Barefoot Expeditions: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru Travel Adventures

Galapagos Islands Cruises: The Guide

The majority of the visitors choose an organized cruise and it is a great way to discover the Galapagos Islands –you can choose your ideal boat and itinerary according to your budget and individual interests and you get to see a maximum of the islands as you are doing the majority of sailing night and visit the different islands during the day. Generally you visit two sites per day: a walk early in the morning with snorkelling afterwards, you have lunch as you cruise to the next site, snorkelling in the afternoon and a walk at the second site.
Even the economic boats offer great service and food, the luxurious ones sometimes even have a jacuzzi on board – you don’t have to organize anything and can just enjoy your stay!
Each boat has been assigned a 15 day itinerary, which they can split into different shorter ones:

  • Two 8-day itineraries. One that take you to the Northern and Central Islands and other one that takes you to the Southern and East islands. They can be combined  into a 15-day itinerary.
  • Depending on which days they make port on San Cristobal or Santa Cruz (the islands that have airports), the vessels offers itineraries of 4, 5 or 6 days– generally any combination of itineraries as long as they abide to the 15 days regulation.

What is generally included/not included in a Galapagos Islands Cruise?

Included:

  • Transfers on the islands
  • Pick-up and drop-off at the airport in Galapagos
  • Accommodation in double cabin
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English speaking) naturalist guide
  • All meals from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • All excursions on the islands (depending on the itinerary you choose)
  • Fresh towels & sheets
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Round trip airline ticket (booked in conjunction with the cruise) : costs around 500 USD
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (100 USD p. p. for foreigners, 6 USD p. p. for Ecuadorians or residents)
  • INGALA Transit Control Card (10 USD p. p.)
  • Alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages outsides of meals
  • Tips for the guide and the crew
  • Personal expenses
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Some boats include the snorkeling equipment, others don’t – please check the information about each boat for exact information or ask your Barefoot sales agent.

What are the differences between Galapagos Islands Cruises?

TOURIST CLASS:

The target groups of these boats are generally travellers with a limited budget like backpackers or students. They offer only basic services and if you book a tour on a tourist class boat, you should be prepared that you don’t have the same comforts and standards as on a more expensive yacht.

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TOURIST SUPERIOR CLASS:

These boats offer an affordable, but not too basic way to discover Galápagos. They provide average/mid-range services (cabin size, meals, guide level, comfort), are rather small, but more comfortable than the Tourist Class boats. Tourist Superior class boats have a capacity of between 12 and 16 passengers. They provide double cabins with private bathroom and mostly air-condition).

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Galapagos tourist superior class boats: Guantanamera, Floreana, Samba, Yolita II, Encantada, Golondrina I, Angelito I.

FIRST CLASS:

Within the first class option, there is a wide range and tourist can choose between a little bit more basic boats or more luxurious vessels offering superior service and more space. They have larger cabins and a choice of bed types (twin, bunk, or double). The First Class yachts have more spacious lounges, decks and dining areas for a more comfortable experience. Please ask your Barefoot sales agent about the different options!

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Galapagos first class yachts: Tip Top III, Galaxy, Tip Top II, Voyager, Fragata, Cachalote I, Beluga.

LUXURY CLASS

The luxury class boats offer more space in cabins and social areas, are generally more stable due to their size, have the best and most experienced naturalist guides and offer a great level of service and excellent food. Some have special extras like a Jacuzzi on board. In this category you can choose between large cruise ships with a capacity of up to 100 passengers or smaller, more private vessels.

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Galapagos luxury class yachts: Grand Odyssey, Odyssey.
The majority of the visitors choose an organized cruise and it is the most recommended way to discover the Galapagos islands:

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You can choose your ideal boat and itinerary according to your budget and individual interests and you get to see a maximum of the islands as you are doing the majority of sailing night and visit the different islands during the day. Generally you visit two sites per day: a walk early in the morning with snorkeling afterwards, you have lunch as you cruise to the next site, snorkelling in the afternoon and a walk at the second site.

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Even the economic boats offer great service and food, the luxurious ones sometimes even have a jacuzzi on board – you don’t have to organize anything and can just enjoy your stay!

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