Posted by: cruise2 | 7 March, 2012

Last-Minute Fares from US $1,450 for M.V Explorer’s 15-night May 2012 Enrichment Voyage to Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos (sailing from Ensenada to Puerto Caldera) Institute for Shipboard Education invites adventurers of all ages to explore six ports of call with an option to visit the Galapagos Islands on its upcoming Enrichment Voyage, “The Ancient Wonders of Ecuador, the Galápagos and Beyond.” The voyage, from May 4 to May 19, will explore both familiar and off-the-beaten-path destinations in Mexico, Central America, and South America on one of the world’s fastest passenger ships, m.v. Explorer. This unique learning opportunity offers adventurous port excursions combined with abundant onboard learning opportunities. Last-minute fares, including port charges of $280 per person, apply as follows:


Inside Cabins  -  $1,450 (£955) per person
Outside Cabins  -  $1,700 (£1,115) per person
Suites  -  $3,280 (£2,155) per person
Balconies  -  $3,680 (£2,420) per person

The May Enrichment Voyage departs Ensenada, Mexico (nearest airport: San Diego)  on May 4 and cruises to Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Puerto Quetzal, (Guatemala), Corinto (Nicaragua), Balboa (Panama) and Manta (Ecuador) before finally docking in Puntarenas-Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica (nearest airport: San José) on May 19. Participants can investigate the history, arts and culture of Central America and two ports in Ecuador before setting out on a field excursion to the diverse and unparalleled region of the Galápagos Islands. Galapagos add-ons from $1,999 for two nights on the island (hotel) option or $3,599 for 5 nights on the seagoing (m.v. Galapagos Legend) option – please ask for further details.

Enrichment Sessions aboard m.v. Explorer include discussions on oceanography, local music, biodiversity, cultural traditions and Spanish lessons. Participants enjoy the relaxed atmosphere aboard. Smaller and more intimate than traditional cruise ships, this well-appointed vessel has two dining rooms, a wellness centre, outdoor swimming pool, outdoor sports court, fitness centre, 9,000-volume library, computer lab and wireless Internet access.

The 24,318-ton m.v. Explorer was built in 2002 for Royal Olympic Cruises and now sails for Semester at Sea. Sponsored by the University of Virginia, she is managed by V.Ships of Monaco. A product of the famous Blohm & Voss shipyards in Germany, she is diesel-engined and capable of speeds of up to 28 knots. As well as university students and a huge library, Explorer carries a few hundred passengers on these Enrichment Voyages at very competitive rates.

Enrichment Voyages are travel to learn opportunities on Semester at Sea’s floating campus, Explorer, and are open to participants of all ages. Experience the history, culture, and arts of  Central America as well as Ecuador and the Galapagos with experts, and enjoy field excursions and opportunities unlike any other, with interactive lectures, workshops, and port briefings led by college professors and real experts (not shopping guides).

Book now for this spring to get the chance to travel to the Galapagos,and also visit Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador and Costa Rica in m.v. Explorer.

For further details please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or in Toronto at 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail

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