Two Great Galapagos Cruise Ships
Without a doubt, the best way to see the Galapagos is aboard a cruise ship. There are a variety of islands in the chain, each offering something different. Most of them do not offer accommodations; therefore, it makes a lot more sense to have your own floating hotel room. This will allow you to make the most out of the time you have allocated for your visit.
Eden (Superior Class)
The Eden is a motor yacht that can accommodate up to 16 passengers. Originally built in 1996, it was refurbished completely in 2002. A crew of 7, including 1 naturalist guide, ensures that the cruise is an intimate one, with a high level of service. Each of the eight two-person cabins includes a private bathroom with hot and cold water and shower. Each also has ocean views. Four of the rooms have twin beds, three have bunk beds and one has a bed that is queen size.
Other amenities include a TV with video, a restaurant and bar, sundeck and library. Food is Ecuadorian and international in style. It's served as a buffet and includes several choices. The entire ship is air-conditioned. Use of snorkeling equipment and is included in the cruise price while diving equipment for an additional rental fee. The ship can be chartered for private scuba diving excursions.
Cruise lengths may be 3, 4 or 7 nights. The crew and guide are all born and raised in the Galapagos and are very knowledgeable about the best places to go to see the most that the islands have to offer. In addition to the sun deck, there is a covered observation area, allowing you to observe nature in comfort.
Guantanamo (Tourist Class)
The Guantánamera superior yacht was built in the year 2000 and accommodates up to 16 passengers. The eight double occupancy cabins feature 6 with bunk beds and 2 with queen size beds. Each of the cabins has a private bath including hot and cold water and shower. Air conditioning is present in each room as well as throughout the ship.
Also included in the ship's design is a large sundeck, library and bar / lounge area. There are many areas for socializing, a dining room and a solarium. The yacht is equipped with a diving platform and all necessary diving equipment as well as equipment for snorkeling. Dives can be included as part of the tour and the ship can be chartered specifically for diving.
Yachts of this size have the ability to visit many different sites, allowing passengers to appreciate the most of what the Galapagos has to offer in terms of landscape and wild life. The large crew size in proportion to the number of passengers, seven plus one naturalist, helps to make sure that service is of the highest. Cruises are available in 4, 5 and 8-day lengths. All meals plus drinking water are included while alcoholic beverages are not.