International Expeditions Adds Four 2012 Galapagos Cruises With No Single Supplement Fee

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Solo travelers save $1,200 on year-round small-ship cruise departures, including four newly added February and March Galapagos expeditions.

Over the past five years we have seen larger numbers of single travelers looking for safe, escorted travel to the world’s wildlife-rich regions.

Budget savvy solo travelers can take advantage of no single supplement on eight Galapagos adventures offered by nature travel expert and ecotourism pioneer International Expeditions. With savings of $1,200, this deal is perfect for the nearly 16 million U.S. single travelers who make up close to 22 percent of all the nation's travelers, according to the U.S. Travel Data Center. The single supplement fees will be waived on IE’s February 3 and 17, March 16 and 30, May 11 and 25, and October 12 and 26, 2012 Galapagos Island cruises

“Over the past five years we have seen larger numbers of single travelers looking for safe, escorted travel to the world’s wildlife-rich regions,“ said IE President Van Perry. “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 throughout the year – not just at the last minute.”

On the 10-day Galapagos Islands cruise, solo travelers join a group of like-minded guests aboard International Expeditions’ 32-passenger yacht M/V Evolution. This immersive expedition navigates to captivating islands, where the small group size allows for easy access to the wildlife and far more personal attention than guests find aboard larger cruise ships. Onboard, guests sail in comfort with spacious accommodations, fine cuisine and a host of amenities including an observation deck (perfect for whale watching) and canopied bar, plus complimentary snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks.

“Never have I seen so may people from all different backgrounds having so much fun together,” said Janie King of Las Vegas, Nev., a recent IE traveler in the Galapagos. “The Evolution had a great group of travelers and a great group of staff.”

In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center, famous for its tortoise breeding programs; and an exploration of Santiago Island, a haven for finches, doves and Galapagos hawks.

Highly trained Galapagos naturalist guides enhance travelers’ experiences by sharing their in-depth knowledge and bringing them within inches of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and other animals.

Prices for the Galapagos Islands vacations start at $5,098 in 2012, and include accommodations, all excursions, most meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.

Celebrating 31 years of engaging nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits.

For information or a Galapagos Islands Cruise brochure, contact International Expeditions at 1-800-633-4734, nature@ietravel.com or http://www.IEtravel.com.

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