Known for its adventure cruises, Sea Voyager Expeditions (SVE) has developed itineraries exploring Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, four of the world’s richest countries in flora and fauna. The expedition line is slated to set sail in February, and now, clients who book before Jan. 31 can save up to $2,000 per couple.
Designed to provide year-round travel opportunities, the itineraries available offer voyagers the opportunity to visit the wetlands of Humedal de San-San Pond Sak in Panama; the World Heritage Sites of Cartagena in Colombia as well as Coiba and Darien in Panama; indigenous people such as the Arawak, Catio and Embera in Colombia; and the rainforests of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
“We have chosen to specialize in this region and share its spectacular diversity, as exploration from the sea floor to the rainforest canopy is possible,” says Denise Landau, CEO and president.
Sailing these itineraries will be the M/V Sea Voyager, a previous winner in Conde Nast’s 2009 Best Small Ships Awards. The Sea Voyager will take 60 passengers at a time, each stateroom providing guests air-conditioned comfort and panoramic views, while public areas include lounge, bar, fitness area, library, massage room, dining room, and deck space to get plenty of fresh air. Naturists and guides—experienced in history, culture and a wide range of plant and animal species—will accompany voyagers as they explore their daily destinations. Package prices also ensure guests won’t have to pay for any meals, pre-post hotels, shore tours, admissions to museums and parks, taxes and port fees, or transfers when the SVE Air/Sea program is used, which packages airfare into the holiday as well.
Here are a few snippets to give an idea of what your clients will see aboard the Sea Voyager:
9-day Santa Marta, Colombia – Roundtrip Passengers will voyage from mountain-peaks to Caribbean coastlines, with the opportunity to view nearly 600 species of birds along the way. They’ll not only hike in tropical forests to view the surrounding wildlife and see hundreds of flamingos at the lagoon of Boca Camarones, but during their adventure they’ll also visit the small villages of Cabo de la Vela; the archeological sites of Cinto Bay; and the Arimaka Waterfall of Minca, Piedras, among many other activities. Early saver fares start at $2,790 pp dbl.
9-day Colon, Panama – Limon, Costa Rica On this cruise, passengers will visit many islands along the Central American Caribbean coast, including Isla Escudo de Veraguas and Islas Bastimentos. The cruise focus will be on the birds, mammals and amphibians of the forests, as well as the marine life in the area. Excursions to Gandoca Manzanillo and Cahuita national parks are also included. Early saver fares start at $2,945 pp dbl.
13-day Panama City – Esmeraldas or Quito, Ecuador Making more stops to rarely visited destinations than any of the other cruises, this 13-day trip claims to be a “not-to-be-missed experience of discovery,” visiting Malaga Bay, the Bahia Pina-Darien Jungle, the Sanquianaga River National Park and the Cayapas-Mataje Ecological Reserve, among others. Travelers will visit various ecosystems in national parks and offshore islands, including jungles, marshlands, mangroves and beaches. In September and December, voyagers can also look forward to spotting distinctive seabirds and migrating whales as they swim to and from Antarctica. Early saver fares start at $4,255 pp dbl.
For more information, call (888) 912-2572 or visit seavoyagerexpeditions.com.