) with average highs between 77 and 85 °F and higher highs are not uncommon. Summer lows average between 48 and 53 °F. Punta Arenas (in Patagonia) has an oceanic climate with average summer highs between 54 and 58 °F and summer lows between 40 and 44 °F. Unlike Santiago with it’s dry summers, Punta Arenas gets significant rain throughout the year. Among Chileans Punta Arenas is also known for its strong winds (up to 78 mile/hour). Winds tend to be strongest during the summer.

CLOTHING

The range of climates in Chile as well as the change in temperature during the day make dressing in layers essential. Layers should include a moisture absorbing inner layer, a warm, lightweight middle layer such as a fleece jacket, sweatshirt or sweater, and a waterproof, breathable shell. Dressing in layers is ideal. Essentials include sneakers, sandals, shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring.

ELECTRICITY

Chile’s electricity standard is 220 volts/50Hz. Electrical sockets have two openings for tubular pins, not flat prongs; adapters are available from most travel stores. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Chile uses the NTSC system.

FOOD

Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the combination of traditional Spanish cuisine, Chilean native culture and local ingredients, with later influences from other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy and France. Chilean cuisine is notable for the variety of flavors and ingredients, with the country’s diverse geography and climate hosting a wide range of agricultural produce, fruits and vegetables. Chile yields some of the world’s finest and most varied seafood, and many of its traditional plates are specialties from the sea. Vineyards nestled between the ocean and the Andes on rich volcanic soil are comparable to the best of Mediterranean Europe and California, and Chileans of every economic background enjoy their fine wines. Chileans eat four meals a day. Lunch, the day’s main meal, is generally served between about 1 and 3 pm, when some restaurants offer excellent fixed-price specials in addition to their regular menu. Onces (afternoon tea) is between about 5 and 7 pm, and dinner is rarely earlier than 9 pm.

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. It’s customary to leave an extra 10% of the bill as a tip in restaurants, except in family-run places, which rarely expect a tip. In general, waiters and waitresses are poorly paid, so if you can afford to eat out, you can afford to tip, and even a small “propina” will be appreciated. Taxi drivers do not require tips, although you may round off the fare for convenience. Bellhops typically receive $2 to $3. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

HEALTH

Chile poses few health risks to travelers, and no special vaccinations are required. The CDC recommends that all travelers get up to date on all routine vaccines, and that most get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Typhoid as well. Check the CDC web site for more detailed information.

Chile’s ozone layer, especially in the southern region and Patagonia, is thinner than in the U.S. or Europe, and you’ll burn a lot faster here, especially if you’re in high altitudes. In Patagonia, “red alert” days (Sept-Nov) mean that fair-skinned visitors can burn within 10 minutes. Protect yourself with sun block, a long-sleeved shirt, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Do not take this lightly.

 

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

The tap water in Chile’s cities is generally clean and safe to drink, but has a high mineral content that can cause stomach upsets; bottled water is a good idea for delicate stomachs and in rural areas. Seek local advice, if you are in doubt; or, to be on the safe side, drink bottled water — it’s widely available throughout Chile.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Chilean regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Chilean Merchant Marine Authority (DGTM y MM), among others.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Offices are generally open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., although the lunch hour can vary. Banks are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Exchange houses are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stores (both big and small) are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (with no interruption in service). Most businesses are closed on holidays. Unlike in some other South American countries, U.S. dollars are rarely accepted in Chile (with the exception of larger hotels, where prices are often quoted only in dollars.). ATM’s are ubiquitous but not all are linked to the Plus and Cirrus systems, and some banks charge rather exorbitant fees for international withdrawals.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Republic of Chile
  • Area: 291,930 square miles (756,096 km2) (A little bigger than Texas)
  • Capital city: Santiago 5,428,590 inhabitants (estimated 2012)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Santiago Metropolis (Puente Alto, Maipú…), Greater Valparaíso conurbation (Viña del Mar, Valparaíso), Greater Concepción conurbation (Talcahuano)
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Independence date: September 18, 1810
  • Currency: Peso (CLP)
  • Religion: 61% Roman Catholic – 19 Atheist/Indifferent – 17% Protestant – 4% Other

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 17,772,871 (2014 est.)
  • Population density: 56 sq mi
  • Population growth: 0.84% (2014 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 89% – Rural 11% (2010 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 49.2% – Feminine 50.8% (2014 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2025) 18,970,000 (2011 est.)
  • Birth rate : 13.97 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Mortality : 5.93 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Fertility (children): 1.84 children born/woman (2014 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 75.42 years / female: 81.59 years (2014 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 98.6 % (population over 15; 2009 est.)
  • Education: Pre, Primary, Secondary, Higher
  • Ethnicity: European, Mestizo, Mapuche and indigenous <1%

THE COUNTRY

Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations. It leads Latin American nations in human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, state of peace, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption. A long and narrow coastal country on the west side of the Andes Mountains, Chile stretches over 4,300 km (2,670 mi) north to south, but only 350 km (217 mi) at its widest point east to west. This encompasses a remarkable variety of landscapes. The northern Atacama Desert contains great mineral wealth, primarily copper and nitrates. The relatively small Central Valley, which includes Santiago, dominates the country in terms of population and agricultural resources. Southern Chile is rich in forests, grazing lands, and features a string of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands.

 

THE PEOPLE

Chile is a multiethnic society, home to people of many different ethnic backgrounds. Studies on the ethnic structure of Chile vary significantly from one another but the rough breakdown is 55/40/5, White/Mestizos/Mapuche or Native American. Chile is one of 22 countries to have signed and ratified the only binding international law concerning indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989.

Costa Rica

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the end date of the tour. For US citizens no visas are needed for stays of up to 90 days. If you are from another country please check with the Costa Rican Tourism Board.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. Mekatelyu, Bribri and Patois are recognized regional languages. The second language for a large portion of the population is English.

CURRENCY

The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and traveler’s checks can be changed in banks and hotels. Most major credit cards are widely accepted, and cash advances can be obtained at banks around the country and a variety of places throughout San Jose.

TAXES

There is a 13% sales tax added to purchases.

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Costa Rica is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 6 hours (Central Standard Time in the United States). Costa Rica does notobserve daylight savings time.

CLIMATE

Costa Rica’s climate is tropical year round, however the country has many micro-climates depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and by the geography of each particular region. There are two seasons, differentiated only by the amount of rain.

Summer, or the dry season, goes from December to April. Average highs are 79-82 °F and average lows are 63-64 °F. Average rainfall ranges from a low of 0.25 inches in January to a high of 1.32 inches in December. Winter, or the rainy season, goes from May to November. Average highs are 79-81 °F and average lows are 63-64 °F. Average rainfall, however, ranges from a low in April of 3.1 inches to a high of 14.0 inches.

CLOTHING

Dressing in layers is ideal as you move between environments and activities. Essentials include shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

 

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring. Sandals are great for everyday. For rainforest romping, many tourists prefer high-cut rubber boots, which provide plenty of protection from the potentially hazardous physical and natural elements. These boots can be purchased in San José and other large towns or rented for about a dollar. Wear high thick socks to avoid chaffing.

 

ELECTRICITY

110 volts, 60 cycles AC is used with standard US two prong plugs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Costa Rica uses the NTSC system.

 

FOOD

Costa Rican cuisine is known for being flavorful, yet fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables. Rice and black beans are a staple of most traditional Costa Rican meals. Gallo pinto, a breakfast dish of rice and beans mixed together with onions and bell peppers, is often considered the Costa Rican national dish. A typical lunch is the casado, consisting of rice and beans, meat or fish, fried plantains, and a carrot, tomato, and cabbage salad. Arroz is a dish of fried rice which may be offered with chicken (pollo) or shrimp (gambas). Olla de carne is a delicious stew made with beef, potatoes, carrots, chayote (vegetable pear), plantains and yucca. Be sure to try the delicious fruits not common in the US, and of course traditional deserts such as Dulce Leche.

 

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. All restaurants in Costa Rica include a 13 percent sales tax and a 10 percent gratuity for the wait staff. It is not customary to leave an additional tip, but Costa Rican patrons and foreign tourists will extend the gesture for superlative service. On the other hand, gratuities are expected from most service-oriented personnel. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

 

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. Costa Rica’s climate, particularly its intense heat and humidity, makes dehydration a serious risk, especially for visitors who are unaccustomed to the weather. Travelers should always drink an adequate amount of water or other clear liquids throughout the day. Bottled water is advised and available everywhere. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting up to date on all vaccines before traveling, and getting Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines before visiting Costa Rica.

 

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is widely available, and will be provided if local tap water is not safe to drink. It is a good idea to inquire at your hotel about the safety of the local water.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Costa Rican regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), and the Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Government offices are generally open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, while banks close anytime between 3:00 and 6:00 pm, according to the bank and its branch. Most shops are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, while some open at 8:00 am and others close at 7:00 pm; most grocery stores close at 8:00 pm. Some shops also close for lunch, between noon and 1:00 or 2:00 pm.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Republic of Costa Rica
  • Area: 19,653 sq mi (51,100 km2) Twice the size of the state of Hawaii)
  • Capital city: San Jose 288,054 inhabitants (2011 est.)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: San Jose, Limon, San Francisco, Alajuela
  • Official languages: Spanish. English is widely spoken
  • Independence date: September 15, 1821
  • Currency: Colon
  • Religion: Roman Catholicism is the official state religion but religious freedom is guaranteed. Protestantism is second largest group.

 

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 4,301,712 (2011 Census)
  • Population density: 220/sq mi
  • Population growth: 1.27% (2013 est.)
  • Urban-rural population: Urban 64 % – Rural 36 % (2010 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 50.2 % – Feminine 49.8 % (2013 est.)
  • Population forecast: 5,355,592 by 2025 (2012 est.)
  • Birth rate : 16.25 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Mortality : 4.44 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Fertility (children): 1.91 children born/woman (2013 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 75.43 years / female: 80.83 years (2013 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 96.3 % (population over 15; 2011 est.)
  • Education: Primary, Secondary, University.
  • Ethnicity: White or Mestizo 83.6%, Mulato 6.7%, Indigenous 2.4%, Black of African descent 1.1%, Other 6.2%

THE COUNTRY

Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949, becoming the first and one of the few sovereign nations without a standing army. Instead it spends 30% of it’s budget (6% of GDP) on education, which is free and obligatory by law. Costa Rica has consistently been among the top-ranking Latin American countries in the Human Development Index. Costa Rica’s economy depends on agriculture, especially coffee, and tourism. Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. While the country has only about 0.1% of the world’s landmass, it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Its wealth of national parks and protected areas are not to be missed.

 

THE PEOPLE

Costa Rica’s richness also lies in the cultural diversity of their people. Throughout their history, the indigenous population of pre-Hispanic origins have been joined by movements of immigrants. Populations of European origin, mainly Spaniards, people of African and Asian descent, as well as people from different parts of the Americans have interacted, enriching the Costa Rican culture. Additionally, almost 9% of the population is foreign-born, with Nicaraguans comprising nearly three-quarters of the foreign population.

Croatia

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the end date of the tour. No visas are needed for stays of up to 90 days. Note that while Croatia is a member of the European Union, it is not yet a member of the Schengen area, and a passport is required for travel between Croatia and other European Union member states.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LANGUAGE

Croatia’s official language is Croatian. Many Croatians speak English as their second language, but German and Italian are very popular too. English is widely spoken by people in the tourism industry.

CURRENCY

Croatia’s currency is the Kuna.

TAXES

Croatia has a VAT (Value Added Tax) called PDV (Porez na Dodanu Vrijednost). If you buy goods worth more than 740 kuna you are entitled to a PDV tax return when leaving the country. At point of purchase ask the sales person for a PDV-P form. The standard PDV rate is 25% however many items are taxed at the lower rates of 10% (e.g. tourist accommodation, newspapers/magazines, baby food, white sugar, running water, etc.) or 5% (e.g. bread, milk, books, certain drugs, public film screenings, etc.). There are also exemptions, including education, hospital and health care, financial and insurance transactions, cultural services, and betting and gambling.

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Croatia is Greenwich Meridian Time plus 1 hour. Croatia observes Daylight Savings Time.

CLIMATE

Most of Croatia has a moderately warm and rainy continental climate. The warmest areas of Croatia are at the Adriatic coast and especially in its immediate hinterland characterised by the Mediterranean climate, as the temperature highs are moderated by the sea. The average temperature in Dubrovnik in January is 38 °F, with an average low of 32 °F and high of 44 °F. The average temperature in July is 72 °F with and average low of 62 °F and an average high of 82 °F. July, August and June are the driest 3 months and November is the wettest. Dubrovnik enjoys 12 – 13 hours of sunshine per day from May through August. Korcula has a somewhat milder climate than Dubrovnik, as one would expect given that it is an island. The average temperature in January is 48 °F and in July it’s 80 °F. Korcula is wetter than Dubrovnik, and enjoys 10 hours of sunshine per day in July.

