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Each Galapagos agency has its own system for classifying yachts; our system is unique in that we have chosen category names that we consider realistically describe the yachts in a better way than those traditionally used. We classify yachts based on on-board services and also past client recommendations and feedback that we receive. As such you will find that our system is different, but we consider that ours is the most unbiased and informative system available in the Galapagos marketplace today.
Galapagos Island Cruises
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WHAT IS A GALAPAGOS CRUISE?
A Galapagos cruise is a live-aboard experience, that is to say you will be sleeping and eating aboard a yacht for the duration of your trip together with your fellow-passengers, guide and crew.
Usually at night you will sail to different islands with time during the day to explore these new sites. A typical cruise day includes visits to 2 different landing sites - often those that are further away from the inhabited areas of Galapagos – where you can enjoy a combo of short treks, wildlife spotting and snorkeling together with an English-speaking naturalist guide. Then it’s back aboard for dinner and bed.
IS A GALAPAGOS CRUISE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME?
A yacht cruise is without doubt the most popular and highlyrecommended way to visit the Galapagos islands. Quite simply you are able to visit a greater range of islands and therefore will see a much greater diversity of wildlife and landscapes. In fact some of the islands are so far away from Santa Cruz and San Cristobal that a cruise is the only possible way to visit them! So for the best possible Galapagos experience yes a cruise is often the best way to go.
That said the live-aboard experience is not for everyone, if you are prone to sea-sickness or don’t like the idea of spending so much time confined to a small yacht then you might want to consider island-hopping or a hotel-based package instead.
HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT GALAPAGOS YACHTS?
This is undoubtedly the toughest part of your decision process as you are truly spoilt for choice! Happy Gringo work together with over 50 different Galapagos yachts - basically all those who over years of working together we have found to offer a reliable and trust-worthy level of service.
Your starting point should be to consider which of the 4 different yacht categories is best for your trip – Standard Gringo, Comfortable Gringo, Luxury Gringo and Super deluxe Gringo – broadly speaking each category varies by price and service/comfort level. Click on the category links on this page to find a description and list of yachts in each category.
The next step is to consider what type and size of yacht you prefer–our yacht portfolio includescatamarans, motor yacht, motor sailors and cruise ships; both smaller vessels (capacity for 12 to 16 passengers) for a more intimate Galapagos experience, and the larger ships (from 30 up to 120 passengers) for more comfort and stability.
Another important consideration is cruise itinerary and for how many days you wish to visit the Galapagos Islands. While there is no such thing as a bad itinerary, it is true that some are better than others so careful research here can really make your trip! All yachts, from Standard to Super deluxe Gringo, offer different itinerary variations – it is certainly not true that the higher class always have the best itinerary – so this is a key part of your trip planning.
We recommend also visiting our Galapagos Trip Planning page for more detailed information about itineraries, yacht type and much more.
SOUNDS GREAT! SO HOW DO I START My GALAPAGOS CRUISE PLANNING?
Fortunately that’s the most simple part, just contact us to speak to our specially trained team of Galapagos sales gurus. Together we will guide you through the whole process to find your perfect Galapagos cruise!!!
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