G Adventures added a fifth yacht to its fleet of chartered vessels to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador.
Beginning in January 2019, Eden Yacht will join the Galápagos Islands fleet of vessels. The fifth vessel will aid the tour company in providing six itineraries, ranging from seven to 17 days, to and around the islands.
The Eden offers three upper-deck, twin-share cabins with bunk beds, one main deck double bed cabin, and four lower deck twin-share cabins, as well as a scenic, two-level, wrap-around deck with outdoor lounge area and sundeck for sunning or wildlife spotting, according to G Adventures.
In addition to increasing capacity for service to the islands, G Adventures is working on environmental sustainability.
“The issue of plastics pollution is a massive challenge that is wreaking havoc on our seas and shores. Whether the crisis shows up in waves of trash on beaches such as in the Dominican Republic this past week, or in the remains of deceased marine animals like whales, as tour operators, we have more responsibility than ever to reduce any negative impact. I’m proud that our teams in Ecuador have stepped up to manage the logistics of reusable bottle storage and distribution for our customers visiting the Galapagos,” said Dennis Dziedzic, U.S. marine specialist and sales lead for marine-based tours, G Adventures.
Trips departing in late 2018 are now on sale for 10 percent off. Travelers can book from G Adventures’ website.
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