Galapagos cruises combine luxury, adventure and unparalleled natural beauty! Embark on a journey like no other, exploring the stunning Galapagos Islands and immersing yourself in their awe-inspiring biodiversity.

There are cruises to suit every traveler's preferences. From luxury yachts with private balconies to smaller ships with comfortable accommodations, you'll find the perfect balance of comfort and adventure.

Choosing a Galapagos Cruise in 3 Steps

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1. Ship Sizes

Whether you prefer a larger ship with a wide range of facilities or a smaller, more intimate vessel for a private experience, we've options to suit every traveler's preferences.

Small Galápagos Ships 

Up to 20 Passengers
With a maximum capacity of 20 passengers, small ships provide a more intimate and exclusive setting. You'll have the opportunity to explore in a way that larger ships simply cannot offer.

One of the key advantages of smaller group sizes is easier access to remote sites. Small ships can navigate through narrow channels and anchor in secluded bays, bringing you closer to untamed natural beauty.

In addition, the smaller group size allows for more personalized interactions with the wildlife that call these islands home.

Larger Galápagos Cruise Ships

20 to 100 Passengers
Larger ships, accommodating 20 to 100 passengers, offer more amenities and tend to be more stable than smaller ships. These ships also tend to be more focused in the luxury category given the increased amenities on offer. They can be a great choice for those who are worried about getting sea-sick due to the increased stability and less rocking.

One of the downsides of the larger ships is they may not be able to anchor as close to some of the visitor sites due to their size. And, the Galapagos National Park places strict limits on group sizes, so groups need to visit sites according to a schedule. This may provide flexibility in choosing a time to visit these sites which smaller ships cannot cater for.

Choosing a Ship Size

The size of the ship can significantly impact your experience. Larger vessels tend to have more passengers and larger cabins.

They offer a livelier atmosphere and more extensive amenities but might have limitations on access to certain sites. Smaller ships, like yachts and sailing vessels, provide a cozier, more intimate experience with a close-knit group.

They can access smaller coves and landing sites that larger ships cannot. Consider how the ship's size aligns with your preference for social interaction and site accessibility.

2. Ship Types

Selecting the right ship type is just as crucial as choosing your cruise class. Each ship type offers a unique experience, from the sleek motor catamarans to the charming sailing yachts. 

Here's a breakdown of the main ship types to help you decide which one aligns with your preferences.

Motor Catamarans

Efficiency and Stability
Maximum Capacity: 16 passengers

Motor catamarans are known for their stability, which is especially important for travelers prone to seasickness. These ships generally offer:
  • Spacious cabins and common areas.
  • Smooth and comfortable sailing.
  • Larger groups, ideal for social travelers.
  • Guided excursions with expert naturalists.
Ideal for Travelers: Who prioritize stability, comfort, and enjoy the company of a larger group of fellow travelers.

Motor Yachts

Intimate and Personalized
Maximum Capacity: 16 passengers

Yachts provide an intimate and personalized Galapagos experience. They generally feature:
  • Small passenger capacity for a more exclusive feel.
  • Cozy cabins with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Highly personalized service and attention.
  • Flexible itineraries and off-the-beaten-path exploration.
Ideal for Travelers: Seeking a personalized, close-knit experience with a small group, perfect for couples and nature enthusiasts.

Cruise Ships

Comfort and Amenities
Maximum Capacity: 100 passengers

Cruise ships are larger vessels with a focus on comfort and amenities. They generally offer:
  • Well-appointed cabins and suites.
  • Restaurants, lounges, and entertainment options.
  • Various dining choices and onboard activities.
  • Excursions with certified naturalist guides.
Ideal for Travelers: Who enjoy the comforts and amenities of a larger cruise ship while exploring the Galapagos.

Sailing Catamarans

Graceful Sailing
Maximum Capacity: 16 passengers

Sailing catamarans provide a unique sailing experience. They generally feature:
  • Modern, spacious cabins.
  • Silent and eco-friendly sailing.
  • Relaxed and informal atmosphere.
  • Smaller groups for a more intimate experience.
Ideal for Travelers: Who love the idea of eco-friendly sailing and a more relaxed, intimate environment.

