Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Small Expedition Yacht
Kimberley Quest II
31.10.2019
06.11.2019
6
Australia and NZ, Kimberley Fishing Expedition
Fare from € 4.090
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Travelroute
Day 1

Depart

A courtesy vehicle will pick you up from your accommodation in Broome at approximately 8am and transfer you to Broome airport for a light aircraft flight to join the Kimberley Quest II. Once on board we fish the Yampi Sound which is teeming with many species of pelagic fish including giant trevally, mackerel and queen fish. Your fishing expedition has begun!

Day 2

Secure Bay

Watch the incredible tidal movements throughout Secure Bay as we cruise through many spectacular whirlpools in search for barramundi. We then head towards the outer islands for your first taste of fishing for GT's, Trevally, Spanish Mackerel and other pelagic species.

Day 3

Collier Bay

Another action packed day filled with barramundi fishing! An array of snags, run-offs and rock bars present ideal conditions for big barra and a host of other species which will be lurking in these waters. See if you can join the metre club!

Day 4

Doubtful Bay

Fish the numerous inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive barramundi and threadfin salmon. Enjoy a cruise to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls before trying your luck at mud crabbing.

Day 5

Doubtful Bay

Day 6

Collier Bay

Jump in one of our tenders and let our guides show you one of our well kept 'secret spots' before an excursion in hunt for the salt water barramundi. Fishing an array of snags, run-offs and rock bars presents ideal conditions for big barra and a host of other species which will be lurking in these waters. This is your last chance to catch a barra!

Day 7

Broome

Disembarkation.
After breakfast and a quick pelagic fish you will disembark the Kimberley Quest II for your light aircraft flight back to Broome.

Overview

Kimberley Fishing Expedition

Offering some of the best fishing in the world, spectacular scenery and perfect weather the Kimberley is undoubtedly a very special place. Isolated and remote, this true wilderness country encompasses rugged gorges, towering sandstone escarpments, meandering river systems and immense estuaries. The waters are teeming with many species of fish including Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark Bream, salmon, giant Trevally and more. We take a maximum of 12 guests on our fishing expeditions to ensure that there is plenty of space in our tenders which are driven by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who will use their experience to help you land the ‘big ones’!

Our guides will show you our secret spots where we work the numerous rock bars, snags and run-offs and fish from dawn till dusk!

Highlights

Fish with experienced and extremely knowledgeable local guides visiting many secret spots in the Kimberley • Smaller group numbers on our fishing expeditions mean only 3 people fishing from each tender vessel • The highest quality fishing gear and equipment is provided • Fish for Barramundi, Threadfin Salmon, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Trevally, Mackerel, Tuna and much more • Experience the spectacular scenery of the rugged Kimberley as the backdrop for your fishing adventure • For those wanting to experience more than just fishing there are several opportunities to explore ancient rock art and enjoy a refreshing swim in fresh water holes

Heli Fishing

Heli fishing is available at an additional cost. Note this must be arranged with the office prior to departure.

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Ship information

Kimberley Quest II

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 24 metres
Passenger Capacity: 18
Built: 2005

The Kimberley Quest II has been designed for relaxing and exploring the Kimberley coastline in complete comfort and style.
This custom-built vessel is fully air-conditioned, equipped with a helipad, spa, large en-suited cabins and offers indoor and outdoor alfresco areas so there will always be plenty of room to take in the panoramic scenery and breathtaking sunsets. Whilst on board take advantage of the extensive library, including a fantastic array of Kimberley reference books and general interest novels, otherwise sit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and learn more about the Kimberley outback.
Accommodating just 18 passengers and 6 crew, your holiday of a lifetime can be enjoyed with fellow travellers in luxurious and intimate surrounds. You have the choice of 9 cabins from deluxe twin, double, superior and the exclusive fly bridge. All cabins feature private en-suites, individual air-conditioning, viewing windows, mini-refrigerators and are serviced daily by your hostess.
Carrying three excursion tenders, days are filled with a myriad of activities both on and off land, exploring the spectacular region with your very own local guide who has extensive knowledge of the Kimberley coastline. During your cruise you are free to do as much or as little as you wish and can be sure that your Kimberley Cruise with us will exceed your expectations!

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Small Ship Cruise
American Constitution
04.11.2019
14.11.2019
10
North America, American Revolution Cruise
Fare from € 4.410
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Travelroute
Day 1

Baltimore, MD

Start your journey in Baltimore, a great maritime city, alive with excitement, colonial history and a busy harbour scene. Explore its history aboard the decks of legendary ships and on the cobblestone streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor. Cruise past Fort McHenry, where the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key‘s " Star-Spangled Banner" was fought.

Day 2

Norfolk, VA

Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived on American shores. Today, the city embraces its colourful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes and the Norfolk Naval Station.

Day 3

Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th century capital of Britain's largest empire outpost in the New World. Once the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony, today it is the world's premier living history site. Led by our expert guide, stroll along its narrow streets and listen for unique native accents nearly unchanged since the days of the first English Colonists.

Day 4

Yorktown, VA

Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown make up what is known as the "Historic Triangle." Explore the port of Yorktown which was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution. Travel back in time at Jamestown Settlement, a museum about 17th century American history which tells the story of America's first permanent English colony settled in 1607.

Day 5

Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC is our nation’s capital located on the Potomac River, and bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is characterized by neoclassic monuments and iconic buildings including the U.S. Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It is also home to the Smithsonian Museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.

Day 6

Mount Vernon, VA

Mount Vernon is an American landmark and an enduring tribute to our nation’s first President. Originally a one and one-half story house built by his father in 1735, President Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the home to create the magnificent 21-room residence we see today. George Washington personally supervised each renovation and advised on design, construction, decoration, and landscaping—even during the Revolutionary War.

Day 7

Cambridge, MD

Cambridge is an authentic Chesapeake town known for its rich history, beautiful buildings, and vibrant arts scene. Sail on an authentic skipjack or visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and see the diverse wildlife and shorebirds that inhabit the area. End your day with a special tea party hosted in the historic LaGrange Plantation.

Day 8

St. Michaels, MD

Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. Dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, once a famed shipbuilding village, the quiet enchantment, exciting past and romantic atmosphere of this restored town will give you a glimpse of what life was like in the 1800's.

Day 9

Annapolis, MD

The state capital of Maryland, Annapolis was founded in 1649, served briefly as the nation's capital in 1783 and boasts more 18th century brick buildings than any other city in the country. Travel through the charming historic streets of the 1690s, while your guide introduces you to 350 years of Annapolis' living history, architecture, and folklore. Along the way, you will see and hear about three homes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Day 10

Chestertown, MD

With a colonial history dating back to the 17th century, Chestertown, Maryland is proud of its maritime heritage, serving as a major port of entry during colonial times. Today, sailing ships can still be seen coming into port. Visit the Schooner Sultana, an exact replica of an 18th-century ship that served in the British Royal Navy, now operating as an educational vessel. Every Memorial Day, the city hosts The Chestertown Tea Party Festival, which celebrates colonial resistance to British rule, proudly tossing the British tea overboard.

Day 11

Baltimore, MD

Your historic journey ends where it began, in the vibrant city of Baltimore.

Additional charges: Port Taxes and Fees: € 275,- pp

Overview

American Revolution Cruise

Travel back to the dawn of America, on our brand new 11-day American Revolution cruise. Explore the quaint towns and historic cities that have shaped our nation, including Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum with period specific tradespeople, shopkeepers, and political figures. Step onto the last battlefield of the Revolutionary War in Yorktown, and travel to Jamestown, the site of the first English settlement in the New World. Explore our Nation’s capital and view the Smithsonian exhibitions as well as the many historic monuments, before visiting Mount Vernon, George Washington’s iconic 18th century home. In Annapolis, take a guided city tour, and visit the historic homes of those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Onboard and onshore, Revolutionary War experts, authors, and reenactors join us to bring our nation’s history to life.

Highlights

Ports of Call: Baltimore, Norfolk, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Washington, Mount Vernon, Cambridge, St Michaels, Annapolis, Chestertown • On this historic 11- day cruise along the Chesapeake Bay, explore monumental battlefields, authentic colonial homes, and charming seaside villages • Along the way, travel in pure comfort on board the brand new American Constitution and enjoy the scenic passing landscapes from your private fully-furnished balcony

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Ship information

American Constitution

Vessel Type: Coastal Cruise Ship
Passenger Capacity: 175
Built: 2017/2018
The newly-announced American Constitution is scheduled to begin cruising the East Coast in spring of 2018. With a capacity of 175 passengers, the American Constitution will feature the latest in technology, modern design, and sophisticated décor. The American Constitution will also feature large well-appointed staterooms with private balconies, as well as a variety of spacious lounges.
Finely Appointed Staterooms
Our staterooms are the most spacious in the small ship cruising industry. All range between 200 and 450 square feet in size, and feature full-sized bathrooms and modern amenities. After an invigorating day, your spacious stateroom is a comfortable haven and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery from your large opening picture window or from your private balcony.
American Constitution Amenities and Features:
Complimentary Wi-Fi, Elevator access to all decks of the ship, Many lounges offer an atmosphere for every mood, Grand dining room accommodates all guests together, Exercise room with the latest equipment, Satellite tv and dvd player in all staterooms, Spacious staterooms are the largest on any cruise ship, Hotel-size private bathrooms with a full set of amenities, Private balconies, Sliding glass balcony doors offer panoramic views, Twice daily stateroom service, Putting green on the top deck, Laundry facilities, Individual climate control, Evening entertainment focuses on music and history, Brand new ship, Breakfast room service, All American crew, Complimentary cocktail hour each evening, Onboard historians and naturalists, Culinary program featuring locally sourced ingredients, Personalized service, Open picture window

 

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Small Expedition Yacht
Tip Top IV
13.11.2019
26.11.2019
13
Latin America, Pacific and Oceania, 14 Day Natural History Galapagos Experience
Fare from € 6.620
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Travelroute
Day 1

Arrive in Quito

The trip begins in Quito, Ecuador. On arrival, you will be transferred directly to the Hotel Mercure Alameda where we will spend the night. We think very highly of the Hotel Mercure Alameda. It is said that, of the finer hotels in Quito, they have the most personal service. Our experiences strongly support this impression. Meals on your own.

Day 2

Quito

Today is a free day in the High Andes city of Quito, with a spectacular old town district that is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Nearby sightseeing possibilities include Indian markets, the Equatorial Monument, tropical cloud forests, the Amazon Basin, and active volcanoes. A wide range of half-day, full-day and multi-day expeditions are available. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight Quito; Hotel Mercure Alameda.

Day 3

Baltra & North Seymour

A morning flight will take you from the High Andes, to another world; the Galapagos Islands. On arrival in Galapagos we will immediately transfer to the yacht waiting at the nearby harbour. This afternoon we will begin our program of shore excursions with a visit to the island of North Seymour. In addition to being a major nesting area for the blue-footed booby, North Seymour is home to the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galápagos. Both marine and land iguanas are found in good numbers here, and sea lions often surf the rocky shore break.