CLOTHING

ON BOARD
Generally, the atmosphere aboard ship is informal and relaxed. Cruise wear should be lightweight and easy to care for. Sportswear is acceptable for both men and women.
Because the air can be chilly when the ship is moving at full speed, it is also advisable to bring a windbreaker or fleece to wear on the deck of the ship.
ON EXCURSIONS
Clothing that can be layered is essential, as our destinations vary in temperatures. We recommend bringing lightweight long‐sleeved cotton shirts and trousers to protect against the sun. Although clothing made out of cotton is the traditional choice, you may also want to consider clothes made of wool or new synthetic materials. A windproof jacket is an essential outer layer, especially for evenings. A light windbreaker or fleece will allow you to wear multiple layers underneath so that you may easily adjust to indoor and outdoor temperature changes. You may also want to bring a sweater, since nights are often chilly. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring. Waterproof, close-toed sandals, such as Teva or Keen are great for wet landings and rocky shorelines.

ELECTRICITY

230 volts, 50 cycles AC is used. Croatia uses the C and D type plugs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Croatia uses the PAL B/H systems.

FOOD

Croatian cuisine is heterogeneous and is known as a cuisine of the regions since every region has its own distinct culinary traditions. Dalmatia (home of Dubrovnik and Korcula) and Istria draw upon culinary influences of Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines which prominently feature various seafood, cooked vegetables and pasta, as well as condiments such as olive oil and garlic. The continental cuisine is heavily influenced by Hungarian, Austrian and Turkish culinary styles. In that area, meats, freshwater fish and vegetable dishes are predominant. Pasta is one of the most popular food items in Croatian cuisine, especially in the region of Dalmatia. The so-called manistra na pome = pasta with tomato sauce is a staple. Other popular sauces include creamy mushroom sauce, minced meat sauce and many others. Charcuterie is part of Croatian tradition in all regions. Pršut is a dry-cured ham, an essential part of every type of celebration in Croatia and every restaurant menu. Main meals typically start with Pršut and Paški sir (a cheese from Pag Island made entirely from milk produced by sheep freely grazing local sparse grass, various herbs and aromatic plants). Other traditional Croation foods include Riba na leso (fish grilled with olive oil and served with blitva (boiled Swiss chard and potatoes)), buzara (sauce made of oil, garlic, parsley, wine), skoljke i skampi na buzaru (shellfish and shrimp stew), Brudet (fish stew made of several types of fish, put in layers in a single pot and cooked in tomato sauce), Janjetina s ražnja (lamb on the spit) and pasticada (larded beef or pork roasted in wine and spices). Food and recipes from former Yugoslav countries are also popular in Croatia. Lunch is the main meal of the day in Croatia.

TIPPING

Tipping in Croatia is becoming more commonplace, especially in upscale restaurants. In the past, tipping was welcome but not expected. Today, an extra 10% or 15% is the norm in upscale establishments and in big cities. Tipping is rare and not expected in informal restaurants and in smaller towns, but most people leave any coins they receive in change for the waiter. Croatian waiters do not depend on tips for living wages. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. The CDC recommends that all travelers get up to date on all routine vaccines before traveling. Check the CDC web site for more detailed information.

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is available at all hotels, ships and lodges. Tap water in many parts of Croatia may be safe to drink, however not universally. It’s best to drink bottled water until you’ve checked with local people or your hotel.

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Croation regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, among others.

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. In the larger cities some banks are also open on Sundays. Shops and department stores are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. A smaller number of stores close between noon and 4 p.m. Many stores are also open on Sundays, especially in the summer, and a smaller number in the larger cities are open 24 hours a day. Public services and companies usually work from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Republic of Croatia
  • Area: 21,851 sq mi (56,594 km2) (A little smaller than the state of West Virginia)
  • Capital city: Zagreb 792,875 inhabitants (estimated 2011)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Independence date: October 8, 1991
  • Currency: Kuna
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 86.3%, Orthodox 4.4%, Muslim 1.5%, other 1.5%, unspecified 2.5%, not religious or atheist 3.8% (2011 est.)

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 4,284,889 (2011 Census)
  • Population density: 196.3/sq mi
  • Population growth: -0.12% (2014 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 58% – Rural 42% (2008 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 48.2% – Feminine 51.8% (2008 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2025) 4,249,000
  • Birth rate: 9.49 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Mortality: 12.13 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Fertility: 1.45 children born/woman (2014 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 72.81 years / female: 80.2 years (2014 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 98.9% (population over 15; 2011 est.)
  • Education: Elementary, Gymnasiums/Vocational, University
  • Ethnicity: Croat 90.4%, Serb 4.4%, other 4.4% (including Bosniak, Hungarian, Slovene, Czech, and Roma), unspecified 0.8% (2011 est.)

THE COUNTRY

Croatia is at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. It has a rich history dating back to antiquity. With the collapse of the ruling communist party in SFR Yugoslavia, Croatia adopted its present constitution in 1990 and organised its first multi-party elections. It declared independence on 8 October 1991 leading to the break-up of Yugoslavia, and the country was internationally recognised by the United Nations in 1992. Today it is a unitary democratic parliamentary republic. Since 2003, Croatian foreign policy has focused on achieving the strategic goal of becoming a member state of the European Union (EU), which it achieved on 1 July 2013. Croatia can be subdivided between a number of ecoregions because of its climate and geomorphology, and the country is consequently one of the richest in Europe in terms of biodiversity. Croatia is ranked the 18th most popular tourist destination in the world. Tourism dominates the Croatian service sector and accounts for up to 20% of Croatian GDP.

THE PEOPLE

Croatia is inhabited mostly by Croats (90.4%) and is ethnically the most homogeneous of the six countries of former Yugoslavia. During the final days of the War of Independence in 1995, more than 120,000 Serbs, and perhaps as many as 200,000, fled the country before arrival of Croatian forces during Operation Storm. Within a decade following the end of the war, only 117,000 Serb refugees returned out of 300,000 displaced during the entire war. The total fertility rate in Croatia of 1.5 children per mother, is one of the lowest in the world. Since 1991, Croatia’s death rate has continuously exceeded its birth rate, hence the country is shrinking in population. Croatia has strong focus on development. Literacy in Croatia stands at a very high 99.2 per cent. A worldwide study about the quality of living in different countries published by Newsweek in August 2010 ranked the Croatian education system at 22nd. Croation has a universal health care system, whose roots can be traced back to the Hungarian-Croatian Parliament Act of 1891. The government has invested heavily in infrasructure contributing to the country’s recent growth and development.

Ecuador

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the end date of the tour. No visas are needed for stays of up to 90 days. Passengers must travel to the Galapagos with their passports. Passport numbers must be furnished one month prior to arrival.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LUGGAGE

Each passenger is allowed two bags of up to 70 pounds (31.8 kilos) each, plus carry-on luggage, photo or video camera, and binoculars. Professional filming equipment, diving and climbing gear require special permits.

BAGGAGE LIMITS TO GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

No more than 20 Kilos (44 pounds) of luggage (one suitcase) may be checked on flights to or from the Galapagos Islands. Additional luggage may be stored for you in Guayaquil for an additional charge. These restrictions do not include small carry-on flight bags or camera cases.

LANGUAGE

Ecuador’s official language is Spanish, but Kichwa, the lingua franca of the Inca Empire, is the tongue of the majority of the Indian population. English is spoken in major visitor centers.

CURRENCY

Ecuador’s currency is the Dollar of the United States of America. U.S. dollars are used for all transactions. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Ecuador.

TAXES

There is a sales tax added to purchases; hotels and restaurants charge sales tax and service. There is also an international departure tax is to be paid in U.S. Dollars at the airport.

LOCAL TIME

Local time on the mainland is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 5 hours (Eastern Standard Time in the United States). Galapagos time is GMT minus 6 hours.

CLIMATE

Ecuador has a land area similar in size to England or the State of Nevada (USA) and is divided into four different geographic zones: the Amazon, the highlands, the Pacific lowlands and the Galapagos Islands. Since Ecuador is located right on the equator, the country as a whole experiences no extreme weather changes. Rainy seasons vary in each zone.

The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator. The tropical heat, however, is tempered by Pacific breezes, and influences of the ocean currents.

There are two seasons in the islands: the rainy, hot season from December to June when humidity is high and average temperatures are in the 80s F (26°-30° C). There may be occasional showers, but the days are generally hot and sunny.

From June to November, you can expect cool winds, at times bringing with them a light misty-type drizzle called “garúa.” Temperatures average in the 70s F (20°-24° C) during the day and lower at night.

CLOTHING

Lightweight woolens are ideal for the highlands; and warm jackets are essential after dusk at high altitudes. Cottons are good for the Amazon, Pacific lowlands and Galapagos. Dress is informal. Dressing in layers is ideal. Essentials include sneakers, sandals, shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

SHOES

Most walking ashore is over rocky lava terrain. Therefore tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles must be worn. Waterproof, close-toed sandals, such as Teva or Keen are great for the wet landings and rocky shorelines.

ELECTRICITY

110 volts, 60 cycles AC is used. Most outlets are for two flat prongs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Ecuador uses the NTSC system.

FOOD

International cuisine is available throughout the country, but try some of the Ecuadorian specialties: humitas and tamales (made of corn and wrapped in leaves), llapingachos (fried mashed potato patties with cheese), ceviche (a saucy shrimp cocktail), and locro (a soup of stewed potatoes and cheese topped with an avocado). There are many excellent restaurants in the main cities and a restaurant guide is distributed free to all visitors upon arrival in Ecuador.

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their physicians about high-altitude travel, as well as preventive measures for visiting tropical areas. Bottled water is advised and available everywhere. For guests traveling to Ecuador’s Amazon Region, a yellow fever vaccination is required.

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is widely available, and will be provided if local tap water is not safe to drink. It is a good idea to inquire at your hotel about the safety of the local water. Ecuadorian beer is excellent, and bottled soft drinks are available everywhere. Coffee and tea are usually served at the end of meals.

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Ecuadorian regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Ecuadorian Merchant Marine Office (DIRNEA), among others.

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Most city offices and shops open from 9:00 to 18:00 Monday through Friday. Currency exchange facilities are open week days and Saturday morning in major hotels. Banking facilities are not available in remote areas. U.S. dollars are accepted throughout the country. ATM’s are easily found throughout the main cities. Cash advances can be made at most banks or ATM’s.

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Republic of Ecuador
  • Area: 110,000 square miles (256,370 Km2)  (Same size as the state of Nevada)
  • Capital city: Quito 1.841.452 inhabitants (estimated 2008)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca
  • Official languages: Spanish and Kichwa. English is widely spoken
  • Independence date: August 10, 1809
  • Currency: U.S. Dollars (Euros can be easily changed)
  • Religion: Majority Roman Catholic

 

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 13,927,650 (July 2008 est.)
  • Population density: 152.7/sq mi
  • Population growth: 0.935% (2008 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 62.4 % – Rural 37.6 % (2008 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 50.25 % – Feminine 49.75 % (2008 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2010) 15,495,700
  • Birth rate : 21.54 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)
  • Mortality : 4.21 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
  • Fertility (children): 2.59 children born/woman (2008 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 73.94 years / female: 79.84 years (2008 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 91.0 % (population over 15; 2008 est.)
  • Education: Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, Superior
  • Ethnicity: Indian 25.0 % – Mestizo 65.0 % – White 7.0 % – Black 3.0 %

THE COUNTRY

Although covering just 256,370 sq. km. (110,000 sq. miles) Ecuador contains one of the most varied geographies in South America. There are four distinct regions: the Andean highlands, the coastal tropical plains, the Amazon Basin and the Galapagos Islands, located 1,000 km. (600 miles) off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. Quito, on the highlands, is the capital city; Guayaquil, on the coast, is the main port and the largest city in the country.

 

THE PEOPLE

Of Ecuador’s close to 14 million inhabitants, those in the highlands are mainly mestizo, a mixture of European and Native South American extractions. Indigenous peoples live mainly in the Andean highlands and in the Amazon regions. Coastal dwellers are descendants of Native South Americans, Europeans and Africans.

Galapagos Islands

PASSPORTS

Passengers must travel to the Galapagos with their passports. Passport numbers must be furnished one month prior to arrival.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LUGGAGE

Pack light; there are no formal events! Generally, no more than 20 Kilos (44 pounds) of luggage (one suitcase) may be checked on flights to or from the Galapagos Islands.

Additional luggage may be stored for you in Guayaquil for an additional charge. These restrictions do not include small carry-on flight bags or camera cases.

