In celebration of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, Cruise West is updating its Galápagos itinerary. During the 2010 season, the 10-day cruise aboard the 100-guest Galápagos Explorer II, sister ship to Cruise West's Spirit of Oceanus, will explore the archipelago. The itinerary to this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been rearranged, ensuring that visitors receive maximum exposure to the Islands' diverse wildlife and scenery. As a bonus, guests can now save up to $600 per person by booking and paying in full by May 22, 2009.
Traveling 650 miles west of the mainland, the ship will explore multi-colored volcanic islands, and interact with thousands of animal species including tortoises, pink flamingos, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins.
Guests will fly from Quito to San Cristobal Island to board the Galápagos Explorer II, a 293-foot vessel that includes a Jacuzzi, marine observation deck and reading room. Experienced naturalist guides will also board the ship.