2016 Galapagos Islands vacation -
                Galapagos Islands travel
LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 2015

Galapagos
                                                    customer supportPlanning a trip to the Galapagos Islands is as simple ...
or complex as you want to make it!

Your enjoyment (or lack) of a cruise experience will mainly depend on your expectations.
That's right, Your expectations are one of the most important questions we ask our clients
when finding the most suitable and available options for them.


Feel free to browse through our compilation of information
accumulated over 22 years brokering Galapagos ...

 
.. or contact us directly at info@sangay.com to get us working on your plans.
 
SELECTION
FACTORS
CLASSIFICATION
SYSTEM
CRUISE
COSTS
LIST OF ALL
CRUISES

2016 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE BOATS
 

Featured
                                                          2016 Galapagos
                                                          cruisesTHE MORE POPULAR OPTIONS ...

The featured Galapagos options are among the most popularly chosen cruise options in the past few years for numerous reasons, including level of service, reliability, itineraries, value, and pricing.


THE TOP 12 MOST POPULAR GALAPAGOS CRUISES


2016 GALAPAGOS CATAMARAN ANAHI
M/C ANAHI

GALAPAGOS CATAMARANS 2016
M/C CORMORANT

GALAPAGOS 2016 ECO GALAXY II
M/C GALAXY II ECO

2016 GALAPAGOS MILLENNIUM
M/C MILLENNIUM

2016 GALAPAGOS ORIGIN
M/V ORIGIN
2016 GALAPAGOS OCEAN SPRAY
M/Y OCEAN SPRAY

GALAPAGOS 2016 PETREL
M/C PETREL

GALAPAGOS 2016 SEAMAN JOURNEY
M/C SEAMAN JOURNEY

2016 LUXURY GALAPAGOS PASSION
M/Y PASSION

2016 GALAPAGOS ODYSSEY
M/Y ODYSSEY

2016 GALAPAGOS SEA STAR JOURNEY
M/Y SEA STAR JOURNEY

2016 TIP TOP GALAPAGOS
M/Y TIP TOP IV


OTHER POPULAR GALAPAGOS YACHTS


GALAPAGOS 2016 ANGELITO CRUISE
M/Y ANGELITO

2015
                                                          GALAPAGOS
                                                          BEAGLE
M/S BEAGLE

GALAPAGOS 2016 GALAXY
M/Y GALAXY

2016
                                                          GALAPAGOS
                                                          CRUISE SHIP
M/V GALAPAGOS LEGEND

2016 GALAPAGOS MARY ANNE
S/S MARY ANNE

2016 GALAPAGOS NEMO
M/C NEMO I

2016 CATAMARAN NEMO
M/C NEMO II
 

2015 GALAPAGOS TIP TOP II
M/C NEMO III

2016 SAMBA
                                                      GALAPAGOS
M/Y SAMBA

2016
                                                      GALAPAGOS SAN
                                                      JOSE
M/Y SAN JOSE

2016 GALAPAGOS
                                                    TIP TOP
M/Y TIP TOP III

2016 YOLITA
                                                      GALAPAGOS
M/Y YOLITA II

2016 GALAPAGOS ERIC LETTY
M/Y ERIC & LETTY

2016 GALAPAGOS
                                                    CRUISES
M/Y MONSERRAT

2016 GALAPAGOS
                                                    TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS
M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS

2016
 GOLONDRINA GALAPAGOS
M/Y GOLONDRINA
 


OTHER GALAPAGOS OPTIONS ...

2016
                                                          GALAPAGOS
                                                          DARWIN
M/Y ASTREA

2016
                                                          GALAPAGOS
                                                          DARWIN
M/Y DARWIN

2016
                                                          GALAPAGOS
                                                          CRUISES
M/Y EDEN

2016
                                                          GALAPAGOS
                                                          FLOREANA
M/Y FLOREANA 

2016
 GALAPAGGOS CRUISE FRAGATA
M/Y FRAGATA

2016 GALAPAGOS ECONOMIC
M/Y NEW FLAMINGO

2016 GALAPAGOS GUANTANAMERA
M/Y GUANTANAMERA

2016 GALAPAGOS NORTADA
M/Y NORTADA

 

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A GALAPAGOS CRUISE
Today there is so much information on Galapagos Islands cruises available on the Internet to make your head spin. This can be very advantageous and helpful for the reader as information is readily available ...everything from island descriptions, weather details, island maps, wildlife details and cruise options.

