Tapping into the growing solo travel market, nature travel expert International Expeditions (IE) has announced its 2013 Amazon and Galapagos Cruise, with no single supplement fees on all 2013 Amazon and Galapagos small-ship cruises.
In a statement, IE president Van Perry said that the company has “seen growing numbers of single travelers looking for safe, escorted travel to the world’s wildlife-rich regions, and in 2012 solo travelers have made up 21% of all passengers in the Amazon and Galapagos. IE has made every effort to make our journeys open and inclusive for all travelers, and that includes keeping single supplements as low as possible and waiving the fees on cabins throughout the year – not just at the last minute.”
These statistics echo a report released in May 2012 by TUI North American Specialist, a collection of adventure tour companies, which stated that solo travelers accounted for 22% of the business for those companies, up 2% over last year.
Aboard IE’s journey into the headwaters of the Amazon River, guests travel aboard a riverboat, the 24-guest Aquamarina. Daily outings on this small-ship adventure take travelers deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot diverse wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and even fish for piranha. Amazon cruise passengers also spend time with Ribereños in remote river villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman.
2013 rates for the 10-day Amazon River cruises include pre-cruise accommodations, complimentary onboard laundry, all excursions, most meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.
On the 10-day Galapagos Islands cruise, International Expeditions’ 32-guest yacht M/V Evolution navigates to the islands. Onboard, guests sail with fine cuisine and a host of amenities including an observation deck and canopied bar, plus complimentary snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks. In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking, other highlights include a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center.
The prices for the Galapagos Islands expedition cruises include pre- and post-cruise accommodations, all excursions, most meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.
Celebrating 33 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys. It is a pioneer of environmentally responsible travel.