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Eco-Friendly Vacations

Planning to travel this summer? An eco-friendly vacation will have you enjoying the outdoors while simultaneously preserving the environment. Better yet, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your environmental contribution positively impacts local culture, wildlife, flora, and more.

Help to preserve your favorite destination for years to come by booking the eco-friendly vacation of your choice. And remember, going green starts with you.

Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Barceló Hotels & Resorts include:

  • Gold Certification from Green Globe
  • Established beach clean-up programs
  • Education stations available for guests to learn about care of local ecosystems and wildlife
  • Reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy
  • Automatic light control in public areas and eco-friendly light bulbs
  • On-site nursery that produces 60% of the plants used in local reforestation
  • Nesting areas on the beach during turtle season to protect baby turtles

Couples Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Couples Resorts include:

  • Environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Energy efficient air conditioners
  • 85% of menu items prepared with products from local farmers and growers
  • Use of electronic hand dryers instead of paper towels

Dreams Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Dreams Resorts & Spas include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Distintivo “S”
  • Beach clean-up programs
  • Participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka’an Program, which promotes community and environmental development
  • Actively involved in Planet Hour and Earth Day
  • Plant and wildlife preservation
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products

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AmaWaterways – Zambezi Queen

With a design specific for safari river cruising on the Chobe River, the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen (2009) offers a sophisticated onboard experience designed to maximize animal sightings. Your comfort is ensured when staying in any of the 14 balcony staterooms (which range up to 300 sq. ft), all decorated in contemporary style. The air-conditioned top deck of the ship offers a dining room, lounge, bar and pool area for your comfort. Enjoy game watching from your stateroom, or visit the top deck for a beverage, sun bathing and more game watching. Peruse the library of books, enjoy a board game or study the night sky with the onboard telescope. Explore the riverbanks of the Chobe River on the Zambezi Queen.

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Stateroom Amenities
  • All Suites have their own private balconies with either a double or two single beds
  • 4 Master Suites, which are 300 sq. ft.
  • 8 Category A Suites, which are 235 sq. ft.
  • 2 Category B Suites, which are 215 sq. ft.

Unique Dining Experiences
While on board the Zambezi Queen, our guests will dine in absolute opulence whilst taking in the unique African surrounds. Situated on the 3rd level, the dining room offers unobstructed views on three sides. Experience delectable dishes such as butternut and macadamia soup and fillet of beef with bordelaise sauce paired with the perfect wine. The mornings offer a full English breakfast and the afternoons offer a lavish gourmet lunch buffet. In the evenings, be our honored guest for an elegant, formal dining experience, the perfect ending to your daily river cruise adventures. We offer complimentary wine and beer with all lunch and dinners on board.
Ship Public Areas
  • The air-conditioned top deck consists of the dining room, lounge, bar and sunbathing area complete with private pool
  • The interior furnishings are elegant and timeless, creating a luxurious yet comfortable experience. The dining room is situated on the 3rd level with unobstructed views on three sides
  • The bar includes local and imported spirits, wine and beers
  • Reading room
  • Gift Shop
Smiling Faces On Board
With AmaWaterways, you’ll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you’ll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After ten years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention. Our passengers consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Passengers aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers’ experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise. At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.
Eco-friendly boat
  • Responsibility towards the environment forms the foundation upon which this eco-boat was built
  • A water jet propulsion system replaces the conventional propeller system, causing no damage to the river bed
  • Only the latest fuel efficient and low emission generators are run during daylight hours, with the boat operating on battery power through the night
  • Hot water is provided by a solar heating system
  • Energy-saving lights throughout
  • Water-saving taps and showers
  • Onboard sewage processing plant
  • Cleaning detergents and soaps are biodegradable
  • Five-stage water purification plant, using river water in showers and tap

$1,000 Off Two June Amazon River Cruises

International Expeditions, the world leader in engaging and authentic nature travel, is offering travelers a special $1,000 per person savings on its June 1 and 22, 2012 Amazon River cruises. While reaping a rare savings of more than 25 percent off regular fares, budget savvy travelers enjoy an in-depth look at the legendary nature and vibrant culture of the Peruvian Amazon.

