galapagos cruises

Galapagos Cruises

M/V Santa Cruz
  1. Description
  2. Technical Specifications
  3. Facilities & Amenities

The Santa Cruz II’s Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. The ship has 50 cabins for 90 guests. Families and groups benefit from the flexible design, which allows 36 of the cabins to be interconnected. Solo travellers can occupy a double room with a mere 15% surcharge, down from the Galapagos standard 100%. Explorer Cabins are located on the Expedition , Horizon, and Panorama Decks.

  • Refurbishment: 2015
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Construction: 2002
  • Life Rafts: 14 (27 passengers each)
  • Gross Tonnage: 2664 tonnes
  • Landing Boats: 6
  • Passenger Space Ratio: 29.6
  • Type of Vessel: Expedition Vessel
  • Decks: 5
  • Capacity: 90 guests / 50 cabins
  • Crew: 60
  • Length: 71.8 metres/235 feet
  • Naturalist Guides: 8 (Includes Expedition Leader)
  • Beam: 13.4 metres/43 feet
  • Guest-Crew Ratio: 1:5 (3 guests per2 crew members)
  • Speed: 10.5 knots
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board
  • Electricity: 440 V - 220 V - 110 V throughout ship
  • Certifications: ABS, SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL
  • Engines: 2 Cummins engines KTA 38 - MO of 850 HP each
  • Fire Detector: Fire detectors throughout
  • Bar and Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor terrace / BBQ
  • Gift shop
  • Fitness Room
  • Reading room and natural
  • history library
  • Multiple purpose room
  • Hot tubs (2)
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Satellite telephone
  • PA system
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (intermittent/ low
  • bandwidth connection)
  • 24/7 coffee station (free coffee,
  • tea, and water)
  • iPod/MP3 docking station
  • Safe deposit box (in cabin)
  • Hair dryer
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Kayaks
  • Pangas (inflatable dinghies for
  • coastal exploration)
M/Y La Pinta
  1. Description
  2. Technical Specifications
  3. Facilities & Amenities

Luxury Adventure Cruising
A sophisticated upscale travel experience for 48 guests in 24 cabins that combines modern design, spacious rooms, and gourmet cuisine with top adventure. The ship offers a wide variety of aquatic activities including snorkelling, kayaking and a glass-bottom boat. She’s a distillation of the wish lists generated by captains, expedition leaders, hotel managers, and guests over many years.

Generous Accommodations
Yacht La Pinta boasts among some of the largest cabins of any Galapagos expedition vessel and features floor-to-ceiling oversized panoramic windows in all cabins for the best views of the islands. Stylish bathrooms with top-notch amenities in all cabins. She is considered an ideal yacht for families travelling together, with 4 pairs of interconnecting cabins.

Space for Learning and Relaxing
Join our guides in the lounge for nightly briefings about the next day’s activities. On the following day, visit the National Park on carefully planned excursions. In between outings, it will feel as if your connection with the islands never ends, as panoramic windows in our numerous social areas offer almost permanent visual contact with the island landscapes while you are inside the ship. Or step outside with your camera and make the most of the numerous outdoor social areas, including an outdoor terrace for dining when weather permits and an observation deck that is perfect for equatorial stargazing. Relax in the hot tub, work out in the cardio-gym, or lounge on the sun deck.

  • Reconstruted & refitted: Callao, Peru in 2007
  • Length: 63.87 metres (209 ft.)
  • Beam: 12.50 metres (41 ft.)
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,438.25 tons
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Capacity: 48 guests
  • Cabin: 24 outside cabins, on the same Deck with twin or queen-size beds
  • Double Cabin size: 16 square metres (175 square feet)
  • Triple cabin size: 22 square metres (236 square feet) with sofa bed
  • Decks: Three public decks include an ample Bar-salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar and sundeck
  • Wellness: Jacuzzi, Fitness room
  • Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht
  • Electricity: 110-220 volts 50Hz
  • Engines: 2 DEUTZ Model SBA 8M 1275 HP
  • Navigation Equipment: Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar and GPS
  • Communications Systems: Inmarsat C, Satellite Internet
  • Safety Certificates: SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM CODE 12
  • Fire Detector: Automatic with control from the bridge
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Inflatable Life Craft: 2 x 50-man and 6 x 25-man
  • Landing Craft: 4 Pumar inflatable craft + glass bottom boat
  • Owner: ETICA (Metropolitan Touring)
  • Decks: 3 (Sun Deck, Cabin Deck, Main Deck)
  • Crew: 27 (Including officers)
  • Naturalist Guides: 4 (including Expedition Manager)
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board
  • Free shore excursions, natural history lectures and transfers in the Galapagos
  • Complimentary wet suits
  • Free soft drinks
  • Free transfers airport/hotel/airport for Galapagos cruise departures to major hotels in Quito and Guayaquil
  • Free Wi-Fi and internet access (intermittent and low-bandwidth)
  • Free consultations with our Medical officer, on call 24/7
  • Top-ranking naval officers as Captains and First Officers
  • Metropolitan Touring’s 60+ years of experience
  • Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Telephone with direct international dialing
  • Multi-channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3, MP4
  • Snorkelling equipment: masks, snorkels, flotation vests
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Sea kayaks
  • Free shore excursions, natural history lectures and transfers in the Galapagos
  • Complimentary wet suits
  • 2mm “shorty” wet suits rental (used between June and December)
  • Free transfers airport/hotel/airport for Galapagos cruise departures to major hotels in Quito and Guayaquil
  • Top-ranking naval officers as Captains and First Officers
  • Briefings and lectures
  • Fitness room
  • Hot tub
  • A Medical Officer (M.D.) is permanently on board and available 24/7 (free consultations)
  • Boutique
  • Free soft drinks
  • Coffee station (coffee, tea and water 24-hours-a-day)
  • Satellite Internet connection and low bandwidth, intermittent Wi-Fi is available in designated areas on a complimentary basis
Yacht Isabella
  1. Description
  2. Technical Specifications
  3. Facilities & Amenities

The perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin’s islands in comfort. Traditionalists will enjoy feeling at home with a crew that has remained almost unchanged for years, leading to seamless attention to detail that will make your stay extra special. Explore the coast with your guides on our pangas, glass-bottom boat or kayaks or get wet and snorkel.

With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Hot tub, fitness room, bar and outside deck for al fresco meals, drinks, and sunbathing.

Your groups can expect top facilities and equipment, delicious meals, and safe and stimulating expert-planned expeditions on the islands. Scout the island sites for Big 15 wildlife in groups that average no more than 11-14 guests per naturalist guide which surpass the National Park standard, which permits up to 16 guests per guide.

  • Construction: 1979
  • Renovation: 2014
  • Category: Deluxe
  • Gross Tonnage: 1,025 tons.
  • Type of Vessel: Expedition Yacht
  • Capacity: 40 guests / 20 cabins
  • Length: 55.94 m (183 ft)
  • Beam: 11.58 m (38 ft)
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Electricity: 110 – 220 V / 60 Hz
  • Engines: 2 CUMMINS, KTA-38-M1, 1000 HP
  • Navigation Equipment: Radar ARPA, Radar, Satellite Compass, Magnetic Compass, Automatic Pilot, Echosonar, 2 GPS, AIS
  • Fire Detector: Installed throughout the ship
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Lifeboats: 2 semi-enclosed units / capacity for 27 persons each
  • Life Rafts: Two 25-man, one 20-man
  • Owner: ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
  • Decks: 3 (Boat deck, Cabin deck, Main deck)
  • Naturalist Guides: 3 (includes Expedition Leader)
  • Crew: 26
  • Passenger/Crew Ratio: 3:2
  • Medical Officer: Permanently on board
  • Safety Certificates: SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL
  • Bar – Lounge
  • Boutique/Gift Shop
  • Reading Room & Natural History Library
  • Hot Tub
  • Radio, telephone, E-mail, and Fax communications
  • PA System
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Safety boxes
  • Hair dryers
  • Multimedia natural history lectures
  • Stargazing Programme
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Snorkelling Equipment
  • Wet suits for snorkelling
  • Digital camera and underwater housing for expedition documenting
Yacht Natural Paradise
  1. Description
  2. Technical Specifications
  3. Facilities & Amenities

This intimate, customized vessel transports 16 passengers through the enchanted Galapagos Islands on eight-, five- and four-day excursions.
To help you explore the archipelago’s underwater world, snorkeling gear, wetsuit and underwater camera are available for your use. After a day of exploring the Galapagos’ unique environment, relax with a cocktail from the bar in the main deck sitting area, or up on the spacious sundeck which has chaise lounges and a Jacuzzi, as well as an al fresco dining area. If you have one of the four upper deck double cabins, you will enjoy a private balcony from where to watch the moonlight slither across the waves. Other double cabins are on the main and lower decks, while a well appointed suite is on the main deck.
All accommodations have comfortable beds, safety deposit boxes, air-conditioning, private bathrooms with hot water, and plenty of space for your belongings. Natural Paradise’s 10 crewmembers are attentive to their guests’ needs. An official, bilingual naturalist guide will lead you on your exploration.

  • Year of construction: 2016
  • Length 111 feet / 34 meters
  • Beam 26 feet / 8 meters
  • Draft 4 feet / 1. 40 meters
  • Speed 14 knots
  • Capacity 16 passengers + 10 Crew members
  • Main engines CUMMINS / 2 X 400 HP / 1800 RPM
  • Gross Tonnage 145 Tons
  • Generators 2 X 50 Kw
  • Safety & Navigation
  • FURUNO Radar
  • GPS Depth sounders ACR radio VHF - DSS radio
  • ABC Fire Extinguishers
  • All required navigation equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Upper Deck: 4 double cabins with private balcony
  • Main Deck:
  • Dining room
  • bar
  • social area
  • 3 double cabins
  • Lower Deck
  • 2 double cabins
  • All cabins with private bathrooms
  • Hot water
  • Air-conditioning
Yacht Treasure of Galápagos
  1. Description
  2. Technical Specifications
  3. Facilities & Amenities

