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How to Choose Your Perfect Galápagos Cruise


People have been fascinated by The Galápagos ever since Charles Darwin set foot there in 1835 to study its unique wildlife and terrain. While there are 19 main islands, those wishing to travel by land can only access the main three, which is why luxury Galápagos cruises are the best way to see this magnificent destination.


Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, visiting the Galápagos is a dream trip for those wishing to experience the ultimate adventure expedition. While the weather is favorable all year round, December to May is the best time to cruise around these impressive islands, made even more popular by David Attenborough’s fascinating, insightful documentary series.


Uniquely situated in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres where three oceans meet, the Galápagos Islands have so much to offer to animal, bird, nature, and photography lovers. Several top companies sail to this region to observe giant tortoises, colorful iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and sea turtles. Here are some of the best luxury cruise operators to choose from for your unforgettable Galápagos adventure.



SILVERSEA EXPEDITIONS


The Silver Origin is a destination-specific luxury ship that offers guests all-suite accommodation and all-inclusive cruising. This brand-new impressive ship has been fitted out to provide the highest level of style and comfort as it travels around the many Galápagos islands, with 8 Zodiacs and a staff-to-guest ratio of 1:1. All shore excursions and gratuities are included in the price, as well as alcoholic beverages, including champagne, allowing you to focus on the fun and enjoyment of your incredible adventure.


Their expert nature guides are informative and passionate about the rich biodiversity, providing their guests with the best insights, selecting prime photography locations, and ensuring unforgettable, daily highlights. Evening dining has open seating, and you can enjoy nightly entertainment of the highest quality before heading back to your stylish suite to relax and prepare for another exciting day ahead. Your cruise with Silversea also includes a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Ecuador and a round-trip economy flight from there to the islands. This really is expedition cruising at its best.


LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS


This family-owned cruise company was the first to bring adventure travelers to The Galápagos and has offered varied, exciting itineraries for over 50 years. They have two well-designed ships, the National Geographic Islander for 48 guests and their newest ship, the Endeavour II for 96 guests. They pride themselves on small numbers to ensure individual attention and the highest level of service. Their ships are perfect for accessing the most remote islands and navigating the waters of this extraordinary archipelago. Guests can kayak, swim, and snorkel to get even closer to the animals, fish, and plant life as exotic birds soar overhead.


Lindblad focuses heavily on environmental awareness and conservation, donating millions of dollars to preserve the area and care for wildlife. With so much expert knowledge and experience, Lindblad’s in-depth yet flexible itineraries reflect their passion and enthusiasm. Their guides are excited to show you all that The Galápagos has to offer as you cruise around in style and luxury while observing the Blue-footed Boobies, penguins, sea lions, birdlife, and over 9,000 species of flora and fauna.


CELEBRITY CRUISES


This renowned company has launched a brand-new destination-specific luxury ship called the Celebrity Flora. With a maximum capacity of 100 guests, this all-suite eco-friendly ship is equipped with everything needed for a once-in-a-lifetime Galápagos adventure. There is a star-gazing platform, an observatory, and the first-of-its-kind onboard glamping experience. Celebrity promotes responsible tourism while never compromising luxury, style, or comfort. They offer a choice of in-suite dining should you wish to enjoy some time to yourself in your suite, or you can eat local and international cuisine in the Seaside Restaurant.


Their itineraries are diverse, and their expert team of guides is on hand to answer all your questions as you explore the stunning array of islands. Their policy of 16 guests per guide allows for a relaxing pace and an intimate feel to each excursion. Snorkeling and swimming opportunities will enable you to grab your underwater camera and explore the peace, tranquility, and vast array of aquatic life.


AQUA EXPEDITIONS


For the most exclusive experience cruising the Galapagos, Aqua Expeditions recently launched the Italian-designed superyacht, Aqua Mare. This ship offers an intimate experience with just seven suites, ideal for families or couples traveling together. On board the vessel, guests enjoy regional cuisine from Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. A movie room and outdoor workout area provide entertainment.



For advice about selecting your Galápagos cruise, contact us today to set up a consultation!




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