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GALAPAGOS - IN THE STEPS OF PIRATES & DARWIN (15% OFF!)

Experience the Galapagos in spacious comfort and privacy aboard a yacht that retraces the footsteps of Darwin

The Evolution cruises the archipelago with the lines and style of the roaring of 20’s, while offering the finest amenities and service of modern times. This yacht was carefully crafted for Guests to experience the islands through Darwin’s lenses.
Exclusively designed for 32 passengers, Guests are immersed in wildlife encounters away from the crowds, guided by naturalist guides with years of local experience. Enjoy a sense of relaxed freedom on board with 360-degree exterior walkarounds, recently renovated spacious suites, and unparalleled familial hospitality.

WHY 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS?
Experience has shown us that 8 Days is just right to maximize your time for exploration, amazing animal encounters and for some balanced downtime for optimal relaxation. Probably the biggest mistake a traveler can make when visiting the Galapagos is simply not leaving enough time to see it, especially since both the first day you travel to the Galapagos and the day you return to the mainland are down days.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR 2019

Take advantage of our remaining inventory before it goes! We have limited spaces available for October, the last week of November and early December 2019 on the M/V Evolution, and we want to make it exciting and easy for you to with a great special.

Your will receive Savings of up to 15% off the cruise rate on select M/V Evolution October, November & December Departures!

In addition, you will also receive:
• Free round-trip flights to Galapagos from mainland Ecuador, normally not included (starts at $472)
• Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, normally not included ($100 adults, $50 children)
• Transit Control Card one-time fee, normally not included ($20)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
kayaking
Sea kayaking is offered on all of our departures and you require no previous experience to enjoy this activity.
Our sea kayaks are the ideal means by which to get some good exercise and explore the cliffs and shores of the various visitor sites around the archipelago. A typical cruise week offers great opportunities to go kayaking around secluded coves, shores, mangrove estuaries and beautiful beaches. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions and many other animals can be seen from up-close on a kayak and even as they swim!

walks & hikes
A highlight in all our trips. Encounter and enjoy the wildlife and scenery of Galapagos.
During each day of your Galapagos cruise aboard M/Y Grace you will have two expeditions to a visiting point on a specific island where you will be able to walk and hike on beaches, lava fields, alongside cliffs and around mangrove estuaries. Our walks and hikes include wildlife encounters, scenic views and detailed lectures and explanations from your naturalist guide on many issues concerning the islands. This activity is great to get amazing shots of wildlife from up-close.

snorkeling
Snorkeling is one of the favorite activities of all people and requires no previous experience.
You will be offered the opportunity to go snorkeling almost every day at various snorkeling sites around the archipelago. You will have the chance to snorkel with playful sea lions (watch video), marine iguanas (watch video), green sea turtles (watch video) and many other wonderful creatures. For non-divers, this is an incredible way to get a glimpse of the marine.

dinghy rides
On all of our cruises we offer dinghy of "panga" rides (inflatable zodiacs) on most of the visitor sites.
The group, of up to 9 guests per zodiac, is taken for a ride alongside cliffs and shores, secluded coves and beautiful mangrove estuaries. This activity is great to see volcanic formations as well as shore birds from up-close. In the mangrove estuaries it is very common to see green sea turtles mating, golden & eagle rays and sleeping reef sharks! This activity provides various chances to get some great photographs of marine creatures from up close!

ABOUT THE GALAPAGOS

The Galapagos Archipelago is a cluster of some 13 volcanic islands and associated islets and rocks located just under the equator, about 600 miles (1000km) west of Ecuador in South America. The oldest of the islands are about 4 million years old and the youngest are still in the process of being formed. These Islands that we visit on our Galapagos cruises are considered to be one of the most active volcanic areas in the world.

About 97% of the islands are part of the Galapagos National Park system, with the remainder being inhabited by about 14,000 people in four major communities (Puerto Ayora, Puerto Baquerizo, Puerto Villamil and Floreana). The Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station jointly operate the islands. The Park Service provides rangers and guides, and is responsible for overseeing the many tourists who visit each year. The Darwin Station conducts scientific research and conservation programs. It is currently breeding and releasing captive tortoises and iguanas.

This group of 13 mayor islands and dozens of smaller islets and rocks - all the result of volcanic activity - certainly appear to be out of this world. They are, in fact, an unpredicted wilderness, filled with extraordinary populations of unique species, which have developed apart from humans and their dominating influence. In a effort to preserve the islands as they were centuries ago, the Galapagos have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

WHERE?
600 miles (1000km) off the coast of Ecuador in South America

BELONG TO?
The Galapagos Islands belong to the country of Ecuador

DISCOVERED?
In 1535 by Spanish Bishop Tomas de Berlanga

FAMOUS FOR?
British Scientist Charles Darwin based his theory of Evolution on his findings in the Galapagos

Select Departures for the Special

• October 5-12
• October 19-26
• November 30 - December 7
• December 7-14
• December 14-21

