Are these cruise ships really seven of the world’s great places to visit?

I thought our readers would enjoy this article written by Rosemary McClure that originally appeared in the LA Times. By Rosemary McClure If you’re a fan of cruising, new ships keep rolling out with bigger and better amenities. But would you include any on a list of the world’s greatest places? Time magazine did. It named seven ships in its second annual list of 100 Great Places to Visit last week. Ships such as Norwegian Joy, which frequently …

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Ecoventura makes new waves in the Galapagos Islands-New luxury vessel, MV Origin, set to debut in January 2016

Ecoventura, a leader in expedition cruising through the Galapagos Islands, is set to launch their newest Premium Class vessel, MV Origin, in January 2016. Inspired by the once-in-a-lifetime nature of a journey through the Galapagos Islands, MV Origin will redefine luxury in the region as the newest and only vessel of its kind. The 20-passenger mega-yacht will feature 10 deluxe staterooms distributed throughout one floor, and a variety of onboard amenities designed especially for the discerning traveler. …

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Ecoventura’s Rainforest Alliance Verification

Image courtesy of Ecoventura Ecoventura, a small ship line that runs a fleet of environmentally friendly fleet of expedition vessels in the Galapagos, has earned the Rainforest Alliance verification in recognition of its commitment to conserving the environment and supporting local communities. Rainforest Alliance verification is awarded to a hotel or tour operator that has met wide-ranging standards to conserve natural resources, protect wildlife and help local communities thrive. Rainforest Alliance verification is aligned with the standards …

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Day 7: Our final day brings a few new sightings, we even see albatross

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept. 26: Espanola Island We had another rocking and rolling boat ride overnight to reach this rather dry and barren island. Well, at least it seemed that way. We go ashore for our final hike and see many species that are endemic …

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Day 6: Finally we see the giant tortoises, both in the wild and in pens

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept. 25: Santa Cruz Island This was the day most of us had been waiting for. Today we got to see the most famous animals in the Galapagos island, the giant tortoises. In the morning, we landed on a dock in the …

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Day 5: We see a Galapagos “moonscape” and colorful land iguanas

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept. 24: Bartolome and North Seymour islands We had a very peaceful night as the boat was anchored all night. We woke to lovely views of the Pinnacle, another famous site in the Galapagos. Today we took an early hike to the …

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Galapagos Day 4: Dramatic views and lots of Sally Lightfoot crabs

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept. 23: Santiago Island Today our first visit was to James Bay on Santiago Island. Here we landed on a black sand beach and then walked across a peninsula to a dramatic shoreline shore of black volcanic rock. Ivan explains that when …

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Day 3: Blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept. 22: Fernandina and Isabela islands Last night we made another big run, almost 125 nautical miles, to Fernandina Island, and again there was a lot of rocking and rolling. But this morning almost everyone reported sleeping well as we were tired from our …

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Day Two: Red-footed boobies are the highlight

This past week I cruised the Galapagos Islands on the M/Y Eric, operated by Ecoventura. As I did not have access to internet, I am going to post my daily blogs this week. Sept 21: Genovese Island Last night we sailed almost 75 nautical miles north and about 3:30 a.m. we crossed the equator. There was a lot of wave action and most of us did not sleep too well and at least one of us (maybe …

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