Cruise West will be sailing in the Galapagos this summer, as well as on the Danube River (in July and October) – two firsts for the line. Both programs are “a natural progression” for Cruise West “due to our continuing focus on nature,” a company spokeswoman told Cruise Industry News.

The 40-passenger, 1,082-ton Isabela II, which Cruise West is chartering from Ecuador-based Metropolitan Touring, will sail three, 10-day Galapagos cruises from Baltra Island. “In the company of naturalist guides (passengers) will scout for breaching whales, pink flamingos, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, tiny penguins and flightless cormorants,” according to Cruise West.

In addition, the 148-passenger Amadeus Diamond, which the company will be chartering from Austria-based Luftner Cruises, will sail four, 11-day cruises from Vienna – on the Danube River to the Black Sea. The Diamond will call in Budapest and Kalocsa (Hungary); Osijek, Croatia; Belgrade and Costolac (Serbia); Svistov and Rousse (Bulgaria); and Hirsova and Bucharest (Romania).