INCLUDED IN THIS EXPERIENCE

• Accommodations for 7 nights / 8 days
• All meals and snacks during the trip
• All transfers while in Galapagos
• All guided services throughout the cruise
• Non-alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
• All snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel & fins)
• Wetsuits (shorties)
• Sea kayaks

NOT INCLUDED

• Airport transfers in mainland Ecuador
• Hotel accommodations in mainland Ecuador
• Gratuities & Tips to Crew and Staff
• Bar consumption onboard
• Trip Cancellation Insurance

strange creatures await in galapagos

• Mammals: 32 species recorded
• Reptiles: 28 species recorded
• Darwin's Finches: 13 sub-species recorded
• Sea Birds: 42 species recorded
• Shore Birds: 34 species recorded
• Water Birds: 21 species recorded
• Land Birds: 49 species recorded

The Galapagos islands have a low biodiversity (that is, few animal species), because the islands are 600 miles (1000 km) from the continent. This huge expanse of inhospitable ocean in-between makes it very difficult for new kinds of plants and animals to reach the islands.

Marine organisms, such as green sea turtles and corals, probably came on their own, swimming, or as floating larvae. Sea birds are all strong flyers that frequently make long journeys across the open sea. But most of the Galapagos life forms reached the islands by accident, and all had a long sea voyage. During that trip, both plants and animals were exposed to saltwater, drying winds, and intense sunlight. They had no fresh water or food. Galapagos reptiles are also more likely than land birds or mammals to be able to survive under these conditions. As a result, animals of the Galapagos Islands are species whose ancestors were already well suited for its harsh environments. Compared to elsewhere in the tropics there are few birds or Galapagos mammals, and many important groups are missing.

ABOUT THIS CRUISE SHIP

AMPLE OUTSIDE SPACE
When cruising the tropical waters of the Galapagos, outside is where you want to be.
Our yachts are tailored specifically for Galapagos, offering our guests an experience that encapsulates the wildlife, scenery and environment.

SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE
Experience our destinations in front-row seats and away from the crowds.
We believed then, and we believe now, that the world's most beautiful destinations are meant to e experienced away from the crowds, with the freedom and flexibility of creating your own, perfect adventure.

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FREE
Our adventures are entirely free of single-use, disposable plastics.
When you travel with us, plastic waste as a result of your presence is kept to a minimum. We have eliminated single-use plastics from all our trips, including plastic straws, single-use disposable soaps and single-serving edible products.

EXPERT GUIDES
Professionals who make the difference between a good and an exceptional adventure.
Our founders have personally hand-picked the naturalists guides and tour conductors who lead all of our expeditions.

ITINERARIES WITH WILD ENCOUNTERS
Itineraries that take you off the beaten path, for spectacular up-close encounters with nature.
Our unmatched itineraries give you a unique perspective of the destination that is only experienced by a special few. Our experiences are fully immersive and they guarantee some of the most spectacular encounters with the destination’s exotic wildlife.

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World Oyster Travel

World Oyster Travel, an affiliate of Departure Lounge, is owned and operated by Marilen Rose. A native of Chile, Marilen moved to the United States over 25 years ago. While growing up in her native land, her family moved back and forth across the country several times. The exposure to Chile's vastly different landscapes from the desert to the sea and the unique ways of living adopted by the locals not cultivated the crucial life-skill of adaptation, but also a desire and need within Rose to always be open-minded, to make human connections by seeking and holding what is common to us all, to stay flexible and welcoming by experiencing new ways of daily living, and to be a lifetime learner.

When Marilen first moved to the United States she had to first learn the new, local language and, after moving temporarily to another continent altogether, she came back and earned a degree in Psychology. In between those years, she had also spent time studying and living in the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, where she got her first college degree in Tourism Business Management. Combining the two degrees with her lifetime experiences, she has now come full circle in her career.

"I loved learning about the travel and hospitality industry and my heart was also full from spending quality time in other countries and learning to live life like the locals do. It was a transformational experience and I decided I would one day enable others to enjoy their own travel experiences."

"I'm passionately sharing my own experience and inspiring others to have a deeply grounding and revitalizing experience or vastly enjoy an unforgettable journey, with each and every trip. I have visited many countries in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa and have lived in 3 different countries in different continents. I’m equally fluent in English and Spanish, can have basic conversations with people speaking Portuguese and Italian, and I have many friends all over the world. My main objective is to help you find trips that are a perfect match to what you are looking for or are curious about, have access to special additions, upgrades, amenities or enhancements with the best that the local destination has to offer, and for you to come back home with a unique experience that will forever live in your memory. What better gift can there be than an experience of a lifetime!”

“My favorite trips to plan are expeditions, unique local adventures and experiences, family reunions and special celebrations, food and wine experiences, transformational or balancing retreats, snow and mountain sports, destination weddings and elopements, honeymoons and anniversaries, women trips, men trips, and trips to learn skills from the origin or hub (cooking, cycling, survival, motorcycle, wine-making, sustainability, homesteading, etc.) My favorite destinations to send travelers to are Patagonia, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, UK, and North, Central and South America. I am also a Virtuoso Family Travel and Australis Cruise Specialist (Patagonia region.)”

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