Fact checking Galapagos cruises: What the experts know.
As Galapagos cruise pioneers for over 5 decades, we know what our guests want. And our expedition cruises deliver! Top facilities and service, safety, environmental responsibility, and without a doubt, the best itineraries to see everything you want to see in the time you have available to see it!
Setting the facts straight
Let’s start by saying that anyone who says that a larger boat, such as an expedition vessel, cannot visit the same islands and sites that smaller boats can visit needs to check their facts. In reality, expedition vessels often have the islands totally to themselves, thanks to careful itinerary planning designed to showcase the most important island highlights, including Galapagos BIG15 animals, and to ensure exclusive visits to some of the more spectacular outlying island sites.
The advantages of multiple guides
Guests on board expedition vessels benefit enormously from multiple guides –you get top naturalist interpretation, in your language, in small groups (12 people per guide on average, instead of the 16 allowed by the park). It also means that if you don’t feel like joining your group for snorkelling at a specific visitor site, there will be a naturalist available to take you out on a proper guided glass-bottom boat ride or to accompany you as you kayak. This simply is not possible on single-guided vessels, so make sure your ship always has at least 2 guides.
Top professionals enhance every itinerary
On board Expedition Leaders make the trip even better, tailoring the voyage – within the limits of National Park approved itineraries – to daily weather conditions and guests’ special interests. At night, they share their passion for the islands’ natural history and wildlife with fascinating lectures, sometimes joined by world renowned scientists who bring the latest scientific knowledge to enrich an already great opportunity to learn.
Expedition vessels and yachts offer other advantages as well. A hotel manager makes sure that each guest feels truly pampered and that well-appointed cabins are impeccably maintained throughout the voyage. World-class international and Ecuadorian cuisine, designed by a Le Cordon Bleu-educated gastronomy director, graces breakfast and lunch buffets and elegant but relaxed sit-down dinners. A doctor on board ensures guest safety on the medical side, while experienced captains and crew guide the ship through the waters of the archipelago. And ample public spaces, including observation decks, libraries, lounges, fitness rooms, and hot tubs, provide options for those guests who want to strike up a friendly conversation and for those who just want some time to take in the panoramic views of the islands.
The benefits to the environment of responsible tourism
Behind the scenes, responsible tourism operators invest heavily in equipment and training that ensure that their ships have the smallest footprint possible. Features like water-treatment plants, holding tanks, LED lighting, low-emission generators, insect-repelling paint, and more, allow expedition vessels to provide excellent service on board while honoring their commitment to this pristine ecosystem. Guests who are concerned about the fragile Galapagos environment should always work with fully compliant, safety-conscious operators.
On an expedition cruise there’s a great journey for everyone!
Visitors to the Galapagos go looking for safe adventure, life-changing experiences and, of course, tons of fun. Expedition cruises meet their needs and then some!