Day 4

Tower

Located in the northeast portion of the Galápagos, Tower is an outpost for many sea birds (as is Española to the south - perhaps this is why they are our two favourite islands). Depending on conditions we often will have a chance to snorkel and kayak within the bay. • Darwin Bay is an anchorage within a caldera, with surrounding cliffs forming the inner portion of the rim. Along the small beach there is a forest of salt bush where adjacent colonies of great frigate birds and red-footed boobies nest. There are two endemic gull species found in Galápagos; lava gulls and swallow-tailed gulls – both frequently nest here. • A visit to Prince Philip’s Steps begins with a Panga Ride along the cliffs, watching for red-billed tropicbirds and the occasional fur seal, while squadrons of frigate birds fly overhead in their endless piratical pursuits. On shore dwarf Palo Santo trees are home to a colony of red-footed boobies, while Nazca Boobies nest below on the ground. Along the lava fields storm petrels fly overhead in great numbers, while short-eared owls hunt for them among the lava cracks.

Day 5

Santiago

James Bay/Puerto Egas is home to Fur Seal Grotto - not only a beautiful site, but this is your only chance to get close to the endemic fur seals. Some of the best tide-pooling is also here, drawing a wonderful variety of shorebirds and seabirds, with yellow-crowned night herons and American Oystercatchers being the most commonly seen. Inland you might have a chance to see painted locusts, grasshoppers, and possibly even the Galápagos snake. Galápagos hawks are also common on the inland trail. Santiago • Playa Espumilla is a golden sandy beach where sea turtles nest, and ghost crabs and wading birds abound. Beyond the mangroves that frame the beach lie saline lagoons; further in you can find some of the 10 finches that inhabit Santiago, along with the vermillion and broad-billed flycatchers. • A cruise past Buccaneer Cove shows where sailors cleaned ship, hunted meat from the abundant sea lions along the beach, and collected firewood and water. Impressive tuff cliffs frame the southern cove, while eroded cinder to the north has been carved by time into fanciful shapes.

Day 6

Isabela & Fernandia

The cold waters approaching Punta Vicente Roca offer some of the best opportunities for whales and dolphins, and maybe the chance to snorkel with a Mola mola. Fernandia• This is the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Punta Espinosa is a wonderful visitor site, with the largest colony of marine iguanas in the islands, in addition to flightless cormorants, Galápagos Penguins, herons and Galápagos Hawks. This is often the best place to see marine iguanas in the water as they feed on the barely submerged rocks along the shore.

Day 7

Isabela

Tagus Cove is a natural harbour featuring steep cliffs replete with graffiti from ship’s crews dating as far back as 1836 carved into the face. The cliffs are populated by marine iguanas, penguins, crabs, sea lions, and in the crevices outside the bay, Brown Noddy terns and the occasional Galápagos Martin. Ground and tree finches, hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and perhaps the woodpecker finch can be viewed along the way. • Elizabeth Bay is a mangrove inlet explored by zodiac, with an amazing concentration of green sea turtles and rays. The neighbouring Marielas Islets are home to the largest colony of Galápagos Penguins, with penguins often seen in the water at Elizabeth Bay.

Day 8

Isabela

Urbina Bay was the site of a dramatic volcanic uplift in 1954, where 4 miles of coastline suddenly rose nearly 15 feet, with the coastline driven three quarters of a mile farther out to sea. The marine remnants and giant coral heads are a stark reminder. Inland land iguanas, and an occasional tortoise, are often found here. Along the shore flightless cormorants and brown pelicans typically nest. We might have a chance to snorkel along the rocky bay. • Situated against a backdrop of 3 volcanos, Punta Moreno features views of Isabela’s Sierra Negra & Cerro Azul, and Fernandina’s Le Cumbre. The trail traverses sharp Pahoehoe lava to verdant interior and coastal brackish lagoons. You’ll find all 3 types of cactus colonizing this relatively recent lava flow. The shoreline features Blue-footed Boobies and nesting flightless cormorants while the lagoons are home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and flamingos feeding on abundant brine shrimp.

Day 9

Floreana

Punta Cormorant is one of the most interesting landings (on an olivine beach), with an emphasis on plant life and shore birds. A brackish lagoon is home to flamingos, pintail ducks, and commons stilts. Panga cruising and snorkelling at the offshore islet of Champion (where you might also get a glimpse of the endemic Charles Mockingbird on shore). • Post Office Bay is one the most historically famous island locations - be sure to bring a postcard or two ashore with you to "mail". • Black Beach & the Highlands - while not official park visitor sites, both are rewarding. Much of the early human history of the Galápagos, and especially the Wittmer family, played out in the highlands of Floreana. A visit to the highlands is also your only opportunity in the archipelago to search for the endemic medium tree finch. The seaside Wittmer hotel features an exhibit of early photographs of sailing expeditions and explorers to call on the island.

Day 10

Santa Cruz

A trip to the Highlands (by mini-bus) traverses all 7 vegetation zones of the Galápagos. In addition to two enormous pit craters, other volcanic formations include some of the largest known lava tunnels in the Galápagos. Not surprisingly, the lush highland vegetation is home to a variety of land birds, including vermillion flycatchers, Galápagos Flycatchers, woodpecker finches, dark-billed cuckoos, and Barn Owls. Tortoises are often seen in the wild here. • Puerto Ayora is the scientific heart of Galápagos, including the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and Galápagos National Park tortoise center, as well as the primary population center. This will be the only opportunity to see the rare Galapagos saddleback tortoises.

Day 11

Espanola

Punta Suarez is a paradise for birders, with waved albatross, Nazca Boobies, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos Hawks, Galápagos Doves, and also marine iguanas (the most colourful in the islands) all vying for center stage. • Gardner Bay is a tranquil white sandy beach known for sea lions, lava lizards, finches, yellow warblers, & Hood Mockingbirds, to name just a few. Gardner or Tortuga Rocks offer great snorkelling, as well as the occasional chance to kayak.

Day 12

San Cristóbal

This is the easternmost island in the archipelago (and also the provincial capital). • Punta Pitt is a coastal tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds, including blue-footed, Nazca & red-footed boobies (the only site where all 3 species might be seen together), frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and storm petrels. • Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone. One of the first places visited by Charles Darwin, the beautiful white coralline sand beach and lagoon are home to brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls, plus a variety of shore birds. Stroll the beach and you will soon realize that you are being watched by hundreds of shy ghost crabs. San Cristóbal is also home to the endemic Chatham Mockingbird. • Kicker Rock is a similarly eroded tuff cone, this time rising almost 500 feet from the ocean. The yacht will cruise around Kicker Rock as the sunlight plays off the contours of the cliffs and formation (complete with blue-footed boobies, Nazca Boobies, and frigate birds).

Day 13

Mosquera

This is a tiny islet, really more of a long, narrow sand spit, with a huge population of sea lions. Additional occupants include Sally Lightfoot Crabs and lava lizards, plus a wonderful variety of birdlife flying over. It makes a perfect "last landing" to reflect on the wonders of Galápagos experienced during your 11 days in the islands. • Baltra - A mid-morning departure will have us back in Quito this afternoon. On arrival (late afternoon) in Quito, we will be transferred directly to the Hotel Mercure Alameda where we will spend the night. We will have a group Farewell Dinner at one of the leading restaurants in Quito.

Day 14

Departure from Quito

Transfer to the airport today for your return flight home. Or, if you prefer, remain on in Ecuador for a few days exploring the High Andes, Amazon Basin, or tropical cloud forests…

Additional charges: Galápagos National Park Entrance Fee/Migration Card + Fuel Surcharge. From: € 410,- pp

Overview

14 Day Natural History Galapagos Experience

Galápagos Photography Tour
Our trips are different. This voyage spends 11 days in the Galapagos Islands. Out trips are the longest regularly available tours of the Galapagos.

‘’It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality than they are hurried from it’’, Charles Darwin, 1845

Our trips are educationally-oriented and are accompanied by a Tour Leader / Biologist in addition to a local Naturalist Guide. The tours are oriented to the passenger who wants to observe and learn as much as possible about the Galapagos – the animals and plants – on land and in the water.

The tours are also oriented to photographers (although you don’t have to be a photographer to get full value and enjoyment from our trips). We do offer some light photographic advice and, more important extensive, unique, and excellent photo opportunities.

Highlights

Maximize and get the most out of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure travel experience. Our Workshops provide an in-depth orientation to the islands beyond the scope of most “vacation- type” tours • Spend a longer time in the islands than most tour groups. We feel that 11 days is the minimum time necessary to see most of the important Visitor Sites (including the outer islands) and be assured of a maximum viewing opportunity of the significant plant and animal species. We include 3 days in the volcanically-active western islands, where we whale-watch, see penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises in the wild • In addition to the legally-required Naturalist Guide, we provide a Tour Leader/ Biologist who gives daily lectures on natural history. The Guide’s role is to escort people on shore, to provide some wildlife interpretation, and to make sure the rules of the National Park are enforced. Having a Tour Leader adds a serious educational orientation to the trip • Our two daily island visits are longer (2-4 hours each) than most tours. We also go on shore earlier in the day (typically landing between 6 and 7am. vs. 8am for most other vessels) to enhance viewing and photographic opportunities.

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Ship Overview

Tip Top IV

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 27 metres

Passenger Capacity: 16

Built / refurbished: 2006 / 2015

The 125 ft, steel-hulled, TIP TOP IV was built in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2006, and totally refurbished in 2015. The design includes all modern navigation instrumentation and safety features. She has a crew of 7 and carries just 16 passengers in 10 air-conditioned double cabins (4 on the bridge deck and 6 on the lower deck). All cabins feature 2 lower twin beds, which can also be modified to create a double bed if guests prefer. The interior is very spacious and attractive, and features a library/conference room, and a spacious dining room. There are extensive outside viewing (both sun and shade) areas. Twin diesels give her a cruising speed of 12 knots. Shore landings are made via twin 17-foot inflatable zodiacs. Special equipment on board includes basic snorkelling gear to loan as well as kayaks.

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Sublime Yachting
SeaDream II
23.11.2019
30.11.2019
7
Caribbean, Luxury Caribbean: Wine Voyage from Marigot to San Juan
Fare from € 2.428
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Travelroute
Day 1

Marigot

Marigot is the main town and capital on the French side of Saint Martin. The city of Marigot is perhaps the most French in spirit of all the cities in the Caribbean. Colonial houses stand beside cafés and bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and in many ways, it looks just like any of the French market towns you might expect to find in Europe. At the southern end of town by the harbour is Marina Port la Royale. This area includes elegant stores with the latest in European designer fashion and fine jewellery, all duty and tax-free. The entire city is only four streets wide, so it is very easy to get around. Marigot was named the capital during the reign of King Louis XVI, who built Fort St. Louis on a hill near Marigot Bay. Today, that building is the most important in the city. SeaDream anchors off Marigot and offers several yachting land adventures as well as the possibility to play with the toys at the marina.

Day 2

From Sandy Ground to Gustavia

Sandy Ground: this British Overseas Territory is becoming more popular due to the incredible resort options as well as world recognized beaches and amazing golf. SeaDream offers an opportunity to tee off, swim with dolphins or for the energetic, bike around the island with the Captain or Club Director. Naturally, we will also offer water sports while we are anchored off Sandy Ground.
Gustavia: perhaps our most treasured destination in the Caribbean! This small island belonging to the French West Indies has so much to offer our SeaDream guests. Incredible shopping only steps away from the pier. Incredible beaches, resorts, restaurants and activities both day and night. SeaDream has created various land adventures for you to discover the island from sea or land. Ask one of the officers to take you on a hike or bike ride around the island. Another great activity here is to simply relax and watch all of the incredible yachts arriving and departing just off your SeaDream yacht.

