Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018 - 16
Compass | BON VOYAGE
Clockwise from left: Gauguin
cruises Moorea, Planet Earth II
in Concert, and a tree grows in
Cruise lines and environmentally focused groups unite to celebrate and protect our planet.
GREENING THE GALÁPAGOS
Santa Cruz Island's lush cloud forest
is home to the largest of 15 Scalesia species found in the Galápagos.
These native trees and shrubs, which
provide sanctuary to numerous types
of endemic birds, are often compared
to Darwin's finches for their remarkable adaptability to the archipelago's
different vegetation zones. Scalesia
are among the 30,000-plus seedlings
planted in Santa Cruz's Los Gemelos
highlands as part of an ongoing collaborative effort between Celebrity
Cruises and Galápagos National Park.
Celebrity passengers and crew members alike have taken part in the reforestation project, which aims to restore
T R AV E L E R
areas affected by humans and invasive
plants. Their enthusiasm and hard work
have helped the program exceed its
initial goal by 150 percent so far.
incredible nature footage from the
series with music from Oscar winner
Hans Zimmer, complements additional
BBC Earth programming on board.
MUSIC OF THE SPHERE
GAUGUIN GONE WILD
An indri - the world's largest lemur - performing aerial acrobatics
in Madagascar's forest and a fearless
giraffe escaping a lion trap set in the
Namib desert are just a few of the stars
in BBC Earth's hit documentary series
Planet Earth II. Their feats are even
more amazing when accompanied by
a live orchestra during Planet Earth II in
Concert, now showing on most Holland
America Line ships. The new multimedia production, which combines
Protecting the world's last intact wild
places begins with education. Paul
Gauguin Cruises' Wildlife Discovery Series brings Merry Camhi, director of the
Wildlife Conservation Society's New
York Seascape program, aboard the
332-passenger Gauguin to share her
research and insights on marine ecosystems during an eight-day Tahiti and
Society Islands cruise. Departure: December 15, 2018; from $3,995, including
round-trip air from Los Angeles.