Besides from this, we present our catamaran for Galapagos the, “Treasure of Galapagos”.
The Catamaran is for selected groups of maximum 16 passengers who wish to enjoy Galapagos in a comfort atmosphere.
The Treasure of Galapagos Catamaran is a modern double haul featuring balconies in all its 8 Junior Suite cabins. It also carries a massive Master Suite with its own private mini Salon, panoramic windows, a king sized bed and 2 balconies.
As to be expected with a vessel this size, The Treasure of Galapagos Catamaran holds spacious areas both inside and out; yet still limited to 16 guests. A friendly staff provides services on board with a specialized chef catering a variety of gourmet meals and a certified level 3 guide. Guests aboard the Treasure will have all the right elements for an exceptional experience.

  • Category: Catamaran
  • Year of Construction: 2009
  • Type: Power Motor Catamaran
  • Lenght: 31.60m
  • Beam: 11.20m
  • Draft: 2.60m
  • Gross Tonnage: 343 tons
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Main Engines: 2 motors 385 HP Caterpillar, 2 Generators 75KW
  • Max Speed: 12 knots
  • Electricity: 110 volts AC on cabins
  • / 220 volts AC on social areas
  • Exterior: GFRP (fiber reinforce polymer)
  • Crew: Captain
  • Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide
  • 8 crew members (First Mate, Chef, Sous Chef, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Sailor, Barman, Housekeeper)
  • Safety & Navigation:
  • All equipment meets or exceeds the international SOLAS standard: 1x 25 and 1 x 20 man life craft
  • Foruno 2
  • GPS
  • Sonar
  • 2 naval radars
  • Fire detection and prevention systems
  • Water Desalinate System
  • Available Gear: Snorkeling Gear Wet Suits
  • Accommodation:
  • Main Deck:
  • 1 double Master suite (40 mt²)
  • 4 double junior suites (20 mt²)
  • Upper Deck:
  • 4 double junior suites (20 mt²)
  • All with private balcony
  • Sun Deck
  • Jacuzzi and rest chairs
M/V Cormorant
  1. Description
  2. Technical Specifications
  3. Facilities and amenities

This beautiful 16 passenger vessel has been recently remodeled offering to your clients the following features:

  • All cabins and suites with panoramic ceiling to floor windows and private balconies
  • Beautiful dinning area with panoramic windows
  • Renovated sun deck with a comfortable al fresco dining and an 8 passenger jacuzzi on the stern area
  • 2 comfortable suites with a spacious lounge
  • 4 interconnected cabins on the upper deck
  • Year of construction: 2011
  • Length 108 ft (33 m)
  • Beam 39 ft (12 m)
  • Draft 5 ft (1,40 m)
  • Speed 14 knots
  • Capacity 16 passengers
  • 9 Crew members + 1 Cruise Director + 1 Bilingual Guide
  • Main engines Cummins QSM 11 / 400 HP @ 2100 RPM
  • Water maker 2000 Gallons / day
  • Exterior GFRP (fiber reinforced polymer)
  • Main Deck: 2 Suites 409 ft² / 38 m². 2 Double Staterooms 258 ft² / 24 m²
  • Upper Deck: 4 Connected Cabins 258 ft² / 24 m²
  • Sun Deck: Jacuzzi
  • All cabins with private balconies, private bathrooms, hot water and air-conditioning. Cabin size includes balcony

Safety & Navigation

  • 2x 25-man life raft
  • Navtex
  • 2 GPS
  • Depth Sounder
  • 2 naval radars
  • Fire detection and prevention systems etc.
M/C Endemic
  1. Description
  2. Technical Specifications
  3. Facilities & Amenities

The M/C Endemic is the newest Galapagos Catamaran, starting operations in July 2018. This luxury catamaran has a capacity for 16 passengers, eleven crew members plus guide, ffering a service ratio of almost one to one.

Being the first catamaran of a new generation of catamarans , the Endemic gathers elegant exteriors, spacious areas for high-end accommodation, social, and open areas. Navigations between the islands are sleek and fast due to Endemic’s design which delivers transverse stability when cruising around the archipelago.

  • Due to start operations: July 2018
  • Category: Luxury
  • Lenght: 35 mt / 115 ft
  • Beam: 14 mt / 45 ft
  • Draft to baseline: 1.85 mt / 6.1 ft
  • Crew: 10 members + Chef + Guide + Cruise Service officer
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Propulsion: 2 x high power engines 500 HP
  • Suites size: 30 mt2 / 322 ft2
  • 4 suites - Main deck
  • 4 suites - Upper deck
  • 1 cabin - Upper deck
  • Electricity: 110 V and 220 V



On behalf of Great Grand Nachas & More group, Milton Pfeiffer – president and myself I would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for a wonderful tour you organized for our group in Quito and the Galapagos Islands Last November...


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