Day 3

Gustavia

Day 4

Charlestown, Nevis

Nevis is one of our favorite islands, and we encourage you to explore Nevis beyond the small town to make the most of your visit! We offer several excellent and varied options for you to do so and still leave you with plenty of time on your own for the beach. Less commercial and laidback than its large neighbor St. Kitts, Nevis, at first glimpse, offers a stunning approach with dramatic views of the potentially active volcanic Nevis Peak (3,232 feet/985 meters). Your SeaDream tender will bring you within a few steps of the small town center. Charlestown does not offer too many sightseeing or shopping opportunities though the house where American statesman Alexander Hamilton was born is only a short walk away along the waterfront (now the Museum of Nevis History). To enjoy Nevis to its full potential, we recommend that you divide your day into Morning, Lunch/Afternoon and Evening activities. Morning - Start your day by exploring the island, above or under water, on one of our fun optional Land Adventures. They are all enjoyable & exciting, and you will also support the local community. The Four Seasons Resort still offers incredible golf options as well as beautiful beach and dining facilities. Another option for lunch could be at Coconut Grove (less than ten minutes from Charlestown by taxi). Make sure to ask Gary, the owner, to show you his extensive wine & champagne cellar! Evening - For a romantic sunset with cocktails and a snack or dinner, we like to take the short drive to see Gillian, the owner of the charming Bananas Restaurant, which offers lovely views surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Of course, there is also Sunshine's Beach Bar & Grill, home of the famous "Killer Bee" Caribbean rum drink. We hope that the above recommendations allow you to plan your special day on Nevis. Now, all you have to do is to decide which of the optional morning activities to join.

Day 5

From Charlestown, Nevis to South Friar's Bay

South Friar's Bay offers SeaDream guests a new way to explore the island of St. Kitts. Rather than docking at the capital, the yacht will be anchored in the bay. This particular bay is one of the two bays stretching along the coast of the isthmus connecting the Southeast Peninsula, with the rest of the island of Saint Kitts. From swimming and snorkeling on the south side to body surfing on the north, Friar's Bay offers guests several options. Many locals consider the southern beach the best on the island. If you are thirsty, no worries as there are multiple beach bars, offering various food and beverage options. The island itself offers several land adventure options including the Unesco Awarded Brimstone Fortress, Zip Lines, off road adventures and golf at the Royal St. Kitts.

Day 6

North Sound, Virgin Gorda

Nearly every publication written about Virgin Gorda lists “The Baths” –as a must see! SeaDream generally arrives early and anchor’s off Spanish Town to give guests an early start to view the Baths before all of the tourists arrive from the neighboring Islands. You may also consider excellent Scuba Diving options or an opportunity to swim with dolphins. After our short “technical stop” to dispatch land adventures and clearance with the officials, SeaDream navigates scenically up the coast and arrives at North Sound to anchor just off the Bitter End Yacht Club. Here we offer water sports, land adventures, hiking options with the officers and tenders to the Bitter End!

Day 7

From North Sound, Virgin Gorda to White Bay, Jost van Dyke

The BVI’s barefoot island and home of the "Painkiller" drink. Population depends on the month – typically 250-300. This is another SeaDream destination where you may be served Champagne and Caviar in the surf followed by a beach barbecue lunch. A hike is always offered to guests to visit the famous Foxy’s Bar at Great Harbour (hopefully, the boutique is open) or you can stroll a few meters down the beach to the Soggy Dollar Bar. Snorkeling equipment is provided as well as some of our water toys!

Day 8

San Juan

Disembarkation.
San Juan, founded in the 1520’s by Spanish settlers, is both the largest city and the capital city of Puerto Rico. A territory of the Unites States, Puerto Rico is comprised of the large main island as well as five smaller islands, including the popular islands of Vieques and Culebra (both ports of call on select SeaDream voyages). SeaDream docks in Old San Juan, the oldest part of the city. Parts of this historic port city are still surrounded by stone walls dating back to the 1500’s. Narrow cobblestone streets, small shops, and points of interest like Cathedral of San Juan Bautista make this charming city a great place to stroll. Guests sailing into or departing from San Juan will enjoy views of Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, a mid- 1700’s Spanish fortress. San Juan Luiz Munoz Marin Airport is approximately a 30-minute drive to the port in Old San Juan. Currency in Puerto Rico is USD.

Overview

Luxury Caribbean: Wine Voyage from Marigot to San Juan

SeaDream sails to some of the most wonderful and memorable Caribbean ports. With a small ship size, we are able to access some of the more intimate, less-travelled ports. Jost Van Dyke, for example, in the British Virgin Islands serves as frequent home to our Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™ beach party, planned on most of our Caribbean voyages. Charlottesville, Tobago is another less-travelled destination, with an open beach and the local Pirate’s Bay to explore.

Travel to a number of beautiful ports, exploring the best that the Caribbean has to offer. Whether it’s the gorgeous South Friar’s Bay, an intimate port in St. Kitts, or the equally popular Low Bay, Barbuda you’ll be able to enjoy every stop along your luxury Caribbean voyage.

Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling &amp; Service fees: € 347,- per guest INCLUDED

Wineries
Immerse yourself in wonderful flavours with a SeaDream wine tasting cruise, you can expand or even begin your knowledge through the intricate world of wine. Days are filled with wine tastings and lectures about some of the finest wine in the world. Learn and experience the history of the vintage wineries and taste a selected range of their portfolio.

Please Note: More Caribbean voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

SeaDream I & II

Vessel Type: Yacht
Length: 104.8 m
Passenger Capacity: 112

Named "Best Small Luxury Cruise Ship of 2015" in ForbesLife, twin mega-yachts SeaDream I & II are intimate boutique ships that provide a unique travelling experience unlike any other cruise vacation. The expression "yachting" is not only a statement about size; it's a lifestyle aboard our intimate vessels with the service of 95 crew members and 112 guests that make each guest feel like they are on their very own private luxury yacht. Chic and stylish, SeaDream's 56-stateroom yachts are favoured for its elegant informality, highly personal service, inclusive open bar and gratuities, all ocean views staterooms and suites, luxury accommodations and world-class cuisine.

Highly Personalized, Award-Winning Service

SeaDream’s award-winning 5-star service is second to none. From the moment you are welcomed aboard by the Captain, it feels as if you are being welcomed onto your own private luxury yacht. With a maximum of 112 guests and an award-winning crew of 95, the crew to guest ratio provides each guest with SeaDream’s incomparable style and expert attention to detail. The service aboard either of SeaDream’s twin mega-yachts is comfortably transparent, like the way the bartender knows your name and what you would like to drink, or how the waiter knows how to surprise you with your favourite dessert. Your crew is passionate about delivering highly personalized and anticipatory service. Once you experience SeaDream’s inimitable service, you will be, “Splendidly Spoiled” and you may never want to go on a cruise ship again.

Some of the highlights aboard the SeaDream I & II:

Watersports Marina Platform • SeaDream Spa & Salon • The social heart of the yacht: Top of the Yacht Bar • Balinese Dream Beds • Stylish decorated Staterooms & Suites • A Gastronomical Yacht Experience; excellent gourmet dishes presented by expert chefs and sommeliers to experience a tasting adventure of wining & dining - Bon Appétit! • Pool Deck • Casino, Piano Bar & Library • Yoga, Fitness Center & Golf Simulator • Boutique

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Booking
Sublime Yachting
SeaDream II
14.12.2019
21.12.2019
7
Caribbean, Luxury Caribbean: Wine Voyage from San Juan to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Fare from € 2.666
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Travelroute
Day 1

San Juan

San Juan, founded in the 1520’s by Spanish settlers, is both the largest city and the capital city of Puerto Rico. A territory of the Unites States, Puerto Rico is comprised of the large main island as well as five smaller islands, including the popular islands of Vieques and Culebra (both ports of call on select SeaDream voyages). SeaDream docks in Old San Juan, the oldest part of the city. Parts of this historic port city are still surrounded by stone walls dating back to the 1500’s. Narrow cobblestone streets, small shops, and points of interest like Cathedral of San Juan Bautista make this charming city a great place to stroll. Guests sailing into or departing from San Juan will enjoy views of Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, a mid- 1700’s Spanish fortress. San Juan Luiz Munoz Marin Airport is approximately a 30-minute drive to the port in Old San Juan. Currency in Puerto Rico is USD.

Day 2

From North Sound, Virgin Gorda to White Bay, Jost van Dyke

North Sound, Virgin Gorda: nearly every publication written about Virgin Gorda lists “The Baths” –as a must see! SeaDream generally arrives early and anchor’s off Spanish Town to give guests an early start to view the Baths before all of the tourists arrive from the neighbouring Islands. You may also consider excellent Scuba Diving options or an opportunity to swim with dolphins. After our short “technical stop” to dispatch land adventures and clearance with the officials, SeaDream navigates scenically up the coast and arrives at North Sound to anchor just off the Bitter End Yacht Club. Here we offer water sports, land adventures, hiking options with the officers and tenders to the Bitter End!
White Bay, Jost van Dyke: the BVI’s barefoot island and home of the "Painkiller" drink. Population depends on the month – typically 250-300. This is another SeaDream destination where you may be served Champagne and Caviar in the surf followed by a beach barbecue lunch. A hike is always offered to guests to visit the famous Foxy’s Bar at Great Harbour (hopefully, the boutique is open) or you can stroll a few meters down the beach to the Soggy Dollar Bar. Snorkeling equipment is provided as well as some of our water toys!

Day 3

White Bay, Jost van Dyke

Day 4

From Sandy Ground to Gustavia

Sandy Ground: this British Overseas Territory is becoming more popular due to the incredible resort options as well as world recognized beaches and amazing golf. SeaDream offers an opportunity to tee off, swim with dolphins or for the energetic, bike around the island with the Captain or Club Director. Naturally, we will also offer water sports while we are anchored off Sandy Ground.
Gustavia: perhaps our most treasured destination in the Caribbean! This small island belonging to the French West Indies has so much to offer our SeaDream guests. Incredible shopping only steps away from the pier. Incredible beaches, resorts, restaurants and activities both day and night. SeaDream has created various land adventures for you to discover the island from sea or land. Ask one of the officers to take you on a hike or bike ride around the island. Another great activity here is to simply relax and watch all of the incredible yachts arriving and departing just off your SeaDream yacht.

Day 5

Gustavia

Day 6

Charlestown, Nevis

Nevis is one of our favorite islands, and we encourage you to explore Nevis beyond the small town to make the most of your visit! We offer several excellent and varied options for you to do so and still leave you with plenty of time on your own for the beach. Less commercial and laidback than its large neighbor St. Kitts, Nevis, at first glimpse, offers a stunning approach with dramatic views of the potentially active volcanic Nevis Peak (3,232 feet/985 meters). Your SeaDream tender will bring you within a few steps of the small town center. Charlestown does not offer too many sightseeing or shopping opportunities though the house where American statesman Alexander Hamilton was born is only a short walk away along the waterfront (now the Museum of Nevis History). To enjoy Nevis to its full potential, we recommend that you divide your day into Morning, Lunch/Afternoon and Evening activities. Morning - Start your day by exploring the island, above or under water, on one of our fun optional Land Adventures. They are all enjoyable & exciting, and you will also support the local community. The Four Seasons Resort still offers incredible golf options as well as beautiful beach and dining facilities. Another option for lunch could be at Coconut Grove (less than ten minutes from Charlestown by taxi). Make sure to ask Gary, the owner, to show you his extensive wine & champagne cellar! Evening - For a romantic sunset with cocktails and a snack or dinner, we like to take the short drive to see Gillian, the owner of the charming Bananas Restaurant, which offers lovely views surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Of course, there is also Sunshine's Beach Bar & Grill, home of the famous "Killer Bee" Caribbean rum drink. We hope that the above recommendations allow you to plan your special day on Nevis. Now, all you have to do is to decide which of the optional morning activities to join.

