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Sea Voyager Expedition​s Highlights the Natural Beauty and Culture of Panamá

Save 25 to 35% off Most 2012 Sailings; Single Supplement Waived

Newcomer Sea Voyager Expeditions sets itself apart from other cruise lines and adventure-tour operators by offering its guests a year-round array of experiential itineraries through which they can explore four of the world’s most wildlife-rich countries – Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panamá.

The company, which will officially launch its first cruise on Aug. 31 , differentiates itself by focusin g on these underexplored regions and all that makes them fascinating, including visits to untouched wilderness and rarely seen villages. Panamá is featured on nine of the company’s 10 itineraries, the majority of which include either a Panamá Canal transit or tour of the canal locks. Other highlights of a visit to Panamá include exploration of the country’s islands and parks, opportunities to interact with some of its residents, and chances to spot rare wildlife

Special deals apply on almost all the sailings departing between September and December 2012 including 25 to 35% savings translating to prices of $2,460 to $5,588 per person, double; and unaccompanied solo guests paying the same price as those booking as a couple. Couples who need to wait until next year before embarking on a Sea Voyager adventure can still save $1,000 if they plan ahead and book a 2013 cruise by Oct. 31, 2012
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Panamá, which is a true land bridge between North and South America, is home to more than 10,000 species of plants, 1,500 species of trees and nearly 1,000 species of birds. Eight- to 13-day journeys aboard the 60-passenger M/V Sea Voyager feature land and water excursions accompanied by experienced naturalists and guides who share their love and knowledge of the country’s tremendous offerings. Meanwhile, the friendly international crew ensures onboard comfort, and a culinary team makes use of the abundant local ingredients. The ship’s size allows for easy on/off access and more personal experiences, giving guests every opportunity to truly understand and connect with each destination they visit.

In Panamá, those experiences can take place in one or more of these locations, depending on which itinerary is selected:

Panamá Canal: One of the engineering wonders of the world, the Canal comprises about 50 miles traversed by cargo vessels and cruise ships passing between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Panamá City : Sometimes referred to as the “Manhattan of the Tropics,” this city is the center of finance and commerce between two oceans and two continents. Its historic old town, Casco Antiguo, is a popular stop for visitors.

San Blas Islands : More than 370 islands spread out over the length of this archipelago. The few inhabited ones are populated by the self-governing Kuna Yala, one of the most culturally cohesive tribes of indigenous peoples.

Islas Secas: This small archipelago of 16 volcanic islands is a haven for such species as white-tip sharks, rays, moray eels, lobster, frigatebirds, brown boobies, sea turtles and humpback whales.

Darién Jungle : This lush rainforest is inhabited by the semi-nomadic Emberá-Wounaan people, known for their intricate body tattoos, dugout canoes and ability to hunt with blowpipes. Darién National Park, the largest in Central America, is home to such creatures as macaws, tapirs, sloths, capybaras and anteaters.

The Pearl Islands: The 100-plus islands, which have gained recent fame through the TV show Survivor, are known for their white-sand beaches and water activities.

Coiba National Park : Coiba Island, one of 38 islands in the park, is the largest uninhabited tropical forested island in the Americas. It’s a haven for birds and mammals, including crested eagles and howler monkeys.

The M/V Sea Voyager is the perfect home base from which to explore this tropical paradise. All staterooms are air-conditioned and offer outside views through panoramic windows. Storage space is ample, and all rooms have a private bath. The ship is equipped with a roomy lounge with large windows; dining room; bar; library with WiFi; fitness room; covered decks; and platform for getting in and out of Zodiacs and kayaks, or for entering the water to swim or snorkel.

Sea Voyager Expeditions’ is committed to being the leader in tropical expeditions and preserving Panamá and the three other countries the M/V Sea Voyager visits. Details about the ship and all its itineraries can be found in the Sea Voyager 2012 Special Edition brochure, available on the company’s website. Sea Voyager Expeditions’ North American sales agent is Global Voyagers Group of Bellevue, WA. Further information, reservations and brochures, both printed and electronic, are available from travel agents or via Sea Voyager’s visitor-friendly website, www.seavoyagerexpeditions.com; by phone at 888-912-2572; o r via e-mail at info@seavoyagerexpeditions.com.

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