Sailing Yachts

Classic Sailing Adventures
Maximum Capacity: 16 passengers

Sailing yachts offer a classic and adventurous way to explore the Galapagos. They generally provide:
  • Cozy cabins with a rustic charm.
  • Authentic sailing experiences.
  • A sense of adventure and exploration.
  • Close-knit groups for social travelers.
Ideal for Travelers: With a taste for adventure and a love for traditional sailing, ideal for small groups of friends or family.

Live Aboard Dive Boats

Underwater Exploration
Maximum Capacity: 16 passengers

Live aboard dive boats are perfect for travelers who want to explore the underwater wonders of the Galapagos. They generally offer:
  • Dedicated diving facilities and equipment.
  • Dive masters and instructors on board.
  • Itineraries focused on the best dive sites.
  • Opportunities to encounter marine life up close.
Ideal for Travelers: Scuba diving enthusiasts and underwater adventurers looking to make the most of their Galapagos experience.

Whether it's stability, intimacy, comfort, eco-friendliness, or a sense of adventure, there's a Galapagos ship type that's perfect for your unique journey. 

Contact us if you're still unclear about which option would be best suited for your trip.

3. Galapagos Cruise Ship Categories

Choosing the right cruise class can greatly impact your experience. 

Here, we break down the main categories, so you can make an informed choice that suits your preferences and budget.



Indulge in Opulence
If you're looking for a voyage that combines luxury and wildlife, then luxury cruises are your ticket to paradise. These generally offer:
  • Lavish cabins and spacious suites.
  • Gourmet dining experiences with top-notch cuisine.
  • Expert naturalist guides for in-depth wildlife encounters.
  • Exclusive amenities like jacuzzis, spas, and sun decks.
Ideal for Travelers: Who want a high-end experience, exceptional accommodation and service, and are willing to invest in a luxurious adventure.
First Class


First Class

Balancing Comfort and Adventure
First-class cruises provide a balance between comfort and exploration. This class generally offers:
  • Comfortable cabins with panoramic windows.
  • High-quality meals and dining options.
  • Knowledgeable naturalist guides.
  • Exciting excursions to witness Galapagos wonders.
Ideal for Travelers: Looking for comfort and high level service but at a lower cost than the luxury class of cruises.
Tourist Superior


Tourist Superior

Affordable Comfort
Tourist superior cruises offer comfortable accommodations and immersive experiences at a more budget-friendly rate. These typically include:
  • Cozy cabins with ocean views.
  • Varied meal options.
  • Passionate naturalist guides.
  • A mix of land and water activities.
Ideal for Travelers: Budget-conscious explorers who still want to experience the Galapagos in comfort and seeking value for their money.
Tourist (Budget)


Budget or "Tourist Class" 

Exploring on a Budget
For travelers on a tighter budget, tourist or budget cruises provide a more accessible way to discover the Galapagos. Here's what you can expect:
  • Basic cabins with essential amenities.
  • Simple yet satisfying meals.
  • Enthusiastic local guides.
  • A focus on experiencing the Galapagos without frills.
Ideal for Travelers: Looking for a cost-effective way to explore the Galapagos without compromising the unique experiences the islands offer.

Choosing a Ship Category

Some of the notable differences between the ship categories are cabin size and views on offer. 

The more expensive categories tend to have large cabins, complete with expansive views. The cheaper categories don't offer the same amount of space and the views may be limited to a small porthole or no view at all. 
Need help? We're here to help you decide. 

Why Choose a Galapagos Cruise?

The attractions and activities are truly exceptional. Encounter iconic species in the Galapagos National Park such as giant tortoises and marine iguanas, witness the mating rituals of flightless cormorants, and marvel at the colorful frigate birds soaring above. Explore the pristine visitor sites of Santa Cruz, Isabela, and San Cristobal islands, each with their own unique natural habitats and endemic species.

Choosing the right ship size, category and itinerary is crucial to making the most of your Galapagos experience. Consider factors such as the duration, the islands you wish to visit, and the optional activities available. Whether you're interested in daily excursions, shore excursions, or even snorkeling and hiking, there's a cruise that caters to your interests.

Discover the wonders that captivated Charles Darwin, immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of these volcanic islands, and unlock the secrets of marine life that thrive within the ocean currents.

Typical Galapagos Cruise Itineraries

Exploring the Galapagos Islands is an incredible experience that requires careful planning. There are many different types of cruises to choose from, each offering their own unique itineraries and experiences. Whether you’re a solo traveler or a family looking for adventure, there’s a cruise that will cater to your needs. The following are some example itineraries that cover many highlights popular with our guests.

