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Imagine setting sail to a world almost untouched by urban sprawl, where unique wildlife roams freely, and each island holds its own mystique. Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago that's more like a bio-lab in the middle of the Pacific. Cruising through the Galapagos, you're not just hopping from one exotic island to another. You're embarking on a journey through time and evolution, where every beach and every creature tells a story of adaptation and survival. With pristine beaches, diverse marine life, and a living classroom of evolutionary science, a Galapagos cruise is more than a holiday; it's a life-changing expedition. With cruise line volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 80% versus the brochure price! Book your Galapagos cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted cruise headquarters.

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HurtigrutenMS Santa Cruz IIGalapagosBaltraBaltra6 NightsMosquera, Ecuador | Plaza Sur, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Punta Pitt, San Cristobal, Ecuador | Punta Suarez, Ecuador | Santa Fe, Ecuador$6,703
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageCelebrity XplorationGalapagosBaltraBaltra7 NightsBahia Post Office, Floreana | Baltra, Galapagos | Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Daphne Major, Galapagos Islands | Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz), Galapagos | Gardner Bay (Española), Galapagos | Kicker Rock (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Los Lobos (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Mosquera Islet, Galapagos | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Puerto Villamil (Isabella), Galapagos | Punta Cormorant, Floreana, Galapagos | Punta Suarez (Espanola), Ecuador, Galapagos | Rabida, Ecuador | Wall Of Tears (Isabella), Galapagos$8,199
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Celebrity XpeditionGalapagosBaltraBaltra7 NightsBaltra, Galapagos | Bartalome, Galapagos | Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz), Galapagos | Caleta Tagus, Galapagos | Daphne Major, Galapagos Islands | Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Galapagos | El Barranco (Genovesa), Galapagos | Las Bachas, Santa Cruz, Galapagos | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Puerto Egas, Ecuador | Punta Espinoza, Fernandina | Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos | Rabida, Ecuador | Urvina Bay (Isabella), Galapagos$7,499
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageCelebrity XplorationGalapagosBaltraBaltra16 NightsBahia Post Office (floreana) | Baltra (galapagos) | Cerro Brujo (san Cristobal) | Cormorant Point (floreana) | Daphne Island | Dragon Hill (santa Cruz) | Gardner Bay (espa�ola) | Kicker Rock (san Cristobal) | Los Lobos (san Cristobal) | Mosquera Islet (galapagos) | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | Puerto Villamil (isabella) | Rabida (galapagos) | Suarez Point - (espa�ola) | Wall Of Tears (isabella)$14,799
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Celebrity XpeditionGalapagosBaltraBaltra16 NightsBaltra (galapagos) | Bartolome Island | Black Turtle Cove (santa | Daphne Island | Darwin Bay (genovesa) | Egas Port | El Barranco (genovesa) | Espinoza Point - (fernandina) | Las Bachas - (santa Cruz) | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | Rabida (galapagos) | Tagus Cove (isabella) | Urvina Bay (isabella) | Vicente Roca Point$14,599
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Celebrity FloraGalapagosBaltraBaltra7 NightsBaltra, Galapagos | Bartalome, Galapagos | Caleta Tagus, Galapagos | Daphne Major, Galapagos Islands | Elizabeth Bay (Isabella), Galapagos | Las Bachas, Santa Cruz, Galapagos | North Seymour, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Puerto Baquerizo, Ecuador | Puerto Egas, Ecuador | Punta Pitt (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Rabida, Ecuador | Santiago, Chile$10,739
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Celebrity FloraGalapagosBaltraBaltra16 NightsBaltra (galapagos) | Bartolome Island | Daphne Island | Egas Port | Elizabeth Bay | Las Bachas - (santa Cruz) | North Seymour Island | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | Puerto Baquerizo (cristobal) | Punta Pitt (san Cristobal) | Rabida (galapagos) | Sullivan Bay (santiago) | Tagus Cove (isabella)$17,819
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HurtigrutenMS Santa Cruz IIGalapagosBaltraBaltra4 NightsDragon Hill, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Punta Cormorant, Ecuador | Punta Vicente Roca, Ecuador$5,553
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HurtigrutenMS Santa Cruz IIGalapagosBaltraBaltra8 NightsBartolome, Ecuador | Darwin Bay, Genovesa, Ecuador | Dragon Hill, Ecuador | Las Bachas, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Puerto Egas, Ecuador | Punta Cormorant, Ecuador | Punta Vicente Roca, Ecuador | Rabida, Ecuador$8,534
