By Sara Duncan Widness
September 5, 2012
AdventureSmith Explorations and Travel Dynamics Intl. announce a new small ship cruise to Belize for adventure seekers, beginning in late December and including an optional pre-cruise extension to Guatemala. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itineraryde tails.php/advid/464
The seven-night, all-inclusive cruises on the 138-guest Yorktown include ample off-ship opportunities to snorkel the world’s second largest barrier reef, explore Maya ruins, hike the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve with a naturalist guide, and relax on Laughing Bird and South Water Cayes.
There is also an optional extension to Tikal and Xunantunich, Guatemala. Excursions are enriched by naturalists, Mayanists, archaeologists and scientists who lecture on board. The Belize Barrier Reef supports 70 species of hard coral, 36 species of soft coral, 500 species of fish and hundreds of species of invertebrates. At Great Blue Hole, a 1,000-foot circular coral rim, the clear water reveals underwater stalactites and sea creatures.
Birders will delight in red-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, motmots, trogons, great green macaws, parrots and toucans. Active travelers enjoy swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. The ship was built to maneuver in and out of small bays and cayes that are inaccessible to larger cruise liners. A spacious lounge, dining room, sun deck, swimming platform and Inter-net access compliment comfortable cabin accommodations.
Travel Dynamics International is the leading operator of high-caliber educational and cultural cruises aboard small ships. They cater to the traveler who has a keen intellectual interest in history, culture and nature.
AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon-free cruising initiative.
Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Panama, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, Australia and the Mediterranean.