4 Day

5 Day

8 Day

Day 1: Your Galapagos adventure begins with your morning arrival at San Cristobal Island. After immigration and baggage claim, you'll be greeted by your cruise staff member and taken to your ship. Settle into your cabin before enjoying lunch and a welcome briefing.

Day 2: Embark on an excursion to Lobos Island, aptly named "Sea Lion Island." Here, you'll encounter playful sea lions and have fantastic opportunities for snorkeling. Keep an eye out for blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Day 3: Explore the striking rock formation known as Kicker Rock, located off the western shore of San Cristobal. Although there are no landings, you'll enjoy circumnavigation and dinghy rides to spot a variety of marine life, including sharks, tropical fish, turtles, and spectacular rock formations.

Day 4: Head to Twin Craters, figurative formations created by the collapse of surface material in underground chambers on Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy a scenic walk and breathtaking views before concluding your journey with a transfer to the Baltra airport for your mainland flight.

Day 1: Your exploration of the Galapagos begins as you arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After immigration and baggage claim, a cruise staff member will welcome you and escort you to the ship. Settle into your cabin before enjoying lunch and a welcome briefing.

Day 2: Travel to the remarkable Kicker Rock, a striking rock formation off the western shore of San Cristobal. Although there are no landing areas, you'll have the chance to spot sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occasionally), and a variety of sea birds, including blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigate birds.

Day 3: Your next destination is Witch Hill on San Cristobal's northern coast. This picturesque beach with maroon/red sand is home to sea turtles, rays, and various booby bird species. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters.

Day 4: Explore North Seymour Island, where you may encounter Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, and more. This island was formed by submarine lava flows and is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Day 5: Visit South Plaza Island with its steep cliffs covered in Opuntia cacti. You'll find one of the largest sea lion colonies here, along with colorful land iguanas and a diverse range of bird species. Enjoy the stunning landscape and unique wildlife before concluding your journey with a transfer to Baltra airport for your mainland flight.

Day 1: Commence your Galapagos Islands adventure with a flight to Baltra Island. After immigration and baggage claim, board the ship ready to set sail.

Day 2: Explore Santiago's Sullivan Bay, known for its captivating lava formations, providing a glimpse into the island's geological history.

Day 3: Isabela's Vicente Roca Point offers incredible snorkeling opportunities with penguins, sea lions, and more, making it a marine life haven.

Day 4: Fernandina's Espinoza Point is home to marine iguanas, sea lions, and a unique nesting site for flightless cormorants, showcasing diverse wildlife.

Day 5: Experience the lush highlands of Santa Cruz, adorned with Scalesia trees and captivating lava tunnels that tell the island's geological story.

Day 6: Floreana boasts both history and marine beauty. Visit Post Office Bay and snorkel at Devil's Crown, an offshore volcanic formation teeming with marine species.

Day 7: Discover the small but picturesque bay of Santa Fe Island, and don't miss the playful sea lions of Lobos Island on your Galapagos journey.

Day 8: Visit San Cristobal's David Rodriguez Breeding Center, where giant tortoises roam in a protected area, ensuring their survival in the wild. Your journey concludes with a transfer to the airport.

A Typical Day Aboard

A typical day aboard promises an array of exciting activities and unforgettable experiences. Wake up to the breathtaking beauty of the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of your cabin. After a delicious breakfast, embark on a day filled with adventure and exploration.

Join expert naturalist guides on shore excursions to visit the remarkable visitor sites, such as the iconic Santa Cruz Island or the pristine Baltra Island. Encounter the fascinating wildlife that makes the Galapagos famous, including giant tortoises, playful sea lions, and colorful marine iguanas.

Snorkel in crystal-clear waters alongside graceful sea turtles and vibrant schools of tropical fish. Dive into the enchanting underwater world and witness firsthand the incredible marine life that thrives in these pristine waters.

Back on the ship, relax on the deck and soak in the stunning views of the volcanic islands. Enjoy delectable cuisine prepared by talented chefs, showcasing the best of local flavors. In the evenings, engage in stargazing sessions or fascinating lectures by our naturalist guides.