Day 7

From Charlestown, Nevis to South Friars Bay

South Friar's Bay offers SeaDream guests a new way to explore the island of St. Kitts. Rather than docking at the capital, the yacht will be anchored in the bay. This particular bay is one of the two bays stretching along the coast of the isthmus connecting the Southeast Peninsula, with the rest of the island of Saint Kitts. From swimming and snorkeling on the south side to body surfing on the north, Friar's Bay offers guests several options. Many locals consider the southern beach the best on the island. If you are thirsty, no worries as there are multiple beach bars, offering various food and beverage options. The island itself offers several land adventure options including the Unesco Awarded Brimstone Fortress, Zip Lines, off road adventures and golf at the Royal St. Kitts.

Day 8

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Disembarkation.
The capital and largest city in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It has two ports of call for cruise vessels, Havensight and Crown Bay. SeaDream yachts are almost always docked at Crown Bay which is very close to the airport. In the event the yachts call to the island as a port of call rather than an embarkation point, you will find the yacht anchored in the bay and tendering downtown. The island has tons of history, beautiful beaches, a fantastic golf course and incredible shopping options.
Please note: Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: € 327,- per guest

Overview

Luxury Caribbean: Wine Voyage from San Juan to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

SeaDream sails to some of the most wonderful and memorable Caribbean ports. With a small ship size, we are able to access some of the more intimate, less-travelled ports. Jost Van Dyke, for example, in the British Virgin Islands serves as frequent home to our Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™ beach party, planned on most of our Caribbean voyages. Charlottesville, Tobago is another less-travelled destination, with an open beach and the local Pirate’s Bay to explore.

Travel to a number of beautiful ports, exploring the best that the Caribbean has to offer. Whether it’s the gorgeous South Friar’s Bay, an intimate port in St. Kitts, or the equally popular Low Bay, Barbuda you’ll be able to enjoy every stop along your luxury Caribbean voyage.

Wineries
Immerse yourself in wonderful flavours with a SeaDream wine tasting cruise, you can expand or even begin your knowledge through the intricate world of wine. Days are filled with wine tastings and lectures about some of the finest wine in the world. Learn and experience the history of the vintage wineries and taste a selected range of their portfolio.

Please Note: More Caribbean voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

SeaDream I & II

Vessel Type: Yacht
Length: 104.8 m
Passenger Capacity: 112

Named "Best Small Luxury Cruise Ship of 2015" in ForbesLife, twin mega-yachts SeaDream I & II are intimate boutique ships that provide a unique travelling experience unlike any other cruise vacation. The expression "yachting" is not only a statement about size; it's a lifestyle aboard our intimate vessels with the service of 95 crew members and 112 guests that make each guest feel like they are on their very own private luxury yacht. Chic and stylish, SeaDream's 56-stateroom yachts are favoured for its elegant informality, highly personal service, inclusive open bar and gratuities, all ocean views staterooms and suites, luxury accommodations and world-class cuisine.

Highly Personalized, Award-Winning Service

SeaDream’s award-winning 5-star service is second to none. From the moment you are welcomed aboard by the Captain, it feels as if you are being welcomed onto your own private luxury yacht. With a maximum of 112 guests and an award-winning crew of 95, the crew to guest ratio provides each guest with SeaDream’s incomparable style and expert attention to detail. The service aboard either of SeaDream’s twin mega-yachts is comfortably transparent, like the way the bartender knows your name and what you would like to drink, or how the waiter knows how to surprise you with your favourite dessert. Your crew is passionate about delivering highly personalized and anticipatory service. Once you experience SeaDream’s inimitable service, you will be, “Splendidly Spoiled” and you may never want to go on a cruise ship again.

Some of the highlights aboard the SeaDream I & II:

Watersports Marina Platform • SeaDream Spa & Salon • The social heart of the yacht: Top of the Yacht Bar • Balinese Dream Beds • Stylish decorated Staterooms & Suites • A Gastronomical Yacht Experience; excellent gourmet dishes presented by expert chefs and sommeliers to experience a tasting adventure of wining & dining - Bon Appétit! • Pool Deck • Casino, Piano Bar & Library • Yoga, Fitness Center & Golf Simulator • Boutique

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Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Tip Top IV
18.12.2019
31.12.2019
13
Latin America, Pacific and Oceania, 14 Day Natural History Galapagos Experience
Fare from € 6.620
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Travelroute
Day 1

Arrive in Quito

The trip begins in Quito, Ecuador. On arrival, you will be transferred directly to the Hotel Mercure Alameda where we will spend the night. We think very highly of the Hotel Mercure Alameda. It is said that, of the finer hotels in Quito, they have the most personal service. Our experiences strongly support this impression. Meals on your own.

Day 2

Quito

Today is a free day in the High Andes city of Quito, with a spectacular old town district that is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Nearby sightseeing possibilities include Indian markets, the Equatorial Monument, tropical cloud forests, the Amazon Basin, and active volcanoes. A wide range of half-day, full-day and multi-day expeditions are available. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight Quito; Hotel Mercure Alameda.

Day 3

Baltra & North Seymour

A morning flight will take you from the High Andes, to another world; the Galapagos Islands. On arrival in Galapagos we will immediately transfer to the yacht waiting at the nearby harbour. This afternoon we will begin our program of shore excursions with a visit to the island of North Seymour. In addition to being a major nesting area for the blue-footed booby, North Seymour is home to the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galápagos. Both marine and land iguanas are found in good numbers here, and sea lions often surf the rocky shore break.

Day 4

Tower

Located in the northeast portion of the Galápagos, Tower is an outpost for many sea birds (as is Española to the south - perhaps this is why they are our two favourite islands). Depending on conditions we often will have a chance to snorkel and kayak within the bay. • Darwin Bay is an anchorage within a caldera, with surrounding cliffs forming the inner portion of the rim. Along the small beach there is a forest of salt bush where adjacent colonies of great frigate birds and red-footed boobies nest. There are two endemic gull species found in Galápagos; lava gulls and swallow-tailed gulls – both frequently nest here. • A visit to Prince Philip’s Steps begins with a Panga Ride along the cliffs, watching for red-billed tropicbirds and the occasional fur seal, while squadrons of frigate birds fly overhead in their endless piratical pursuits. On shore dwarf Palo Santo trees are home to a colony of red-footed boobies, while Nazca Boobies nest below on the ground. Along the lava fields storm petrels fly overhead in great numbers, while short-eared owls hunt for them among the lava cracks.

Day 5

Santiago

James Bay/Puerto Egas is home to Fur Seal Grotto - not only a beautiful site, but this is your only chance to get close to the endemic fur seals. Some of the best tide-pooling is also here, drawing a wonderful variety of shorebirds and seabirds, with yellow-crowned night herons and American Oystercatchers being the most commonly seen. Inland you might have a chance to see painted locusts, grasshoppers, and possibly even the Galápagos snake. Galápagos hawks are also common on the inland trail. Santiago • Playa Espumilla is a golden sandy beach where sea turtles nest, and ghost crabs and wading birds abound. Beyond the mangroves that frame the beach lie saline lagoons; further in you can find some of the 10 finches that inhabit Santiago, along with the vermillion and broad-billed flycatchers. • A cruise past Buccaneer Cove shows where sailors cleaned ship, hunted meat from the abundant sea lions along the beach, and collected firewood and water. Impressive tuff cliffs frame the southern cove, while eroded cinder to the north has been carved by time into fanciful shapes.

Day 6

Isabela & Fernandia

The cold waters approaching Punta Vicente Roca offer some of the best opportunities for whales and dolphins, and maybe the chance to snorkel with a Mola mola. Fernandia• This is the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Punta Espinosa is a wonderful visitor site, with the largest colony of marine iguanas in the islands, in addition to flightless cormorants, Galápagos Penguins, herons and Galápagos Hawks. This is often the best place to see marine iguanas in the water as they feed on the barely submerged rocks along the shore.

Day 7

Isabela

Tagus Cove is a natural harbour featuring steep cliffs replete with graffiti from ship’s crews dating as far back as 1836 carved into the face. The cliffs are populated by marine iguanas, penguins, crabs, sea lions, and in the crevices outside the bay, Brown Noddy terns and the occasional Galápagos Martin. Ground and tree finches, hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and perhaps the woodpecker finch can be viewed along the way. • Elizabeth Bay is a mangrove inlet explored by zodiac, with an amazing concentration of green sea turtles and rays. The neighbouring Marielas Islets are home to the largest colony of Galápagos Penguins, with penguins often seen in the water at Elizabeth Bay.

Day 8

Isabela

Urbina Bay was the site of a dramatic volcanic uplift in 1954, where 4 miles of coastline suddenly rose nearly 15 feet, with the coastline driven three quarters of a mile farther out to sea. The marine remnants and giant coral heads are a stark reminder. Inland land iguanas, and an occasional tortoise, are often found here. Along the shore flightless cormorants and brown pelicans typically nest. We might have a chance to snorkel along the rocky bay. • Situated against a backdrop of 3 volcanos, Punta Moreno features views of Isabela’s Sierra Negra & Cerro Azul, and Fernandina’s Le Cumbre. The trail traverses sharp Pahoehoe lava to verdant interior and coastal brackish lagoons. You’ll find all 3 types of cactus colonizing this relatively recent lava flow. The shoreline features Blue-footed Boobies and nesting flightless cormorants while the lagoons are home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and flamingos feeding on abundant brine shrimp.

Day 9

Floreana

Punta Cormorant is one of the most interesting landings (on an olivine beach), with an emphasis on plant life and shore birds. A brackish lagoon is home to flamingos, pintail ducks, and commons stilts. Panga cruising and snorkelling at the offshore islet of Champion (where you might also get a glimpse of the endemic Charles Mockingbird on shore). • Post Office Bay is one the most historically famous island locations - be sure to bring a postcard or two ashore with you to "mail". • Black Beach & the Highlands - while not official park visitor sites, both are rewarding. Much of the early human history of the Galápagos, and especially the Wittmer family, played out in the highlands of Floreana. A visit to the highlands is also your only opportunity in the archipelago to search for the endemic medium tree finch. The seaside Wittmer hotel features an exhibit of early photographs of sailing expeditions and explorers to call on the island.

Day 10

Santa Cruz

A trip to the Highlands (by mini-bus) traverses all 7 vegetation zones of the Galápagos. In addition to two enormous pit craters, other volcanic formations include some of the largest known lava tunnels in the Galápagos. Not surprisingly, the lush highland vegetation is home to a variety of land birds, including vermillion flycatchers, Galápagos Flycatchers, woodpecker finches, dark-billed cuckoos, and Barn Owls. Tortoises are often seen in the wild here. • Puerto Ayora is the scientific heart of Galápagos, including the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and Galápagos National Park tortoise center, as well as the primary population center. This will be the only opportunity to see the rare Galapagos saddleback tortoises.

