Galapagos holiday cruise options

“One of our best-selling Galapagos trips, because these South America experts know how to make a small cruise cool, and get every bit of gorgeousness out of the Galapagos.”

Highlights

8 day cruise | Snorkeling | Naturalist guides | San Cristobal | Charles Darwin Centre | Espanola Island | Bartolomé | Santiago Island

Description of Galapagos holiday cruise options

This is a selection of our favourite Galapagos vessels.

We prefer smaller-sized Galapagos boats (16-20 passengers), with an emphasis on first rate naturalist guides, great itineraries, and sustainably run operations.

All of our vessels allow you to enjoy walking, swimming, and snorkelling to get close to the varied wildlife (sea kayaking is often possible also).

We work with these, and other boats, usually as part of a longer tailor made holiday, often including Ecuador's mainland, Peru or elsewhere in South America. Contact us to discuss your ideas and get a personalised proposal.

Seaman Journey Galapagos Cruise

From: £4,070 (per week) ex flights
Graded: First Class Catamaran
Seaman Journey is a very comfortable way to cruise the islands, with just 16 passengers in spacious, air conditioned cabins. As a catamaran, she offers greater stability in the water, so is ideal for anyone unsure about their sea legs! First rate service, comfort levels, and two excellent 7 night itineraries make for a very strong Galapagos cruise choice.

Beagle Galapagos Cruise
From £3,655 (per week) ex flights
Graded: First Class
One of the best loved sail boats in the Galapagos offering two excellent 7 night itineraries. Just 13 passengers make for an intimate atmosphere on board. A particularly good choice for charters and groups of friends or families.


Cachalote Galapagos Cruise
From £2,835 (per week) ex flights
Graded: Superior tourist class
One of our best-loved (and best value) boats, we have used Cachalote for many clients over the years, including for our charters. Relaxed and unpretentious, this is one of the most comfortable and charming small sail boats. Cachalote's 16 passengers can choose a one week itinerary exploring either the eastern & northern islands or the western islands.


Ecoventura Galapagos Cruise
From £3,750 (per week) ex flights
Graded: First Class
Cruise the Galapagos Islands on board one of the three identical sister boats, Eric, Flamingo and Letty. The two different one week itineraries have been carefully designed to display equally strong species diversity. Excellent guide to guest ratio of 1 guide for every 10 passengers. A particularly good choice for friends or families as there are triple cabins available.


Mary Anne Galapagos Cruise
From £4,150 (per week) ex flights
Graded: First Class
One of the islands’ largest and most striking sail boats. Choose from a 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 or 14 night itinerary. The boat's 24 passenger capacity means additional berths over the 16 guest allowance, so often no single supplement is charged, making her a great choice for solo travellers.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Our top tip:
Do engage with the local people here. They have such a fascinating history and culture, as well as an understandably conflicted journey embracing conservation and tourism.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Twin/double cabins on small luxury cruise boats or catamarans.
Included:
On board accommodation, all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, wetsuits and snorkeling gear, all excursions, naturalist guides, transport within the Galapagos.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge depends on boat.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Galapagos holiday cruise options

Environment

The boats we work with in the Galapagos are carefully chosen for their sustainable credentials. In all cases we pay for you to become a benefactor of the Galapagos Conservation Trust for a full year. The GCT issues guidelines as to the sorts of tourist visits that have least impact on the sites - those guidelines include that small boats, owned and operated locally, are the best bet for the preservation of the Galapagos.

Most of our boats are SmartVoyager certified. Boats are only able to gain this accreditation by meeting a set of strict conservation standards for protecting the environment & wildlife. In general, the boat owners and most of the crew on our boats come from the islands, which makes the enterprise sustainable.

Specific Vessel Credentials:

Ecoventura (the owners of Eric, Flamingo and Letty) were the first to gain the SmartVoyager environmental certification – and have kept it ever since. They have set up a scholarship scheme on the islands to educate the children of fishermen, giving them the chance to move out of the fishing industry which challenges the marine balance in the Galapagos Islands. Eric boat - On top of that Eric has been converted, as of late 2008, to operate largely from its own solar panels and a couple of small wind turbines. It is the first hybrid boat in the Galapagos.

Ecoventura are also working in collaboration with fishermen to help set up micro-businesses, again with a view to moving them away from depleting fish stocks. Ecoventura is a carbon neutral company, offsetting all of its emissions from the boats and from its offices.

Mary Anne and Beagle - the owners of these boats, the Angermeyers, are truly passionate about the Galapagos Islands. Born and raised in Galapagos, and acquiring his skills firsthand from his father Fritz – a boat builder – Fiddi Angermeyer is a genuine pioneer of the Island’s tourist industry. Their boat operations are all SmartVoyager certified.

The Angermeyers also work with the Galapagos Foundation to recycle garbage in the Islands as well as taking to the continent what cannot be recycled. In addition they promote the coastal cleaning among the fishermen, as well as the manufacture of handicrafts using recycled materials.

The Cachalote, the first class boat we use for our charters, is also SmartVoyager certified. Boats are only able to gain this accreditation by meeting a set of strict conservation standards for protecting the environment & wildlife. The extensive list of criteria include:

- Reducing, where possible, negative environmental impacts. This includes ensuring that all machines used on the boat (motors, generators, desalinators, air conditioning, hot water tanks) function at the optimum threshold for energy consumption and that no paints containing lead or TBT are used on the boat.

- Lowering the risk of introduction and dispersal of exotic species by ensuring all cargo is transported in authorized containers.

Visitors can play a vital role in the conservation of the Galapagos Islands, and you will be actively encouraged to follow guidelines on your holiday aimed at preserving this fragile ecosystem.

Community

The owner of our favourite superior first class boats have set up a scholarship scheme on the islands to educate the children of fishermen, giving them the chance to move out of the fishing industry which challenges the marine balance in the Galapagos Islands. They are also working in collaboration with fishermen to help set up micro-businesses, again with a view to moving them away from depleting fish stocks.

Conservation standards for protecting the well being of workers and local communities include the following:

- Helping to promote education into responsible behaviour by contributing to training courses for guides and technicians.
- Ensuring just working conditions for all employees by meeting or exceeding national minimum wage, providing medical services, insurance and a working environment free from discrimination.
- Using, where possible, food grown on local farms which adhere to responsible farming practices.
- Supporting local communities by encouraging visitors to engage in social, economic and cultural activities.

Social responsibility projects are key to the Angermeyer operation. Currently they are working with an organic farmers’ association on the islands, a bakers’ cooperative, two different artisan projects and a micro-business support scheme. 25% of profit was donated to the Galapagos local government for capital projects in 2008.

Reviews of Galapagos holiday cruise options

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the animals on the Galapagos & swimming with the sea turtles.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure that you book a good boat. I was on the Chacalote which was a wonderful experience made possible by the crew, food & naturalist guide.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I'm not sure about all of these items but I feel that our environmental impact was minimal.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really there are no words to express how wonderful my holiday was. You have to experience it yourself to appreciate it.

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Swimming with sealions and turtles in the Galapagos.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Choose your cruise boat carefully, read reviews of other travellers' experiences so you know what you're getting. There is a huge variety of boats with differing standards and its a bit of a minefield.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely supported conservation, environmental impact could have been reduced further and the trip supported local people through employment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


5*

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