Kids on Galapagos Cruises: 5 important things you need to know about exploring the Galapagos with kids

The Galapagos Islands are often seen as the destination of choice when it comes to discovering and marveling at the living wonders of our world. It gets even better when the experience is shared with your family, because nowhere else in the world will you and your kids get the chance to see the variety and uniqueness of creatures as close-up and personally as you will here. All the animals in Galapagos are completely fearless and docile in the presence of humans, making this the perfect destination for kids- Read on and find out what it takes to take your kids on a Galapagos cruise.

Activities For Kids On A Galapagos Cruise.
It Truly Is An Awesome Learning Experience For All Age Groups.

Keep in mind, however, that despite just how appealing and exciting this idea may sound, there are certain caveats to consider when it comes bringing the kids to the Enchanted Isles. Follow along in this blog as we go over and answer 5 of the biggest questions we get about bringing kids on a Galapagos cruise.

1. What’s the minimum age for traveling aboard a Galapagos cruise?

The majority of vessels in Galapagos, including ours, are family friendly. But be aware that the minimum recommended age for kids traveling to the Galapagos is 6 years old. Parents that wish to bring aboard any child under the age of 4 will be required to sign a liability waiver and will need to keep the following points in mind:

  • The Galapagos Islands are an expedition destination, meaning you’ll be continuously exploring the islands throughout the mornings and afternoons.
  • There are no daycare services offered aboard the vessels. Unless you plan on staying aboard the boat and missing out on the daily activities and excursions, then you will need to bring your child along with you.
  • There are no bathrooms available at any of the visitor sites on uninhabited islands. Guests are not allowed to walk back to the pickup point by themselves, as the rules of the Galapagos National Park strictly state that guests must always be in the company of a guide at all times.
  • The Galapagos Islands are prone to harsh sun rays and heavy heat. Kids under the age of 6 may not find themselves all that comfortable under such circumstances, especially considering that the average length of each hike is around 1 mile/1.6 kilometers. As such, it is highly recommended that parents bring any and all means necessary to keep their kids protected and refreshed under these conditions.

In a nutshell: While not impossible to do, the Galapagos Islands may nevertheless end up being a stressful experience for families wishing to bring kids with them that are under the age of 6.

2. What typical age groups are there on Galapagos cruises?

Different Age Groups On A Galapagos Cruise.
Awesome Activities For Everyone On Board!

Age groups aboard our vessels tend to vary. However, during the spring, summer and winter holidays, guests should expect to see a greater amount of families with their kids (this also makes for a great time for your kids to have fun in the company of others their age).

Regardless of how varied these age groups are, the advantage of traveling aboard our multi-guided vessels is that each age group will have their needs and interests catered to. Kids feeling a little restless and dying for a swim? Excellent, we have a guide for that. Grandparents feeling a little less eager to get in the water? Don’t worry, our other guide will be available to take them on a relaxing exploration of the underwater wonders of Galapagos aboard our glass-bottom boat!

3. What type of discount do I get if I bring my kid(s) to the Galapagos?

Kids Land Expedition With Galapagos Cruises.
Galapagos Cruises Have Fun Activities For Kids Too.

Important: Only those under the age of 12 qualify as “children.”
Children may be eligible for various dicounts on their Galapagos Islands cruise fare. Children under the age of 12 also get discounts on their Galapagos National Park entrance fee and are even eligible for discounts on their airfare from the mainland (if you are planning on independently booking your flight tickets, then be sure to inquire about this discount directly with your airline). Any questions you may have regarding seasonal discounts or special deals are welcome!

4. How safe are Galapagos cruises for kids?

Kids Are Safe On The Galapagos Cruises.
Navigate Safely With All Your Family Members!

Larger and more stable than other vessels in Galapagos, Expedition Yachts and Vessels that comprise our fleet are perhaps one of the most popular and safe means of transport for families in Galapagos.

All of our vessels abide by the strictest international and national safety standards when it comes to navigating through the Galapagos, all with an average guest-to-crew ratio of 3:2. Our vessels are constantly supervised, maintained and even count on a 24-hour Medical Officer, too. All decks are fitted with reinforced railing that keeps kids safe at all times (our rooms do not have balconies, making that one less thing to worry about).** In spite of all the precautions we take to keep our guests safe, we always recommend that families keep a watchful eye on their kids at all times.

5. What types of food are offered for kids on cruises?

Food For Kids On A Galapagos Cruise.
There’S Delicious Food For Kids On Our Galapagos Cruises!

With a grand assortment of delicious and nourishing goodies, kids might actually have a tough time figuring out what not to eat on a Galapagos cruise. We pride ourselves in offering a culinary array aboard all of our vessels that will satiate virtually every palate and accommodate every dietary need and/or restriction. Buffets offer an excellent variety of food and a la carte evening dinners – which, while fixed – can include exceptions for specific diets or even the pickiest of eaters.
Interested in getting a more in-depth look at what the adults get? Then be sure to check out our blog on Food on a Galapagos Cruise.

Bonus Question: What types of activities are available for kids on a Galapagos cruise?

If you’re wondering what types of activities are available for kids on a Galapagos cruise, then be sure to check out our blog on Activities for Kids on a Galapagos Cruise!

Updated:May 9, 2023

Published:May 31, 2018


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