By Travel with a Challenge
February 1, 2012
Effective March 2012, the travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships is offering five new itineraries in Central and South America. This is the result of the re-launch of a newly-renovated M/V Sea Voyager. Even better, travelers can save up to $2,000 per couple if they book their cabin on any Sea Voyager departures by March 31, 2012. Discount amount depends on time of year, cabin type and itinerary.
AdventureSmith Explorations, brings this 60-passenger expedition ship into its fold at a time when demand for travel to Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador is on the rise, said Todd Smith, founder / director. This ship, that provides both an experienced crew and affordable rates, was a winner in Condé Nast's 2009 Best Small Ships Awards.
While cruising, guests will venture with naturalists and guides into rainforests and sea in pursuit of land and marine life that is among the world's most diverse. While on board, passengers enjoy air-conditioned comfort in 31 outside staterooms with ample storage and private bath. On board are a lounge, bar, fitness and massage rooms, library with WiFi, dining room, buffet, fore and aft deck space and a platform for getting on/off Zodiacs.
Priced seasonally, fares begin at $365 per day, per person, double cabin for 8 to 12-night cruises. This includes all meals, pre-post hotels, shore tours, admission to museums and parks, tax and port fees.
While other small ship cruises may be limited to Panama and the Pacific side of Costa Rica, traveling only November through March, Sea Voyager will operate year round with itineraries inclusive of the Pacific and Caribbean side of Costa Rica, both sides of Panama, Panama Canal visits, and coastal Columbia and Ecuador.
These five itineraries that will break new ground for expeditionary cruise fans are:
Panama to Costa Rica Pacific Cruise - 9 Days, Balboa/Panama City to San Jose/Costa Rica;
Panama to Costa Rica Caribbean Cruise – 10 Days, Panama City/Panama to San Jose/Costa Rica;
Panama to Colombia Caribbean Cruise – 9 Days, Panama City/Panama to Cartagena/Colombia;
Columbia Wildlife Adventure Cruise – 9 Days, Cartagena/Colombia to Santa Marta/Colombia;
Panama to Ecuador Pacific Cruise – 13 Days, Balboa/Panama City to Quito/Ecuador.
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com, is a global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.