LOCAL TIME

GMT minus 6 hours in the Galapagos Islands (Same as US Central Time). GMT minus 5 hours – US Eact Coast Time – on mainland Ecuador and Peru.

 

CLIMATE

The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator. The tropical heat, however, is tempered by Pacific breezes.

There are two seasons in the islands: the rainy, hot season from December to June when humidity is high and average temperatures are in the 80s F (26°-30° C). There may be occasional showers, but the days are generally hot and sunny.

From June to November, you can expect cool winds, ocassionally bringing with them a light misty-type drizzle called “garúa.” Temperatures average in the 70s F (20°-24° C) during the day and lower at night.

 

CLOTHING

Clothing for Galapagos travel ranges from informal to very informal. Essentials include sneakers, sandals, shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

 

SHOES

Most walking ashore is over rocky lava terrain. Therefore tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles must be worn. A good waterproof, close-toed sandal, such as Teva or Keen are great for the wet landings.

 

ELECTRICITY

110/AC. Electric shavers and hair dryers can be accommodated.

 

PURCHASES ON BOARD YOUR CRUISE

US dollars and credit cards are used on board. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are also accepted widely.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Ecuadorian regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Ecuadorian Merchant Marine Office (DIRNEA), among others.

Greece

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport with a blank page available for the entry stamp. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of your stay. No visas are required for U.S. citizens for entry into EU countries for up to 90 days.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

 

LANGUAGE

Greek is the official language of Greece. English is taught in the schools and is widely spoken in tourist destinations.

 

CURRENCY

The Greek currency is the Euro.

 

TAXES

The current Greece VAT (Value Added Tax) rate is 19.00%. Visitors to Greece may be able to get a refund of the Greece VAT tax paid on any goods bought for deportation. There is also a 12 euro international airport departure tax and an 8 euro domestic departure tax.

 

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Greece is Greenwich Meridian Time plus 2 hours. Greece observes Daylight Savings Time.

 

CLIMATE

The climate in Greece is predominantly Mediterranean. Sunny, pleasant weather is one of the many benefits of traveling to Greece. However, due to the country’s unique geography, Greece has a remarkable range of micro-climates and local variations. Average temperatures in Athens range from 51 °F in January and February to 82 °F in July and August, and there’s little rainfall from June through September. On the opposite side of the country (West) the island of Corfu experiences average temperatures ranging from 49 °F in January to 77 °F in July and August, and particularly dry weather from May through August.

 

CLOTHING

On board: Generally, the atmosphere aboard ship is informal and relaxed. Cruise wear should be lightweight and easy to care for. Sportswear is acceptable for both men and women. Because the air can be chilly when the ship is moving at full speed, it is also advisable to bring a windbreaker or fleece to wear on the deck of the ship. On excursions, clothing that can be layered is essential, as our destinations vary in temperatures. We recommend bringing lightweight long‐sleeved cotton shirts and trousers to protect against the sun. A windproof jacket is an essential outer layer, especially for evenings. A light windbreaker or fleece will allow you to wear multiple layers underneath so that you may easily adjust to indoor and outdoor temperature changes. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

 

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring. Waterproof, close-toed sandals, such as Teva or Keen are great for wet landings and rocky shorelines.

 

ELECTRICITY

220 volts, 50 cycles AC is used. Greece uses the C, D, E and F type plugs so it is a good idea to bring an adapter kit in addition to a voltage adapter. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Greece uses the PAL B&G systems.

 

FOOD

Greek cuisine is characteristic of the healthy Mediterranean diet, which is epitomized by dishes of Crete, the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. Fresh ingredients are key. Typical dishes include moussaka (layers of sauteed eggplant, tomatoes, and typically meat), stifado (rabbit or hare stew with pearl onions, vinegar, red wine and cinnamon), Greek salad (tomato salad with cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and kalamata olives, dressed with olive oil), fasolada which is defined in many cookery books as the traditional Greek dish (beans, tomatoes, carrot, celery and a generous amount of olive oil usually served with a variety of salty side dishe), spanakopita (spinach pie) and souvlaki (grilled small pieces of meat served on the skewer for eating out of hand, or served as a sandwich wrapped in pita bread together with tomatoes, onions, tzatziki and tomato sauce). Some dishes can be traced back to ancient Greece like skordalia (a thick purée of walnuts, almonds, crushed garlic and olive oil), lentil soup and retsina (white or rosé wine sealed with pine resin).

 

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. Restaurants include a 15% service charge, and additional tipping is always welcome, but not required. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

 

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. The CDC recommends that all travelers get up to date on all routine vaccines before traveling. Check the CDC web site for more detailed information.

 

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Food and water standards in Greece are similar to those in the United States. Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Greek regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Hellenic Ministry of Mercantile Marine, among others.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Greek banks have limited hours: Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Some branches are open extra hours in the evenings and on Saturday mornings. It’s important to bring your passport and patience, as you’ll undoubtedly experience at least one long line. Larger hotels, travel agencies and “authorized” bank agents will exchange money, but beware the extra fees and commissions. Travelers’ checks and small-denomination foreign-bank notes are the safest forms of money to carry. You’ll find that most businesses (with the exception of large department stores) adhere to the following opening hours; Mon, Wed, Sat: 09:00-15:00 and Tue, Thu, Fri: 09:00-14:30 & 17:00-20:30. On Sundays, only pastry shops, wine and spirits shops, flower shops and emergency pharmacies are open.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Hellenic Republic
  • Area: 50,949 sq mi (131,957 km2) (Slightly smaller than Alabama)
  • Capital city: Athens 3,074,160 inhabitants (2011 Census)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion
  • Official language: Greek. English is widely spoken.
  • Independence date: March 25, 1821
  • Currency: Euro
  • Religion: 97% Christian – Greek Orthodox

 

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 10,815,197 (2011)
  • Population density: 212/sq mi
  • Population growth: 0.01% (2014 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 61% – Rural 39% (2010 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 49% – Feminine 51% (2014 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2025) 11,491,000
  • Birth rate : 8.8 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Mortality : 11 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Fertility: 1.41 children born/woman (2014 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 77.71 years / female: 83.06 years (2014 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 97.3% (population over 15; 2011 est.)
  • Education: Kindergarten, Primary, Gymnasium , Unified Upper/Technical–vocational, University/Technological
  • Ethnicity: Greek 93%, other (foreign citizens) 7% (2001 census) Note: Greece collects information on citizenship, not ethnicity.

 

THE COUNTRY

Greece is strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Western Asia, and Africa. The country consists of nine geographic regions, 3 of which are islands or island groups. Greece is largely surrounded by water with the Aegean Sea to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It has the 11th longest coastline in the world at 8,498 mi (13,676 km ) in length, featuring a vast number of islands (approximately 1,400, of which 227 are inhabited). Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest, at 9,570 ft (2,917 m ). Modern Greece traces its roots to the civilization of Mycenaean Greece and is considered the cradle of all Western civilization. It is the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature and historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama, including both tragedy and comedy. Greece also has a long history in other areas; for example the shipping industry is a key element of Greek economic activity dating back to ancient times

THE PEOPLE

The culture of Greece has evolved over thousands of years, beginning in Mycenaean Greece and continuing most notably into Classical Greece, through the influence of the Roman Empire and its Greek Eastern continuation, the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire. Other cultures and nations, such as the Latin and Frankish states, the Ottoman Empire, the Venetian Republic, the Genoese Republic, and the British Empire have also left their influence on modern Greek culture, although historians credit the Greek War of Independence with revitalizing Greece and giving birth to a single, cohesive entity of its multi-faceted culture. Theater was born in Greece. The city-state of Classical Athens, which became a significant cultural, political, and military power during this period, was its center, where it was institutionalized as part of a festival called the Dionysia, which honored the god Dionysus. Most western philosophical traditions began in Ancient Greece, home of Socartes, Aristotle and Plato. Greek literature has also had a profound historical significance, starting with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, building with the many genres of the classical period (lyrical poetry, odes, pastorals, elegies, etc.), blossoming with the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the comedies of Aristophanes and the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, and continuing into modern times. The first Olympic Games were recorded in 776 BC. The ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, which was essentially rebuilt in 1895, hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

Italy

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months beyond the end date of the tour. U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

 

LANGUAGE

Italian is Italy’s official language. English is widely spoken in the well-traveled touristic areas, however outside of that you will find that most Italians are not conversant in English.

 

CURRENCY

Italy’s currency is the Euro. Be careful where you exchange money as big, branded foreign exchange stalls that you find in train stations and airports may charge higher commissions and fees and offer poorer exchange rates than smaller stalls found in more touristy areas. Travelers checks are no longer accepted.

 

TAXES

Unless otherwise stated, prices are inclusive of the VAT (Value Added Tax, called IVA in Italy). The standard IVA rate is 22% for most goods, the rate in restaurants, bars and hotels and for medicines and certain other goods is 10%, and the rate for books, newspapers and periodicals, certain foodstuffs and selected other goods is 4%. Non-EU residents are entitled to at least a partial VAT refund on purchases of goods that will be exported out of the European Union. Shops offering this scheme have a Tax Free sticker outside. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

 

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Italy is Greenwich Meridian Time plus 1 hour. Italy observes Daylight Savings Time.

 

CLIMATE

Italy’s climate is quite diverse, due to the great longitudinal extension of the peninsula and the mostly mountainous interior. In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate ranges from humid subtropical to humid continental and oceanic. The coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and most of the South generally fit the Mediterranean climate stereotype. Sicily has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild and wet winters and hot, dry summers. Total precipitation is highly variable, generally increasing with elevation. In Agrigento, for example, the average low and high temperatures are 48 °F and 60 °F in February, and 73 °F and 83 °F in July. May through August are the driest months, averaging only 1 rainfall day and less than 1/2 inch of percipitation June through August! December is the wettest month, averaging 11 rainfall days. Agrigento enjoys 10-11 hours of sunshine per day from June through August!

 

CLOTHING

ON BOARD Generally, the atmosphere aboard ship is informal and relaxed. Cruise wear should be lightweight and easy to care for. Sportswear is acceptable for both men and women. Because the air can be chilly when the ship is moving at full speed, it is also advisable to bring a windbreaker or fleece to wear on the deck of the ship.

ON EXCURSIONS Clothing that can be layered is essential, as our destinations vary in temperatures. We recommend bringing lightweight long‐sleeved cotton shirts and trousers to protect against the sun. Although clothing made out of cotton is the traditional choice, you may also want to consider clothes made of wool or new synthetic materials. A windproof jacket is an essential outer layer, especially for evenings. A light windbreaker or fleece will allow you to wear multiple layers underneath so that you may easily adjust to indoor and outdoor temperature changes. You may also want to bring a sweater, since nights are often chilly. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

 

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring. Waterproof, close-toed sandals, such as Teva or Keen are great for wet landings and rocky shorelines.

 

ELECTRICITY

230 volts, 50 cycles AC is used. Italy uses the C, F and L type plugs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Italy uses the PAL B/G systems.

 

FOOD

Modern Italian cuisine has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots as far back as the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine is noted for its regional diversity,abundance of difference in taste, and is known to be one of the most popular in the world, wielding strong influence abroad. The Mediterranean diet forms the basis of Italian cuisine, rich in pasta, fish and vegetables and characterized by its extreme simplicity and variety, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients. A key factor in the success of Italian cuisine is the country’s food industry, that rely heavily on traditional products; Italy is the country with the most traditional specialities protected under EU law. Cheese, cold cuts and wine are a major part of Italian cuisine. Sicily also has a long history of producing a variety of noted cuisines and wines, to the extent that Sicily is sometimes nicknamed God’s Kitchen because of this. Sicilian food also has Spanish, Greek and Arab influences.

We all know about popular Italian foods such as pizza, pasta, gelato and espresso, but be sure to experience regional specialties as well. In Salerno, try fresh Mozzarella and Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and beans – typically cannellini beans or borlotti beans and some type of small pasta such as elbow macaroni or ditalini, in a base of olive oil, garlic, minced onion, and spices, along with stewed tomato or tomato paste). Capri has the distinction of eponymous specialties such as Ravioli alla Caprese (ravioli stuffed with grated caciotta cheese), Caprese Salad (tomato and mozzarella cheese with olive oil, basil and oregano) and Torta Caprese (chocolate and almond or walnut cake). In Syracuse you’ll want to sample Pachino Tomatoes. And be sure to enjoy some Marsala wine before leaving Sicily.

 

TIPPING

Service is always included, either in the display price or a coperto line on the bill; tipping is thus not necessary, but neither is it frowned upon. Tipping taxi drivers is not necessary, but a hotel porter may expect a little something.

 

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. The CDC recommends that all travelers get up to date on all routine vaccines before traveling. Check the CDC web site for more detailed information.

