Solo travellers save when booking a true adventure experience with Sea Voyager Expeditions – paying the same per person price for those booking as a couple. The company, launching in August, is offering this no supplement programme for those booking any 2012 or 2013 sailing by Oct. 31, 2012. The relaxed and informal nature of the sailings and ship make it easy for singles to meet other guests, share meals and get to know each other on the varied excursions and activities. Special single fares for the seven- to 12-night sailings range from $US3,950 to $7,450 (vs. the singles brochure rate of $6,350 to $8,950). Offers are capacity controlled and based on stateroom availability.
The new cruise line sets itself apart from competitors by focusing attention on four of the world’s most fauna- and wildlife-rich countries – Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador – visiting secluded bays, untouched wilderness, rarely visited small villages and Indigenous peoples. Nearly all of the itineraries transit the Panama Canal – truly a unique experience from the perspective of a small ship. Rounding out the unique exploration opportunities is the included onboard and shore-based education provided by the five expedition guides and naturalists aboard every voyage. These experts offer insight into a wide array of fascinating topics, including local culture, history, wildlife, geology and climate. Included are all meals, pre-post hotels, shore tours, admission to museums and parks, tax and port fees, and transfers when the SVE air programme is used.
Itineraries choices include:
- Eight-night "Caribbean Parks & Islands of Colombia & Panamá" which focuses on the Panamá Canal transit, the San Blas Islands, and the rainforests, clear waters and exotic wildlife of Columbia’s rarely visited coast;
- 12-night "Pacific Wilds of Ecuador, Colombia & Panama" and its similar reverse sailing, "Last Frontier of Panama Colombia & Ecuador " visiting Colombia’s Malaga Bay and Gorgona Island NP and giving guests the chance to hike Panama’s Darien Jungle and Ecuador’s Cayapas-Mataje Ecological Reserve;
- Eight-night "Unspoiled Pacific of Panama & Costa Rica" where highlights include Las Perlas Islands, Coiba Island – the world’s third largest marine park — and Osa Peninsula, named by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense place on Earth";
- Eight-night "Treasures of Costa Rica & Panama," where guests explore the Secas Islands with hikes, by Zodiac and kayak, and snorkel the secluded bays, Marenco Biological Reserve with its monkeys, toucans, parrots, manta rays, dolphins and other exotic wildlife, and Panama’s Darien Jungle with a visit to the local Emberá village.
Sea Voyager Expeditions understands that every passenger goes at his or her own speed and enjoys different interests. So the line’s flexible and low-key approach to touring allows guests to participate as much or as little as they wish – hiking the near-virgin forest trails one day, relaxing in the warm waters of a secluded beach, kayaking the calm waters of a hidden bay the next or just going for a leisurely swim off the back platform of the ship. The friendly international crew ensures the onboard comfort and needs of the guests are met. Meals are prepared by talented chefs making use of local ingredients, freshly caught seafood and, of course, locally grown coffee.
M/V Sea Voyager is a versatile expedition ship designed for the tropics. Its 60-passenger capacity allows for easy on/off access, a more personal experience, and close to nature feel. All cabins are air-conditioned with outside views through panoramic windows, ample storage, and private bath. The ship has a roomy lounge with large windows, bar, fitness room, library with WiFi, massage room, dining room with 2-12 guests per table, buffet, deck space, fore, aft and covered decks, and a platform for getting on/off Zodiacs, kayaks, swimming and snorkelling.
The Sea Voyager Expeditions team is comprised of cruise industry professionals, many with more than 25 years of expedition travel experience. The company is committed to becoming the leader in tropical expeditions and preserving their unique destinations. Further information, reservations and brochures, both printed and downloadable, are available from The Cruise People, Ltd. – 1.800.961.5536 or firstname.lastname@example.org