What kind of activities and entertainment services are available for kids on a Galapagos cruise?

Guests Enconter With A Blue-Footed Booby During A Land Expedition.
Kids Can Enjoy Several Activities On Galapagos Cruises.

Overhead, on land and in the water, kids in Galapagos are sure to have their senses completely saturated with wonder and amusement.
Let’s not forget: the Galapagos are living laboratory of evolution. This means that children will get a continuous and up-close experience of highly unusual and mesmerizing animals, all just mere inches away from their very own eyes! And all of it in the company of our highly informative, fun and educational guides!

A Plethora of Activities for Kids on a Galapagos Cruise

Blue-Footed Boobies And A Family
Father And Daughter Meet Some Blue-Footed Boobies.

From lounging out on the beach beside sea lions to walking next to giant tortoises (that might even be larger than they are!), the Galapagos will both humble and amuse kids in the most natural and astounding way possible. The only thing you’ll have to worry about when it comes to these amazing creatures is making sure the kids don’t touch them (find out why that’s a big no no in this blog)!
Not to mention: the terrain here will absolutely make them feel like astronauts on a completely foreign and volcanically-active planet.
Just imagine how many photos and videos the kids will have to show off at school when they get back! No one will believe they actually got to snorkel right beside tropical penguins and sea lions until they show everyone the videos of their adventure!

Kid Snorkeling In Galapagos.
Beautiful Sandy Beaches Dominate The Majority Of Galapagos, Allowing Parents To Relax As The Little Ones Frolic Around In The Nearby Waters.

When it comes to activities for kids on a Galapagos cruise, what do we do each day?

Our vessels in Galapagos have two different excursions per each half of the day. These excursions will keep the kids mentally and physically entertained via: hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboard or – in the case of those that prefer not to take a dip – coastal explorations (aboard an inflatable dinghy) and admiring the underwater wonders via our glass-bottom boat rides! Depending on how many kids we have onboard, we also offer our Pirates Aboard Program on all of our vessels.

Kids On A Onboard Culinary Class.
Casual Culinary Classes Are Also Offered By Our Onboard Chef!

Our Santa Cruz II Expedition Vessel even has an Explorer Room that’s equipped with a flat screen TV, stocked with blu-ray movies and even board games too! And, shh! Don’t tell the kids just yet, but there’s an unlimited supply of cookies in the Expedition Lounge & Library over by the refreshments/snack area!

What about night activities for kids on a Galapagos cruise?

Trust us when we say that, after all of the things the kids have seen and done throughout their excursions and adventures during, we have not a single drop of doubt that they’ll immediately hit the hay at the end of the day. You won’t be needing to worry about keeping them entertained as the evening rolls in, which just might be the perfect moment for the adults to take a nice, relaxing dip in the hot tubs aboard our vessels or head to bar lounge for a delicious nightcap.

Discovery Room Onboard For Entertainment In The Galapagos Cruise.
Of Course, There’S Always Our Explorer Room On The Santa Cruz Ii To Keep Kids Entertained At Night, If Need Be!

On a closing note: Ecuador in general offers a rich cultural learning experience for the little ones, which means you might want to consider adding the wonderful city of Quito (the first UNESCO World Heritage Site) as part of your travels, either before or after you Galapagos trip! These offer great learning experiences with the rich cultural history of this gorgeous Andean nation, adding an even richer dimension to your whole vacation.

Are you ready for the Galapagos vacation your kids will never forget?

Updated:May 9, 2023

Published:June 1, 2018


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A Font of information, Klaus has spent decades in the field, leading tours in the Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands. He hung up his guiding boots a few years back and now creates itineraries for the tour operator, Metropolitan Touring. Adrift in the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from mainland South America, Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse locales on Earth.

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Santa Cruz II is a replacement for the much-loved Santa Cruz, which plied the waters of the Galapagos for 36 years. It is not a new ship; it was built in 2002 and sailed as Mare Australis under the Australis cruise brand, operating expedition cruises around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. Metropolitan Touring bought the ship in 2015 and completely refurbished it, launching it as Santa Cruz II in October 2015.

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When this modern, minimalist, glass-walled jungle lodge opened in 2012, it changed the accommodation game in South America. Arquitect Alfredo Ribadeneira’s “protective cocoon” would impress in a modern city; in the depths of an Andean cloudforest, it is wild, audacious and beautiful. Though only 70 miles from Quito, Maspi Lodge sits in splendid isolation, perched on a cliff at the end of an unsealed road.

Terms and Conditions

Itinerario de 5 días / 4 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (4214 USD + impuestos por persona)
Itinerario de 7 días / 6 noches: Basado en la tarifa regular (5672 USD + impuestos por persona)
No reembolsable. Aplica únicamente para residentes ecuatorianos en nuevas reservas directas realizadas, hasta el 30 de junio del 2022, con un ejecutivo de ventas del hotel. Válido para estadías hasta el 31 de agosto de 2022. No puede ser combinada con otros descuentos, promociones u ofertas. El descuento no aplica para otros servicios. El precio no incluye recargo de combustible de $20 por noche de crucero.

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