Monday, January 23, 2012

Galapagos Explorer Social Areas

The Galapagos Explorer II is a luxury ship that offers only suites.
Our suites have an average of 250sqft/ 20m2 and they are comfortable while they keep harmony with the surroundings.

We offer four categories of suites:
Renaissance Balcony, Renaissance Panoramic, Deluxe Balcony, Premium, Classic each one maintaining a classic and elegant line. During your stay you will enjoy the best comfort and attentions during your cruise.

Reception
Our front desk officers welcome you and will always be available to assist you and solve any of your special needs to make your stay more enjoyable.
Library
Available the entire day, our library offers a large selection of books where natural history is enhanced, pocket books magazines, scientific reports and also books for kids. Restaurant (breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers)
We offer breakfast and lunch buffet and for dinner we have a variety of dishes (with two options to choose from, and two vegetarian options as well): Dinner on board the Galapagos Explorer II is casual and there is no need for advanced reservations. Our chef offers Ecuadorian and international cuisine, special diets can be arrange prior advance information. Main Lounge- Conferences and meetings area.
During the cruise we offer daily briefings to inform about the next day visit also there are conferences regarding culture and natural history and science matters imparted by the naturalists’ guides.





Monday, January 9, 2012

GALAPAGOS 2012 ITINERARIES

During the meeting that took place on March 3, 2010 in the Galapagos Islands with the presence of the authorities of the Galapagos National Park, the Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Environment and Galapagos operators, it was decided that the implementation of the 15-day itineraries proposed by the Galapagos National Park will become effective on January 1st, 2012 (not 2011 as was the original proposal).

This will give ample time to re-arrange the itineraries of our vessels, yachts and catamarans operating in the Galapagos, so that visits to the same site are not repeated during a 15-day period, for a better handling of the "load factor" of each visitor site. During the next six months, itineraries and duration of each program will be defined.

Guests visiting the Galapagos Islands on expedition cruises, once the new itineraries have been estaclished for 2012, will still have the option of taking 7-night programs or even shorter itineraries –depending on the instructions issued by the Galapagos National Park in this regard.

For more information on itineraries for 2012 please follow the next link:
http://www.mvgalapagosexplorer.net/explorer_itinerary_2012.html

Monday, November 2, 2009

Galapagos Explorer Deck PLan

The M/V Galapagos Explorer II has availability for 100 passengers, all her cabins are elegant, ample and can be doubles, twins, or triples with a sofa-bed. They are well distributed in different deck plans and can be classic suites, deluxe balcony suites, renaissance suites or majestic suites. Take a look at the following chart.




For more information on the deck plan and reservations please click on GALAPAGOS EXPLORER DECK PLAN or email at eqtouring@eqtouring.info

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The M/V Galapagos Explorer

The M/V Galapagos Explorer is for sure one of the best options to visit the Galapagos Islands, discover the wildlife of this unique ecosystem of the world and enjoy pristine beaches in unpopulated islands where you can also snorkel and see the exuberant marine life in the waters of Galapagos.

The Galapagos Explorer is a luxury vessel for 100 passengers that can be accommodated in different types of cabins (suites) that can be double or triple. This vessel features private balcony suites, panoramic suites with private facilities and hot water, a large dining room with local and international cuisine, a piano bar where you can meet with other passengers and share a night exchanging your experiences and many social areas where you can just relax and enjoy a smooth sail.

A very good advantage of a vessel of this size is that your sail will be very smooth, reducing the possibility of you getting sea sick. The management of the boat and the cruise crew work hard in order to make this expedition and unforgettable one by being polite, helpful and serviceable. All passengers will be divided in different groups of 14 or 16 passengers and you will rotate when embarking and disembarking, making this process fast and efficient. The guides are bilingual and multilingual naturalist guides who will guide you through the islands and will explain about the wildlife of the Islands always keeping you informed of what happens in the islands in the day by day basis, taking out that nature lover inside you.

The following website is highly recommended where a traveler can find a complete information on the Galapagos Explorer II and more than that, the traveler will get immediate assistance from a destination specialist.

http://www.eqtouring.com/galapagos-cruises/galapagos_explorer.html

http://www.mvgalapagosexplorer.net/

if you wish to ask for a free quote please click here or call toll free at 1-866-454-9060

Flightless Cormorants:

The Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi), also known as the Galapagos Cormorant, is a cormorant native to the Galapagos Islands, and an example of the highly unusual fauna there. It is unique in that it is the only cormorant that has lost the ability to fly. With only 1500 estimated individuals, it is one of the world's rarest birds and is the subject of an active conservation program.


Like all cormorants, this special bird has webbed feet and powerful legs that propel it though ocean waters as it seeks its prey offish, eels, small octopuses, baby sea turtles, and other small creatures. They feed near the bottom and no more than 100 m offshore.

The Flightless Cormorant is the largest extant member of its family, 89–100 cm (35-40 in) in length and weighing 2.5–5.0 kg (5.5-11 lbs), and its wings are about one-third the size that would be required for a bird of its proportions to fly. The keel on the breastbone, where birds attach the large muscles needed for flight, is also greatly reduced.
The upperparts are blackish and the under parts are brown. The long beak is hooked at the tip and the eye is turquoise. Like all members of the cormorant family, all four toes are joined by webbed skin. Males and females are similar in appearance, although males tend to be larger. Juveniles are generally similar to adults but differ in that they are glossy black in color with a dark eye. Adults produce low growling vocalizations.
Like other cormorants, this bird's feathers are not waterproof, and they spend time after each dive drying their small wings in the sunlight. Their flight and contour feathers are much like those of other cormorants, but their body feathers are much thicker, softer, denser, and more hair-like. They produce very little oil from their preen gland; it is the air trapped in their dense plumage that prevents them from becoming waterlogged.

Stopping in Isabela Island is one of the highlights of the Galapagos Explorer II itinerary and watching this birds in thier natural habitat is just breathtaking.

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