IE is also offering a Virtuoso exclusive on the June 1 and 22 Amazon departures. Virtuoso guests will not only receive the $1000 savings, they will also receive a $100 gift certificate from IE Gear, an online boutique offering clothes, luggage and accesories to help gear up for your nature travel adventure.

Guests on the 10-day Amazon Voyage expedition travel more than 600 miles into the narrow tributaries of the Amazon aboard the 24-passenger riverboat Aquamarina, enjoying chances of rare wildlife sightings. Daily outings on this small-ship adventure take travelers deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot diverse wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and even fish for piranha. During excursions into the narrow river tributaries, guests may spot more than 100 kinds of birds, pink and gray river dolphins, sloths, giant otters and nocturnal animals such as caimans and capybaras.

“There were so many highlights of our trip to Peru with International Expeditions,” said Amazon cruise guest Peg Smith of Toledo, Ohio. “The voyage on the river itself was awesome. The naturalists and expedition leader were so professional, friendly and full of knowledge about all of the plants and animals and birds. The staff on the boat was wonderful, and food was interesting and good.”

Amazon cruise passengers also spend time with the ribereños, native people of the Amazon’s remote villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman. Guests enjoy a penetrating glimpse into daily life while also taking time to participate in a blessing ceremony, learn about local agriculture and crafts, or sing Peruvian songs. Ensuring a high level of authenticity, IE varies the villages guests visit during their Amazon expedition.

When not discussing the rainforest or village life with the local guides, guests can stargaze on the open-air top deck or sip cocktails while enjoying the evening entertainment, courtesy of the ship’s local crew of 16. A high staff-to-guest ratio — better than 2:1 — ensures that guests are well looked after during their days aboard the 24-guest Aquamarina.

Prices for the June 1 and 22, 2012 Amazon River expedition cruise start at $2,898 per person (with discount), and include accommodations, excursions, complimentary laundry aboard Aquamarina, most meals, guides, transfers, and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.

Celebrating 32 years of 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. International Expeditions has been named seven times to Travel + Leisure’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators & safari outfitters and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

Other savings from IE:

Special Spring & Summer Amazon Savings

  • Save $500 per person on NEW 4-night Amazon River cruise expeditions.
    • Machu Picchu & Amazon River Cruise – June 29 or July 27
    • Rainforest Tour & Amazon Cruise – June 29 or July 27
  • Join select Amazon River cruises this summer and save $500 per person on select departures — May 11, 18 & 25; June 8 & 15; July 6 & 20
  • Save $1,000 per person on June 1 & 22 Amazon cruise departures!
    • Note: Applies to new bookings only.
amazon river travel special

Save on Summer Galapagos Adventures

  • SAVE $500 per person on Galapagos cruises departing June 8 & July 6, 2012. Cabin space is limited.
  • Save $500 per person on ALL April AND May 2012 Galapagos Islands cruises. 
    • Note: Applies to new bookings only.
galapagos islands travel special

Early Booking Discount

  • SAVE $250 when you reserve space on 2012 journeys at least nine months prior to departure.

Save on Back-to-Back Journeys

  • Book any combination of two small-group journeys and save 5% off the lesser-priced expedition. Note: Back-to-back journey discount not applicable to extensions.

No Single Supplement

Solo travelers save with NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FEE on select Amazon and Galapagos departures.

  • Amazon: June 1; July 6; August 3, 17 & 24
  • Galapagos: April 13 & 27; June 8; July 6; October 12 & 26

Kids Save Too

Kids 7-18 enjoy special discounts year-round.

  • Amazon: Save $150 on January-November voyages
  • Galapagos: Save $500 on January-November voyages
  • Machu Picchu: Save $150 all year
family travel specials

Travel Twice in One Year

  • Save $250 per person when you travel on any two IE journeys within one year.

Please Note: Offers valid on new bookings only. All offers are based on availability and cannot be combined with any other discount, travel special or certificate. Offers not valid on the following departures: December 21 or 28, 2012 Amazon; December 21, 2012 Galapagos. Kids discounts are based on double occupancy price and based on child sharing cabin.