Every day is filled with new discoveries and cherished moments. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of these islands and create lifelong memories on our exceptional excursions. Start planning your dream cruise by getting in contact today

Popular Activities in Galápagos

With a plethora of activities to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Dive into the crystal-clear waters and discover a vibrant marine wonderland. Swim alongside playful sea lions, graceful sea turtles, and schools of mesmerizing colorful fish. 

Get up close and personal with captivating creatures like penguins and marine iguanas, who gracefully navigate the underwater landscapes.


Traverse the volcanic landscapes and be awestruck by the geological wonders. Explore hidden lagoons, stunning lava tunnels, and breathtaking viewpoints - each step brings with it something new and exciting.

Marvel at the diverse formations and dramatic vistas, capturing unforgettable memories and photos with every step.


Paddle through serene coastal waters and get a unique perspective of the archipelago. Glide past rocky shores and mangrove forests, spotting an array of fascinating wildlife along the way. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature as you explore hidden coves and beaches.

Whether you're a novice or experienced kayaker, you'll have opportunities to explore from a whole new angle.

Wildlife Spotting

Encounter the remarkable inhabitants in their natural habitats. Observe endemic species like giant tortoises and learn about their intriguing life cycles. Marvel at unique and rare species like Galapagos sea lions that have adapted to the unique oceanic conditions.

Capture these unforgettable moments through your lens for the perfect balance of education and adventure.
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Asked Questions

Don't see your question here? Feel free to contact our experts and they'll be more than happy to help you. 

When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

You're able to experience incredible wildlife encounters and natural beauty year-round, but the best time to visit depends on your preferences. From December to May, the islands experience warmer temperatures and calmer seas, making it the perfect time for snorkeling and diving. This period also coincides with the breeding season for several marine species, such as sea lions and sea turtles. 

From June to November, the islands experience cooler temperatures and nutrient-rich waters, attracting a higher concentration of marine life. This is the ideal time to spot migratory species like whales and dolphins. Ultimately, any time is a great time to visit, as its unique ecosystem promises remarkable experiences throughout the year.

Is WiFi Available?

WiFi availability varies by ship category. Luxury and first-class are more likely to offer WiFi, although it may be limited due to the remote location and there may be an additional cost. 

Even if Wifi is available, we recommend pre-loading any movies, music or other entertainment you may want.  

Keep in mind that disconnecting from the internet is often part of the experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders.

Should I Expect Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness can be a concern for some travelers due to the open sea. To mitigate this, choose a larger, more stable ship if you're prone to motion sickness. You can also bring motion sickness medication or wristbands.

The waters in the Galapagos are generally calmer from June to November, which may be a better time for those concerned about seasickness.

Are Family-Friendly Cabins Available?

Yes, many ships offer family-friendly cabins and itineraries. These cabins are designed to accommodate families, often with extra beds or connecting rooms. 

When booking a family-friendly cruise, inquire about cabin options suitable for your family's size and needs to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Are there any age limits? 

There are no age limits for visiting the Galapagos National Park. However, the minimum suggested age is 6 years old if you want to participate in all of the activities. Each land-based activity generally takes 1-2 hours of exercise which can be difficult for your kids. There are also few public bathrooms available and you must be accompanied by a guide at all times, so you generally cannot separate from the group. 

Similar limitations exist for passengers at the other end of the age spectrum. We do routinely see passengers 70+ years old that can handle the hiking and snorkeling. But, in case you can't, some ships offer less strenuous activities to ensure everyone can enjoy a trip of a lifetime. 

How Far in Advance Should I Book?

It's advisable to book well in advance, preferably six months to a year ahead of your planned travel dates. The Galapagos National Park limits the number of visitors and vessels allowed, making availability limited. Booking early ensures you secure your preferred cruise and accommodations.

However, if you're the spontaneous type, then you may be able to get a great cruise deal by booking last minute. Contact us for these last minute deals as they often go unpublished. 

How Much to Tip?

Whilst many passengers do tip tour guides and vessel crew members, don't feel pressured into providing more than you feel is appropriate for the service provided.  

As a starting point, we suggest $10-$15 per person per day for guides and another $20 - $40 per person per day for the vessel crew members. You may also want to combine tips with other guests too. 

How Much Do Cruises Cost?

Costs vary widely based on the ship category, length of the cruise and the season. Budget trips can start at around $1,400 to $2,000 per person. Tourist superior typically range from $2,000 to $3,000, with first class from $3,000 to $5,000 and luxury anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more per person. 

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