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Travel & Leisure Magazine 2018 & 2019 World’s Best Awards Winner

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Founders Dolores and Eduardo Diez receiving the award at the ceremony in NYC 2018 with Travel + Leisure Editor, Nathan.
Founders Dolores and Eduardo Diez receiving the award at the ceremony in NYC 2018 with Travel + Leisure Editor, Nathan.
Dolores & Eduardo Diez with Jacqueline Gifford, Editor in Chief at Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in New York on July 16th, 2019
Dolores & Eduardo Diez with Jacqueline Gifford, Editor in Chief at Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in New York on July 16th, 2019

Quasar Expeditions has been voted Travel & Leisure’s 2018 & now 2019 World’s Best “Small Ship-Ocean Cruise Line”. Everyone who is part of the Quasar Expeditions team is extremely honored and humbled by this win, on one of the travel magazines with the highest worldwide circulation. See the full list here---> The Top 10 Small-ship Ocean Cruise Lines for 2019.

When we originally received the news that we had been nominated again in this category, it was already another huge win for Quasar Expeditions. As a cruise line, we are a small, boutique company, operating only in the Galapagos Islands with a very small fleet. Within the “Small Ship” category though, we were competing one-on-one with very reputable, major cruise lines with a world-wide reach, and with hundreds of thousands of past travelers and repeat clients. Travel & Leisure defines “small ships” as those with occupations as high as 249 passengers, and with only 2 yachts of 18 and 32 guests, we knew the competition was extremely tough right from the start.

As opposed to other similar awards within the industry, Travel & Leisure does theirs a bit differently. Voters are only allowed to vote once, and each of their personal comments is reviewed by a panel of judges at Travel & Leisure to give Quasar Expeditions an overall score. This year, thanks to the votes and fabulous comments from our partners and past guests, Quasar Expeditions came out at the top again, with an overall score of 99.07, which even beat our 2018 score of 98.33.

If you haven’t yet picked up the August 2019 World’s Best Issue, it is already in stands.

When the official notice came out, the initial surprise and the moments of wide-eyes and mesmerized, incredulous smiles began to morph into a more real and even humbling understanding of our accomplishment. As is natural, we began to analyze how we accomplished this feat again, so as to make sure this recipe remains unchanged. We soon realized that, as per our philosophy, it’s not as much about “how” we did it, but more about the “why” we do anything we do to begin with. The why comes first, then comes the how, and pretty much everything else follows.

So, why did we achieve this wonderful award? Here are couple of words that are a true and honest part of Quasar Expeditions’ heart:
Passion: As many of you know, Quasar Expeditions started out from an authentic passion, a sincere love for one of the world’s most inspiring destinations, which then expanded into new, equally amazing regions and experiences. For those of you unfamiliar with this incredible story, we encourage you to watch these videos:

Why Quasar Expeditions?

About Quasar Expeditions: A Family Story

Inspiration: Though life-changing destinations have played a tremendous part in inspiring us, an equally important influence comes from you and our guests. It is clients such as yourselves, and those special travelers that we have the honor of welcoming that continue to impel us, to influence us, to arouse deep feelings, thoughts, and ultimately actions for continued hard work, innovation and improvement. In short, a large part of our accomplishment is thanks to the inspiration that you and our guests provide us, day in and day out.

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The Why then, is our undying passion and inspiration that we have the privilege and pleasure of feeling every single day; the how, just follows organically.

Although all of us at Quasar Expeditions have worked very hard to achieve this back-to-back honor, and we are extremely proud of the team of people behind this win, we know full well that we did not do this alone. We therefore want to send all our friends, partners, past, present and future travelers, a big shout-out, a heartfelt thank you, and a promise. The promise that we will continue to work hard and constantly innovate, while always remaining passionate and open to inspiration.

To learn more about our cruises ---> Galapagos Cruises.

Quasar's two yachts ---> Grace Yacht & Evolution Yacht.


Paul Schicke
Manager E-Commerce & Direct Sales at Quasar Expeditions

Hello! My name is Paul. I am a photographer, traveler, teacher and writer. I have extensive experience in travel to Galapagos, Peru, Patagonia and the western seaboard of South America specializing in ways travelers can experience these once-in-a-life destinations like locals on the road. Lover of wine, chocolate, travel, coffee, and helping others plan vacations of a lifetime!

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