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageCelebrity XplorationGalapagosBaltraBaltra7 NightsBaltra, Galapagos | Bartalome, Galapagos | Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz), Galapagos | Caleta Tagus, Galapagos | Darwin Bay (Genovesa), Galapagos | El Barranco (Genovesa), Galapagos | North Seymour, Ecuador | Playa Espumilla, Santiago | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Puerto Egas, Ecuador | Punta Espinoza, Fernandina | Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos | Santiago, Chile | Urvina Bay (Isabella), Galapagos$11,299
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Celebrity XpeditionGalapagosBaltraBaltra7 NightsBahia Post Office, Floreana | Baltra, Galapagos | Elizabeth Bay (Isabella), Galapagos | Gardner Bay (Española), Galapagos | Moreno Point (Isabella), Galapagos | North Seymour, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Puerto Baquerizo, Ecuador | Punta Cormorant, Floreana, Galapagos | Punta Pitt (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Punta Suarez (Espanola), Ecuador, Galapagos | Santa Fe Island, Galapagos | South Plaza (Santa Cruz), Galapagos$7,339
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageCelebrity XplorationGalapagosBaltraBaltra16 NightsBaltra (galapagos) | Bartolome Island | Black Turtle Cove (santa | Darwin Bay (genovesa) | Egas Port | El Barranco (genovesa) | Espinoza Point - (fernandina) | Espumilla Beach (santiago) | North Seymour Island | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | Sullivan Bay (santiago) | Tagus Cove (isabella) | Urvina Bay (isabella) | Vicente Roca Point$13,499
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Celebrity XpeditionGalapagosBaltraBaltra16 NightsBahia Post Office (floreana) | Baltra (galapagos) | Cormorant Point (floreana) | Elizabeth Bay | Gardner Bay (espa�ola) | Moreno Point (isabella) | North Seymour Island | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | Puerto Baquerizo (cristobal) | Punta Pitt (san Cristobal) | Santa Fe Island | South Plaza (santa Cruz) | Suarez Point - (espa�ola)$13,939
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Celebrity FloraGalapagosBaltraBaltra7 NightsBahia Post Office, Floreana | Baltra, Galapagos | Daphne Major, Galapagos Islands | Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz), Galapagos | Gardner Bay (Española), Galapagos | Moreno Point (Isabella), Galapagos | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Punta Cormorant, Floreana, Galapagos | Punta Espinoza, Fernandina | Punta Suarez (Espanola), Ecuador, Galapagos | Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Galapagos | South Plaza (Santa Cruz), Galapagos | Urvina Bay (Isabella), Galapagos$14,599
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Celebrity FloraGalapagosBaltraBaltra10 NightsBahia Post Office (floreana) | Baltra (galapagos) | Cormorant Point (floreana) | Daphne Island | Dragon Hill (santa Cruz) | Espinoza Point - (fernandina) | Gardner Bay (espa�ola) | Moreno Point (isabella) | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | South Plaza (santa Cruz) | Suarez Point - (espa�ola) | Urvina Bay (isabella) | Vicente Roca Point$12,199
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Celebrity FloraGalapagosBaltraBaltra11 NightsBahia Post Office (floreana) | Baltra (galapagos) | Cormorant Point (floreana) | Daphne Island | Dragon Hill (santa Cruz) | Espinoza Point - (fernandina) | Gardner Bay (espa�ola) | Moreno Point (isabella) | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | South Plaza (santa Cruz) | Suarez Point - (espa�ola) | Urvina Bay (isabella) | Vicente Roca Point$12,319
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Celebrity FloraGalapagosBaltraBaltra16 NightsBahia Post Office (floreana) | Baltra (galapagos) | Cormorant Point (floreana) | Daphne Island | Dragon Hill (santa Cruz) | Espinoza Point - (fernandina) | Gardner Bay (espa�ola) | Moreno Point (isabella) | Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz) | South Plaza (santa Cruz) | Suarez Point - (espa�ola) | Urvina Bay (isabella) | Vicente Roca Point$15,688
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HurtigrutenMS Santa Cruz IIGalapagosBaltraBaltra4 NightsBartolome, Ecuador | Darwin Bay, Genovesa, Ecuador | Las Bachas, Ecuador | Puerto Egas, Ecuador | Rabida, Ecuador$5,311
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HurtigrutenMS Santa Cruz IIGalapagosBaltraBaltra6 NightsMosquera, Ecuador | Plaza Sur, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Punta Pitt, San Cristobal, Ecuador | Punta Suarez, Ecuador | Santa Fe, Ecuador$6,703
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImageCelebrity XplorationGalapagosBaltraBaltra7 NightsBahia Post Office, Floreana | Baltra, Galapagos | Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Daphne Major, Galapagos Islands | Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz), Galapagos | Gardner Bay (Española), Galapagos | Kicker Rock (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Los Lobos (San Cristobal), Galapagos | Mosquera Islet, Galapagos | Puerto Ayora, Ecuador | Puerto Villamil (Isabella), Galapagos | Punta Cormorant, Floreana, Galapagos | Punta Suarez (Espanola), Ecuador, Galapagos | Rabida, Ecuador | Wall Of Tears (Isabella), Galapagos$6,499
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Galapagos Travel Guide

