Choosing a galapagos cruise

The four Classes of ships in the Galapagos

The boats operating in the Galapagos can carry from 12 to 100 passengers and have different itineraries depending on the tours. Most visited islands are the Genovesa, Fernandinha and Espanola. So Ideally your trip should have at least one of these islands included. There are also a number of special interest cruises such as photography, birdwatching and diving. There are plenty of liveaboards that concentrate mainly on diving where whale sharks and hammerheads are known to be prolific.

The cruise ships: size and class For a more intimate experience in the Galapagos we recommend a small yacht. These yachts are typically handmade motor yachts that offer high quality personal service. With fewer fellow passengers you are more likely to get to know your shipmates and develop a relationship with your guide, be sure to ask him or her more questions and find out all there is to know about the islands.

Another advantage of a smaller group is the less impact they have on the fragile Galapagos environment. Another benefit of a smaller yacht is the fact that often, large ships cannot anchor or disembark at some sites due to their size. We have divided the yachts according to the Galapagos Park specifications. These are:

Luxury Class
These are the most expensive because they have the most lavish accommodation, the most professional crew, the highest quality food, and the most in-demand naturalist guides. These yachts are equipped air conditioning, hot water, ocean view cabins with private berths, and spacious social areas. They are also bigger and more stable and have the best cruise itineraries. Passengers gather in the main salon for briefings by the guides, watch films, enjoy a drink at the bar or just relax. All meals can be served inside or outside the yacht. Click here to view the Luxury Class itineraries:


First Class
Ships in this class are very comfortable and comply with international standards of superior cruise ships. The cabins are spacious and supply cold and warm water as well as air-conditioning. Guides belong to Naturalist Class III, which means that they have biology and t possess scientific knowledge of flora and fauna of the islands, the evolution of the archipelago and can speak more languages. Food is of good quality and arrangements can be made for special dietary needs, in this class meals are served in the form of a buffet. Yacht construction, maintenance of facilities, safety standards and procedures meet international cruise standards. They also have an excellent cruise itinerary. Click here to view the First Class itineraries:


Tourist Superior Class
Yachts under this category have air conditioning, moderately spacious social areas. They are equipped with double cabins with private facilities (sometimes hot water). Yacht construction, maintainance of facilities, safety standards and procedures ussually meet international cruise standards. Food on board is of good quality and arrangements can be made for special dietary needs. You will also have trained yacht crew who have knowledge of the Galapagos Islands and speak a good level of English and other foreign languages. Click here to view the Tourist Superior Class Itineraries:


Tourist Class
The cabins of tourist class Yachts are not very spacious and are partly equipped with air-conditioning. It can happen that the air conditions do not work. There are limited public areas (dining room, living room, sun decks), double and triple cabins some with private or shared facilities (sometimes hot water).Yacht construction, maintenance of facilities, safety standards and procedures in most cases do not meet international cruise standards.

These boats are often suitable often to backpackers; younger people, or budget travelers. Food on board these yachts is of average quality. The crew is not as well trained as on other Galapagos cruise yachts. You will have a category B Galapagos National Park certified guide meaning he/she has a good understanding of the Galapagos Islands and speaks a good level of English and maybe other foreign languages or a category C certified Galapagos National Park guide meaning he has an average knowledge of the Galapagos Islands and a poor level of English. Decent cruise itinerary. Click here to view the Tourist Class itineraries:
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