Day 11

Espanola

Punta Suarez is a paradise for birders, with waved albatross, Nazca Boobies, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos Hawks, Galápagos Doves, and also marine iguanas (the most colourful in the islands) all vying for center stage. • Gardner Bay is a tranquil white sandy beach known for sea lions, lava lizards, finches, yellow warblers, & Hood Mockingbirds, to name just a few. Gardner or Tortuga Rocks offer great snorkelling, as well as the occasional chance to kayak.

Day 12

San Cristóbal

This is the easternmost island in the archipelago (and also the provincial capital). • Punta Pitt is a coastal tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds, including blue-footed, Nazca & red-footed boobies (the only site where all 3 species might be seen together), frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and storm petrels. • Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone. One of the first places visited by Charles Darwin, the beautiful white coralline sand beach and lagoon are home to brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls, plus a variety of shore birds. Stroll the beach and you will soon realize that you are being watched by hundreds of shy ghost crabs. San Cristóbal is also home to the endemic Chatham Mockingbird. • Kicker Rock is a similarly eroded tuff cone, this time rising almost 500 feet from the ocean. The yacht will cruise around Kicker Rock as the sunlight plays off the contours of the cliffs and formation (complete with blue-footed boobies, Nazca Boobies, and frigate birds).

Day 13

Mosquera

This is a tiny islet, really more of a long, narrow sand spit, with a huge population of sea lions. Additional occupants include Sally Lightfoot Crabs and lava lizards, plus a wonderful variety of birdlife flying over. It makes a perfect "last landing" to reflect on the wonders of Galápagos experienced during your 11 days in the islands. • Baltra - A mid-morning departure will have us back in Quito this afternoon. On arrival (late afternoon) in Quito, we will be transferred directly to the Hotel Mercure Alameda where we will spend the night. We will have a group Farewell Dinner at one of the leading restaurants in Quito.

Day 14

Departure from Quito

Transfer to the airport today for your return flight home. Or, if you prefer, remain on in Ecuador for a few days exploring the High Andes, Amazon Basin, or tropical cloud forests…

Additional charges: Galápagos National Park Entrance Fee/Migration Card + Fuel Surcharge. From: € 410,- pp

Overview

14 Day Natural History Galapagos Experience

Galápagos Photography Tour
Our trips are different. This voyage spends 11 days in the Galapagos Islands. Out trips are the longest regularly available tours of the Galapagos.

‘’It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality than they are hurried from it’’, Charles Darwin, 1845

Our trips are educationally-oriented and are accompanied by a Tour Leader / Biologist in addition to a local Naturalist Guide. The tours are oriented to the passenger who wants to observe and learn as much as possible about the Galapagos – the animals and plants – on land and in the water.

The tours are also oriented to photographers (although you don’t have to be a photographer to get full value and enjoyment from our trips). We do offer some light photographic advice and, more important extensive, unique, and excellent photo opportunities.

Highlights

Maximize and get the most out of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure travel experience. Our Workshops provide an in-depth orientation to the islands beyond the scope of most “vacation- type” tours • Spend a longer time in the islands than most tour groups. We feel that 11 days is the minimum time necessary to see most of the important Visitor Sites (including the outer islands) and be assured of a maximum viewing opportunity of the significant plant and animal species. We include 3 days in the volcanically-active western islands, where we whale-watch, see penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises in the wild • In addition to the legally-required Naturalist Guide, we provide a Tour Leader/ Biologist who gives daily lectures on natural history. The Guide’s role is to escort people on shore, to provide some wildlife interpretation, and to make sure the rules of the National Park are enforced. Having a Tour Leader adds a serious educational orientation to the trip • Our two daily island visits are longer (2-4 hours each) than most tours. We also go on shore earlier in the day (typically landing between 6 and 7am. vs. 8am for most other vessels) to enhance viewing and photographic opportunities.

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Ship Overview

Tip Top IV

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 27 metres

Passenger Capacity: 16

Built / refurbished: 2006 / 2015

The 125 ft, steel-hulled, TIP TOP IV was built in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2006, and totally refurbished in 2015. The design includes all modern navigation instrumentation and safety features. She has a crew of 7 and carries just 16 passengers in 10 air-conditioned double cabins (4 on the bridge deck and 6 on the lower deck). All cabins feature 2 lower twin beds, which can also be modified to create a double bed if guests prefer. The interior is very spacious and attractive, and features a library/conference room, and a spacious dining room. There are extensive outside viewing (both sun and shade) areas. Twin diesels give her a cruising speed of 12 knots. Shore landings are made via twin 17-foot inflatable zodiacs. Special equipment on board includes basic snorkelling gear to loan as well as kayaks.

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Small Ship Cruise
American Constitution
23.12.2019
02.01.2020
10
North America, American Revolution Cruise
Fare from € 3,950
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Travelroute
Day 1

Baltimore, MD

Start your journey in Baltimore, a great maritime city, alive with excitement, Colonial history, and a busy harbor scene. Explore the decks of legendary ships and the cobblestone streets of the charming waterfront Inner Harbor. Cruise past Fort McHenry, where the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key‘s " Star-Spangled Banner" was fought.

Day 2

Norfolk, VA

Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Norfolk has enjoyed a dramatic history dating back to 1607, when British settlers first arrived on American shores. Today, the city embraces its colorful past while thriving as a modern metropolis. Tall schooners share the surrounding waters with naval vessels and oystermen. Enjoy tours of historic districts, museums, restored homes, and the Norfolk Naval Station.

Day 3

Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th-century capital of Britain's largest empire outpost in the New World. Once the political and economic center of the Virginia Colony, today it is the world's premier living history site. Led by our expert guides, stroll along its narrow streets, nearly unchanged since the days of the first English Colonists.

Day 4

Yorktown, VA

Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown make up what is known as the "Historic Triangle." Explore the port of Yorktown which was the site of the final battle of the American Revolution. Travel back in time at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century American history which tells the story of America's first permanent English colony settled in 1607.

Day 5

Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC is our nation’s capital located on the Potomac River, and bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It is characterized by neoclassic monuments and iconic buildings, including the U.S. Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It is also home to the Smithsonian Museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.

Day 6

Mount Vernon, VA

Mount Vernon is an American landmark and an enduring tribute to our nation’s first President. Originally a one and one-half story house built by his father in 1735, President Washington acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the home to create the magnificent 21-room residence we see today. George Washington personally supervised each renovation and advised on design, construction, decoration, and landscaping—even during the Revolutionary War.

Day 7

Day of Cruising Along the Potomac River

Spend the day cruising one of America’s most historic waterways in the delightful comfort of American Constitution. As you travel, learn about the culture and history of the region from our onboard experts, relax on your private balcony, or fly a kite on the top deck. In the evening, share in the company of fellow cruisers while listening to some of the area’s finest entertainment.

Day 8

Cambridge, MD

Cambridge is an authentic Chesapeake town known for its rich history, beautiful buildings, and vibrant arts scene. Sail on an authentic skipjack or visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and witness the diverse wildlife and shorebirds that inhabit the area.

Day 9

St. Michaels, MD

Stroll along the waterfront of St. Michaels, or peruse the charming gift shops and boutiques on tree-lined Talbot Street. Dock at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, once a famed shipbuilding village, and now dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay.

Day 10

Annapolis, MD

The state capital of Maryland, Annapolis was founded in 1649, served briefly as the nation's capital in 1783, and boasts more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city in the country. Travel through the charming historic streets of the 1690s, while your guide introduces you to 350 years of Annapolis' living history, architecture, and folklore. Along the way, visit three of the homes once belonging to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Day 11

Baltimore, MD

Disembarkation. Your historic journey ends where it began, in the vibrant city of Baltimore. If you choose to extend your stay, a number of great excursions are available, including the Baltimore Aquarium and Civil War Museum. Feel free to call an American Cruise Lines specialist to assist you with your travel arrangements.

Additional charges: port taxes and fees: €295,- pp

Overview

American Revolution Cruise

Travel back to the dawn of America, on our brand new 11-day American Revolution cruise. Explore the quaint towns and historic cities that have shaped our nation, including Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum with period specific tradespeople, shopkeepers, and political figures. Step onto the last battlefield of the Revolutionary War in Yorktown, and travel to Jamestown, the site of the first English settlement in the New World. Explore our Nation’s capital and view the Smithsonian exhibitions as well as the many historic monuments, before visiting Mount Vernon, George Washington’s iconic 18th century home. In Annapolis, take a guided city tour, and visit the historic homes of those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Onboard and onshore, Revolutionary War experts, authors, and reenactors join us to bring our nation’s history to life.

Highlights

Ports of Call: Baltimore, Norfolk, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Washington, Mount Vernon, Cambridge, St Michaels, Annapolis, Chestertown • On this historic 11- day cruise along the Chesapeake Bay, explore monumental battlefields, authentic colonial homes, and charming seaside villages • Along the way, travel in pure comfort on board the brand new American Constitution and enjoy the scenic passing landscapes from your private fully-furnished balcony

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Ship information

American Constitution

Vessel Type: Coastal Cruise Ship
Passenger Capacity: 175

Crew Capacity: 60
Built: 2018

American Cruise Lines is proud to announce the newest addition to our expanding fleet of small cruise ships, the American Constitution. Designed with elegance in mind, this brand new coastal cruise ship will carry a capacity of just 175 guests and is uniquely designed to navigate the inland coastal waterways of the East Coast. In the intimate atmosphere on board, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.
Finely Appointed Staterooms
Our staterooms are the most spacious in the small ship cruising industry. All range between 200 and 450 square feet in size, and feature full-sized bathrooms and modern amenities. After an invigorating day, your spacious stateroom is a comfortable haven and the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy the ever-changing scenery from your large opening picture window or from your private balcony.
American Constitution Amenities and Features:
Complimentary Wi-Fi, Elevator access to all decks of the ship, Many lounges offer an atmosphere for every mood, Grand dining room accommodates all guests together, Exercise room with the latest equipment, Satellite tv and dvd player in all staterooms, Spacious staterooms are the largest on any cruise ship, Hotel-size private bathrooms with a full set of amenities, Private balconies, Sliding glass balcony doors offer panoramic views, Twice daily stateroom service, Putting green on the top deck, Laundry facilities, Individual climate control, Evening entertainment focuses on music and history, Brand new ship, Breakfast room service, All American crew, Complimentary cocktail hour each evening, Onboard historians and naturalists, Culinary program featuring locally sourced ingredients, Personalized service, Open picture window
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Luxury Expedition
Silver Galapagos
04.01.2020
11.01.2020
7
Pacific and Oceania, Latin America, Western Galápagos
Fare from € 7,150
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Travelroute
Day 1

San Cristobal & Roca Leon Dormido

Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 6,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s. The Silver Galapagos will circumnavigate Kicker Rock, one of the most iconic features of the Galapagos Islands. The small landform is formed by two tall towers of lava rock and when viewed from the south, resembles a sleeping lion. This phenomenon is reflected in the Spanish name “Leon Dormido” or literally, Sleeping Lion. As the ship steers around the islands, your Expedition Team will point out seabirds, such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and frigatebirds.

