A LIVING MUSEUM AND SHOWCASE OF EVOLUTION
R&O helped me feel confident in the decision to book this trip. Answered questions quickly, honestly, and was patient with me.
Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1,000 km from the South American continent, these 19 islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’. Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the area surrounding the Galápagos Islands are a ‘melting pot’ of marine species. Ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflects the processes that formed the islands. These processes, together with the extreme isolation of the islands, led to the development of unusual animal life – such as the land iguana, the giant tortoise and the many types of finch – that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection following his visit in 1835.
How often do you get to meet a sea Captain in the desert? This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Captain Jens Köthen of the expedition yacht Hanse Explorer to talk about his favorite destination in the world: Antarctica. For the past ten years, Captain Jens...read more
Like most people, when I used to hear the word “cruise” I was flooded with images of huge ships overflowing with thousands of people. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the world of expedition cruising that I had a total paradigm shift. I was living on the Big Island of...read more
This past September I had the opportunity of visiting Southeast Alaska and embarking on an 8 day Expedition Cruise from Juneau to Ketchikan through the Inside Passage. Although the entire trip was an incredible adventure, my favorite moments were when we set out in...read more