QUITO, Ecuador--Kleintours of Ecuador will launch its 100-passenger
Galapagos Discovery on Oct. 19 in an effort to add additional
comfort to Galapagos Islands cruising.
Formerly the expedition ship Illiria, the 54-passenger vessel
has undergone a total renovation and refitting and will sail on
three-, four- and seven- night itineraries, boarding passengers on
arrival to the islands at Balta Airport.
Passengers will find that the Galapagos Discovery introduces
many on-board services and amenities into the Galapagos Islands
cruise experience, such as a business center, a facility
exclusively for meetings, a fitness center and massage and a photo
lab for fast film processing.
The first-class vessel also has is a glass-bottomed boat
accommodating 20 passengers.
All shore excursions are accompanied by bilingual naturalist
guides. There are six guides aboard the Galapagos Discovery among a
total crew of 55. They are under the direction of the ship's hotel
manager and 25-year veteran of the cruise hospitality industry,
The spacious Kleintours ship measures 303 feet in length and 48
feet at the beam, cruises at 12 knots and complies fully with the
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) safety requirements.
Passenger accommodations include five suites and 49 superior and
standard double occupancy cabins, all with air conditioning, music,
onboard telephone, a safe and a bathroom with a hair dryer and
magnifying mirror; all but six cabins are exterior.
Suites are appointed with queen-sized beds, two club chairs, a
desk with a computer outlet and a minibar; two have bathtubs as
well as spacious showers. The 18 superior cabins come with a choice
of queen or twin beds, and the 31 standards have twin beds.
Meals are served in single seatings in the teak-paneled upper
deck restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, and dinner
offers a choice of two menus, accompanied by wine. Additionally,
daily buffet lunch is served on the sun terrace.
The piano-lounge provides a daytime center for passenger
sociability, and in the evening there will be live music for
listening or dancing.
Additional onboard amenities include the fitness center,
equipped with rowing machines, stationary bikes and weights, plus a
separate room for massages. Passengers also can enjoy less rigorous
activity on the sun terrace with its 10-foot x 19-foot pool on the
Shipboard features include a library with a VCR and computers
with Internet access, as well as reading material and island maps
for tracking routings.
To accommodate meetings and incentive groups who choose the
Galapagos Islands as a venue, the Galapagos Discovery offers a
dedicated conference room at sea, seating up to 100
classroom-style; this conference facility can be divided into three
smaller units. Additionally, a telephone, computers and fax
machines are housed in the ship's business center.
For 1998, the seven-night cruise costs are $2,095 in a standard
cabin, $2,350 for a superior cabin and $2,800 for a suite.
The four-night cruise is priced at $1,195 in standard, $1,343 in
superior and $1,600 in a suite; three-night cruise prices are $895
in a standard cabin, $999 in superior and $1,200 in a suite.
All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and
include three meals daily aboard ship and two daily excursions
ashore led by naturalists who also give slide-illustrated lectures
at evening briefings prior to the next day's outing. Rates do not
include air fare between Quito or Guayaquil and the islands, nor
the National Park tax and docking fee.
Other vessels in the Kleintours fleet are two motor yachts, the
20-passenger Coral I and the 22-passenger Coral II, which also
offer regular cruise departures of three, four and seven nights;
both yachts are available for group charter.
Cruise itineraries combine easily with Kleintours' programs on
the mainland. For copies of the Kleintours brochure, reservations
and information, contact:
Phone: (888)-505-5346 or (887) 505-5346
Fax: (561) 748-2936
E-mail: [email protected]