Sunday, 4 December 2011

Eco-Tourism Expert Launches Sea Voyager Expeditions

Former Lindblad vessel, the 60-passenger
MV Sea Voyager was refurbished in 2001
EC Editor notes: Not to be confused with the 301-passenger
Sea Voyager, an out-of-service coastal cruise vessel
By Theresa Norton Masek

Eco-tourism expert Denise Landau, a former executive director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, is launching Sea Voyager Expeditions with the first voyage scheduled for February. The cruise line will visit four fauna- and wildlife-rich countries -- Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador.

“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,” said Landau, CEO and president. “Our itineraries are as varied as the noisy monkeys, the myriad of colorful butterflies, and the thousands of species of birds unique and endemic to this region.”

Fares for the numerous itineraries range from $2,930 to $5,365 per person, double occupancy, and include all meals, pre- and post-cruise hotels, shore tours, admission to museums and parks, tax and port fees, and transfers when the Sea Voyager air program is used. Meals are prepared by chefs with local ingredients, freshly caught seafood and locally grown coffee. The cruises are accompanied by experienced naturalists and guides.

The 60-passenger Sea Voyager, currently undergoing outfitting, is an expedition ship designed for the tropics. All staterooms are air-conditioned with outside views and private baths. The ship has a lounge with windows, bar, fitness room, library with Wi-Fi, massage room, dining room with two to 12 guests per table, buffet, deck space, fore, aft and covered decks, and a platform for getting on and off Zodiacs, kayaks, swimming and snorkeling. Sea Voyager’s North American sales agent is Global Voyagers Group, of Bellevue, Wash. For more information, call 888-912-2572, email info@seavoyagerexpeditions.com or visit www.seavoyagerexpeditions.com.