The main factors to consider are the following:

CRUISE COSTS - WHAT IS AND IS NOT GENERALLY INCLUDED IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISES

Cruise rates generally include the following (unless otherwise specified):
  • Transfers in Galapagos (Galapagos airport to yacht and visa versa) *for standard cruise flights;
  • All meals during the cruise;
  • Tea, coffee & purified drinking water;
  • Accommodation in double cabin;
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) naturalist guided excursion (as per the specific cruise itinerary);
  • Snorkel equipment (*not always included in all cruise rates);
Cruise rates generally do not include the following (unless otherwise specified):
  • Round trip Galapagos airline ticket (but this is booked in conjunction with any given cruise);
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100.00 per person);
  • INGALA Tourist Control Card [TCT] ($20.00 per person);
  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks;
  • Tips/gratuities to naturalist guide(s) and crew;
  • Wet suits (on most boats these can be rented directly on-board);
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Galapagos
                                                      Classification
                                                      SystemCLASSIFICATION OF GALAPAGOS CRUISES
Important note about the classification of Galapagos vessels/boats:


The Galapagos National Park (Parque Nacional Galapagos) is the only entity that officially classifies the numerous boats in Galapagos.  However, this official classification system is not used by the tourist industry as it really does not help people distinguish one boat from another!  Why?  66 boats are technically classified as class "A", 6 boats as class "B", 5 boats as class "C" and 5 boats classified as class "C - Daily Tour".

For this reason, you may find discrepancies from source to source that use the following widely accepted unofficial classification system:
  • Economic/tourist
  • Tourist Superior
  • First
  • Deluxe/luxury
Below you will find how the National Park classifies the boats:
NAVIGABLE CRUISE TOUR A   (66 BOATS)

When the tourist operation is performed with luxury boats, equipped with individual cabins and air conditioning, private bathroom and with the necessary specifications for the complete comfort of the tourists during the cruise.

NAVIGABLE CRUISE TOUR B  (6 BOATS)

In this category the tourist operation is performed with semi luxury boats, equipped with similar characteristics as the type A cruiser, except air conditioning.

NAVIGABLE CRUISE TOUR C (5 BOATS)

The tourist operation of these cruises are done with boats without individual cabins, private bathrooms or air conditioning, and only standard facilities for navigation.
DAILY TOUR C (5 BOATS)

The operation is assigned a daily tour itinerary with up to 14 visitor sites per week, with two sites per day and one site per turn.
 
Tourist class (class C) Galapagos Islands boats offer basic services and are oriented to those on a tight budget (i.e., backpackers, students etc).  Generally speaking, these boats do not attract older clients due to their basic services.

However, for those on an economic budget and are willing to forgo some of the luxuries and comforts of the more expensive options, these boats may well suit your needs & requirements.

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TOURIST SUPERIOR CLASS
Tourist Superior (class A) class Galapagos Islands boats are generally in the middle range (including some First class) of the Galapagos cruise options - offering average/mid-range services (i.e., guide, comfort, space, food etc).  They can be generically classified as neither extremely basic nor luxurious.

All are carry between 12 to 16 passengers, allocated in 6 to 8 double cabins with private facilities (i.e., shower/bathroom).  All Tourist Superior options are motor boats.

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FIRST CLASS
First class (class A) Galapagos Islands boats have the greatest range (in terms of quality, comfort, space, stability, food etc) and range from smaller & more basic options (similar to the better Tourist Superior boats) right up to more spacious & higher end options (similar to some Deluxe class options).  Not all First class options are alike in quality.

Unofficially, we have subdivided the 26 First class boats listed into three approximate* categories:(1) LOWER; (2) MIDDLE; and (3) HIGHER

(*NOTE: these are unofficial subdivisions & subject to change based on passenger reviews)

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DELUXE CLASS
All Deluxe class Galapagos Islands vessels carry the most qualified and experienced Naturalist guides aboard.  In addition, these vessels are spacious, comfortable, stable and provide the highest level of on-board services and amenities (i.e., food, safety, cabins and some with additional features like gymnasium, Jacuzzi etc).

There are two main types of vessels: (1) large capacity cruise ships (from 40 to 100 passengers); and (2) smaller non-cruise ship boats (motor & motor-catamarans)

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