Day 2

Bartolomé & Playa Espumilla (Santiago)

Our ship anchors in sight of the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé, at Sullivan Bay. Zodiacs bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps. Passing through the arid volcanic landscape provides a chance to watch for lava lizards, Galapagos Hawks, and Blue-footed Boobies. However, the climber’s ultimate reward is one of the most beautiful panoramas in all of the Galapagos Islands – the view towards Pinnacle Rock with black, volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major and Daphne Minor in the distance. Playa Espumilla is located on the northwestern side of Santiago Island and is home to a variety of wildlife including nesting green sea turtles, and plentiful birds such as flamingos, White-cheeked Pintails, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Hawks, Whimbrels, and American Oystercatchers. Zodiacs will land you at the center of the white-sand beach to join a trail that passes by a seasonal lagoon hosting a variety of bird life.

Day 3

Punta Vicente (Roca Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

The agile Silver Galapagos can anchor in deep water right up against the cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca on the northwest side of Isabela Island. From our anchorage Zodiacs set out to cruise beneath the imposing volcanic coastline. The cliffs support endemic Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos fur seals, Blue-footed Boobies, and marine iguanas. The waters below hold scores of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles swimming all around the Zodiacs. With the gentle slopes of La Cumbre volcano in the distance, the low, lava-forged coast of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a spectacular sight. Hundreds of marine iguanas rest on the black rock of recent lava flows absorbing heat from the stone and defending their territories against one another. Galapagos sea lions and their pups also take shelter here, resting on the beach and playing in the shallow tide pools sprinkled along the coast.

Day 4

Caleta Tagus (Isabela) & Bahia Elizabeth (Isabela)

Tagus Cove is a sheltered area southwest of Volcán Darwin on Isabela Island. The protected waters of this cove are home to sea turtles, marine iguanas, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins. In addition, the cove has offered safe anchorage to visiting ships through the ages. Here you can choose to kayak, snorkel or head ashore to discover centuries-old names of vessels that were painted or carved onto the rock near the landing site. After landing by Zodiac, you may hike through the forest of Palo Santo trees to access the upper reaches of a volcanic cone. The tranquil inlets of Elizabeth Bay are the perfect spot for a Zodiac cruise. First pass the “Las Marielas” islets, which are home to Blue-footed Boobies, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Then journey on into the bay flanked by the massive volcanoes of Sierra Negra and Alcedo and continue past fresh and desolate lava fields heading towards tall green mangrove trees growing out of black lava shores. In the easternmost embayment lies a hidden inlet.

Day 5

Post Office Bay (Floreana) & Islote Campeon (Floreana) & Punta Cormorant (Floreana)

Post Office Bay is steeped in history and received its name thanks to a post box that was placed ashore before 1813. Ships that were visiting the Galapagos on multi-year voyages would leave letters here to be collected and delivered by vessels on their way home. Visitors today can keep the tradition alive by leaving their own postcards in the post box (now a barrel) and looking for any they can deliver by hand back at home. Activities at Post Office Bay can include exploring a cave created by lava that runs underground towards the ocean. Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Encounters in the blue with thousands of small silver minnows, large tuna fish, or oceanic sunfish are not unheard of either. Floreana Island’s northernmost point is called Punta Cormorant – named after the British naval vessel HMS Cormorant and dating back to the late 19th century. From the landing beach a short track leads to a shallow lagoon that is famous for its flamingos. The brilliantly pink birds skim the salty waters for shrimp and tend to chicks on the nest. The trail then scales a low hillside through scattered Palo Santo trees to reveal an idyllic white-sand beach on the other side of the point.

Day 6

Cerro Dragón (Santa Cruz) & Santa Cruz (Las Bachas)

Cerro Dragón’s land iguanas once played an important part in a conservation program headed by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. When the reptiles’ numbers declined in the 1970s, some animals were taken to breed in captivity and were released back into undeveloped areas. Today, it is an honor to see the success of this program firsthand at Cerro Dragón. Walk inland on a trail past small saltwater lagoons that periodically feature flamingos, to see the reintroduced animals. On the northern shore of Santa Cruz stretch the Las Bachas beaches. The two beaches together span a full kilometer. A short track leads visitors inland towards a shallow pond with the opportunity to spot flamingos, migratory birds in season, and scavenging shorebirds. The name “Las Bachas” derives from the mispronounced term “barges” –which the American forces had left behind after World War II. On our visit to Las Bachas there will be the chance to swim from one of the two sandy beaches and to look for sea turtles that use Las Bachas as one of their major nesting sites in the islands.

Day 7

Santa Cruz (Los Gemelos) & Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)

Los Gemelos is Spanish for “the twins” and true to the name, Los Gemelos are twin sinkholes, one on either side of the road running from Puerto Ayora to the north side of the island. The mammoth scale of the landmarks often elicits exclamations of wonder from visitors at first sight. The vertical walls of the sinkholes fall deep into the ground covered in a veil of greenery hiding the bottom of the pit. Walk along the craters’ edges before stopping at Rancho El Manzanillo to see giant Santa Cruz tortoises in the wild. Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.

Day 8

Baltra

Disembarkation. Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Island. Upon arrival and once through immigrations procedures, visitors are transferred directly to a nearby dock to join the ship by Zodiac. The runway was first constructed here during World War II when the island was used as a US Army Air Base. Located near the geographic center of the Galapagos, the island itself is small, flat and arid.
Please Note: expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Overview

Western Galápagos

The Western Islands are home to the only active volcanoes in the archipelago and are known both for their spectacular volcanic landscapes as well as penguin spotting; over 95% of Galapágos Penguins live in these islands. It’s also the only area to see the endemic Flightless Cormorant. Other key sites include the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Post Office Bay with its human history and Champion Islet with some of the best snorkelling in the archipelago.
Please note: your voyage prices include flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Transfers, pre cruise Hotel in Quito (2 nights), National Park fees
Highlights

Walk across spectacular lava fields • Explore tidal pools, lush mangroves and scalesia forests • See pelicans and penguins along the beach • Swim and snorkel with green sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays • Hike through fragrant forests of Palo Santo “Incense” trees • Encounter the largest colony of marine iguanas • Watch for a unique species of flightless cormorant • Visit one of the most volcanically active places on Earth • Discover a saltwater lagoon within a volcanic tuff cone • Read cave inscriptions from the 1800s • Learn of the islands’ whaling history and early Norwegian settlers • See wild flamingos (in season) and nesting sea turtles • Observe giant tortoises and sea lion colonies • Photograph iconic Pinnacle Rock

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Silver Galapagos

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 88 metres
Passenger Capacity: 100
Crew: 75
Built/Refurbished: 2012 / 2017

The newest addition to Silversea's fleet of ultra-luxury ships: the 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today's discerning travellers.

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Sublime Yachting
SeaDream I
11.01.2020
18.01.2020
7
Caribbean, Luxury Caribbean: Wine Voyage from San Juan to Marigot
Fare from € 3,805
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Day 1

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, founded in the 1520’s by Spanish settlers, is both the largest city and the capital city of Puerto Rico. A territory of the Unites States, Puerto Rico is comprised of the large main island as well as five smaller islands, including the popular islands of Vieques and Culebra (both ports of call on select SeaDream voyages). SeaDream docks in Old San Juan, the oldest part of the city. Parts of this historic port city are still surrounded by stone walls dating back to the 1500’s. Narrow cobblestone streets, small shops, and points of interest like Cathedral of San Juan Bautista make this charming city a great place to stroll. Guests sailing into or departing from San Juan will enjoy views of Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, a mid- 1700’s Spanish fortress. San Juan Luiz Munoz Marin Airport is approximately a 30-minute drive to the port in Old San Juan. Currency in Puerto Rico is USD.

Day 2

From Spanish Town to Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda

Nearly every publication written about Virgin Gorda will emphasize the need to visit “The Baths” – don’t miss it! SeaDream generally arrives early and anchor’s off Spanish Town to give guests an early start to view the baths before all of the tourists arrive from the neighboring Islands. You may also consider excellent Scuba Diving options or an opportunity to swim with the dolphins. After our short “technical stop” to dispatch land adventures and clearance with the officials. SeaDream navigates scenically up the coast and arrives in North Sound to anchor just off the Bitter End Yacht Club. Here we offer water sports, land adventures, hiking options with the officers and tenders to the Bitter End! Depending on the voyage, you may also visit Prickly Pear Island for another signature Champagne and Caviar Splash option with an incredible setting.

Leverick Bay. Enjoy the welcoming Caribbean breeze and the famous Baths located nearby. Other attractions include the Coppermine Ruins and Gorda Peak National Park. Of course, snorkeling is popular as are the sandy white beaches.

Day 3

Prickly Pear

A stunning island situated in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda and got its name because of the large flowering cactus all over the island. The island was declared a National Park in 1988 meaning the 180 acres will have no further development, just an island filled with natural beauty. Breathtaking hiking trails start from the main beach Vixen Point, winds around the island filled with salt ponds heading to the north shore which has two other amazing secluded beaches.

Day 4

From Saba to Gustavia

This Caribbean paradise is a special municipality of the Netherlands. Due to this fact, Saba is actually the location of the tallest, or highest point/elevation of the Netherlands, even though it is a few thousand miles away from its European homeland. With an estimated local population of just over 2,000 people, Saba is now primarily supported by tourism, and is known for a concentration on “eco-tourism”. This includes diving, hiking, and climbing its mountainous terrain. The island is so small that there is only 1 main road, and its airport is well-known for having one of the shortest commercial runways in the world. The island’s intimate size, picturesque Red rooftops and lush vegetation make it a perfect port to call on during your special Caribbean yachting vacation.

Day 5

Gustavia

Perhaps our most treasured destination in the Caribbean! This small island belonging to the French West Indies has so much to offer our SeaDream guests. Incredible shopping only steps away from the pier. Incredible beaches, resorts, restaurants and activities both day and night. SeaDream has created various land adventures for you to discover the island from sea or land. Ask one of the officers to take you on a hike or bike ride around the island. Another great activity here is to simply relax and watch all of the incredible yachts arriving and departing just off your SeaDream yacht.

Day 6

Falmouth Bay

Falmouth Bay is a short walk from Nelson's Dockyard and the English Harbour. Historic buildings and mills surround it. This harbor and the quiet village has plenty of shops, restaurants and the yacht club. Historic sites, tasty cuisine and a lively cultural scene can all be found on Antigua. But most often it's the beauty and versatility of the island's 365 beaches that draw travelers from afar. Land Adventure possibilities include a helicopter ride over Montserrat, a jeep and snorkel safari and a St. John’s City and shopping exploration.

Day 7

South Friar's Bay

South Friar's Bay offers SeaDream guests a new way to explore the island of St. Kitts. Rather than docking at the capital, the yacht will be anchored in the bay. This particular bay is one of the two bays stretching along the coast of the isthmus connecting the Southeast Peninsula, with the rest of the island of Saint Kitts. From swimming and snorkeling on the south side to body surfing on the north, Friar's Bay offers guests several options. Many locals consider the southern beach the best on the island. If you are thirsty, no worries as there are multiple beach bars, offering various food and beverage options. The island itself offers several land adventure options including the Unesco Awarded Brimstone Fortress, Zip Lines, off road adventures and golf at the Royal St. Kitts.

