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Join Our first Escorted Cruise with Marine Biologist Jack Grove!

AUTHOR Ecoventura

We are thrilled to offer our guests a special treat in 2018 in the Galapagos Islands –  two different departures on our luxury vessel, The MV ORIGIN, with Jack Grove!

Jack is a world renowned marine biologist, expedition leader, and author of The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands.

You can expect a unique experience on every land and sea excursion, as well as evening lectures from Jack on board. Not only will you experience a first-hand understanding of your surroundings, but also a wealth of knowledge on marine life and wildlife habitats found in the Galapagos Islands, from someone who has been researching the islands for over thirty years.

What you need to know about these special departures:

Departure Dates:

  • September 23rd – 30th 2018 – Itinerary B Northern/Western
  • September 30th – October 7th 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. Guests 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 Galapagos 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 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 Galapagos.

Not Included: International airfare, airfare to the Galapagos Islands, 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  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 Galapagos

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 Galapagos, where he served as an associate investigator for the Ecuador’s National Fisheries Institute, and was senior author of the only Ecuadorian publication on Galapagos 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”. He most recently contributed to the book the Global Atlas of Marine Fishes: A Critical Appraisal of Catches and Ecosystem Impacts, published in 2016.

When not traveling, he manages his own photography business in the Florida Keys.

About the Global Atlas of Marine Fishes: A Critical Appraisal of Catches and Ecosystem Impacts:

“I recently contributed to the Global Atlas of Marine Fishes: A Critical Appraisal of Catches and Ecosystem Impacts. As co-author on the chapter on the Galapagos, I was able to express my concerns about marine conservation in the Islands. The volume is the first of its kind and it covers all the nations of the world that have marine habitats. Published in 2016, the book is already acclaimed in the academic community. If you were to google the title, you could have a quick look at the impressive reviews.” – Jack Grove

We can’t wait to see you onboard in 2018 for this remarkable adventure!