Cruising in the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are a collection of 18 volcanic islands and 40 islets hosting an abundance of wildlife and natural wonders not found anywhere else in the world. You can swim with sea lions, visit a tortoise breeding centre and snorkel amid tropical, colourful fish.
It’s vital that you choose the right vessel for your cruise around the islands and here we bring you our favourites; a selection that features sailing ships, catamarans and luxury yachts of all sizes and each with different features. Our Latin America Regional Specialists can help you choose. And if you don’t have your sea legs, we can also offer you a land-based trip, which ensures you see the islands on a variety of activities, like mountain biking for example.
Let’s go and explore the Galapagos Islands!
Guantanamera – AUTHENTIC
The Guantanamera is a small vessel, accommodating only 16 people. Cabins are en-suite and air-conditioned. The Guantanamera will get you closer to the islands, and prides itself on its social atmosphere when back on-board; it has a spacious sun deck. Accompanying passengers are six crew, including a naturalist guide who will explain all about the unique species you’ll see on your Galapagos explorations.
Daphne (G3) - AUTHENTIC
The Daphne is a small vessel with just eight cabins, all with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. There’s an outdoor bar and seating area, and snorkelling’s included. This vessel offers an exceptional value cruise.
Coral I & II – COMFORT
Coral I & II are comfortable, medium-sized boats. Coral I hosts a maximum of 36 guests, while Coral II can accommodate 20. The boats are similar in design and facilities; both have air-conditioned cabins, a lounge area with sofas and TV, bar, whirlpool and dining area with large windows for great views of the passing islands and wildlife.
Javier (G4) and San Jose (G5) - COMFORT
The Javier is a comfortable boat for your Galapagos explorations. All cabins are en suite, air-conditioned and outside facing, for great views. There’s also ample indoor and outdoor space for sun bathing and briefings.
Mary Anne - COMFORT
The Mary Anne is a classic sail ship with elegant white canvas sails - raising these is quite an exhilarating experience. During your time on-board you can enjoy unique activities like navigation by stars, sailing lessons and cooking classes. Because there’s no engine, the ship attracts whales and dolphins to swim alongside the boat; this is a truly unique experience.
Eric, Flamingo I and Letty - COMFORT
The Eric, Flamingo I and Letty are identical sister ships, each following the same itinerary and accommodating up to 20 passengers over three decks. The ratio of guide to client is excellent with two naturalist guides on each departure; thus ensuring no more than 10 clients to each guide. The vessels are an intimate size - just 25 metres in length - and boast polished teak interiors, air-conditioned cabins, a dining room, well-stocked bar and panoramic views.
The Monserrat - COMFORT
The Monserrat is a comfortable boat with en-suite, air-conditioned cabins. It has spacious indoor dining and lounge areas, plus an outdoor sundeck for relaxing. There’s also a bar for a glass of wine as the sun goes down, after a hard day’s exploring.
Santa Cruz - COMFORT
The Santa Cruz is a larger vessel, accommodating up to 90 passengers. There is a large sun deck with a bar and Jacuzzi, in addition to an observation area for whale and dolphin spotting. Other facilities include a dining area, bar, library, reading room and small raft with a glass-bottomed viewing box.
Beluga - COMFORT
The Beluga is a comfortable and spacious vessel, which accommodates up to 16 passengers in double rooms with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. A lounge, dining and bar areas and large sun deck provide fantastic space for relaxing and socialising with other travellers.
Anahi - COMFORT
The Anahi is a superior catamaran which accommodates up to 16 guests. Facilities include a Jacuzzi, bar and library along with an observation deck ideal for observing wildlife as you cruise. The vessel provides a stable and relaxing cruise experience, while its speed allows guests to visit the more remote islands of the archipelago.
Galapagos Explorer - INDULGE
The Galapagos Explorer accommodates all passengers in well-appointed and spacious suites, bringing a touch of luxury to your time on-board. The vessel boasts a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, solarium, boutique, massage, spacious dining and lounge room plus three bars. To add to your Galapagos experience, a glass-bottomed boat is also available for during your cruise to observe the marine life.
Queen of the Galapagos (G8) - INDULGE
With a capacity of just 16 passengers, the Queen of the Galapagos has seven luxury cabins with queen or twin beds, en suite facilities, air-conditioning, TV, DVD player and large windows, to admire the passing scenery. During your time on-board, relax on coaches on the outdoor terrace, enjoy great food in the stylish dining room or spot wildlife on the observation deck.
Galapagos Legend - INDULGE
The Galapagos Legend accommodates up to 100 passengers in well-appointed and individually-decorated cabins. It has spacious social areas including a freshwater pool, sun decks, cocktail bar, large lounge and dining area plus an observation deck for spotting dolphins and other marine life.
La Pinta - INDULGE
La Pinta is a luxury yacht accommodating up to 48 passengers. This purpose-built vessel is tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and the 24 large suites have windows for ocean views. There is a Jacuzzi, library, great deck space for star gazing, glass-bottomed boat and a choice of deck bars for the perfect sundowner.
La Peregrina - AUTHENTIC
A small bed and breakfast accommodation, La Peregrina has only 10 rooms with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. The garden has hammocks, so you can relax to the tune of finches, mocking birds and cuckoos.
Wooden House Lodge – COMFORT
Wooden House Lodge prides itself on offering a home away from home; a friendly welcome and rustic charm. Air-conditioned rooms are a good size and facilities include a swimming pool, living room and restaurant.
Angermeyer Waterfront – INDULGE
Set in a tranquil location, the Angermeyer Waterfront is an exclusive retreat set around a cave and built from local materials such as drift wood and lava rocks; making the most of its beautiful and natural surroundings. There’s a terrace for enjoying a glass of wine as the sun sets, waterfront deck for an al fresco dinner and cosy bar and café for a final nightcap.
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