Top 10 Galapagos Cruises and Tours
#1 - Cruise on the Elite
One of the newer luxury offerings in Galapagos travel, the Elite is a catamaran with spacious cabins that provide maximum comfort and elegance. The ship also has a comfortable sun deck and well-appointed social areas. Galapagos tour excursions include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking, and all excursions are led by a top-quality bilingual naturalist guide.
#2 - Cruise on the Origin/Theory
Two of the newer boats in the islands, the Origin and Theory are sister ships designed for a luxurious boutique experience. These 20-passenger Relais & Chateaux ships have 10 cabins with panoramic windows and feature spacious social areas, sun decks and Jacuzzis, space for al fresco dining, a fitness center, spa, and a glass-bottom boat. Meals are planned and prepared by trained chefs, there is an onboard concierge for assistance, and the boats have an open bar policy. With two naturalist guides, Origin/Theory offer some of the best guide-to-guest ratios in the islands. Excursions include snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and panga rides.
#3 - Cruise on the Ocean Spray
The Ocean Spray is an elegant ship that has long been among our favorites for a cruise to Galapagos Islands. With spacious cabins, each with a private balcony, the Ocean Spray provides the intimacy of a small yacht while maintaining amenities often only found on larger ships. Excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking, and all excursions are led by a top-quality bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the premier options for a Galapagos Island cruise and has received outstanding feedback from our travelers.
#4 - Cruise on the Passion
The Passion is a luxurious triple deck motor yacht, featuring ample interior and exterior social areas, a panoramic sky lounge with bar and sliding glass doors, separate dining room, and wonderfully spacious decks, including a sun deck with lounge chairs and Jacuzzi. The Passion accommodates up to 14 guests in its five spacious staterooms and two suites, each with air conditioning and marble en suite bathroom. With a crew of 12+, this elegant vessel offers a 1-to-1 service ratio for a very personalized experience. All excursions are done in the company of a bilingual naturalist guide. Activities available on the Passion include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.
#5 - Cruise on the Endemic
Cruise Galapagos on the Endemic, one of the newer luxury offerings in the islands. This catamaran offers spacious cabins that provide maximum comfort and elegance. Onboard amenities include an al fresco dining area, sky lounge, bar, and Jacuzzi. Galapagos tours with Endemic include options for hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking, and all excursions are led by a top-quality bilingual naturalist guide.
#6 - Cruise on the Camila
As a trimaran, the Camila offers even greater stability than a double hull vessel for Galapagos trips. With spacious cabins and private balconies off every cabin, the Camila provides an intimate experience and includes such amenities as an alfresco dining area, outdoor Jacuzzi, and an indoor lounge area. Excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking, and all excursions are led by a top-quality bilingual naturalist guide.
#7 - Cruise on the Natural Paradise
Elegant and comfortable, the Natural Paradise is a great vessel for tours to Galapagos Islands. Four of her nine cabins feature private balconies, and the main deck suite can be converted into a triple room. Social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with a Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining area. On the main deck you will find a spacious lounge and dining room. Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and sea kayaks are available on board.
#8 - Cruise on the Sea Star Journey
The Sea Star Journey is an upscale 16 passenger yacht with spacious cabin suites. Offering a Jacuzzi and ample sun and shade decks, the Sea Star Journey combines the intimacy of a small yacht with amenities often only found on larger ships. With high quality naturalist guides and excellent cuisine, this is a top option for exploring the Galapagos. Excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.
#9 - Cruise on the Anahi
The Anahi is a first-class power catamaran with high comfort standards, and as a catamaran, it offers slightly more stability than a single-hulled vessel. The ship accommodates 16 passengers in 8 cabins, all with private facilities and climate controls. The yacht offers cozy common areas, a library, movie room, dining room, and lounge, as well as a bar, lounge area and Jacuzzi on the upper sundeck. All excursions are led by a bilingual naturalist guide and include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.
#10 - Cruise on the Mary Anne
For those who want to travel to the Galapagos Islands in a different way, the Mary Anne is a unique option: a first class, classic Barquentine schooner-style yacht accommodating 16 passengers. This vessel is operated by some of the most experienced people in the Galapagos, with top quality service and guides. The ship offers a sun deck, lounge, bar, and library, with dining areas in the main cabin and on deck. All excursions are done with a bilingual naturalist guide, and include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking. All cabins have private bathrooms and air conditioning.
There are plenty of ways to set up a trip to the Galapagos Islands, but our top recommendation is a small ship Galapagos cruise. Galapagos cruises take place on expedition vessels with limited passengers, meaning you get to know your fellow travelers and avoid large groups of tourists. Above are our top 10 Galapagos cruises and tours. A cruise on any of them, or on one of our other top Galapagos cruise ships, is a great choice for your Galapagos Islands vacation.
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