Posted by: cruise2 | 25 June, 2012

New Expedition Company in the Costa Rica to Ecuador Range

by Kevin Griffin writing in

New expedition cruise company Sea Voyager Expeditions Ltd of Nassau, has announced that it will operate to a new cruising area – with ten different itineraries through Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Costa Rica. Guests will travel in the 1,195-ton expedition-style Sea Voyager, a ship that is perfect for exploring and has been completely renovated inside and out in the past year.

To avoid confusion, this is not the ship of the same name that is operated by International Shipping Partners and was used in relief work in Haiti, but the one that was built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in 1982 and operated originally for American Cruise Lines and later for Lindblad Expeditions.

Denise Landau, company president and ceo, was for many years executive director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). Sea Voyager Expeditions is backed by Colombia Ecoturismo, the ship’s long-time owner, whose own president is Capt Jorge Murillo, a one-time master of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises’ Amazing Grace, and by ceo David Hartman, a former director of Lindblad Expeditions.

Sea Voyager accommodates up to sixty travellers in thirty-one en suite outside staterooms. She also features a spacious lounge, full-service bar, dining room serving fresh produce, including locally-caught seafood, library with WiFi Internet access and fitness room with a view.

Sea Voyager’s new natural history voyages will offer a tapestry of tropical landscapes, birds and animals that are found nowhere else on earth, as well as native cultures opening their villages to new friends. Opportunities to explore from the sea floor to the rainforest canopy are possible, with guidance from a team of experts.

The company has recently published a 38-page brochure and updated its web site with further details.

Most of Sea Voyager’s itineraries are unavailable through any other operator. Passengers visit quiet, remote, uninhabited coves and offshore villages, and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rainforest and ecosystems that teem with wildlife, many species of birds and plants, native monkeys and whales.

Most of Sea Voyager’s itineraries also include a journey along the Panama Canal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, or a tour of the locks, and arrangements can be made to visit post cruise to spend more time in this fascinating area.

Depending on the itinerary, expeditions are accompanied by ornithologists, marine underwater specialists, naturalists and/or historians, who add their own knowledge to guided walks along rainforest trails, snorkelling expeditions, lectures and briefings. Guests can also choose from swimming and kayaking to hiking, or exploring bays and rivers by Zodiac inflatable, or just relax on board or on one of the many tropical beach locations these cruises visit.

Panama alone has about 10,000 varieties of plants, 1,500 species of trees and more than 1,000 species of birds. From mangrove forest to coral reefs as well as offshore islands there is much to see.

Voyages begin in August 2012 and range from 9 to 13 days in length. Bookings bring savings of $1,000 per couple if made before the end of October, with prices starting at $2,850 per person for the 7-night “Caribbean Gems of Panama & Colombia” departure in May 2013, and the 8-night “Mountains, Deserts & Corals of Caribbean Colombia” cruise departing in May, June and July 2013.

As with other expedition and adventure type voyages, shore excursions and expedition landings are included in the fare.


  1. Excited about these new sailings, areas that are not explored much. I have sailed the Sea Voyager when it was run in Costa Rica by Lindblad Expeditions, a very nice ship, perfect for this area of the world.

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