Galapagos Cruises

THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

A journey to the Galapagos Islands is an extraordinary adventure which will bring you literally face to face with some of the most remarkable wildlife on the planet. The Galapagos archipelago consists of six principal islands, twelve smaller islands and over 40 islets and many of the species of fish, plants and reptiles are found nowhere else in the world. Indeed, many species have evolved into different forms on different islands, making them endemic to particular islands, famously recognized by Charles Darwin during his visit in 1835.

You should note that the Galapagos National Park authorities do not allow boats with more than 100 passengers to operate in the archipelago. All boats have to file their itineraries with the authorities, who strictly control the numbers of people arriving at any one place at any time. There are usually two or three landings per day.

We book a variety of Galapagos cruises ranging from luxury ships with a large choice of cabins and decks and which have facilities catering for up to 100 passengers to smaller yachts, catamarans and sailing ships with capacity from just 7 cabins on the smallest boats (i.e. 14 passengers) up to 24 cabins (48 passengers).

These pages are designed to help you consider what it best for you, according to style of boat, size, cabin choice, facilities and, of course, your budget. Please remember that bigger ships are inevitably more spacious with better facilities on board (such as a choice of dining facilities, range of decks) and tend to be faster in the water, perhaps reaching some of the outlying islands that smaller boats don’t visit. But with a larger number of passengers it takes longer to disembark onto smaller boats and zodiacs for landing on islands, all of which takes time. Smaller cruises make for a more intimate experience.

We recommend a seven-night Galapagos itinerary over shorter stays as this will give you the chance to visit more islands and the opportunity to see a greater variety of wildlife. But do call us to discuss shorter or longer itineraries from 3 nights up to 14 nights.

Origin

Capacity: 20 passengers

Category: Luxury Small Ship

Departures: Sundays

New for 2016, the MV Origin is scheduled to be making her maiden voyage in  January as probably the most comfortable vessel of its type in the Galapagos, combining modern sophistication with understated luxury and fine attention to detail. There are ten spacious staterooms all on the main deck with ocean views and high-end amenities. There are two naturalist guides on board in addition to the concierge, captain and crew.

Santa Cruz II

Capacity: 90 passengers

Category: Luxury Expedition Ship

Departures: Wednesdays/Saturdays

This fine ship undertook her maiden voyage on 10 October 2015. There is ample space on board with 50 good sized cabins spread across over 5 decks. With an average of just 11 passengers per guide there is a highly-personal service. Facilities on board include kayaks, snorkelling equipment and a glass-bottomed boat. The Santa Cruz II operates 5 night itineraries to the Western Galapagos and 10-day departures which combine the Eastern and Western islands.

Montserrat

Capacity:  20 passengers

Category: First Class

Departures: Thursdays & Sundays

With a strong commitment to providing a personal service and attention to detail, Monserrat Galapagos Expeditions aims to create the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience on the enchanted islands. There are 6 double cabins on the Upper deck and 4 double cabins on the Lower deck, all with air-conditioning and private facilities. The Monserrat has a crew of 11, including your naturalist guide.

Seaman Journey

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category: First Class Catamaran

Departures: Mondays and Fridays

Galapagos Sea Star Journey

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category: Superior Boutique Yacht

Departures: Tuesdays/Thursdays/Sundays

The World Travel Awards named the Galapagos Sea Star Journey winner of South America’s Leading Boutique Cruise 2017. The Sea Star was built in 2011 with just eight spacious Sea Star  suites which all  have panoramic windows.

The Sea Star offers 4 and 5 night itineraries which can be combined for stays of 9 or 10 nights.

Petrel

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category: Luxury Motor Catamaran

Departures: Fridays

The luxury Petrel is one of the newest ships in the Galapagos and is designed, like the sea bird she is named after, to be elegant, swift and silent at sea, providing comfort and stability.

The Petrel offers itineraries for 4, 5 and 7 nights. She has a crew of 11 including the captain, naturalist guide and itinerary manager.

