Frequently asked questions Stay Cruise

Can I extend my cruise, or stay on the islands before or after my cruise?

 

Of course you can! Shorter cruises give an excellent impression of the Galapagos Islands when you have limited time or are on a budget, but it is impossible to see all the highlights, and you have to decide which route to follow (or which day to start with). If you want to get the maximum out of your visit, we suggest you extend your cruise by combine our itineraries to make your stay longer.

 

In this way you can explore practically all the islands, in almost every corner of the archipelago. Longer cruises are the only way to see albatrosses on Española, land iguanas on South Plaza, red-footed boobies on Genovesa and penguins and flightless cormorants in the western archipelago. You will probably only visit the Galapagos once in a lifetime, and each island is different and well worth a visit!

 

We also help you with organising hotel bookings, hotel-based packages and day tours, including scuba diving if you would prefer a hotel-based island extension. In this way you can experience the Galapagos in two different ways: the cruise for visiting some of the more exclusive remote islands; and the land-based tour to explore the surroundings of the inhabited islands.

 

 

Are families with children welcome on-board?

 

Of course families with children are very welcome on-board! We suggest that your children are at least 3-4 years old, so that they enjoy the experience and endure the intense trip. We don’t offer special children’s programmes, but they will love the animals, and our activities include swimming, snorkelling and sea-kayaking. Parents are responsible for their own children, and have to take into account that they might not undertake longer or more difficult excursions or activities. We have special discounts for children younger than 12 years (20% off for 1 child per 2 parents), as well as reduced airline fees and reduced entrance fees for the Galapagos National Park.

 

What is the physical condition required for the cruise?

 

We recommend that passengers are in a reasonably good physical condition. Our programmes are well-filled, but you can always skip a more demanding activity and take a rest on-board. Elderly or disabled people may encounter some problems:

 

  • Some trails are longer or more difficult, with sharp lava rocks or even some light scrambling (especially in unspoiled remote areas such as the western islands with poor touristic infrastructure, but also on Española, Genovesa and Tintoreras).

 

  • When embarking and disembarking the inflatable dinghy, especially when the surf is a bit rougher (although our crew is always there to help you in and out safely).

 

  • Please check also in our yacht design whether the steps on-board are suitable for you.

 

  • Some of our itineraries have less long overnight crossings and generally arrive at destinations before midnight, guaranteeing a comfortable night’s rest.

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