Galapagos Cruises Highlights

  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal: As the capital of the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is often your first hello and last goodbye on the cruise. It's more laid-back than you'd expect for a capital, allowing visitors to ease into the island lifestyle. You'll find the San Cristobal Interpretation Center just a short stroll away, perfect for a quick history and ecology lesson. Don't miss La Loberia beach, a haven for sunbathing sea lions!
  • Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz: The bustling Puerto Ayora is a contrast of urban meets nature. It's your gateway to the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can meet giant tortoises face to face. The town itself is a maze of shops, restaurants, and artisan markets. For a touch of beach bliss, Tortuga Bay is a short hike away; its white sands and turquoise waters are unforgettable.
  • Puerto Villamil, Isabela: Puerto Villamil holds the charm of a sleepy fishing village. Here, the pace slows, inviting you to appreciate the island's natural beauty. Stroll along the white beaches or visit the nearby flamingo lagoon. The Tintoreras, a set of small islets, is a must-visit for snorkeling enthusiasts and home to the iconic Galapagos penguin.
  • Post Office Bay, Floreana: A visit to Post Office Bay is a step back in time. Home to the historic barrel postbox used by 18th-century whalers, it's a tradition for visitors to leave a postcard and pick up another to hand-deliver. Beyond the post office, explore lava tunnels or relax on the black sand beaches.
  • Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island): This world-renowned research institute is a hive of scientific discovery and conservation efforts. It's your chance to come face-to-face with giant tortoises and learn about the ongoing preservation work that's crucial to the island's future.
  • Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz Island): Its white, powdery sand and sparkling waters make it a pristine paradise. It's perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or simply basking in the sun while watching marine iguanas scuttle along the shoreline.
  • Kicker Rock (San Cristobal Island): Also known as León Dormido (Sleeping Lion), Kicker Rock is a spectacular rock formation jutting out of the ocean. It's a popular diving and snorkeling site where you might encounter hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, and an array of tropical fish.
  • Sierra Negra Volcano (Isabela Island): One of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos, Sierra Negra offers breathtaking panoramic views, especially during a hike to its expansive, moon-like crater.
  • Post Office Bay (Floreana Island): Steeped in history, Post Office Bay has been the site of an informal mail system since the 1700s. Leave a postcard and sort through for one you can deliver. It's a tradition that connects you to explorers of the past.
  • Pinnacle Rock (Bartolome Island): Perhaps one of the most photographed sites in the Galapagos, Pinnacle Rock is a striking formation overlooking a beautiful bay. The nearby beaches are also nesting sites for green sea turtles.
  • North Seymour Island: This is the spot for bird watchers, home to colonies of frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. The island's relatively flat profile makes for an easy and rewarding walk.