Silver Galapagos

Capacity: 100 passengers

Category: Luxury Expedition Ship

Departures: Saturdays

Formerly known as the Galapagos Explorer II this all-suite 100 passenger ship was relaunched in Sept 2013  under the prestigious Silversea brand to offer year-round expedition cruises in the Galapagos archipelago in a new level of comfort and luxury.

The Silver Galapagos offers a choice of suites, including some with your own veranda. Excellent guides and lectures, suberb facilities on board. Highly recommended.

Galapagos Legend

Capacity: 100 passengers

Category: Tourist Superior

Departures: Mondays/Thursdays

This 300-foot Galapagos cruise ship provides all the facilities and services of a large vessel to make your cruise around the islands enjoyable and comfortable. The Galapagos Legend has a capacity for 90 passengers over a range of decks.

The ship has spacious public areas including a lounge bar with panoramic windows, a  substantial dining room, a gym and library. There is also a medical room with a doctor on call 24 hours a day.

Eric and Letty

Capacity: 20 passengers

Category: First class superior

Departures: Sundays

These sister ships are owned and operated by an award-winning family firm recognized as leaders in sustainable travel to the Galapagos Islands.  Passengers disembark into smaller groups of ten per naturalist guide on shore visits to ensure a highly-personalised service.

The four twin cabins on the Iguana Deck have portholes, other cabins have picture windows. The four cabins on the Dolphin Deck are more spacious than the two cabins on the Booby Deck.

La Pinta

Capacity:  48 passengers

Category:  First – Superior

Departures: Fridays

La Pinta has some of the largest cabins of any Galapagos ship with floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins. Public areas are spacious with an obserservation lounge and bar, sun deck with outside bar and jacuzzi, a library,  exercise room and conference room. The dining room is on the main deck.

La Pinta also has a glass-bottomed boat which is ideal for those who do not wish to snorkel or for non-swimmers.

Natural Paradise

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category: Luxury Yacht

Departures: Tuesdays and Saturdays

Natural Paradise is a luxury yacht customized to carry 16 discerning passengers in comfort and safety through the Galapagos Islands. There are 2 suites and 2 junior suites on the upper deck, one suite and 2 standard cabins on the main deck and two further cabins on the lower deck,  Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and an underwater camera are available for use.

Reina Silvia

Capacity: 12-16 passengers

Category: First Class Yacht

Departures: Saturdays

The Reina Silvia is a first-class yacht with just six staterooms. Two staterooms are doubles which can be configured with either two lower twin beds or one king-sized bed. The four additional cabins are furnished with two lower twin beds, which can be configured as doubles or used as triples upon request. All staterooms have en suite facilities.

Nemo II

Capacity: 12 passengers

Category: Sailing Catamaran

Departures: Sundays

The Nemo II is a unique multihull sailing catamaran with capacity for up 12 people. All cabins, which are different in configuration and size, have been carefully fitted to ensure ultimate passenger comfort, making the Nemo II an exceptional choice for cruising the Galapagos Islands. The Nemo II has a crew of 5 on board, in addition to your naturalist guide.

Passion

Capacity: 12 passengers

Category: Small Luxury Yacht

Departures: Saturdays

Originally built as a private luxury yacht, the Passion joined the fleet of Galapagos ships in August 2015. She has been completely refurbished while still retaining many of its original elegant features such as its rose coloured marble bathrooms and teak decks that make the vessel one of a kind. The four staterooms and two suites are spacious and comfortable.

Cachalote I

Capacity: 16 Passengers

Category: First Class Motor Sailor

Departures: Wednesdays

Cachalote I is one of the few motorised yachts with sails offering cruises in the Galapagos Islands combining  an authentic, intimate and adventurous experience with first class service. There are seven upper/lower cabins and one double cabin.  The Cachalote I has a crew of six in addition to your Galapagos guide. Early booking is essential.

Beluga

Capacity:  16 passengers

Category: First Class Superior Yacht

Departures:  Fridays

The Beluga is fully air-conditioned, has spacious public areas with all the comforts and facilities of a superior first class motor yacht: panoramic windows in the salon / dining area, and a large sundeck for relaxing, sightseeing or sunbathing. The Beluga is staffed by a friendly and professional crew of 10, including your Galapagos guide. Please contact us for shorter itineraries.

