One of the most palatial yachts to cruise the Galapagos waters, the M/Y Passion was born out of a love of the ocean and brings a familial and intimate experience to its guests. Attention to detail combine with understated luxury and exemplary service to create an unforgettable experience in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed destination.
The superyacht is owned by Fiddi Angermeyer, raised in Galapagos and whose family helped pioneer tourism in the islands. He’s continued his parents’ love of sharing the archipelago’s unique wildlife and fascinating volcanic geology with the outside world while helping to conserve its natural wonders through an innovative initiative with WildAid.
With a 1:1 crew-passenger ratio, the Passion offers a highly personalized experience and boasts more square meters per passenger than any other yacht in the Galapagos. While many luxury cruise operators carry up to 40+ passengers, the Passion accommodates just 12 in air-conditioned comfort.
The yacht was completely refurbished and adapted to cruise in the Galapagos National Park, with automatic stabilizers to minimize motion at sea and four spacious decks across its 159 feet (49 meters) long. While it boasts state-of-the-art features, many original elements have also been retained, including its elegant rose-colored marble bathrooms and teak wood decks that make the vessel one of a kind.
The M/Y Passion’s history as a family yacht is evidenced in the welcome received when you step onboard. Warm hospitality and spacious dimensions create a relaxed ambiance in what is truly a “home away from home”. Relax with a drink in the panoramic sky bar or enjoy the sea breezes while dining al fresco under the stars. There’s a large lounge with a TV, two outdoor relaxation spaces and a hot tub, meaning you can always find a quiet spot to be alone or mingle with other guests.
Each of the four beautifully designed staterooms are complete with original Italian marble bathrooms and indulgent bathtubs where you can relax after an exhilarating day of exploration. The Master and VIP suites boast two en-suites each and a private lounge area where you can immerse yourself in a good book.
Fiddi’s extensive knowledge of the Galapagos Islands and its mesmerizing landscapes has been used to craft unique itineraries and create a soul-satisfying adventure like no other. Swim with playful sea lions and get up close to charismatic blue-footed boobies and vast-winged waved albatross, then witness striking pahoehoe lava flows and black sand beaches. Certified naturalist guides will lead you on daily hikes and zodiac excursions to get a unique perspective on the islands while offering fascinating insights into the endemic species and animal behavior. Complimentary kayaks are provided for those wanting to explore under their own steam, as is snorkeling gear to venture below the water’s surface and discover the Galapagos’ myriad of marine life.
An adventure onboard the M/Y Passion is created for lovers of the ocean to experience the cloudless night skies illuminated above and slowly rock to sleep with the lulls of the Pacific Ocean. The natural wonders of the Galapagos are combined with five-star service and gourmet meals packed with culinary surprises. Feast on Ecuadorean cuisine with a contemporary twist and handmade desserts, as well as creatively crafted cocktails made with flair.
The M/Y Passion has partnered with WildAid, a conservation project that is striving against illegal wildlife trafficking and the consumption of products made from wildlife. In the Galapagos, their specific focus is on illegal fishing and preventing the introduction of invasive species. It reflects the yacht’s commitment to environmentally responsible tourism in the islands and the preservation of its unique and endemic wildlife for future generations.
Author description: Eduardo Camarero Marketing Director of the M/Y Passion.