Galapagos Cruises Travel Tips

  • Packing for the Galapagos means preparing for adventure. Bring lightweight, long-sleeved clothing and shorts for the hot days, supplemented with a windbreaker or light jacket for cooler evenings. Essentials include sturdy walking shoes, water shoes for wet landings, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, reef-safe sunscreen), and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with plenty of sunscreen (preferably reef-safe) and a hat, and perhaps even an umbrella. Bugs are abundant as well, so bring ample bug spray.
  • You'll be on the water a lot, so prepare for seasickness. Bring seasickness pills or a wristband, eat well while you're on your cruise, and get lots of fresh air.
  • The official currency of the Galapagos is the US Dollar, so keep cash handy on your trip. Avoid using credit cards if at all possible, since credit card fraud is a possibility.
  • If you're considering upgrading your camera equipment, it's a good idea to do so before your cruise. You'll have tons of opportunities to photograph the world's most amazing animals while you're in the Galapagos.
  • Firstly, understanding local customs is key to respectful interaction on the islands. While Spanish is the official language, services in the tourism sector often accommodate English speakers. However, learning simple Spanish phrases like "Hola" (Hello), "Gracias" (Thank you), and "Por favor" (Please) can enrich your interactions. The US Dollar is the official currency, so it's convenient for American travelers, though ensuring you have small denominations is beneficial for local purchases.
  • Safety is less of a concern due to the islands' remote nature, but standard travel cautions apply. Stay with your group, listen to your guide, and respect the wildlife and natural surroundings. Remember, you're a guest in a delicate ecosystem.
  • Don't forget your snorkeling gear, as underwater exploration is a highlight here. A waterproof camera or a waterproof case for your smartphone is also a great idea to capture those underwater moments. Lastly, binoculars are perfect for spotting wildlife, and a dry bag can protect your gear during water activities.

Galapagos Cruises Things To Do

  • North Seymour Island
    North Seymour Island

    North Seymour Island is an unpopulated island that's an incredibly important fishing spot for marine birds. Ornithologists and travelers visit the island for a special glimpse at species like frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, herons, hawks, and more. You can also see other wildlife including sea lions, marine iguanas, sharks, and rays.  

    Best Time To Visit

    While North Seymour Island is beautiful all year long, a visit in May or June will allow you to watch the blue-footed boobies participate in their fascinating courtship dance and witness the male frigate birds flaunt their bold red pouches.   

     

    You Should Know

    North Seymour Island is not a volcano and was formed by seismic activity. The island gets its name from Lord Hugh Seymour, an 18th century Englishman, Royal Navy officer, and member of one of England's wealthiest families at the time. Look for land iguanas while you're on the island! These creatures were brought to North Seymour Island from Baltra in the 1930s because goats were ruining their natural habitat.
  • Tortuga Bay
    Tortuga Bay

    Located on Santa Cruz Island, Tortuga Bay is a favorite destination for those wanting to observe the famous black sea turtles. You'll also find all your standard beach activities here, like swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and more.   

    Best Time To Visit

    You can see wildlife on Tortuga Bay all year long, though it's a bit more abundant during the rainy season of July through October. This season also brings lush foliage to the island and presents better temperatures than the hot season (December through May).   

     

    You Should Know

    The best way to reach Tortuga Bay is by walking or taking a water taxi from Puerto Ayora. It's about a 30- to 45-minute walk that's suitable for all guests, or if you opt for a water taxi, you'll pay $1-2 USD for a quicker journey. Playa Brava is a beach at the end of the walking path, and swimming is prohibited here. If you want to swim, head to Playa Mansa. Playa Mansa offers the chance to kayak and swim near the mangroves. Be on the lookout for marine iguanas, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and more.
  • Rancho Primicias
    Rancho Primicias

    Though Rancho Primicias is a bit tricky to reach, the journey is well worth it. You'll have unmatched views of the island's giant tortoises in their natural habitat. If you're wanting a whole day full of tortoises, you can also visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve right next door, though this location tends to be more crowded.   

    Best Time To Visit

    Rancho Primicias operates year-round and is a gorgeous destination in any season.  

     

    You Should Know

    To get to Rancho Primicias, the best option is taking a taxi. You can also bike along Santa Cruz Highway to its westernmost point, then ride onto the side street that takes you to the ranch. Rancho Primicias is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission costs $3 per person and includes a guided tour and access to all facilities, including an on-site restaurant and lava tunnels.
  • Bartolome Island
    Bartolome Island

    Bartolome Island is one of the younger islands in the Galapagos, but there's still plenty of history on this 1.5-2 million-year-old landmass. The scenery is absolutely stunning, especially if you make it to the top of Pinnacle Rock. The island has a site for divers as well as two main visitors' sites.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Many visitors like to come to Bartolome Island in September to witness the incredibly active Galapagos penguins as they speed through the waters.   

     

    You Should Know

    Bartolome Island was named for Sir Bartholomew James Sullivan, who was a friend of Charles Darwin and worked as a naturalist aboard the HMS Beagle. The Isla Bartolome visitor site is opposite Pinnacle Rock and is near many volcanic formations. The other visitor center is on Pinnacle Rock itself. You can also find a trial from Pinnacle Rock to the southern beach. Bartolome Island is unpopulated, so there are no hotels or restaurants here.
  • Lobos Island
    Lobos Island

    About six miles north of San Cristobal Island, you'll find Lobos Island, an underrated spot that's ideal for divers and snorkelers. One of the biggest attractions here is the sea lion for which the island is named.   