Danubio Azul

Capacity: 10 passengers

Category: Tourist Motor Yacht

Departures: Tuesdays and Saturdays

The Danubio Azul is one of the smallest vessels operating, however provides exceptional value for naturalist and diving itineraries to the Galapagos Islands. On board there is a double cabin on the upper deck, a twin cabin on the main deck and three smaller cabins (upper and lower berths) on the lower deck.  Diving itineraries include tanks, dumbbells, lead belt and oxygen emergency equipment.

Galapagos Sky

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category: Luxury Liveaboard Diving Yacht

Departures: Sundays

This  luxury yacht offers superb diving itineraries for live-aboard cruises in the protected waters of the Galapagos Archipelago.  Marine life includes hammerheads, giant whale sharks, rays of all shapes and colours, turtles,  schools of fish, and galapagos fur seals making for an altogether exceptional, unforgettable experience. 7 night itineraries include  around 17 – 19 dives and 3 land excursions.

Isabela II

Capacity: 40 passengers

Category: First Class Yacht

Departures:  Fridays, Tuesdays and Mondays

The Isabella II offers a range of different itineraries to suit: 4 nights to the Southern Galapagos Islands (Fridays to Tuesdays), 6 nights to the Northern islands (Tuesdays to Mondays) and 4 nights to the Central islands (Mondays to Fridays). There are 16 classic cabins,  2 family cabins, and a standard cabin on the cabin deck.   On the Main Deck, the Owner’s Cabin is situated right next to the yacht’s social areas.

Tip Top III

Capacity: 16 Passengers

Category: First Class yacht 

Departures: Fridays

The Tip Top III was designed and constructed in 2001 and was last refurbished in 2008. She has capacity for 16 passengers in 10 cabins. The upper deck consists of two double cabins and two twin-bedded cabins. The lower deck has four twin-bedded cabins and two triple cabins comprising a single upper berth and a double lower berth bed. There is a crew of seven in addition to your Galapagos guide.

Tip Top II

Capacity: 16 passengers,

Category: Tourist Superior, Motor Yacht

Departures: Fridays

The Tip Top IV  has 4 twin cabins on the Lower Deck plus 4 on the Upper Deck and a crew of eight including the captain himself and the naturalist guide. With flights to and from the Galapagos Islands included, the Tip Top IV provides excellent value for travellers looking to visit the Galapagos Islands.

Infinity

Capacity: 20 passengers

Category: Luxury Motor Yacht

Departures: Tuesdays and Fridays

The Infinity will be available for reservations from late 2017, offering  high performance, unrivalled comfort, respect for the environment and enormous style. She offers 2 suites and 4 double cabins on the main deck and four additional double cabins on the upper deck. Itineraries of 3, 4 and 7 nights.

Alia

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category: Luxury Motor Yacht

Departures: Mondays & Thursdays

The Alia is the newest catamaran operating in the Galapagos with 9 comfortable cabins, 8 of which have their own private balcony. There are four cabins on the upper deck and five on the main deck, all of which can be configured as doubles or twins. The Alia offers three, four or seven night itineraries. She has a crew of 8 in addition to your naturalist guide.

Majestic

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category: First Class Motor Yacht

Departures: Mondays and Thursdays

The Majestic offers three, four and seven night Galapagos Cruises. She has four ample cabins on the upper deck and five smaller cabins on the main deck. The public areas have picture windows and there is a Jacuzzi and bar on the sundeck. The Majestic is staffed by an experienced crew of 10, including your captain, chef and naturalist guide.

Celebrity Xploration

Capacity:  16 passengers

Category:  First Class catamaran

Departures: Saturdays

This is an outstanding catamaran that combines adventure with comfort.

She can accommodate 16 passengers in 8 spacious fully air-conditioned cabins. There are four cabins on the upper deck and four cabins on the main deck with private balconies.

Excellent facilities and services.

