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Choosing your expedition vessel

We feature on this website our recommended vessels, which our staff have travelled on or inspected first hand. Some are sleek motor yachts, others a little retro and nostalgic, a few carry sails (occasionally raised but travel is motor-driven). All have deck space for relaxing, private facilities and air-conditioning. Service from guides and crew is always excellent, friendly and welcoming.  Make your choice according to your personal priorities.

Larger vessels (around 100 guests maximum) will be relatively stable; offer a choice of several cabin standards, amenities (libraries, gourmet dining, Jacuzzis), generous-sized public areas, and – with several multi-lingual specialist guides - a choice of guided activities and excursions.  Mealtimes are never formal but there may be a greater choice of food options than on smaller craft. Top end vessels have a high level of personal service.

Medium-sized craft (around 40 guests) combine the advantages of larger vessels – stability and amenities – with the more intimate ambiance of small vessels, while offering more a bit more privacy than the latter.

Smaller craft (16 guests or fewer) can offer a more intimate and nautical experience where you can mingle at ease with all the other guests. The level of comfort may be as great as on larger ships – it depends on its grade. You’ll get to know your guide (there may be only one or two) and crew well: they may well become friends. 

Compare the boats in Journey Latin America's fleet of expedition vessels operating Galápagos cruises. They accommodate between 14 and 100 guests.

Bigger doesn't necessarily mean better: there are first class and mid-range options of both large and smaller craft.

Economically priced vessels tend to be smaller. All offer excellent service and good facilities for their grade.

 

Category



  
First class superior
First class
Upper mid-range
Mid-range
    
Relative cost



  
££££
£££
££
£
    
Maximum guests



  
14 to 100



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Silver Galápagos

Silver Galapagos

First class superior

Price bracket: £££

100 guests

First class hotel-style amenities; individual service and tailor-made excursions.

Santa Cruz II

Santa Cruz II

First class

Price bracket: £££

90 guests

Spacious, inter-connected family cabins, single cabins, fine-dining, daily choice of excursions, glass-bottome...

La Pinta

La Pinta

First class

Price bracket: £££

48 guests

Top of the range facilities, service and cuisine. Picture windows in large cabins, Jacuzzi, kayaks.

MV Eclipse

Eclipse

First class

Price bracket: £££

48 guests

Spacious; all-round excellent quality.

Isabela

Isabela II

First class

Price bracket: £££

40 guests

Classic cruise ship, choice of small group excursions, Jacuzzi, glass-bottomed boat.

MV Evolution

Evolution

First class

Price bracket: £££

32 guests

1920s nostalgic elegance with a nautical atmosphere and 21st century amenities. 

Mv Orign

Origin

First class

Price bracket: £££

20 guests

2016 speedy, luxury motor yacht, large contemporary cabins, picture windows, Jacuzzi and gym, open bar. 2 guides...

MY Grace

Grace

First class

Price bracket: £££

18 guests

Sumptuous, prestigious yacht with romantic royal history.

Petrel

Petrel

First class

Price bracket: £££

16 passengers

Fast, stable, deluxe 2015 catamaran, smart cabins with private balcony, Jacuzzi, ample sun deck and lounge.

Ocean Spray

Ocean Spray

First class

Price bracket: £££

16 guests

Smart, contemporary service-oriented catamaran, large sun deck, Jacuzzi. Private balconies.

Cormorant

Cormorant

First class

Price bracket: £££

16 guests

Sleek, classy catamaran. Large suites with living area. Ample sun deck with Jacuzzi and  al fresco dining.

Galapagos Sea Star journey (Grand Odyssey)

Sea Star Journey

First class

Price range: £££

16 guests

Sociable,large sun deck and al fresco dining, kayaks. Our choice for escorted group tour Galápagos Hawk.

MC Athala II

Athala II

First class

Price bracket: £££

16 guests

Modern catamaran offering contemporary luxury.

Passion

Passion

First class

Price bracket: £££

12 guests

Former luxury private yacht; spacious and intimate, sundecks with loungers, Jacuzzi, kayaks.

Galápagos Legend

Galapagos Legend

Upper mid-range

Price bracket: ££

100 guests

Stable ship, 5 accommodation grades, family friendly, large range of activities and entertainment.

MaryAnne

Mary Anne

Upper mid-range

Price bracket: ££

24 guests

Barquentine with romantic sea-faring retro style, no single supplement, dining option on sun deck.

Eric & Letty

Eric & Letty

Upper mid-range

Price bracket: ££

20 guests

Smart, popular eco-friendly cruisers, 2 naturalist guides, good value, single willing share.

Seaman Journey

Seaman Journey

Upper mid-range

Price bracket: ££

16 guests

Sociable service-orientated catamaran with roomy cabins; our choice for out escorted group Albatross Journey.

Galápagos Odyssey

Galapagos Odyssey

Upper mid-range

Price bracket: ££

16 guests

Spacious cabins, light and airy, large deck with Jacuzzi,  al fresco dining, good value.

Coral I and II

Coral I and II

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

20 & 36 guests

Sociable, informal with compact cabins and interconnecting cabins for families, spacious restaurant, sun deck, Jacuzzi.

Beluga

Beluga

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

16 guests

Sleek, intimate and informal, dining room and saloon, sundeck.

San Jose

San Jose

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

16 guests

Informal and relaxed motor cruiser with 4 decks, sun deck with loungers, interior restaurant and saloon.

Tip Top II

Tip Top II

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

16 guests

Modern, business-like good-value catamaran, al fresco bar and dining, sun deck and shaded area.

Cachalote

Cachalote

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

16 guests

Popular schooner-rigged motor sailor for a no-nonsense, friendly and  good value Galapágos cruise.

Anahi

Anahi

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

16 guests

Cheerful, informal and friendly budget catamaran with openable cabin windows, Jacuzzi, sun deck.

The Beagle

Beagle

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

14 guests

Traditional family-run, sociable, retro brigantine with a nautical ambiance, kayaks.

Samba

Samba

Mid-range

Price bracket: £

14 guests

Small, friendly family operated boat, rustic-nautical feel, 2 sun decks, al fresco dining.

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