 

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Food and water standards in Italy are similar to those in the United States. Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Italian regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Italian Coast Guard (Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto – Guardia Costiera), among others.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Italian business hours are generally from 8am to 1pm, and from 3pm to 7pm, Monday-Friday, with an afternoon lunch break lasting for approximately 2 hours. This break may be shorter in most major cites. Banking hours are approximately from 8:30am to 1:30pm, then from 3 to 4:30pm Monday-Friday. The afternoon opening hours will vary from city to city. Banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and on national holidays. They may close earlier on the day before a public holiday. Shops in Italy are usually open from 9am to 1pm and from 3pm to 7:30pm, Monday-Saturday. Shops in major cities usually will remain open during lunchtime and may close earlier. Supermarkets and shopping malls stay open all day from 9:00 to 9:00/10:00 six days a week, although some are now starting to open on a Sunday as well.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Italian Republic
  • Area: 116,347 sq mi (301,338 km2) (Slightly larger than the state of Arizona)
  • Capital city: Rome 2,645,907 inhabitants (2013 est.)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo
  • Official language: Italian
  • Republic Day: June 2, 1946
  • Currency: Euro
  • Religion: Vast majority Roman Catholic

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 61,680,122 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population density: 515.2/sq mi
  • Population growth: 0.3% (2014 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 68% – Rural 32% (2008 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 48.2% – Feminine 51.8% (2014 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2025) 60,652,000
  • Birth rate: 8.84 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Mortality: 10.1 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Fertility: 1.42 children born/woman (2014 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 79.4 years / 84.82 years (2014 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 99% (population over 15; 2011 est.)
  • Education: Kindergarten, Primary, Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary, University
  • Ethnicity: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)

THE COUNTRY

Italy is a very old civilization with an incredibly rich, varied and tumultuous history dating back before antiquity, yet it is a young country. Excavations throughout Italy revealed a Neanderthal presence dating back to the Paleolithic period, some 200,000 years ago, modern Humans arrived about 40,000 years ago. Between the 17th and the 11th centuries BC Mycenaean Greeks established contacts with Italy. Fast forward to the 14th and 15th centuries AD and what is now Italy was a number of warring city-states plus areas occupied by the larger Papal States and the Kingdom of Sicily. The entire Italian Peninsula did not become a single entity until the birth of the Kingdom of Italy in the 1800’s. Italy is a young country as it only became a republic in 1946, after a referendum held on June 2nd, a day celebrated since as Republic Day.

Historically speaking, Italy is arguably one of the most influential countries in the world. Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city, was originally a modest agricultural community conventionally founded in 753 BC, and grew over the course of centuries into a massive empire. Rome has for centuries been the leading political and religious center of Western civilization, serving as the capital of both the Roman Empire and Christianity. The Renaissance, a period of vigorous revival of the arts and culture, originated in Italy. Through the centuries, Italy has given birth to some of the most notable scientific minds, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Fibonacci and Enrico Fermi. Italy has a rich musical history and is widely known for being the birthplace of opera. Established in 1088, the University of Bologna was the first university in Europe. Italy also boasts historic contributions in the fields of art, architecture, literature, theater, and of course, cuisine.

Italy is also a very influential country today. In 2012 Italy was the ninth-largest economy in the world and the fifth-largest in Europe in terms of nominal GDP. The country was the world’s 7th largest exporter in 2009. Italy is both the fifth most visited country and highest tourism earner in the world. Despite these important achievements, the Italian economy today suffers from high debt, a slower economy than it’s EU peers, and the ill effects of political turmoil and corruption. Italy ranks as having the world’s 2nd best healthcare system, and the world’s 3rd best healthcare performance. Italy had the 8th highest worldwide life expectancy in 2013. Italian fashion has a long tradition, and is regarded as one of the most important in the world. Milan, Florence and Rome are Italy’s main fashion capitals. In modern times Italy has continued to make significant contributions in a wide variety fields, e.g. Federico Fellini in cinema or Ferrari and AGV Italo, Europe’s fastest trains, in technology.

THE PEOPLE

For centuries divided by politics and geography until its eventual unification in 1861, Italy has developed a unique culture, shaped by a multitude of regional customs and local centers of power and patronage. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, a number of magnificent courts competed for attracting the best architects, artists and scholars, thus producing an immense legacy of monuments, paintings, music and literature. Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world, and has rich collections of art, culture and literature from many different periods. This legacy has contributed to Italy’s current culture. Italian people are generally known for their localism, attention to clothing and family values. Their beautiful language and engaging style are legendary.

Montenegro

PASSPORTS & VISAS

All tours require a valid passport. U.S. citizens with tourist, official, or diplomatic passports do not need a visa to enter and stay in Montenegro for up to 90 days.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

 

LANGUAGE

Montenegro’s official language is Montenegrin. Also, Serbian, Bosnian, Croatian (essentially dialects of Montenegrin) and Albanian are recognized in usage. English is widely spoken by people in the tourist trade.

 

CURRENCY

Montenegro’s currency is the Euro.

 

TAXES

Montenegro has a VAT (Value Added Tax) of 19%. Many items are taxed at the lower rates of 7% (eg. basic foodstuffs such as bread, milk, flour, sugar, cooking oil, meat, and baby food, drinking water (except bottled water), medicines, textbooks, newspapers, hotels, etc.). There is also an airport departure tax of 15 euros for international flights and 8 euros for domestic flights, paid at the airport.

 

LOCAL TIME

Local time in Montenegro is Greenwich Meridian Time plus 1 hour. Montenegro observes Daylight Savings Time.

 

CLIMATE

Montenegro’s temperature varies greatly with elevation. Lower areas, such as Kotor, have a hotter Mediterranean climate. The average low and high temperatures in Kotor are 36 °F and 48 °F in January, and 63 °F and 82 °F in July. July, August and September are the driest 3 months and November is the wettest. Kotor enjoys 9-10 hours of sunshine per day from June through August. Montenegro’s mountainous regions receive the highest amounts of rainfall in Europe.

 

CLOTHING

ON BOARD Generally, the atmosphere aboard ship is informal and relaxed. Cruise wear should be lightweight and easy to care for. Sportswear is acceptable for both men and women. Because the air can be chilly when the ship is moving at full speed, it is also advisable to bring a windbreaker or fleece to wear on the deck of the ship.

ON EXCURSIONS Clothing that can be layered is essential, as our destinations vary in temperatures. We recommend bringing lightweight long‐sleeved cotton shirts and trousers to protect against the sun. Although clothing made out of cotton is the traditional choice, you may also want to consider clothes made of wool or new synthetic materials. A windproof jacket is an essential outer layer, especially for evenings. A light windbreaker or fleece will allow you to wear multiple layers underneath so that you may easily adjust to indoor and outdoor temperature changes. You may also want to bring a sweater, since nights are often chilly. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

 

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring. Waterproof, close-toed sandals, such as Teva or Keen are great for wet landings and rocky shorelines.

 

ELECTRICITY

220 volts, 50 cycles AC is used. Montenegro uses the C and E type plugs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Montenegro uses the PAL B/G systems.

 

FOOD

Montenegrin cuisine is a result of Montenegro’s geographic position and its long history. The traditional dishes of Montenegro’s heartland, and its Adriatic coast have a distinctively Italian flavor which shows in the bread-making style, the way meat is cured and dried, the soup and stew (čorba) making style, priganice (fritters), raštan (collard greens), etc. The second large influence came from the Levant and Turkey, largely via Serbia with dishes such as sarma (grape, cabbage or chard leaves rolled around a filling usually based on minced meat, or a sweet dish of filo dough wrapped around a filling often of various kinds of chopped nuts), moussaka (casserole of eggplant layered with a spiced meat filling, topped with a creamy bechamel sauce), pilav (rice cooked in a seasoned broth), pita, gibanica (pastry filled with white cheese and eggs), ćevapi (grilled minced, seasoned meat), kebab, and Turkish sweets like baklava and tulumba (fried pastry soaked in simple syrup), etc. Hungarian dishes include goulash, satarash (side dish/sauce of sauteed onions, peppers, tomatoes and spices), and djuvech (vegetables and rice), which are also very common. Last but not least, Croatian cuisine made its mark mostly in the desserts department, including crêpes, doughnuts, jams, myriad types of biscuits and cakes.

TIPPING

Historically gratuities are not customary in Montenegro, but tipping at restaurants is becoming more common; smaller places will expect to keep small change, and posh restaurants to receive up to ten percent of the bill. As always tipping is entirely at the guest’s discretion. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

 

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. The CDC recommends that all travelers get up to date on all routine vaccines before traveling. Check the CDC web site for more detailed information.

 

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is available at all hotels, ships and lodges. Tap water in many parts of Montenegro may be safe to drink, however not universally. It’s best to drink bottled or filtered water until you’ve checked with local people or your hotel.

 

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Montenegrin regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Maritime Safety Department of Montenegro, among others.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Business hours in Montenegro tend to be flexible, even when set hours are posted. Banks are usually open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, and until noon on Sat. Cafes, bars and restaurants are typically open 8am-midnight Typical shop hours are 8 or 9am to 8 or 9pm; often closed in late afternoon. Many shops are open all day Sat. Cafes, bars, restaurants and shops may stay open as late as midnight in high season in busy areas. Some family-run shops close for siesta 1400-1700.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Montenegro
  • Area: 5,019 square miles (13,812 km2 ) (Slightly smaller than Puerto Rico)
  • Capital city: Podgorica 156,169 inhabitants (2011 census)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Podgorica, Nikšić, Bijelo Polje
  • Official language: Montenegrin
  • Independence date: May 21, 2006
  • Currency: Euro
  • Religion: Eastern Orthodox 72%, Muslim 19%, Catholic 3%, Athiest 1%, Other 5%

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

  • Population: 650,036 (July 2014 est.)
  • Population density: 125/sq mi (45/km2)
  • Population growth: -0.49% (2014 est.)
  • Urban – rural population: Urban 61% – Rural 39% (2008 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 49.7% – Feminine 50.3% (2008 est.)
  • Population forecast: (2030) 641,000
  • Birth rate: 10.59 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Mortality: 9.3 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 98.5% (population over 15; 2011 est.)
  • Education: Elementary, Secondary, Tertiary
  • Ethnicity: Montenegrin 45%, Serbian 28.7%, Bosniak 8.7%, Albanian 4.9%, Muslim 3.3%, Roma 1%, Croat 1%, other 2.6%, unspecified 4.9% (2011 est.)

THE COUNTRY

Montenegro has a rich and tumultuous history dating back to Medieval times. Most recently it was part of Yugoslavia until 1992 when it split off from Yugoslavia and federated with Serbia, and then became an independent state in 2006. The economy of Montenegro is mostly service-based (72%), with industry and agriculture making up the rest. Montenegro has both a picturesque coast and a mountainous northern region, and tourism is an important contributor to the Montenegrin economy. Tourism is considered the backbone of future economic growth and government expenditures on infrastructure improvements are largely targeted towards that goal. Approximately one million tourists visited Montenegro in 2007, resulting in €480 million of tourism revenue.

THE PEOPLE

The culture of Montenegro has been shaped by a variety of influences throughout history. The influence of Orthodox, Slavonic, Central European, Islamic, and seafaring Adriatic cultures (notably parts of Italy, like the Republic of Venice) have been the most important in recent centuries. Montenegro has many significant cultural and historical sites, including heritage sites from the pre-Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque periods. The Montenegrin coastal region is especially well known for its religious monuments, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in Kotor. A very important dimension of Montenegrin culture is the ethical ideal of Čojstvo i Junaštvo, “Humaneness and Gallantry.” Another result of its centuries long warrior history, is the unwritten code of Chivalry. Montenegro’s long-standing history of fighting for independence is invariably linked with strong traditions of folk epic poetry. A prominent feature of Montenegrin culture is the gusle, a one-stringed instrument played by a story-teller who sings or recites stories of heroes and battles in decasyllabic verse.

Peru

PASSPORTS & VISAS

Valid passports are required for entry into Peru. No visas are needed for stays of up to 90 days.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LUGGAGE

Each passenger is allowed two bags of up to 55 pounds (25 kilos) each, plus a 11 pounds (5 kilos) carry-on luggage, photo or video camera, wheel chair, or baby carriage can be transported free of charge if there is space availability.

LANGUAGE

Peru’s official language is Spanish. Quechua is the second official language, and is widely spoken in the sierra (highlands). English is spoken in major visitor centers.

 

CURRENCY

The official currency in Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.), which is divided into 100 centimos. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers checks brought into Peru.

 

TAXES

There is a sales tax added to purchases; hotels and restaurants charge sales tax and service. There is also an approximate $30 international departure tax to be paid in U.S.  Dollars at the airport, subject to change.

 

LOCAL TIME

Local time on the mainland is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 5 hours (Eastern Standard Time in the United States). Valid though all Peru all year around.