    Best Time To Visit

    While the island is stunning all year long, you should visit between December and May. This is the warmer, drier season which brings gentler currents, better snorkeling conditions, and more wildlife.  

     

    You Should Know

    In addition to snorkeling and diving, you can also take a short hike on Lobos Island. The trail is about 0.6 miles long and gives you an incredible view of the island's wildlife. Of course, you'll see plenty of sea lions, but look out for other animals like rays, tropical fish, turtles, brown pelicans, frigate birds, and blue-footed boobies.
  • Black Turtle Cove
    Black Turtle Cove

    Black Turtle Cove is a mangrove sanctuary located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. This hidden gem is the perfect location for those who want a special, serene look at the Galapagos turtles, rays, sharks, and more. It's a protected national park that provides a safe and sustainable environment for some of the area's most spectacular wildlife.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Visitors can enjoy Black Turtle Cove all year long.  

     

    You Should Know

    You can only reach Black Turtle Cove by panga, which is a motorized dinghy. You must turn off your engine when you get into the cove, but this practice allows you to leave the wildlife undisturbed and connect more deeply with nature. When you book your panga, you will head out with a driver and tour guide. Everyone must observe total silence once you reach the cove. On top of the amazing wildlife, you'll also find beautiful red, black, and white mangroves.
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
    Charles Darwin Research Station

    The Charles Darwin Research Station is a key location supporting the efforts of the Charles Darwin Foundation. Here, researchers focus on conservation and restoration projects centered on the wellbeing of the archipelago and its inhabitants. Public areas include a library, native gardens, and an exhibition hall.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The Charles Darwin Research Station welcomes visitors all year long, every day of the week. Their operating hours are from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., then again from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.  

     

    You Should Know

    The Charles Darwin Research Station's facilities were inaugurated in 1964 and currently employ more than 75% Ecuadorians. There is no admission fee to enter this attraction.
  • Puerto Ayora
    Puerto Ayora

    Puerto Ayora is a bustling town on Santa Cruz Island's southern shore. You can find a bit of everything here, from shops and restaurants to calming beaches and natural sites. This is a great stop to get your souvenir shopping done and dine on authentic Ecuadorian food.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Most visitors prefer to explore Puerto Ayora during the dry season from July to November.  

     

    You Should Know

    Almost everything in Puerto Ayora is within walking distance, but you can also flag down a white pickup taxi that charges low rates to take you around town. Some of the most popular restaurants in town include Isla Grill and Garrapata for fresh seafood or The Red Mangrove and La Dolce Italia for international selections. If you're in Puerto Ayora on the weekend, the farmers' market runs on Saturday and is a great place to get fresh fruit and other produce to sample.

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Quick Facts

Each port on your Galapagos cruise offers a unique slice of island life, setting the stage for countless stories and unforgettable memories. From the historical intrigue of Floreana to the bustling streets of Puerto Ayora, your journey through the Galapagos will captivate your heart. The Galapagos Islands are like a treasure chest, brimming with natural wonders and unique wildlife. Each site you visit holds a special magic, making your trip an endless adventure of discovery.

  • Getting There

    Starting out on your Galapagos adventure begins with understanding its remote locality. Nestled over 900 kilometers off Ecuador's coast, this cluster of volcanic islands sits amidst the Pacific waters. But don't let the distance deter you! Reaching this natural spectacle is less complicated than it seems.  

    Most travelers catch a flight from mainland Ecuador, with Quito and Guayaquil as the primary jump-off cities offering daily flights to the Galapagos. Upon your aerial arrival on either Baltra Island or San Cristóbal Island, you'll find yourself just a hop, skip, and a boat ride away from your cruise ship. These ports serve as gateways to your nautical expedition, welcoming travelers with organized transfers that ensure your journey from air to sea is as seamless as the tranquil waters that await you.

  • The Perfect Time for a Galapagos Cruise

    Planning a cruise to the Galapagos Islands involves choosing the right time to make the most of this unique destination. The islands offer a fantastic experience year-round, but each season brings its own characteristics, affecting the cruising experience.  

    During the Galapagos' dry season, which runs from June to November, cruising can be a bit cooler with average temperatures around 22°C (72°F). The clearer skies during this season are perfect for wildlife watching from the cruise ship, as aquatic animals thrive and penguins often make appearances. However, cruisers should be prepared for choppier waters, which can add an element of adventure to your journey.  