Day 8

Marigot

Disembarkation. Marigot is the main town and capital on the French side of Saint Martin. The city of Marigot is perhaps the most French in spirit of all the cities in the Caribbean. Colonial houses stand beside cafés and bistros, pastry shops and luxury boutiques, and in many ways, it looks just like any of the French market towns you might expect to find in Europe. At the southern end of town by the harbor is Marina Port la Royale. This area includes elegant stores with the latest in European designer fashion and fine jewelry, all duty and tax-free. The entire city is only four streets wide, so it is very easy to get around. Marigot was named the capital during the reign of King Louis XVI, who built Fort St. Louis on a hill near Marigot Bay. Today, that building is the most important in the city. SeaDream anchors off Marigot and offers several yachting land adventures as well as the possibility to play with the toys at the marina.

Please note: Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees:
€ 347,- per guest

Overview

Luxury Caribbean: Wine Voyage from San Juan to Marigot

Sea Dream is hosting this Wine Voyage with onboard representatives of the Wine Merchant Company Grupo Peñaflor. They own the best estates to be found in Argentina; this means a lot of tasting! 

SeaDream sails to some of the most wonderful and memorable Caribbean ports. With a small ship size, we are able to access some of the more intimate, less-travelled ports. Jost Van Dyke, for example, in the British Virgin Islands serves as frequent home to our Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™ beach party, planned on most of our Caribbean voyages. Charlottesville, Tobago is another less-travelled destination, with an open beach and the local Pirate’s Bay to explore.

Travel to a number of beautiful ports, exploring the best that the Caribbean has to offer. Whether it’s the gorgeous South Friar’s Bay, an intimate port in St. Kitts, or the equally popular Low Bay, Barbuda you’ll be able to enjoy every stop along your luxury Caribbean voyage. Commencing in 2021, SeaDream’s new yacht Innovation will sail to worldwide destinations, including to the polar regions.

SeaDream offers exciting options that are sure to make your experience a memorable one. For Caribbean guests, the Signature Champagne & Caviar SplashTM party is the perfect addition to your vacation. The champagne starts to flow at the sound of the ship’s horn and caviar is served to celebrate the yachting life. To top that, the party continues with a gourmet beach barbecue, all served on bone china to preserve the perfect flavor.

This is just one of the many reasons you’ll enjoy your voyage. Guests may sign up and reserve a Yachting Land Adventure, excursions offered at select destinations which are coordinated by the SeaDream team. Depending on where we make port, you can explore many of the local sights, enjoy a helicopter ride, experience the local culture, and more. Those with a sense of adventure might also wish to take advantage of the Watersports Marina. There you can take out kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, snorkeling gear, or even rent a mountain bike at shore to explore the destination on your own.

IT’S YACHTING, NOT CRUISING ® | ENJOY THE DIFFERENCE

Please Note: more Caribbean voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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SeaDream I & II

Vessel Type: Yacht
Length: 104.8 m
Passenger Capacity: 112

Crew Capacity: 95

Named "Number 1 Boutique Ship of 2019" by Berlitz Cruise Guide, twin mega-yachts SeaDream I & II are intimate boutique ships that provide a unique travelling experience unlike any other cruise vacation. The expression "yachting" is not only a statement about size; it's a lifestyle aboard our intimate vessels with the service of 95 crew members and 112 guests that make each guest feel like they are on their very own private luxury yacht. Chic and stylish, SeaDream's 56-stateroom yachts are favoured for its elegant informality, highly personal service, inclusive open bar and gratuities, all ocean views staterooms and suites, luxury accommodations and world-class cuisine.

Highly Personalized, Award-Winning Service

SeaDream’s award-winning 5-star service is second to none. From the moment you are welcomed aboard by the Captain, it feels as if you are being welcomed onto your own private luxury yacht. With a maximum of 112 guests and an award-winning crew of 95, the crew to guest ratio provides each guest with SeaDream’s incomparable style and expert attention to detail. The service aboard either of SeaDream’s twin mega-yachts is comfortably transparent, like the way the bartender knows your name and what you would like to drink, or how the waiter knows how to surprise you with your favourite dessert. Your crew is passionate about delivering highly personalized and anticipatory service. Once you experience SeaDream’s inimitable service, you will be, “Splendidly Spoiled” and you may never want to go on a cruise ship again.

Some of the highlights aboard the SeaDream I & II:

Watersports Marina Platform • SeaDream Spa & Salon • The social heart of the yacht: Top of the Yacht Bar • Balinese Dream Beds • Stylish decorated Staterooms & Suites • A Gastronomical Yacht Experience; excellent gourmet dishes presented by expert chefs and sommeliers to experience a tasting adventure of wining & dining - Bon Appétit! • Pool Deck • Casino, Piano Bar & Library • Yoga, Fitness Center & Golf Simulator • Boutique

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Luxury Expedition
Silver Galapagos
25.01.2020
01.02.2020
7
Pacific and Oceania, Latin America, North Central Galápagos
Fare from € 7,150
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Travelroute
Day 1

Baltra & Isla Daphne Grande

Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Island. Upon arrival and once through immigrations procedures, visitors are transferred directly to a nearby dock to join the ship by Zodiac. The runway was first constructed here during World War II when the island was used as a US Army Air Base. Located near the geographic center of the Galapagos, the island itself is small, flat and arid. Daphne Major is a volcanic tuff crater island, located to the north of Santa Cruz Island not far from Baltra International Airport. Circumnavigating the island by ship will reveal the rocky outcropping from all angles as it rises approximately 120 meters (390 feet) above sea level. Usually only scientists are allowed to land on Daphne, so it will be a special event to come in close with the ship and watch for Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, frigatebirds, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Noddies, Brown Pelicans, and Swallow-tailed Gulls riding the sea breezes swirling around this rugged landmass.

Day 2

Bahia Darwin (Genovesa) & El Barranco (Genovesa)

At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance visitors could encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on branches within an arm’s reach of the path. From Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island explorers can access an area known as El Barranco or the “Prince Philip’s Steps”. A brief scramble up the stone steps brings you to the plateau of the island. From here, on flat ground, a small trail wanders past Red-footed Boobies, perching frigate birds, Galapagos Mockingbirds, Nazca Boobies, and Galapagos finches. The highlight however, is arriving on the windward side of the island to see hundreds of Wedge-Rumped Storm Petrels flying around in a frenzy of activity above the lava field where they nest.

Day 3

Seymour Norte & Santiago (Bahia Sullivan)

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the yellow Conolophus land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over one hundred years old and date back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical name for this kind of volcanic rock.

Day 4

Rabida & Santa Cruz (El Eden)

Rabida Island has received accolades for being one of the most exotic spots on earth and while it is small in size, the island is dramatic in scale. Rugged red cliffs rise from the sea and Zodiacs land onto a beach of dark red sand colored by iron ore. Ghost crabs and Galapagos sea lion pups often rest on the russet sands. Further inland, the rusty sand gives way to shrubby coastal vegetation dominated by prickly-pear cactus. Common Cactus Finches feed on the yellow flowers while Darwin finches and lava lizards skitter across the path in search of food. Just off Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers up a thick coastal mangrove forest growing on black volcanic boulders peppered with tall prickly pear cactus. Eden is a small, eroded tuff cone from an ancient volcano, and is an excellent example of the unique geology of the Galápagos. The shallow waters around the island are ideal for spotting Pacific green sea turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Day 5

San Cristobal (Galapaguera) & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

Giant tortoises are emblematic of the Galapagos Islands. To experience these ancient animals firsthand, the Silver Galapagos anchors off San Cristobal Island and Zodiacs take all ashore to the pretty little town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. From here we set out by bus for the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve in the highlands of the island. The trails of the reserve lead to encounters with large, lumbering adult tortoises as well as small juveniles that could fit in the palm of a person’s hand. On the northern shore of San Cristobal Island is a peninsula known as Punta Pitt. The point is made up of two coalesced volcanoes and is much younger than the rest of the island. Some of the lava flows are only a few centuries old. From a sandy beach Zodiac landing leads a long walk following a twisting red gravel path that runs through black basalt lava rocks, and between craggy peaks. The vegetation along the way is low and scrubby, and attractive blue-gray lichen grows on the rocks.

Day 6

Gardner Bay & Punta Suárez (Espanola Island)

Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Encounters in the blue with thousands of small silver minnows, large tuna fish, or oceanic sunfish are not unheard of either. Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.

Day 7

Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) & Plazas Sur

Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés. South Plaza is a serene island located close to the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. This small island is sprinkled with giant prickly pear cactus, carpeted with a reddish mat of ground-cover succulents, and is home to a large nesting colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls, along with marine iguanas and Galápagos sea lions. Seabirds crowd the island’s shores including Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Brown Pelicans, and frigatebirds. However, the birds, seals and marine iguanas share the spotlight with brilliant yellow land iguanas of the island.

Day 8

San Cristobal

Disembarkation. Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 6,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.
Please Note: expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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North Central Galápagos

Enjoy the north-central region of Galapagos on this 7-day cruise. Feel the thrill of seeing wildlife that is completely unafraid: from lava lizards to giant tortoises. Gaze upon Pinnacle Rock as Darwin once did, take a Zodiac® boat along the picturesque coast, discover natural lava tunnels and snorkel in a stunning underwater world.
Please note: your voyage prices include flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Transfers, pre cruise Hotel in Quito (2 nights), National Park fees
Highlights

Visit “Bird Island” home to over 30 bird species • Climb Prince Philip’s Steps through a thriving seabird colony • Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises • Search for the Galápagos Short-Eared Owl • Admire the antics of Red-footed and Blue-footed Boobies • Find corals and bones on raised North Seymour Island • Explore natural underground lava tunnels and hike across lava flows • Hike up the sides of an extinct volcano • See spectacular water-spouting “blowers” • Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters • Photograph colourful marine iguanas • Marvel at the fearless behaviour of wildlife • Cruise by Zodiac along scenic coastlines • Learn about conservation efforts at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

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Silver Galapagos

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 88 metres
Passenger Capacity: 100
Crew: 75
Built/Refurbished: 2012 / 2017

The newest addition to Silversea's fleet of ultra-luxury ships: the 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today's discerning travellers.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lapérouse
02.02.2020
16.02.2020
14
Australia and NZ, Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition - with Nat Geo
Fare from € 12,200
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Day 1

Dunedin

Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and is often referred to as the Edinburgh of New Zealand. This city of the south, wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The city contains some of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian architecture in the Southern Hemisphere. The picturesque Silverpeaks hinterland to the North West provides a picturesque backdrop and The Otago Peninsula, which lies within the city boundaries, has internationally renowned wildlife reserves, including the only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross.

Day 2

At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3

Sailing Dusky Sound and Doubtful Sound

Dusky Sound is one of the most isolated fjords in Fiordland National Park. This huge, protected natural zone situated in the south-west quarter of New Zealand’s South Island is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. The sheer cliffs, waterfalls, shimmering lakes and primitive forests here are each more beautiful than the next. These spectacular landscapes sculpted by successive glaciations are a source of endless wonder. In 1773, the British navigator James Cook spent a few weeks at Dusky Sound, as demonstrated by a plaque that can be seen at Astronomer’s Point. During your sailing, observe the richness of the local wildlife: cormorants, seagulls, New Zealand fur seals, but also Fiordland crested penguins, a rare and endemic species.
Doubtful Sound: referred to as the Sound of Silence, there is a secluded serenity that surrounds Doubtful Sound in contrast with the better-known Milford Sound. Lieutenant James Cook named 'Doubtful Harbour' in 1770 as he was uncertain if it was navigable under sail. Doubtful Sound is the deepest of the fiords with a maximum depth of 421 m. It contains three distinct 'arms' and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean. Your ship will spend time navigating around Secretary Island through both Thompson and Doubtful Sounds. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery from the outer decks.