 

CLIMATE

One of the great advantages of visiting Peru is its year-round sunshine. Although most of the world’s climates can be found somewhere in Peru, the weather is generally mild and does not present difficulties for travelers.

Some cities along the coast have a mild, humid climate. In the northern cities, near the border with Ecuador, the climate is pleasant and sunny all the year round. In general, the climate at altitudes between 3,300 and 8,200 feet (1,006 and 2,500 m), such as Arequipa or Ayacucho is cool yet sunny throughout the year.

At 11,500 feet or more (3,505 m), there are only two seasons: the rainy season (December through March) and the dry season with sunny days and chilly nights. The cities of Cusco, Puno, Cajamarca and Huaraz have this type of climate.

In Cusco, the weather is cold and dry for most of the year. Throughout the year, the temperature is quite pleasant during the day, but nights can be very cold. We recommend packing warm clothes and comfortable shoes (especially those with rubber soles).

On the other hand, the whole of the jungle region, from Iquitos to Madre de Dios (Puerto Maldonado), is always hot, with year-round temperatures averaging between 75°F and 83°F (24°C to 28°C).

 

CLOTHING

It is advisable to bring a variety of clothing, depending on the places to visit. If the traveling is through the coast, it’s appropriate to wear clothing for fall. If traveling to the mountains, winter clothing will be necessary. Be prepared to dress in layers in the jungle. If the plan is to enjoy some time at the beach, bring light summer attire. Comfortable shoes, a hat and sunblock to protect you from the sun’s strong rays in the mountains and from the heat of the jungle are recommended.

 

ELECTRICITY

Electricity in Peru is 220 volts AC, 60 cycles. Some hotels have 110 volts AC or adapters.

 

FOOD

Anyone who has been to Peru can vouch for its wonderful cuisine. Sophisticated restaurants, awarded several forks, reflect the diversity of a nation that has blended its native traditions with the cuisine of Europe, the Middle East, China, Africa and Japan. The result: unique flavors that make Peruvian cuisine one of the finest and most varied in the world.

Today the gastronomy bounty can be enjoyed in traditional restaurants and also through the creations of a new generation of chefs who have achieved international recognition for their imaginative use of traditional ingredients and recipes with haute cuisine techniques. Peruvian restaurants throughout the country can be a fantastic and inexpensive treat. Most restaurants take major international credit cards.

 

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

 

PARK FEES

Visitors to Machu Picchu, archaeological sites, and National Parks and Natural Reserves must pay entrance fees.  Such prices vary and may not be included in tour rates.

 

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry.  Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their physicians about high-altitude travel, as well as preventive measures for visiting tropical areas.  Bottled water is advised and available everywhere.  For guests traveling to Peru’s Amazon Region, a yellow fever vaccination is required. Altitude sickness, known as soroche in Peru, is occasionally a problem for visitors traveling directly from the coast or jungle regions to the high Andes, above 2,500 meters (8,000 feet). The best way to prevent it (headache, dizziness, fatigue) is to eat lightly, and drink plenty of fluids. It is recommended to ascend gradually to become acclimated and rest on the first day of your arrival.

 

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, soda drinks like Inca Kola and Coca-Cola are available in all hotels, ships and restaurants, as well as Cristal, Pilsener and Cusqueña beer. Bottled water will be provided if local tap water is not safe to drink. It is a good idea to inquire at your hotel about the safety of the local water. Coffee and tea are usually served at the end of meals. The “chicha morada” is the typical drink of Peru, and it is generally consumed in the coast.

 

MACHU PICCHU ACCLIMATIZATION

Since Cusco is over 11,000 feet (3,000 m) above sea level, the rapid ascent from the coast, may cause some discomforts such as headaches, difficulty breathing and nausea. This is known as “altitude sickness” or “mountain sickness.” These reactions occur as a result of low oxygen pressure that exists at high altitudes. If these pains are not acknowledged and treated, people may need medical assistance.

Before traveling it is advisable to drink plenty of water, avoid heavy meals, and avoid heavy physical exercise upon arrival. It is also advisable to drink coca tea and rest a few hours before starting a tour or exercise. Another factor that relieves the discomfort caused by height is oxygen. Breathing 20 or 30% more oxygen, removes fatigue and headache immediately. Rooms at our Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel are equipped with oxygen supplement system for the well-being of guests.

This is why your Explor Tour takes you first directly to the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu, which are at lower elevation, allowing your body to acclimatize before spending time in Cusco.

 

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Most businesses and Bank offices are open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., although some banks also open Saturday mornings. You can withdraw money with major credit cards at the principal banks. In major cities, most hotels, restaurants and shops accept international credit cards and travelers checks. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to carry some cash. The use of U.S. Dollars is allowed. You may pay for goods and services directly in US Dollars or in Soles at the daily rate of exchange. ATM’s are easily found throughout the main cities. Cash advances can be made at most banks or ATMs.

 

GENERAL FACTS

  • Official name: Republic of Peru
  • Area: 498,222 square miles (1,285,215 km²)
  • Capital city: Lima, 7,665,222 inhabitants (estimated 2008)
  • Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Main Cities: Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Trujillo
  • Official languages: Spanish. English is widely spoken.
  • Independence date: July, 28th 1821
  • Currency: Nuevos Soles S/. (Dollars and Euros can be easily changed)
  • Religion: Majority Roman Catholic

THE COUNTRY

Peru is located on the western side of South America. Its territory borders the Pacific Ocean to the west and bounded on the north with Ecuador, on the northeastern with Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia and south to Chile. Because of its geographic position and its tropical location, the presence of the Andes and both the Humboldt and El Niño currents, Peru is the earth’s most ecologically diverse country. Eighty-four of the one hundred and four ecosystems in the world, and twenty-eight of the thirty-two climates on the planet can be found here. Additionally, it is one of the world’s leading countries in terms of variety of species and habitats.

THE PEOPLE

Peru is a nation of mixed ethnic origins. Throughout its history, Peru has been the meeting ground for different nations and cultures. As a result of this encounter, and later enriched by the migration of Africans, Asians and Europeans, Peruvians emerged as the representatives of a nation whose rich ethnic mix is one of its leading characteristics.

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands of the United States – commonly referred to as the U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas

Virgin Islands – commonly referred to as the British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada

PASSPORTS & VISAS

US Virgin Islands: If you are a U.S. citizen a passport is not required, but it still serves as the best identification when traveling. Otherwise, you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship when departing the islands, such as a raised-seal birth certificate and government-issued photo ID.If you are not a U.S. citizen, then a passport issued by your country of origin is required.

British Virgin Islands: A passport is required to enter or depart the British Virgin Islands. US Citizens do not need a visa, however a visa is required of citizens of certain countries.

For information on how to obtain a U.S. passport, visit the U.S. State Department’s passport web site at Travel.State.gov.

LANGUAGE

The official language of both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands is English. However, Virgin Islands Creole is the main spoken dialect in informal, daily usage.

CURRENCY

The Virgin Islands currency is the U.S. dollar. Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found throughout all three islands. Most establishments accept credit cards and travelers checks.

TAXES

There are no sales taxes in the Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands have a departure tax of $20.00 per person leaving by air, $15.00 if leaving by sea.

LOCAL TIME

Local time in The Virgin Islands is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 5 hours (Eastern Standard Time in the United States). The Virgin Islands do not observe daylight savings time.

CLIMATE

The splendid climate is perhaps the Virgin Islands’ chief asset. Although they are located in the tropics, the heat is tempered by gentle trade winds that blow from the northeast most of the year. Humidity is low, and there is little pollen. The temperature rarely exceeds 90 °F or falls below 70 °F, and the average temperature is about 78 °F.

CLOTHING

Dress is informal. Essentials include sneakers, sandals, shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of memory storage for your photos.

SHOES

Bring comfortable tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles for walking tours and exploring.

ELECTRICITY

110 volts, 60 cycles AC is used with standard US two prong plugs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, the Virgin Islands use the NTSC system.

FOOD

Traditional Virgin Islands food tends to be spicy and hearty. Many are imported due to an acquired taste for foreign foods. Locally grow fruits, vegetables and meats are sold in local open-air markets, while supermarkets tend to carry only imported foods. Upscale restaurants often cater to tourists, serving a combination of North American dishes with tropical twists as well as local cuisine. Fungi (pronounced fun-gee) is a main staple of the traditional Virgin Islands diet. It consists of cornmeal that has been boiled and cooked to a thick consistency along with okra. Fungi is usually eaten with boiled fish or saltfish. Callaloo (sometimes spelled kallaloo) is a soup made from callaloo bush/leaf, often substituted with spinach. It consists of various meats and okra, and is boiled to a thick stew consistency. Many foods from other Caribbean countries have been adopted into the Virgin Islands culinary culture. For example, a popular dish is roti, of Indo-Trinidadian origin, which consists of curried vegetables and meat wrapped in a paper-thin dough. A popular snack is Pate (pronounced PAH-TEH), fried dough filled with various meats including beef, chicken or saltfish stuffed inside (similar to a Jamaican patty). Be sure to try the indigenous fruits and traditional drinks.

TIPPING

As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest’s discretion. 15% is common in restaurants, more for excellent service. A dollar or two for your taxi driver is fine, more if he or she handles bags. All provided components of your Explor Tour, such as meals, tours, transfers and hotels, include pre-paid gratuities.

HEALTH

No inoculations are required for entry. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting up to date on all vaccines before traveling, and getting Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccines before visiting the Virgin Islands.

DRINKING WATER & DRINKS

Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is widely available, and will be provided if local tap water is not safe to drink. It is a good idea to inquire at your hotel about the safety of the local water.

SAFETY FIRST

The health and safety of our guests is a top priority in all aspects of our operations. The vessels we use undergo a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Virgin Island regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), Smart Voyager best environmental and social practices, the Virgin Island Shipping Registry (VISR), among others.

BANKS & BUSINESSES

Banks are open 9am to 3pm Monday to Thursday, to 5pm Friday. Bars & pubs are open noon to midnight. Government office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday in the US Virgin Islands, and 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday in BVI. Post offices are open 7:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, 8:30am to noon Saturday in the US Virgin Islands, and 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 9am to noon Saturday in BVI. Restaurants serve breakfast 7am to 11am, brunch 10am-2pm, lunch 11am to 2pm, dinner 5pm to 9pm in the US Virgin Islands, and breakfast 7am to 11am, lunch 11am to 2pm, dinner 5pm to 9pm in BVI. Shops are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. Major credit cards are accepted in many but not all establishments. Ask before you make a purchase or order food. ATM machines are located in banks and at other commercial locations on the larger islands; there ar no ATMs nor banks located on the islands of Jost Van Dyke nor Anegada.

GENERAL FACTS

US Virgin Islands

  • Official Name: Virgin Islands of the United States
  • Island Names: Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, Saint John
  • Area: St. Croix – 82, St. Thomas – 31.2, Saint John – 19.6 sqare miles
  • Capital city: Charlotte Amalie 18,481 inhabitants (2010 est.)
  • Government: Insular Areas of the United States. Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Official language: English
  • Currency: U.S. Dollar
  • Religion: Protestant (59%), Roman Catholic (34%), Other (7%)

British Virgin Islands (BVI)

  • Official Name: Virgin Islands
  • Island Names: Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada
  • Area: Tortola – 21.5, Virgin Gorda – 15, Jost Van Dyke – 8, Anegad – 3 square miles
  • Capital city: Road Town 9,400 inhabitants (2004 est.)
  • Government: Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
  • Official languages: English
  • Currency: U.S. Dollar
  • Religion: Christian (84% – Methodist, Anglican, Church of God, Catholic)

DEMOGRAPHIC FACTS

US Virgin Islands

  • Population: 104,737 (July 2013 est.)
  • Population density: 800.7/sq mi
  • Population growth: -0.53% (2013 est.)
  • Urban-rural population: Urban 95% – Rural 5% (2008 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 46.8% – Feminine 53.2% (2008 est.)
  • Birth rate : 10.69 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Mortality : 7.95 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Fertility (children): 1.77 children born/woman (2013 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 76.57 years / female: 82.83 years (2013 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 90-95% est. (population over 15; 2005 est.)
  • Ethnicity: Black 76.2%, White 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5% (2000 census)

British Virgin Islands (BVI)

  • Population: 31,912 (July 2013 est.)
  • Population density: 671.8/sq mi
  • Population growth: 2.4% (2013 est.)
  • Urban-rural population: Urban 41% – Rural 59% (2008 est.)
  • Distribution per sex: Masculine 48.2% – Feminine 51.8% (2008 est.)
  • Birth rate : 10.78 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Mortality : 4.89 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
  • Fertility (children): 1.24 children born/woman (2013 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 76.86 years / female: 79.45 years (2013 est.)
  • Literacy rate: 97.8% (population over 15; 1991 est.)
  • Ethnicity: Black 82%, White 6.8%, other 11.2% (includes Indian and mixed) (2008)

THE PEOPLE

Virgin Islander Culture reflects the various peoples that have inhabited the present-day U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands throughout history. Though politically separate, the territories maintain close cultural ties. Virgin Islands culture is syncretic, deriving chiefly from West African, European and American influences. The Dutch, the French and the Danish also contributed elements to the islands’ culture, as have immigrants from the Arab world, India, and other Caribbean islands. The single largest influence on modern Virgin Islander culture, however, comes from the Africans enslaved to work in canefields from the 17th to the mid-19th century. These African slaves brought with them traditions from across a wide swathe of Africa, including what is now Nigeria, Senegal, both Congos, Gambia and Ghana. Migration has altered the social landscape of both countries to the extent that in the British Virgin Islands, half of the population is of foreign (mostly Caribbean) origin and in the U.S. Virgin Islands, most native-born residents can trace their ancestry to other Caribbean islands.