Celebrity Xperience

Capacity:  48 passengers

Category: First-class Superior

Departures: Saturdays

The Celebrity Xperience is a 210 ft expedition vessel. Fully air-conditioned, the spacious cabins all have a sea view and either a double or twin bed arrangement. In addition to the indoor dining room, there is a dining area located around the jacuzzi. The observation deck is ideal for whale watching or relaxing on a sun lounger. There is also a small pool bar.

Cormorant

Capacity:  16 passengers

Category:  Luxury Catamaran

Departures: Saturdays

The Cormorant offers two spacious suites on the main deck, together with two standard cabins on the main deck and four additional cabins on the upper deck. All cabins have a private balcony.

Special offers become available from time to time so please check with us.

Mary Anne

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category:  Tourist Motor-Sailor

Departures: Saturdays

The Mary Anne is operated by a company whose family links to the Galapagos stretch back to the 1930s.

Although the Galapagos Islands are not noted for their winds, it is always a magnificent sight to see the sails hoisted.

Coral I and II

Coral I:  36 passengers   Coral II: 20 passengers

Category: First class Motor Yachts

Departures: Wednesdays/Sundays

These sister ships are surprisingly spacious and has comfortable public areas with picture windows. Junior suites on the Earth and Sky Decks have panoramic windows. Cabins on other decks have panoramic skylights. The jacuzzi, sun and shadow decks allow plenty of space to relax as you travel between the islands.

Grace

Capacity: 16 passengers

Category:  First class superior Motor Yacht

Departures: Saturdays

This yacht was a wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.

With just 4 suites and 5 premium staterooms plus 11 crew members and 1 naturalist guide, the yacht excudes the beauty, prestige and elegance befitting of her name.

Aida Maria

Capacity:  16 passengers

Category:  Economy Motor Yacht

Departures: Sundays

The Aida Maria represents good value for those on a tight budget.

She has eight small cabins with upper and lower berths, each with private facilities, manned by a crew of eight plus your Galapagos guide.

Tip Top IV

Capacity: 16 passengers,

Category: Tourist Superior, Motor Yacht

Departures: Fridays

The Tip Top IV  has 4 twin cabins on the Lower Deck and 4 on the Upper Deck. She has a crew of eight including the captain and naturalist guide.

With flights to/from the Galapagos Islands included the Tip Top IV provides excellent value.

Beagle

Capacity: 14 passengers

Category: First Class Motor-Sailor

Departures: Tuesdays

The Beagle is a classic among sailing yachts in the Galapagos, a magnificent 105-foot twin screw steel-hulled brigantine with teak decks and beautiful interiors. Home to six double cabins and a smaller seventh cabin with an upper and lower berth, the Beagle has a crew of six including the captain and your naturalist guide.

Samba

Capacity: 14 passengers

Category:  Tourist Superior Motor-Sailor

Departures: Tuesdays

The Samba is a steel-hulled motor yacht with sails and accommodates 14 passengers.  Six cabins have upper/lower berths and there is just one double cabin on board. The Samba has a crew of 6 in addition to your naturalist guide, who aim to go the extra mile to ensure that all visitors have the trip of a lifetime. Early booking is essential.

Ocean Spray

Capacity:  16 passengers

Category:  First-superior Catamaran

Departures: Saturdays

The Ocean Spray is one of the most recent boats to have started operating in the Galapagos.There are four double cabins located on the main deck with a further four situated on the upper deck. Every cabin on board the Ocean Spray has its own private balcony for fantastic views whilst cruising. The Ocean Spray is home to a crew of 9, who are under the command of the captain together with a knowledgeable naturalist guide.

Evolution

Capacity:  32 passengers

Category:  First Class

Departures: Saturdays

This handsome expedition yacht offers 3 suites, 8 premium staterooms and 5 deluxe staterooms all with private facilities, climate controls and ample space. Prices vary according to their deck location and size. The yacht featues both inside and al-fresco dining areas and a sky deck lounge on Albatross deck with a bar. At the bow of the yacht you will find a jacuzzi with lounge chairs for sunbathing and relaxing.