Planning your Galapagos Cruise
When planning a big trip like one to the Galapagos Islands, it is important that every detail is perfect for you. That is why we have put together a guide to help you decide which route to take, which boat to travel on and even which cabin type you might prefer. Here you will find the deck plans of the two ships which we use, pictures of the different cabin styles and information on the type and kind of wildlife you will see on each island. For any questions, don't hesitate to contact a member of our Reservations Team for more information.
Which Ship? Legend or Coral
We use two ships that operate in the Galapagos, the Legend and the Coral.
Coral I & II
|About the Boats||This boat offers plenty of space and a personalised and exclusive service for all on board. With plenty of social areas, the ships is a social hub as well as a centre for learning and education. Every evening, enjoy optional entertainment from Neptune parties, kareoke nights and ice cream festivals. A range of cabin styles caters for every traveller and with an excellent spa, there is time to relax between excursions.||The Coral I and II travel alongside each other. The smaller boats can get closer to the shore where you can spot the range of wildlife from the decks. The smaller sizes allow for a more personal experience as you quickly get to know your fellow passengers.|
|Size of Boats||100 Passengers||Coral I - 36 Passengers
Coral II - 20 Passengers
|Internet||Yes - Not included||Yes - Not Included|
|Suitable for kids?||Yes - Minimum recommended age of 8||No|
|Dietary Requirements||Both ships cater for a variety of dietary requirements specialising in both local and international cuisine. From evening BBQ's to dinner in the restaurant, there is always a wide variety and plenty of food to be enjoyed. If you have a specific dietary requirement, make sure you let a member of our Reservations Team know at least 61 days before your departure. Our specialist chefs can also cater for special occasions so if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary on board, let a member of the Reservations Team know and they will be able to organise something special for you.|
|Single Travellers||If you are travelling to the Galapagos alone, you will not have to pay a single supplement to stay in the Standard cabin. You may have to share a twin room. You will not be able to upgrade to a higher level of accommodation.|
What is included?
The range of inclusions is the same across all three ships.
- Accommodation (2 nights in Quito before departing for the Galapagos Islands)
- Meals on board
- Evening lectures and access to a certified guide.
- Multiple wet and dry landings
What is excluded?
- Alcoholic beverages
- Wet suit, snorkelling and scuba diving gear
- Galapagos National Park Tax
- Galapagos Islands Immigration Control Tax
- Cruise vessel fuel surcharge
- Visas, Travel Insurance, Personal Items and Single Supplements
- Spending money - extra meals, snacks, souvenirs, tips and any extras.
The type of cabin has an important impact on the enjoyment of your trip and it is important that you choose the right one for your level of comfort. This guide is to make the decision easier and clearer. For a detailed list of prices, please see the prices page of your cruise of choice.
Coral I & II
|Standard Plus Cabin||
Routes and Islands
Planning your Galapagos Cruise can be a complicated business and it is essential that you see all that you wish to see on your visit. Now that we have explained the difference between our ships and the cabin types available, we are here to help you decide what route to take and which islands you wish to visit.
Deep pools and caves are carved along the lava shoreline and iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, land and sea turtles, flamingoes, dolphins and sharks can be found in the waters and on the beaches. Darwin finches and hawks can be seen in the sky. Some of our cruises will stop at Sullivan Bay where you can view a pahoehoe lava flow.
A volcanic island, Bartolome is where you can find the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin species to live on the equator. The green turtle can also be found on the island. Off the shore, there is excellent snorkelling opportunities with penguins and sea lions.
This island is one of the best places to see the birds of the Galapagos Islands. From blue-footed boobies to swallow-tailed gulls, here you can witness intimate courtship, breeding and nesting.
Also known as South Seymour, Baltra has the Galapagos Islands largest airport.
Santa Cruz hosts the largest town on the islands called Puerto Ayora. In this town you can visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where you can learn about the tortoise breeding programs. Across the island there are opportunities to see tortoises in their natural habitat. In the highlands of the island there are magnificient lava tunnels while in the waters around Black Turtle Cove sea turtles, rays and small sharks mate.
Charles Darwin's first landing spot, on this island is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the Galapagos' capital. It is also home to one of the Galapagos' two airports of which some Expedition Cruises fly in and out of. Here you can see frigate birds, sea lions, giant tortoises, blue and red footed boobies, tropic birds, marine iguanas, dolphins and swallow-tailed gulls. There is diverse vegetation across the island and a large freshwater lake in the highlands.
Santa Fe is one of the most beautiful of the Galapagos' islands. Galapagos hawk, Darwin's finches and land iguanas habituate in sheltered coves. There is a forest of cactus on the island.
Santa Maria (Floreana)
Floreana Island is one of the most fascinating in terms of its human history. Due to the flat landscape, supply of water, plants and animals, this island was the favourite stop for whalers, merchants and shipmen. For some time there was a post office on the island. Floreana suffered the most and it is here that the native tortoise to the island became extinct. Today, you can see penguins and flamingoes and at Devil's Crown, you can swim with sting rays, sea turtle and sharks.
Spot the waved albatross and blue-footed booby on this island as well as the Punta Suarez blowhole. Espanola is the oldest of the Galapagos islands and has a large number of endemic species including the lava lizard, mockingbird, and tortoise. The islands marine iguanas have a distinct red colouring while it is the only place in the Galapagos where the waved albatross nests.
The youngest of the islands, in 2005 ash and water vapour rose above the island while lava flows ran down the slopes of the volcano. It is the only island in the world where no species have been introduced whether accidentally or not and the landscape is often described as a 'land without time'. Here you can see the flightless cormorants, galapagos penguins, pelicans, sea lions and fur seals. A dense mangrove forest can be found on the island.
The largest island in the Galapagos, the island is shaped like a seahorse due to the merging of six large volcanoes. Here you can find mangrove forests, lava crevices and tidal pools. Here you can see penguins, flamingos, sea turtles, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorant.
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Our Galapagos Expedition Cruises range from 7 to 12 days. While the boats take slightly different routes, the experts on board will make sure you see as much of the wildlife as possible.
To make the most of what that region has to offer, why not consider combining your Galapagos Cruise with Ecuador.