ABOUT THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

BALTRA ISLAND

Baltra is a small flat island located near the centre of the Galápagos. It was created by geological uplift. The island is very arid, and vegetation consists of salt bushes, prickly pear cacti and palo santo trees.  This uplifted island is a great visual introduction to Galapagos.

Until 1986, Baltra Airport was the only airport serving the Galápagos. Now, there are two airports which receive flights from the continent; the other is located on San Cristóbal Island.

During World War II, Ecuador authorized the United States to establish a naval base in Baltra Island, and radar stations in other strategic locations. Baltra was also established as a United States Army Air Force base. In those days, this airport had the largest airstrip in South America.  Crews stationed at Baltra patrolled the Pacific for enemy submarines, as well as provided protection for the Panama Canal. After the war, the facilities were given to the government of Ecuador. Today, the island continues to be an official Ecuadorian military base.

The pier is a 5-minute drive from the air terminal. If you happen to start your voyage in Puerto Ayora, you will take a bus ride to the Itabaca Channel, cross it by ferry towards Santa Cruz Island, and then have an interesting ride from the lowlands up to the highlands and down again to the lowlands. The changes in vegetation that guests will experience will be a rewarding way to start your Galapagos expedition.

BARTOLOME ISLAND

Perhaps the most photographed location in the entire archipelago, the “rock pinnacle”, that is one of the most recognized landscapes of the islands.

Climb up a wooden staircase to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays. You can observe fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones. Many have called this island “an open Geology textbook”. Sea lions and penguins can be seen around Pinnacle Rock. There is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling. This is one of those selected locations where seeing penguins in tropical waters can be a revealing discovery.  It is an extinct volcano and has a variety of soils red, orange, green, black and shiny volcanic formations.

Bartolome is a small island that has two visitor sites. At the first site, you can snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. Then, it’s back on board for a quick change of clothes followed by a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up, you will encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow and lava tubes. From the summit you will have a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. For those not interested in the hike, there is the option of a panga ride. Usual fauna and flora also includes sea lions, pioneer plants, reef sharks, rays and colorful reef fish.

Difficulty Level: Moderate. Walk up 375 low-grade stairs to top of volcano at a slow to moderate pace.
Area: 1.2 km²
Maximum altitude: 114 meters
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes and 1 hour walk on the beach and snorkel. The groups rotate the visits.
Wildlife: brown pelican, Galapagos penguins, white tip reef sharks, green sea turtles
Flora: Galapagos Carpetweed, maytenus octogena, thorn shrub, white mangrove, red mangrove, salt bush
Main attraction: a panoramic view of the archipelago and Pinnacle Rock
Terrain: ladder, beach
Physical condition: High (360 steps)

Its name was given in honor of Spain. It also is known as Hood, after Viscount Samuel Hood. It has an area of 60 square kilometers (23 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 206 meters (676 ft).

Española is the oldest island at around 3.5 million years, and the southernmost in the group. Due to its remote location, Española has a large number of endemic species. It has its own species of lava lizard, mockingbird, and tortoise. Española’s marine iguanas exhibit a distinctive red coloration change during the breeding season. Española is the only place where the waved albatross nests.

 

Espanola Island Points of Interest

Española has two visitor sites. Gardner Bay is a swimming and snorkeling site, and offers a great beach. Punta Suarez has migrant, resident, and endemic wildlife, including brightly colored marine iguanas, Española lava lizards, hood mockingbirds, swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, Galápagos hawks, 3 species of Darwin’s finches, and the waved albatross.

Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful coral white sand beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions, and it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Throughout the morning there are opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours 30 min
Wildlife: Hood mockingbird, Galapagos hawk, marine iguana, Galapagos sea lion, warbler finch, small ground finch, cactus large finch, green sea turtle.
Flora: Puncture weed, salt bush, beach drop seed.
Main Attraction: white sand beach and sea lion colonies and snorkeling. Maintain safe distance from the sea lions, especially adult males, they can be aggressive.
Terrain: stairs, rocky beach.
Physical condition: Low

 

Punta Suarez

Punta Suárez is one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation from other islands, it has a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Española marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors and finches go about their day to day business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 15,000 to 17,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent almost the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Difficulty level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours 30 min
Wildlife: weaved albatross, Hood mockingbird Galapagos, hawk, swallowed tail gull, marine iguanas, Galapagos sea lion, red billed tropic bird, cactus large finch, medium ground finch, small ground finch, blue-footed boobie, nazca boobies.
Flora: mesquite, desert thorn, salt bush, yellow cordia, Galapagos carpetweed.
Main Attraction: colored marine iguana, the blower and the albatross.
Type of terrain: rocky
Physical condition: High

FERNANDINA ISLAND

The name was given in honor of King Ferdinand II of Aragon, who sponsored the voyage of Columbus. The youngest islands, Isabela and Fernandina, are still being formed, with the most recent volcanic eruption in April 2009, where lava from the volcanic island Fernandina started flowing both towards the island’s shoreline and into the center caldera.

Walk among the hundreds of marine iguanas on black lava rocks. See flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, sea lions and mangrove forests. The walking grounds will reveal the beautiful shapes of lava once it has cooled off. At this location, few rocks are more than 400 years old. Fernandina’s colossal dome shape can enchant anyone who visits it for it’s perhaps the most remote island in the Pacific.

Fernandina  Island  is  one  of  the  most  pristine ecosystems  in  the  entire  world  and  also  one  of  the most dynamic. La Cumbre Volcano last erupted in April 2009, and also dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.

Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk over dark lava. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and a lot of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina boasts a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, sally-light foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant.

Difficulty level:  Moderate
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minute walk.
Wildlife: flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes biserialis, Galapagos hawk, marine iguana, lava lizard, Galapagos sea lion, and Galapagos penguins.
Flora: lava cactus, white mangrove, black mangrove, red mangrove, Galapagos shore petunia.
Main Attraction: pahoehoe lava. The largest colony of marine iguanas, and flightless cormorant’s colony (unique in the world).
Terrain: PNG trails, lava and sand.
Physical condition: Average

FLOREANA ISLAND

It was named after Juan José Flores, the first President of Ecuador, during whose administration the government of Ecuador took possession of the archipelago. Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous islands due to many strange stories regarding past settlers. The first governor of Galápagos, General José de Villamil, brought a group of convicts to populate the island of Floreana, and in October 1832, some artisans and farmers joined them.

There are many wonderful and diverse sites to visit including Post Office Bay and the “Baroness’s Viewing Point”. Marine life also abounds in Floreana’s coastal waters making it a fantastic site for snorkeling. Flamingos also populate the island and may be seen during your visit.  It is one of the four inhabited Galapagos Islands.

The Baroness’s Viewing Point is the perfect place to take in the special environment that defines Floreana, and a great spot to talk and ponder regarding the intriguing history of the Baroness and her three lovers!

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. This is one of the archipelago’s most famous spots. Don’t forget to look in your logbook for your postcards! During the early 20th century, the island became a kind of promised land for many Norwegian citizens who arrived in search of a better life. Colorful history of buccaneers, whalers and settlers.

Difficulty level: Easy.
Area: 170 km²
Maximum altitude: 640 meters

Floreana Island Points of Interest

Baroness Cove & Post Office Bay

After a wet landing at Post Office Bay, visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries, to learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants and the adventures of pirates and whalers. Panga ride along the maze of channels in the north shore of Floreana, see the Sea Lion colonies, marine turtles in shallow waters, rays and occasionally penguins. Wet Landing on Baroness Cove and a short walk up to the observation tower to enjoy breath taking views of Floreana and its nearby islets. Snorkeling is possible.

Punta Cormorant

Disembark at Punta Cormorant (wet landing) at an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others may be observed. This outing also includes a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest (from December to May).

A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where everything from Flamingos to stilts and pintail ducks can be observed. The beach nearby is also quite special and known as: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours trail is an approximate distance of 720 meters
Wildlife: Sting rays, semipalmated plover, white cheeked pintail duck, black necked stilt, green sea turtle, whimpers
Flora: Galapagos weedcarpet, maytenus octogena, thorn shrub, black  mangrove, salt bush, incense tree, longhaired scalesia, Curve spined  Lecocarpus
Main attraction: population of flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) and the beach a nesting area for sea turtles (Chelonia midas)
Terrain: beach and normal soil
Physical condition: high

Champion

Duration: 45 minutes
Wildlife: Floreana mockingbird, Green sea turtles
Flora: N/A
Main attraction: One of the best places for snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands
Terrain: water
Physical condition: high

Devil’s Crown

Duration: 45 minutes
Wildlife: Sea lions, Green sea turtles, sharks, fish diversity and dolphins, sharks, white tip reef sharks, reef fish, manta rays
Flora: N/A
Main Attraction: One of the best places for snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands is a submerged volcanic cone; one can observe interesting coral formations
Terrain: water
Physical condition: Average

GENOVESA ISLAND

The name is derived from Genoa, Italy. Genovesa, or Tower Island, is the northernmost island that is allowed to be visited by naturalist (non-diving) cruises. It consists of the remains of a large submerged crater. The shape of the island is horseshoe and has a volcanic caldera, whose wall has collapsed. This island is extremely remote and home to literally millions of birds belonging to many different species including the red footed booby as well as frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and even endemic owls! It, therefore, has the nickname of “Bird Island”. There are two sites on Genovesa that are visited.

Area: 14 km²
Maximum altitude: 76 meters
Volcano: (64 mt / 210 feet)

Genovesa Island Point of Interest

El Barranco

El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep path (90 feet) with stairs carved into the rock. Once at the top of the stairs, the terrain is flat, allowing for a stimulating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and petrels. With some luck, you may spot a short-eared lava owl.

Difficulty level: Moderate.
Duration: 2 hours walk.
Wildlife: great frigate bird, swallow tailed gull, barn owls, Galapagos fur seals, red billed tropicbird, warbler finch, vampire finch, large ground finch, red footed boobie, nazca boobies
Flora: Galapagos Croton, yellow cordia, walteria ovata, incense tree
Main Attraction: Cliffs, sea lions colony, barn owls search, favorite place for sea birds nesting.
Terrain: lava and difficult paths
Physical condition: high

Darwin Bay

Darwin Bay was formed after a caldera collapsed. Its steep cliffs dominate the island. It is called “the bird island” because it is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, noddy terns, lava gulls, tropic birds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin’s finches. Darwin Bay’s soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and tortoises are common.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 2 hours walking. Path 1,500 meters
Wildlife: yellow warbler, Galapagos mockingbird, great frigate bird, yellow crowned night heron, swallow– tailed gull, barn owls, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos dove, warbler finch, cactus large finch, large ground finch, vampire finch, red footed boobie, nazca boobies
Flora: Galapagos Croton, yellow cordia, walteria ovata, incense tree
Main Attraction: Cliffs, sea lions colony, barn owls search, favorite place for sea birds nesting.
Terrain: lava and difficult paths
Physical condition: high

Darwin Bay

Darwin Bay was formed after a caldera collapsed. Its steep cliffs dominate the island. It is called “the bird island” because it is home to thousands of frigate birds, red-footed boobies, noddy terns, lava gulls, tropic birds, doves, storm petrels and Darwin’s finches. Darwin Bay’s soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and tortoises are common.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 2 hours walking. Path 1,500 meters
Wildlife: yellow warbler, Galapagos mockingbird, great frigate bird, yellow crowned night heron, swallow– tailed gull, barn owls, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos dove, warbler finch, cactus large finch, large ground finch, vampire finch, red footed boobie, nazca boobies
Flora: Galapagos carpetweed, Galapagos croton, scorpion weed, red mangrove, salt bush, yellow cordia, incense tree, prickly pear cactus
Main attraction: Frigate colonies, Nazca boobies, swallow –tailed gulls, red footed
Terrain: beach
Physical condition: low

ISABELLA ISLAND

This island was named in honor of Queen Isabela. Isabella is the largest island in the Archipelago. It was formed by six large volcanoes which flowed together. It is  also  one  of  the  youngest of the Galapagos Islands, and  a  marvelous  world  within  itself.  The third-largest human settlement of the archipelago, Puerto Villamil, is located at the southeastern tip of the island. It is the only island to have the equator run across it. It is also the only place in the world where a penguin can be in its natural habitat in the Northern Hemisphere. Five of the island’s six volcanoes are still active. There a local population of 2,200 inhabitants.

