The Parrot Lovers Cruise which I blogged about a couple of months ago have posted details of two of their shore excursions but I was unable to post while I was in West Papua due to poor internet so better late than never!
October 26 – Discover how scientists and aviculturists are working together to save the critically endangered Puerto Rican Amazon Parrot with this exclusive tour available only to guests aboard the Parrot Lover’s Cruise. Departing at 8:30am local time, attendees will get a chance to visit the Vivaldi (or Rio Abajo) Aviary, a research station which is closed to the general public and located in the 5,000 acre Rio Abajo Forest Reserve.
While on site, you will meet with members of the PR Amazon Recovery team. During a tour of facilities and surrounding area, you will learn about the captive breeding and release program and may be able to glimpse one of the parrots that have recently been returned to the wild. A small donation is included in your excursion price and will assist with efforts to save this critically endangered species. With a stop at the mall for some lunch and shopping, then back to the cruiseship to find your luggage awaiting your arrival, there’s no better way to start your trip!
Ticket Price: USD $110 per guest (excludes lunch.) Each ticket includes a $36 donation to aid parrot conservation. Contact Carol to book your spot »
November 1 – Departing at 10:00 am local time, you’ll be met at the cruise ship pier and taken to the famous Coral World, where you’ll be fascinated by the many species of underwater life represented here. You’ll experience what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch a shark, hand-feed a stingray, or watch newborn seahorses learn to swim! As you explore Coral World, you’ll be surrounded by native trees and plants, as well as fabulous views of the ocean, the shoreline of St. Thomas, and neighboring islands. Enjoy the Caribbean reef encounter, shark shallows, lagoon, turtle pool, nature trail, touch pool, stingrays, and much more! You’ll stay dry while watching non-captive fish and other marine life from the Undersea Observatory, which takes you 100 feet offshore and 15 feet beneath the sea in the middle of a living coral reef. You’ll also visit the Lorikeet Aviary, where you’ll have the opportunity to feed the many exotic birds and observe them playing. In addition to all of this, Coral World also has shops, bars, restaurants, restrooms, and a nature trail. We will then head over to the Butterfly Farm, where Daily bird shows are offered on The Butterfly Garden entrance porch. Let Troy, Miss Priss, Coral, Elvis & Ginger entertain you with their antics and skills. They are great showoffs!
This tour includes:
- • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
- • Coral World
- • Lorikeet Aviary
- • Undersea Observatory
- • Closeup views of aquatic life
- • Bird feeding
- • Shop/snack/restroom opportunities
- • Butterfly Farm and Bird Show
Ticket Price: USD $87.00 per guest (excludes lunch.)
Contact Carol to book your spot »
Excursion schedule subject to change.
Remember that although this cruise is on sale to the general public, in order to participate in the parrot lover’s programs, you must book through
Carol’s Travel Time
And it’s all for a good cause as the funds raised go to the World Parrot Trust!