Day 4

Milford Sound

Milford Sound fjord is among one of the most beautiful natural sites in New Zealand. So much beauty will quite simply take your breath away. Located on the south-west coast of South Island, in the Fiorldland National Park, this sumptuous inlet carved out by glaciers advances over at least 15 kilometres inland, in the Southern Alps. Majestic cliffs seem to surge out of the dark waters, rising several hundred metres high: an abrupt relief from where impressive waterfalls cascade.

Day 5

Snares Islands

Amongst the islands of the Southern Ocean, The Snares have the distinction of being the only forested group without introduced mammals, not even mice. Consequently, it is a remarkable haven for wildlife. The Island boasts more nesting seabirds than the entire realm of the British Isles. Over 2 million Sooty Shearwaters breed here in the summer months. Four species of Albatross are listed as breeding on the Snares along with 35,000 endemic Snares Crested Penguins. There are also approximately 1,000 New Zealand fur seals and 500 New Zealand Sea Lions. Landing on the Snares is prohibited. If time and weather permit, you will have the opportunity to explore the coastal environments and view the prolific wildlife from our fleet of zodiacs.

Day 6

At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7

ANARE Station, Macquarie Island

Long celebrated as one of the wonder spots of the world, the Macquarie Island is an island of great beauty and outstanding natural diversity, a breeding place for more than 3.5 million seabirds, most of which are penguins. There are four species breeding on Macquarie Island; Royals, Kings, Gentoos and Rock Hoppers. There are also three types of fur seals and one seventh of the world's population of elephant seals breeding on the Island. In 1948 The Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) established its expedition headquarters on Macquarie Island. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk around the ANARE Station to view the facility and the prolific wildlife that resides here.

Day 8

Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island, or “Macca” as it is colloquially known, was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 as a site of major geoconservation significance, being the only island in the world composed entirely of oceanic crust and rocks from the mantle. It is an island of unique natural diversity and one of the truly remarkable places on earth. Sandy Bay is located on the East Coast of the Island and is home to significant Royal and King Penguin rookeries as well as a breeding colony of Southern Elephant Seals. You will have the opportunity to land ashore in Sandy Bay to view both the King and Royal colonies as well as the other prolific wildlife in the Bay.

Day 9

At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 10

Campbell Island

Campbell Island is the most southerly of the five New Zealand subantarctic groups. Described by the English botanist Joseph Hooker as having a "flora display second to none outside the tropics." It is known for its megaherbs, herbaceous, perennial wildflowers characterised by their great size, with huge leaves and very colourful flowers, which have developed as an adaptation to the harsh weather conditions on the islands. Campbell Island is also home to six species of albatross, and several critically endangered endemic birds including the Campbell Island teal and snipe. You will have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Col Lyell Saddle boardwalk as well as undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Perseverance Harbour.

Day 11

Musgrave Inlet, Auckland Islands

The Auckland Islands are the largest, highest and biologically richest of the five groups of Subantarctic Islands. They have been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International as they hold important seabird breeding colonies. The flora of the Auckland Islands is fascinatingly diverse with over 233 species of vascular plant. Musgrave Inlet is a picturesque bay on the eastern side of Auckland Island. Its sheer cliffs have protected the endemic flora from the introduced species, providing one of the best floral displays in the entire Island group. Landing in Musgrave Inlet is prohibited. If time and weather permits, you will have the opportunity to view the spectacular flora and fauna from our fleet of zodiacs.

Day 12

Enderby Island, Auckland Islands

Enderby Island is situated off the North Eastern tip of Auckland Island and is the second largest Island in the group. The eradication of introduced species in 1994 has seen a significant increase in the abundance of the native flora and fauna compared to the main Auckland Island. It has become a stronghold for the rare yellow-eyed penguin and the primary breeding location of the New Zealand Sea Lion. You will head ashore and have the opportunity to undertake a guided walk on the Northern Cliffs track as well as spend time viewing the New Zealand Sea Lion colony. There is also the opportunity to undertake a zodiac tour around the coastline of Enderby Island in search of the Auckland Island Teal and other endemic species.

Day 13

At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 14

At sea

Day 15

Lyttelton, Christchurch

Disembarkation.

Overview

Fiordland and the Sub Antarctic Islands Expedition – with Nat Geo

On this cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, discover the wild and untouched beauty of the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand. Set sail on a 14-day Expedition cruise with an exceptional itinerary and allow yourself to be transported to another world where the wildlife rules and we are but visitors.
Often described as the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”, the Subantarctic Islands of Australia and New Zealand are among some of the best preserved and protected environments on the planet where you will experience scenery and wildlife like nowhere else on earth.
After sailing through the spectacular Fiords of south-west New Zealand, Le Lapérouse will plot a course South towards the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and Australia’s very own Macquarie Island. These remote island outposts are collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a myriad of wildlife with many species endemic to the region and even to individual islands.
You will be captivated by the breathtaking scenery, meadows of megaherbs forming a colourful tapestry and towering cliffs buffeted by the power of the waves and wind- the playground of the Royal Albatross. With a myriad of penguins patrolling the black sandy beaches it is truly a nature-lover’s dream come true.
The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.
Highlights

A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard • This PONANT cruise will allow you to be one of the few to explore the Sub Antarctic Islands of New Zealand & Australia, one of the least visited regions in the world • Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team • Sail in the breath-taking Fiordlands in the south-west of New Zealand and discover the famous Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound • Opportunities for guided walks on the Auckland Islands, Campbell Island and Macquarie Island, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites • Wildlife: colonies of fur seals, elephant seals along with King, Royal & Yellow-eyed penguins. A wide variety of birds including Gibson’s albatross, Giant petrels, Auckland shag & Campbell Island Teals • Landscapes: beaches of black sand, rugged mountains, hidden inlets and undulating meadows

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Le Lapérouse

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant's spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

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Luxury Expedition
Silver Galapagos
08.02.2020
15.02.2020
7
Pacific and Oceania, Latin America, North Central Galápagos
Fare from € 6,950
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Day 1

Baltra & Isla Daphne Grande

Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Island. Upon arrival and once through immigrations procedures, visitors are transferred directly to a nearby dock to join the ship by Zodiac. The runway was first constructed here during World War II when the island was used as a US Army Air Base. Located near the geographic center of the Galapagos, the island itself is small, flat and arid. Daphne Major is a volcanic tuff crater island, located to the north of Santa Cruz Island not far from Baltra International Airport. Circumnavigating the island by ship will reveal the rocky outcropping from all angles as it rises approximately 120 meters (390 feet) above sea level. Usually only scientists are allowed to land on Daphne, so it will be a special event to come in close with the ship and watch for Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, frigatebirds, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Noddies, Brown Pelicans, and Swallow-tailed Gulls riding the sea breezes swirling around this rugged landmass.

Day 2

Bahia Darwin (Genovesa) & El Barranco (Genovesa)

At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance visitors could encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on branches within an arm’s reach of the path. From Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island explorers can access an area known as El Barranco or the “Prince Philip’s Steps”. A brief scramble up the stone steps brings you to the plateau of the island. From here, on flat ground, a small trail wanders past Red-footed Boobies, perching frigate birds, Galapagos Mockingbirds, Nazca Boobies, and Galapagos finches. The highlight however, is arriving on the windward side of the island to see hundreds of Wedge-Rumped Storm Petrels flying around in a frenzy of activity above the lava field where they nest.

Day 3

Seymour Norte & Santiago (Bahia Sullivan)

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the yellow Conolophus land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over one hundred years old and date back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical name for this kind of volcanic rock.

Day 4

Rabida & Santa Cruz (El Eden)

Rabida Island has received accolades for being one of the most exotic spots on earth and while it is small in size, the island is dramatic in scale. Rugged red cliffs rise from the sea and Zodiacs land onto a beach of dark red sand colored by iron ore. Ghost crabs and Galapagos sea lion pups often rest on the russet sands. Further inland, the rusty sand gives way to shrubby coastal vegetation dominated by prickly-pear cactus. Common Cactus Finches feed on the yellow flowers while Darwin finches and lava lizards skitter across the path in search of food. Just off Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers up a thick coastal mangrove forest growing on black volcanic boulders peppered with tall prickly pear cactus. Eden is a small, eroded tuff cone from an ancient volcano, and is an excellent example of the unique geology of the Galápagos. The shallow waters around the island are ideal for spotting Pacific green sea turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Day 5

San Cristobal (Galapaguera) & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

Giant tortoises are emblematic of the Galapagos Islands. To experience these ancient animals firsthand, the Silver Galapagos anchors off San Cristobal Island and Zodiacs take all ashore to the pretty little town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. From here we set out by bus for the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve in the highlands of the island. The trails of the reserve lead to encounters with large, lumbering adult tortoises as well as small juveniles that could fit in the palm of a person’s hand. On the northern shore of San Cristobal Island is a peninsula known as Punta Pitt. The point is made up of two coalesced volcanoes and is much younger than the rest of the island. Some of the lava flows are only a few centuries old. From a sandy beach Zodiac landing leads a long walk following a twisting red gravel path that runs through black basalt lava rocks, and between craggy peaks. The vegetation along the way is low and scrubby, and attractive blue-gray lichen grows on the rocks.

Day 6

Gardner Bay & Punta Suárez (Espanola Island)

Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Encounters in the blue with thousands of small silver minnows, large tuna fish, or oceanic sunfish are not unheard of either. Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.

Day 7

Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) & Plazas Sur

Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés. South Plaza is a serene island located close to the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. This small island is sprinkled with giant prickly pear cactus, carpeted with a reddish mat of ground-cover succulents, and is home to a large nesting colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls, along with marine iguanas and Galápagos sea lions. Seabirds crowd the island’s shores including Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Brown Pelicans, and frigatebirds. However, the birds, seals and marine iguanas share the spotlight with brilliant yellow land iguanas of the island.

Day 8

San Cristobal

Disembarkation. Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 6,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.
Please Note: expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

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North Central Galápagos

Enjoy the north-central region of Galapagos on this 7-day cruise. Feel the thrill of seeing wildlife that is completely unafraid: from lava lizards to giant tortoises. Gaze upon Pinnacle Rock as Darwin once did, take a Zodiac® boat along the picturesque coast, discover natural lava tunnels and snorkel in a stunning underwater world.
Please note: your voyage prices include flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Transfers, pre cruise Hotel in Quito (2 nights), National Park fees
Highlights

Visit “Bird Island” home to over 30 bird species • Climb Prince Philip’s Steps through a thriving seabird colony • Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises • Search for the Galápagos Short-Eared Owl • Admire the antics of Red-footed and Blue-footed Boobies • Find corals and bones on raised North Seymour Island • Explore natural underground lava tunnels and hike across lava flows • Hike up the sides of an extinct volcano • See spectacular water-spouting “blowers” • Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters • Photograph colourful marine iguanas • Marvel at the fearless behaviour of wildlife • Cruise by Zodiac along scenic coastlines • Learn about conservation efforts at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

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Silver Galapagos

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 88 metres
Passenger Capacity: 100
Crew: 75
Built/Refurbished: 2012 / 2017

The newest addition to Silversea's fleet of ultra-luxury ships: the 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today's discerning travellers.

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