Area: 4588 km² (1,792 sq mi)
Maximum height: 1707 meters.

Volcanoes

  1. Alcedo (1130 meters / 3,706 feet) Last Eruption 1,993
  2. Cerro Azul (1690 m / 5,543 feet) Last Eruption 2,008
  3. Darwin (1330 meters / 4,362 feet) Last Eruption 1,813
  4. Ecuador (790mt / 2,592 feet) Last Eruption 1,150
  5. Sierra Negra (1124 m / 3,688 feet) Last Eruption 2,005
  6. Wolf (1710 meters / 5,609 feet) Last Eruption 1,982

Isabella Island Points of Interest

Tortoise Breeding Center
Tortoise Breeding Center The Tortoise Breeding Center was created to protect animals in their first years of life from the threats of foreign species such as  pigs and donkeys as well as to educate visitors and locals about the importance of the Galapagos  giant  tortoise and all Galapagos species.

Difficulty level:  Easy

Wetlands
The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintail ducks, gallinules and other shore birds.  The Wetlands can easily be reached on  foot  or bicycle via beautiful trails that wind through the swamps.

Difficulty level: Easy

Wall of Tears
In 1946, a penal colony was established on Isabela Island, but it was closed in 1959 when the Galapagos Islands were designated a National Park. Prisoners  were  forced  to  build  this  wall,  stone  by  stone,  in  isolation,  only  to  be asked to tear it down again and start over. This now historical site towering at 65 feet  (25m)  took  the  lives  of  thousands  during  its  construction  and  remains  as  a vivid reminder of the past. Locals claim to hear the cries of the long-lost souls emanating from the cracks between the volcanic rocks.

Difficulty level: Easy

Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden). On the hike, the trail goes through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin volcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake.

An optional uphill hike takes guests to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. The view at the end of the trail is worth the climb. Darwin is one of Isabela’s six volcanoes, a remarkable contrast to the lower islands to the east of the archipelago. All guests will enjoy a panga ride along the volcanic cliffs of Tagus Cove, teeming with life (boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, martins, terns, iguanas and sea lions) Possibilities to swim, snorkel or ride kayaks. There is no beach in the area, so pangas are employed.

The early morning activity may be followed by kayaking or a panga ride, where you will have the opportunity to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, we sometimes encounter dolphins and whales.

Difficulty level: Easy to Difficult (panga ride is easy, hike up to lake can be strenuous for some)
Duration: approximately 1,800 meters, 2 hours.
Wildlife: yellow warbler, flightless cormorant, Galapagos  mockingbird, hawks, marine iguana, land iguana, Galapagos flycatchers, large ground finch, medium ground finch, small ground finch,  penguins, flightless cormorants, green sea turtles, herons, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, pelicans.
Flora: Galapagos croton, heart-leafed scalesia, yellow cordia, incense tree, prickly pear cactus.
Main Attraction: A view of the saltwater lagoon which is located within a tuff cone, lava fields of Darwin volcano, cave inscriptions where we find names of pirates and whaling vessels dating from the 1800s.
Terrain: mostly gravel, lava.
Physical Condition: medium – high

Elizabeth Bay

Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that is visited. There is a sheltered cove – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons and more.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes by zodiac
Wildlife: turtle’s pond around the islets of the bay, penguins, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, masked boobies and sea gulls, rays, sharks, pelicans, boobies, sea lions and fish in general, sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins. From June to September you can see some whales.
Flora: red mangrove
Main Attraction: Formed by the union of the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Alcedo Volcano. This wide bay has a very high and colorful mangrove, which contrasts with the lava.
Terrain: none, only zodiac ride
Physical condition: Low

Punta Moreno

Punta Moreno is located just southwest of Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island and is known for large populations of sea birds which can be appreciated during a panga ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves. In the tide pools green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

Highlights: impressive lava flows from eruptions years ago. Desolate, extremely pristine landscape. A textbook of pioneer plants, extraordinarily varied and unusual arid-zone vegetation. The main attraction is a compound of small brackish lagoons very much like a desert oasis with lagoon birds, including seasonal flamingos. Ideal place for observing the rare and reclusive gallinules. Frequent sights of frigates, pelicans and other sea birds doing salt cleansing dives to the lagoon’s surface.

Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult

Punta Albemarle

Punta Albemarle is located on Isabela Island’s remote northern tip and after a long time of being closed off to visitors, it will reopen again in 2012 for only a handful of cruise ships. Punta Albemarle was used as a radar base by the U.S. during World War II. The waters in this region are very productive allowing for excellent chances for seeing whales in the area not to mention nesting cormorants and also the largest marine iguanas in the entire archipelago.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Urbina Bay

Urbina Bay is located in Western Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano. This is the spot where the Galapagos National Park began their successful eradication of goats on Isabela Island. After a wet landing on a beautiful black-sand beach, you may be able to observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings and is one of the best places to see Darwin’s finches as well as large land iguanas. Also, be on the lookout for Galapagos tortoises which like to feed within the site’s dense vegetation.

Punta Vicente Roca

A magnificent landscape shows the uniqueness of the western volcanoes of Galapagos. This is the youngest geological feature of the archipelago at the northern tip of the Galapagos’ largest island, Isabela. This area is part of Ecuador Volcano, where a collapsed caldera floor is revealed after a major sinking of half of the whole volcano structure. The anchoring place lies in front of tuff-stone layers of a parasitic cone, next to the slopes of the host volcano. Lava intrusions, called sills and dikes, reveal the relatively recent volcanic activity of this area. Since there is no landing site at this location, our outing will include coastal exploration where our Naturalists will commit to explaining the dramatic geology of the area. Wildlife here will definitely surprise everyone; few hours before we crossed the Equator and yet this tropical area can have surprises like dolphins, whales, sea lions, sea birds, turtles, and more. Where is all this life coming from? The answer is the Cromwell Current; a deep submarine current that up wells right at the volcanic platform of the western islands. These cool nutrient-rich waters attract plenty of sea-depending species which include brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, noddy terns, shear waters, and the only tropical penguin on Earth, the Galapagos penguin. Depending on sea conditions (current and visibility), we will schedule a snorkeling outing too.

Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers.  The panga ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Depending on the conditions of the ocean, it will be possible to schedule a snorkeling outing along the cliffs of partly-sunken Ecuador Volcano, on the northern tip of Isabela Island. Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. This is the nesting place for flightless cormorants, the only existing marine birds in the world other than penguins that have changed their condition of flying birds to diving birds. Wildlife here also includes sea lions, Galápagos fur seals, Galápagos penguins, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and noddy terns. This area boasts an impressively-rich marine life, and is seasonally visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola). If conditions are good, snorkeling can be done at the cliffs of a tuff cone.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Wildlife: Green sea Turtles, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate, flightless cormorants
Flora: N/A
Main attraction: Volcanoes of Isabella, swim with sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays
Terrain: Snorkeling in deep water for all
Physical condition: average

NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND

The island was named after an English nobleman, Lord Hugh Seymour. Just north of the Baltra Airport is the small islet of North Seymour. North Seymour was created by seismic uplift, rather than being of volcanic origin. The island has a flat profile with cliffs only a few meters from the shoreline, where swallowtail gulls and tropicbirds sit perched on ledges. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for rain to bring them into bloom. The island is teeming with life. While visiting the island, one may have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana.

North Seymour may very well be the perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Although the island is characterized by arid vegetation, fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigates and more. With some luck you may even get to see land iguanas as well. The island was created by the rise of a submarine lava formation.

North Seymour is an extraordinary place for breeding birds, and is home to one of the largest populations of nesting blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. Pairs of blue-footed boobies can be seen conducting their mating ritual as they offer each other gifts, whistle and honk, stretch their necks towards the sky, spread their wings, and dance—showing off their bright blue feet. Magnificent Frigatebirds perch in low bushes, near the boobies, while watching over their large chicks. The frigates are huge, dark aerobats with a 90-inch (2.3 m) wingspan. Male frigates can puff up their scarlet throat sacks to resemble giant red balloons.

The island is covered of low and dense vegetation Incense trees, blue footed boobie. Is mainly flat and arid with vegetation that includes cactus ,incense tree and salt bushes. Palo Santo trees, colonies of blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and magnificent frigate birds. On the other side of the island, the waves crash onto the rocks and sea lions play in the surf.

Disembark (dry landing) for a walk along the coast and the interior of the island, observing bird colonies of blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas. Opportunity for snorkeling or coastal exploration.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Area: 1.9 km2
Maximum altitude: 28 meters
Duration: 1 hour with 45 minutes
Wildlife: yellow warbler, Galapagos mockingbird, magnificent frigate bird ,great frigate bird, swallow tailed gull, marine iguana, Galapagos sea lion, red billed tropic bird, medium ground finch, small ground finch, blue footed boobie.
Flora: Maytenus octagona, Galapagos croton, thorn shrub, salt bush, yellow cordial, Galapagos incense tree, Jerusalem thorn, Galapagos carpetweed.
Main Attraction: Island formed by raisings and for this reason is easy to find corals and bones along the way and frigate colonies
Terrain: rocky and lava
Physical condition: medium

RABIDA ISLAND

Rábida (Jervis) Island bears the name of the convent of Rábida, where Columbus left his son during his voyage to the Americas. It has an area of 1.9 sq mi (4.9 square kilometers) and a maximum altitude of 1,204 ft (367 meters). The high amount of iron contained in the lava at Rábida gives it a distinctive red color. White-cheeked pintail ducks live in a saltwater lagoon close to the beach, where brown pelicans and boobies have built their nests.

Rabida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a  colony  of  sea  lions  and  a  pelican  nesting  site.  The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, and you may also have  the opportunity to go kayaking or on a panga ride.

A stroll along the beach of this small island allows the observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes.

Difficulty level:  Moderate
Duration: 1 hour easy walking and 1 hour of beach time and snorkel
Wildlife: Greater flamingos, Brown boodie, Galapagos sea lion, Brown pelican, blue footed boobie, woodpecker finch, small ground finch, cactus finch, Galapagos mockingbirds, snakes and lizards.
Flora: Galapagos croton, Black mangrove, incense tree, prickly pear cactus.
Main Attraction: Red sand beach and cliffs
Terrain: beach and rocky
Physical condition: low

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island bears the name of the patron saint of seafarers, “St. Christopher”. Its English name was given after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham. It has an area of 215 sq mi (558 square kilometers) and its highest point rises to 2395 ft (730 meters). This is the first island in the Galapagos Archipelago Charles Darwin visited during his voyage on the Beagle.

This island hosts frigate birds, sea lions, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, marine iguanas, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls. There is a turtle farm and refuge of Giant Turtles La Galapaguera.

Its vegetation includes Calandrinia Galapagos,  Lecocarpus darwinii, and trees such as Lignum vitae. The largest freshwater lake in the archipelago, Laguna El Junco, is located in the highlands of San Cristóbal. The capital of the province of Galápagos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, lies at the southern tip of the island, along with one of two airports serving the islands from the mainland.

San Cristobal Island Points of Interest

Galapaguera Cerro Colorado

Duration: 45 minutes by bus to visit the reserve, one hour in the center approximately
Wildlife: yellow warbler, Chatham mockingbird, Galapagos flycatcher, small tree finch, small ground finch, giant tortoise.
Flora: Acacia, galapagos croton, Guayabillo, heart-leafed scalesia, poison Apple, matazarno, cat´s claw.
Main Attraction: Giant tortoises from San Cristobal Island
Terrain: high, rocky and humid
Physical condition: medium

Cerro Brujo

Located on the north coast of San Cristobal Island, this eroding lava cone offers a fantastic landscape as well as wonderful swimming, snorkeling and panga ride experiences. Cerro Brujo’s gorgeous beach is also home to many sea lions and it’s also the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago! You will also see a beautiful lagoon used by the locals of Baquerizo Moreno Port for salt mining as well as two different species of halophytes (rare plants that grow in soils with a high salt content)

Difficulty level:  Easy  to moderate

Punta Pitt

Punta Pitt is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island and is a great place to see Nazca boobies and blue footed boobies. You will hike up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. You can also enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and panga rides at Punta Pitt.

