Galapagos Discovery to Sail Oct. 19

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, Berthold Hauser.

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 upper deck.

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]

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