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BOUNTY ON THE HIGH SEAS
What: Galápagos Vision
Where: Galápagos islands
Perfect for: Amateur environmentalists and granola types happy to trade buffets for up-close encounters with flamingos.
Youth Factor: While the 48-foot catamaran serves as a home base, the whole point is to get off the ship, usually via kayak. Passengers paddle up to 13 miles between islands, seeking out the crazy animals that kept Darwin so engrossed here for five weeksblue-footed boobies, sea lions, sea turtles, pink flamingos, iguanas, hawks, and albatross.
Cruise Mates: Active, in-shape nature lovers.
High Seas: Time not kayaking is spent snorkeling in empty coves and cavorting near turtles and sea lions.
Rough Sailing: The 13-passenger ship has a mere four cabins and few entertainment options other than a small library (read: a couple of bookshelves) and a TV/VCR. If you're not loving your shipmates, there's no escape.
The Deal: Ten-night cruises start at $3,600.