Difficulty  level:  Difficult (longest hike of the cruise)

Ochoa Beach

Duration: 2 hours
Wildlife: semi terrestrial hermit crab, Chatham mockingbird, magnificent frigate bird, marine iguana, Galapagos sea lion, brown pelican
Flora: candelabra cactus, Galapagos croton, poisons apple, matazarno, salt bush, incense tree.
Main attraction: sea lion colonies
Terrain: beaches
Physical condition: low

Interpretation Center and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno town

Duration: Varies
Wildlife: seabirds, coastal or migrant birds, sea lions, lava lizard finches
Flora: Prickly pear cactus, Galapagos cotton, incense tree, calandrina
Main attraction: visit to interpretation center.
Terrain: PNG paths, streets
Physical condition:  medium to low

Wizard Hill

Duration: 2 hours
Wildlife: Semipalmated plover, great frigate bird, marine iguana, Galapagos sea lion, blue footed boobie, black necked stilt, ruddy turnstone, whimpers.
Flora: maytenus octagona, candelabra cactus, White mangrove, red mangrove, prickly pear cactus, incense tree, milkwort.
Main attraction: beach, fine white sand chalky origins, sea lions colonies.
Terrain: Beach
Physical condition: low

SANTA FE ISLAND

Santa Fé Island is named after a city in Spain. It has an area of 9 sq mi (24 square km) and a maximum altitude of 850 ft (259 mts). Santa Fe hosts a forest of Opuntia cactus, which are the largest of the archipelago, and Palo Santo. Weathered cliffs provide a haven for swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds and shear-waters petrels. The Santa Fe species of land iguanas are often seen, as well as lava lizards. Formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano, Santa Fe is known for having one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galapagos. Some of the island’s endemic species include the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Playful sea lions will usually accompany swimmers and snorkelers during beach time.

Possible excursion
It is a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right of “Beach Master”, while smaller males masking as females make stealthy mating moves. Galápagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name with tree-sized trunks! The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the afternoon walk. Snorkeling and swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience.

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Given the name of the Holy Cross in Spanish, its English name derives from the British vessel HMS Indefatigable. It has an area of 381 sq mi (986 square kilometers) and a maximum altitude of 2834 ft (864 meters). Santa Cruz hosts the largest human population in the archipelago, the town of Puerto Ayora.

The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service (GNPS) are located here. The GNPS and CDRS operate a tortoise breeding center here, where young tortoises are hatched, reared, and prepared to be reintroduced to their natural habitat.

The Highlands of Santa Cruz offer exuberant flora, and are famous for the lava tunnels. Large tortoise populations are found here. Black Turtle Cove is a site surrounded by mangroves, which sea turtles, rays and small sharks sometimes use as a mating area. Santa Cruz highlands are lush grassland that is famous for its lava tunnels. Puerto Ayora is the major human settlement of the archipelago. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park headquarters are located here.

Charles Darwin Research Station and Puerto Ayora

Disembark in Academy Bay (dry landing) to visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, including tortoise celebrities like “Lonesome George” within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the great efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. Time is allowed to visit local shops and restaurants.

Duration: 1.5 hours in the station and 30 minutes walking, 1.5 km / from the station to the dock.
Wildlife: species of giant tortoises and land lizards.
Flora: candelabra cactus, Galapagos croton, thorn shrub, scalesia, White mangrove, black mangrove, red mangrove, poison apple, salt bush, prickly pear cactus
Main attraction: Giant tortoises in captivity .visit to the downtown.
Terrain: streets and paths in the Galapagos National Park
Physical condition: low

Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill)

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Dry landing and a walk that includes a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, including stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings, and more. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago. This area is a natural nesting site for land iguanas, constantly monitored and assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The arid-zone vegetation can be a rewarding location for bird watching, where Darwin’s finches, Galápagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galápagos flycatcher, and yellow warblers are regular sightings.

The name Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) stems from the fact that it was one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a healthy population of land iguanas were found in 1975. After landing at a pier, a hike takes to you to a salt water lagoon behind the beach, frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go swimming after the walk.

The Twins

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Wildlife: Tyrant flycatcher, large tree finch, woodpecker finch, warbler finch, small ground finch, large ground finch, medium ground finch, small tree finch, vegetarian finch.
Flora: Guayabillo, heart -leafed scalesia, red bush, thin leafed Darwin’s shrub.
Main attraction: volcanic crater, woodpecker finch and scalesia forest.
Terrain: path
Physical condition: medium

El Chato Reserve

Duration: 4 hours, we’ll take a bus for 45 minutes
Wildlife: Paint-billed crake, moorhen, cattled egred, Galapagos rail, white cheeked pintail duck, pied billed grebe, giant tortoise.
Flora: Galapagos croton, guayabillo, water fern, heart leafed scalesia, matazarno, Galapagos pisonia, glory bower.
Main attraction: ecologic reserve “Primicias” and “Tunel de lava” (lava tunnel)
Terrain: vegetation, flat
Physical condition: medium

Bahia Ballena (Whale bay)

2 hours
Wildlife: Galapagos hawk, small ground finch, medium ground finch, large ground finch, cactus finch, vegetarian finch, woodpecker finch.
Flora: Acacia, maytenus octogona, thorn shrub, matazarno, salt bush, yellow cordia, incense tree, Galapagos tomato
Main Attraction: beach with olivine crystals and pottery remains from the year 1846
Terrain: rocky
Physical condition: medium

Las Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island

Las Bachas Beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon, where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.

Duration: 2 hours
Wildlife: Greater flamingo ,magnificent frigate bird ,lava gull, marine iguana, lava lizard, white cheeked pintail duck, brown pelican, large ground finch, medium ground finch, green sea turtle.
Flora: maytenus octogona, scorpion weed, White mangrove, black mangrove, red mangrove, Galapagos carpetweed.
Main attraction: Green sea Turtles ´Favorite place to nest and leave their eggs.
Terrain: Coral sand beach
Physical exertion: low

SANTIAGO ISLAND

Its name is equivalent to Saint James in English; it is also known as San Salvador, after the first island discovered by Columbus in the Caribbean Sea. This is the fourth largest island in the archipelago, dominated by a volcanic dome, and surrounded by small cones. Vegetation is plentiful because of the humidity. It’s a place of great geological activity, including the recent flow of Pahoehoe Lava.

Area: 585 km 2
Maximum altitude: 907 meters
Volcanoes: 920 mt7feet 3018, last eruption 1890

Santiago Island Points of Interest

Buccaneer Cove

Enjoy a coastal exploration along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove. Learn about the history of Santiago Island, its relevance for the whalers, pirates and early researchers, including Darwin’s epic voyage in 1835, and the conservation projects aimed at eradicating feral species (a fence stretched along the rocky outcrop is visible to save native plants from the once existing enormous goat population). Today the island is free of feral goats, and the cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkeling too!

Puerto Egas

Puerto Egas (James Bay) is located on the northwest side of Santiago Island. The wet landing is on a black beach with eroded rock formations in the background. The trail crosses the dry interior, where the remains of a salt mining enterprise can still be seen, and then continues along the coast. Tidal pools are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. You will also see marine iguanas, finches, oyster catchers and possibly the Galapagos Hawk. The trail leads to the Fur Sea Lion Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where these unique animals can be seen.

Puerto Egas was only briefly inhabited in the 20th century in an attempt to commercialize salt from a deposit inside a tuff cone. Today, Puerto Egas is one of the most impressive coastal walks in Galápagos. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and there is also a colony of fur-sea lions which can be observed up-close.

After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish and maybe some turtles, rays and reef sharks.

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
Duration: 2 hours on walk .1 hour of snorkel
Wildlife: Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos hawk, marine iguana, Galapagos fur seals, Galapagos dove, woodpecker finch, small ground finch, cactus finch, large ground finch, medium ground finch
Flora: beach morning glory, thread leafed chaff flower, castela, yellow cordial, incense tree, Galapagos lantana, gray matplan, prickly pear cactus
Main attraction: caves and salt mines, sea lion colony
Terrain: beach and paths
Physical condition: medium

Sullivan Bay

Sullivan Bay is known for its spectacular volcanic formations, relatively young pahoehoe lava flows, and unique geological scenery. Sullivan’s relatively recent volcanic activity, few plants have been able to take root here, much less be successful, so pay particular  interest  to the low-lying pioneer plant known locally as  “mollugo” as well as the lava cactus. Dry landing on the area that had James’ latest volcanic activity in 1897.  Fantastic lava formations.  A good spot for snorkeling where pioneer marine species should be expected.

Difficulty level: Easy. The length of the path is approximately 1.5 km
Duration: 2 hours
Wildlife: Galapagos hawk, lava lizard, Galapagos penguins, small ground finch, medium ground finch, large ground finch, cactus finch
Flora: maytenus octogona , lava cactus, thorn shrub, White mangrove, mollugo, incense tree.
Main Attraction: lava fields
Terrain: lava and beach
Physical condition: medium

Espumilla Beach

The Espumilla Beach visitor site is on the northern coast of Santiago Island in James  Bay. This is a wet landing. The main attractions here are a Palo Santo forest, beach and the landscape. The Palo Santo forest at Espumilla has some of the tallest specimens of the species in the entire archipelago. Also look out for the Galapagos Hawk as well as Darwin’s finches. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.

Difficulty level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Wildlife: Greater flamingo, Galapagos hawk, tyrant flycatcher, Galapagos flycatcher, white cheeked pintail duck, vampire finch, small ground finch, cactus finch, medium ground finch, small tree finch, vegetarian finch, green sea turtle
Flora: Maytenus octogona, button mangrove, black mangrove, salt bush, incense tree.
Main attraction: Incense tree forest, the beach and the landscape
Terrain: Long walk around the yellow sand beach arriving towards the lagoon and the waterfall
Physical condition: medium high

SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

South Plaza Island is named in honor of a former president of Ecuador, General Leonidas Plaza. South Plaza Island, although quite small, is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. An endemic plant, Sesuvium, inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator as its color is a greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, other kinds of sea birds as well as different types of finches.

Disembark (dry landing) in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where the island tilts toward the water, the approach makes for a lavishly colorful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange ‘Sally Lightfoot’ crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-gray land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

Duration: 2 hours
Wildlife: Great frigate bird, Magnificent frigate bird, swallow tailed gull ,lava gull, brown noddy, land iguana, Galapagos sea lions, red billed tropicbird, sally light foot crab
Flora: Galapagos carpetweed, castela, maytenus octogona, puncture weed, thorn shrub, grabowskia, Galapagos purslane, Gray matplan, prickly pear cactus
Main attraction: sea lions colonies and land iguanas
Terrain: Partly rocky
Physical condition: medium

Isla Lobos

Isla  Lobos  is  named  after  its  large  colony  of  sea  lions (also called “lobos”, or wolves in Spanish). Usually visitors may have close encounters with sea lion pups, especially while snorkeling. However, this small islet offers much more including blue footed boobies, frigates and even a glimpse at the second type of sea lion species found in Galapagos: the Fur Sea Lion.
Difficulty level: Easy

 

Mosquera Islet

This tiny islet is actually home to a huge population of sea lions and is also home to many shorebirds. While at Mosquera, keep your eyes peeled as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas.
Difficulty level: Easy

 

Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat)

Sombrero Chino is a small islet near the southeastern coast of Santiago Island. Its name translated to English means ‘Chinese Hat’; a name that makes perfect sense as soon as you take a look at its unique shape. There are various interesting geological  formations  which  make this island a great visit  for  scenic  photos,  but there are also various marine species to observe such as very colorful sally light foot crab and sea  lions. Keep an eye out for different species of Darwin’s finches as well.
Difficulty level: Easy

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site is a place (such as forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance.

 

BELIZE
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System – 2009

CANADA
Historic District of Old Québec – 1985

COLOMBIA
Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena – 1984

GREECE
Acropolis, Athens – 1987
Archaeological Site of Delphi – 1987
Medieval City of Rhodes – 1988
Archaeological Site of Olympia – 1989
Delos – 1990
Old Town of Corfu – 2007

GUATAMALA
Tikal National Park – 1979

ECUADOR
Historic Centre of San Francisco de Quito — 1978
Galápagos Islands National Park — 1978, 2001
Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca — 1999

MALTA
City of Valletta – 1980
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum – 1980
Megalithic Temples of Malta – 1980

PERU
City of Cusco – 1983
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – 1983
Chavin (Archaeological Site) -1985
Chan Chan Archaeological Zone – 1986
Historic Centre of Lima – 1988
Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana – 1994
Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa – 2000

TURKEY
Historic Areas of Istanbul – 1985
Hierapolis-Pamukkale – 1988
Xanthos-Letoon – 1988
City of Safranbolu – 1994
Archaeological Site of Troy – 1998
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex – 2011