Evolution: The best of small yacht cruising and comfort in the Galapagos
Days: 8 | From: $6,700/per person
The Evolution is a 32 passenger luxury vessel, 192 feet long. It has the atmosphere of one of the smaller yachts in the islands, while providing some additional space. Decks and social areas are spacious and well appointed. Guides, food, and service are of top quality. An excellent way to see the Galapagos, combining the best of small yacht cruising and comfort.
- Regular departures throughout the year
- Available for private charter
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We tailor itineraries to your dates and interests, adjusting ships, excursions and length as desired.
We consistently receive 5 star reviews from our discerning clients.
The Evolution has 16 cabins for up to 32 passengers with private facilities. There are 3 cabins on the Albatross (bridge) deck, no cabins on the Beagle (upper) deck, 9 cabins on the Cormorant (main) deck, and 4 cabins on the Darwin (lower) deck.
Albatross Deck: On this deck you will find 1 Master suite and 2 Standard suites with ocean-view windows. The captain's bridge, the al-fresco sky lounge and al-fresco bar are also located on this deck.
Beagle Deck: This is the main deck of the yacht where on the interior you will find the dining room, the reception area with our onboard boutique, and the main lounge . On the outside of this deck, you will find the al-fresco dining area at the stern, and the Jacuzzi with lounge chairs for sunbathing on the bow.
Cormorant Deck: On this deck you will find 9 premium staterooms (double and twin) with ocean-view port holes. The infirmary and the public bathroom of the yacht are also found on this deck.
Darwin Deck: On this deck you will find 4 ample deluxe staterooms (twin and double) with port-holes.
Type: Motor Yacht / Expedition Vessel
Length.: 198 feet / 60.35 meters
Beam: 29 feet / 8.9 meters
Engines: Caterpillar 3512 T1TA 1300hp
Generators: Northern Lights 150 KVA
Builder: Kanasashi Shipyard, Japan
Cruising Speed: 10 - 12 knots
Crew: 18 crew members plus up to 2 naturalists guides & 1 Cruise Director
Navigation Equipment: 72 mile Furuno Radar 19-53 CBB Navnet, Furuno GPS satellite navigator system, Furuno Depth Sounder, Simrad HS50 Electronic Girocompass, speed and distance log, compasses, barometers, forward looking echo sounder
Onboard Safety Equipment: EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 4 x 25 person open sea life rafts, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishing system, and sprinkler system throughout the vesse. Safety equipment on board either meets or exceeds USA Coast Guard regulations
Comfort Equipment: Air Renewal System, Air conditioning throughout, TV / CD / VHS/DVD/Playstation 2, boutique, infirmary with MD on board, small jacuzzi
Communications Equipment: UHF, VHF radio, Satellite Phones
Electricity: 110 volts AC / 60 Hz: 2 flat prongs
Itineraries & Pricing
Itinerary A - In the Steps of Pirates and Darwin (8 days)
Arrive to Baltra / Daphne Major Islet
Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) / Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)
Isabela: Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove
Bartolome Island / Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach / Rabida
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
Espanola: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Interpretation Center (San Cristobal) / Return to Mainland
Itinerary B - Footsteps Back in Time (8 days)
Arrive to San Cristobal / Lobos Island
South Plaza / Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz) / Mosquera Islet
Chinese Hat / James Bay (Santiago)
Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay / Prince Phillip’s Steps
North Seymour / Santa Fe
Floreana: Post Office Bay / Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland
Displayed itineraries are just summaries. Our travel specialists will help you select the best cruise based on your interests, timing and budget.
Trip length: 8 days, every Saturday to Saturday
Max number of passengers: 32, in 16 cabins
Included: All meals, guides & activities, water, coffee and tea, snorkeling equipment, wet suits, kayaks
Not included: Park fees (about $120 per person), Galapagos airfare (about $530 per person), Holiday Surcharge ($700 per person for Christmas and New Year departures), gratuities
Master Suite A1 $8,600 per person
Suites A2 & A3 $8,200 per person
Staterooms C1 – C3, C5 – C9 $7,200 per person
Staterooms C4, D1-D4 $6,700 per person
Children 15 years and under receive a 15% discount (3 discounts per family, not available during fall season or holiday departures)
Single supplement: 50% (cabins), 75% (suites), 100% (holiday departures)
Charters: from $220,000
Reviews from this trip
The Evolution was excellent.Patricia Smith
Outstanding trip. Guides were polite, flexible and knowledgeable and took us to more places than expected all interesting. Galapagos excursion on SS Evolution was really well done.Page W Thibodeaux
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