Ecoventura Announces 2012 Galapagos Itineraries Adhering to New Touring Regulations Stipulated by Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve
Fall 2011 and 2012 Early Bird Booking Promotions
Include Discounted 14-Day Combination Nature Cruise and Live-Aboard Dive Itinerary
MIAMI, April 4, 2011 – Ecoventura’s environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition vessels in the Galapagos will be undertaking two itineraries instead of just one as of early next year. Effective Jan. 29, 2012, this visionary small-ship travel company (Ecoventura) will offer two completely different, alternating week itineraries of seven nights each in accordance with Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve regulations to help reduce usage on heavily visited sites.
Previously, Ecoventura itineraries followed weekly departures utilizing its fleet of identical 20-passenger expedition yachts, the M/Y Eric, Flamingo & Letty, which have been retrofitted to create the most sustainable presence possible on the water.
“This new arrangement of two distinct 2012 itineraries, with Week A cruising the Southern/Central route and Week B exploring the Western/Northern route, will assist conservation efforts. We do anticipate that many clients will ask for both itineraries for an extended 14-day program that features virtually no duplication in sites visited,” said Doris Welsh, Ecoventura’s Director of Sales & Marketing.
Welsh went on to explain that passengers on Week A will visit Espanola, Floreana, Isabela, Santa Cruz, South Plaza, Bartolome and northern San Cristobal. Passengers on Week B will visit Tower, Bachas, North Seymour, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, Rabida, Santa Fe and Santa Cruz.
Passengers booking two consecutive weeks on the Eric, Flamingo or Letty receive a 5% discount applicable on any week (excluding holiday weeks). If the week is on another promotion, the greater of the two discounts will be applied. The 2012 7-night cruise rate starts at $3,550 per person, double occupancy.
Scuba diving enthusiasts who combine a week of live-aboard diving on Ecoventura’s M/V Galapagos Sky with a week of land tours on Eric, Flamingo and Letty receive a 10% discount when the two weeks are booked consecutively on select departures in January and February 2012. The 2012 7-night dive cruise rate on M/V Galapagos Sky starts at $4,795 per person, double occupancy through May 31 2012 (rates increase June 1 2012) including free NITROX and offers 16-18 dives and 2 land excursions per week.
Now through Jan. 22, 2012, will be the last time visitors to Galapagos can still experience both the Northern and Southern circuit Island highlights together in a 7-night itinerary under the existing comprehensive itinerary. During that time, Ecoventura is offering an Early Bird booking promotion offering a 5% discount on selected departures between Aug. 28 2011 and Jan. 22 2012.