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Galapagos Islands Compare Ships in Galapagos Islands

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.

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Origin and Theory

Class: First Class

Price bracket: £££

Capacity: 20

MVs Origin and Theory are two of an ever-growing range of small luxury cruisers in the Galápagos islands.

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La Pinta

Class: First Class

Price bracket: £££

Capacity: 48

First class expeditionary motor yacht with luxurious facilities and large panoramic windows offering an uninterrupted sense of connection with the natural environment.

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Grace

Class: First Class

Price bracket: ££££

Capacity: 18

First class yacht with a nostalgic ambience which aspires to the elegance and prestige of its namesake, Princess Grace of Monaco, who spent her honeymoon on board.

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Ocean Spray

Class: First Class

Price bracket: £££

Capacity: 16

Ocean Spray is a small and intimate first class motor catamaran offering ocean-borne luxury, excellent service and well guided excursions in the Galápagos Islands.

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Passion

Class: First Class

Price bracket: £££

Capacity: 12

Passion is a spacious yet intimate yacht offering no-holds-barred luxury for just 14 guests.

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Galapagos Legend

Class: First Class

Price bracket: ££

Capacity: 100

Galápagos Legend is a good value, family-friendly cruise ship which owing to its relatively large size is particularly stable and offers many activities and entertainment. 

Mary Anne

Mary Anne

Class: Upper Mid-Range

Price bracket: ££

Capacity: 24

Romantic luxury Galápagos sailboat, evoking an age of high seas adventure.

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Letty

Class: Upper Mid-Range

Price bracket: ££

Capacity: 20

Letty is a good value, family-friendly Galápagos cruise vessel. It is a very popular, small, mid-range motor yacht, with a strong commitment to sustainable tourism.

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Seaman Journey

Class: Upper Mid-Range

Price bracket: ££

Capacity: 16

Comfortable catamaran catering to just 16 passengers, ensuring camaraderie and excellent service.

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Treasure of Galapagos

Class: Upper Mid-Range

Price bracket: £

Capacity: 18

The Treasure of Galapagos is a fine choice for visitors seeking a cruise on a small, intimate and modern catamaran with plenty of facilities. 

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Cachalote Explorer

Class: Mid-Range

Price bracket: £

Capacity: 16

Cachalote Explorer is a converted fishing boat, renovated in 2018, offering economical cruises in the Galapagos for those who prefer a small vessel.  

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Archipel I

Class: Mid-Range

Price bracket: £

Capacity: 16

Archipel I is a small, contemporary motor catamaran offering 16 guests a superior Galapagos cruising experience a with highly professional crew.  

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Coral I & Coral II

Class: Upper Mid-Range

Price bracket: £

Capacity: 20 & 36

Two small motor yachts offering family-friendly cruises with a nautical feel. 

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Beluga

Class: Mid-Range

Price bracket: £

Capacity: 16

A well-appointed motor yacht designed for those who prefer the intimacy of travel on a small craft while enjoying maximum comfort.

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The Beagle

Class: Mid-Range

Price bracket: £

Capacity: 14

A romantic retro-style brigantine offering an adventurous sea-faring experience in an informal ambiance. 

Samba

Samba

Class: Mid-Range

Price bracket: £

Capacity: 14

A very good value cruise on a small and friendly owner-operated craft.

Silver Origin

Silver Origin

Class: First Class Superior

Price bracket: £££

Capacity: 100

State-of-the-art cruise vessel offering stability, a wide range of facilities and the highest crew to guest ratio in the Galapagos.

Aqua Mare Galapagos

Aqua Mare

Class: First Class

Price bracket: £££

Capacity: 16

The Galapagos’ first superyacht allows you to explore the archipelago in style and comfort.

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Santa Cruz II

Class: First Class

Price bracket: £££

Capacity: 90

Santa Cruz II is a first class yacht refurbished in 2015 with an impressive range of facilities and activities, contemporary cabins and special programmes for families.   

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