Join us onboard the MV ORIGIN on two special departures in 2018 unlike any other with special guest Jack Grove – marine biologist, expedition leader, and author of The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands.
Jack will escort guests on all land and sea excursions, and will give evening lectures on board. Guests will receive an insightful narrative on the marine life and habitat of all the wildlife found in Galápagos.
Learn more about these special departures below:
- September 23-30 2018 – Itinerary B Northern/Western
- September 30-07 Oct 2018 – Itinerary A Southern/Central
Cruise Rate: $7,850.00 per person double occupancy per week
Guests can book both weeks back-to-back for a 14-night comprehensive cruise or just one week for a 7 night cruise on Itinerary A or B.
What to Expect: Travel in the company of an expert marine biologist and photographer – in addition to our naturalist guides. Enjoy evening lectures over “turtle hour” presented by Jack Grove. Guest will also participate in daily observations of fish behavior and identification directed by Jack in addition to all the scheduled daily activities.
Passengers will also receive a personalized copy of The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands, signed by Jack. This is a first edition hard copy book and they are close to being sold out. Limited quantities are available for those who sign up for the cruise first before our supply runs out (one per couple or cabin) and will be sent to your home 60 days prior to the cruise departure.
Included: Cruise accommodation, all meals and snacks, all beverages including open bar, 24/7 Espresso, coffee and tea, Captain’s welcome and farewell party, evening cocktail hour and lectures, concierge services, guided shore excursions, use of wet suits, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, transfers between the airport and dock in Galápagos.
Not Included: International airfare, airfare to Galápagos, National park entrance fee ($100), transit control card ($20), premium alcoholic beverages, gratuities to guides and crew, purchases on board in our boutique and travel insurance (recommended).
Special Pricing & Incentives:
- Book two weeks back to back and get a 5% discount
- Confirm your cruise by 180 days prior to departure and get a 5% early bird discount off the cruise rate plus a two night’s hotel accommodation in Guayaquil at the Hotel Oro Verde
- The first 12 guests to confirm will receive a free upgrade to business class seats on their flights to the Galápagos
About Jack Grove
A marine biologist and professional naturalist, Jack has spent much of the past two decades traveling on, and lecturing about, the world’s oceans. Jack is a leading authority on the fishes and marine environments of the eastern tropical Pacific. For more than twenty years he was a research associate in the Section of Fishes at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. For seven years, he lived in the Galápagos, where he served as an associate investigator for the Ecuador’s National Fisheries Institute, and was senior author of the only Ecuadorian publication on Galápagos fishes.
He continues to carry out extensive marine biological studies in this UNESCO World Heritage Site today. In 1997, Stanford University Press published his comprehensive volume The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands, and he received his Ph.D. from Pacific Western University.
A true adventurer, Jack is a fellow of The New York Explorer’s Club and he has led numerous expeditions to the remote corners of the world, participating in expeditions as a marine naturalist, photographer, and expedition leader, as well as working with noted scientists and explorers such as Dr. Jack Randall and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Jack is an avid scuba diver, certified dive master, and dedicated conservationist and a member of The American Association for the Advance of Science. In 2005 he gave a TED talk on strategies for the preservation of marine biodiversity called “A Shifting Paradigm in the Galápagos”.
When not traveling, he manages his own photography business in the Florida Keys.
About The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands
“2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands. To acquire the information, specimens, and photographs required to compile such a comprehensive text, I moved to the Islands in 1977. For the next seven years, my duties were multifaceted—I was employed as a naturalist and divemaster aboard the ship, Bucanero; with support from the Ecuadorian Government, I served in Guayaquíl as the Associate Investigator for the Instituto Nacional de Pesca (National Fisheries Institute); and I also served as a naturalist for the Galápagos National Park Service. In 1982, Dr. Robert Lavenberg, senior ichthyologist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, signed on as coauthor.” – Jack Grove
We hope you join us on board the Origin in 2018 for this once in a lifetime adventure.