    The wet season, from December through May, presents a different cruising experience. While occasional showers occur, they are usually brief and followed by strong sunshine, warming the air to an average of 25°C (77°F). Cruising during this time is ideal for those looking to snorkel or dive, as the calmer, clearer waters offer perfect conditions to observe the rich marine life.  

    For cruisers looking to avoid the crowds, May or late November are excellent choices. Cruising in these shoulder months means you'll miss the peak tourist seasons and might even catch better deals. Regardless of when you choose to cruise, the Galapagos Islands' rich wildlife, stunning landscapes, and unique atmosphere make it a destination that won't disappoint. Each month offers something special, ensuring that your Galapagos cruise is an unforgettable experience.  

  • Why Book a Cruise to the Galapagos Islands?

    Booking a cruise to the Galapagos Islands is your golden ticket to a hassle-free and enriching adventure. Imagine unpacking once and then leisurely drifting from island to island, taking in unique coastal views inaccessible by any other means. Cruises offer unparalleled convenience, including guided tours that promise insightful experiences and eliminate the guesswork of planning every step of your journey. They also present a fantastic value for money, bundling accommodations, meals, and excursions into one attractive package.  

    But perhaps the most thrilling aspect is the exclusive access you gain. Many cruises provide special permits to visit restricted areas, respecting environmental preservation efforts while ensuring you don't miss out on these hidden gems. Plus, onboard naturalist guides enhance your journey, sharing intriguing details about the wildlife, ecology, and history of the islands. This insider knowledge deepens your experience, turning a great trip into a life-changing exploration of one of the world's most precious natural sanctuaries.

  • Experience the Flavors of the Galapagos Islands

    Setting sail to the Galapagos isn't just a feast for the eyes; it's a culinary journey too! The island's cuisine is as unique as its wildlife, offering a blend of tastes influenced by Ecuadorian flavors with a focus on fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and local ingredients.   Imagine sitting down to a meal featuring the catch of the day, whether it's grilled lobster, fresh tuna, or ceviche made with the most vibrant fish you can think of. The flavors are enhanced by the use of local herbs and spices, delivering a meal that's both fresh and tantalizing.  

    Don't miss out on trying 'encocado,' a traditional dish where fish or meat is cooked in a mouthwatering coconut sauce. For a casual snack, reach for 'patacones' (fried plantains), perfect with a dollop of hot sauce or fresh salsa.  

    While most of your meals will likely be aboard your cruise ship, if you get a chance, dine at a local eatery when docked. Places like "IslaGrill" on Santa Cruz Island offer you an authentic taste paired with scenic views. Lastly, nothing beats the experience of sipping on freshly made fruit juice or a local 'Canelazo' cocktail as you watch the sunset over the islands' iconic landscapes.  

    Eating here isn't just about nourishment; it's about immersing yourself in the vibrant culture of the Galapagos.

  • Immerse Yourself in Galapagos Culture

    The Galapagos Islands, famed for their biodiversity, also hold a rich tapestry of cultural experiences waiting to be explored. The islands, being a part of Ecuador, are deeply rooted in Latino customs and traditions. This isn't just a destination for wildlife enthusiasts; it's a place where travelers can truly immerse themselves in local customs.  

    A standout in the Galapagos cultural calendar is the "Fiesta de San Cristóbal" in August. This festival celebrates the patron saint of seafarers with vibrant parades, traditional dances, and local music that echoes through the streets. Another key event is Carnaval, celebrated every February with music, dance, and colorful water fights.  

    Local craftsmanship is also a testament to the islands' culture. As you wander through local markets, you'll discover handmade crafts, jewelry, and textiles that tell a story of island life.  

    While the natural wonders of the Galapagos often steal the limelight, delving into its culture provides a fuller, richer experience of this unique archipelago.

  • Ready to Book Your Galapagos Cruise?

    There's no place on Earth quite like the Galapagos Islands. Whether it's the allure of pristine beaches, the thrill of seeing exotic animals in their natural habitat, or the rich cultural tapestry that weaves itself throughout the islands, the Galapagos offers a truly unparalleled experience.  

    Going on a cruise here isn't just another item to check off your travel bucket list; it's a journey into a world that continues to inspire and captivate people from all walks of life. With everything organized for you, from sumptuous local cuisine to daily adventure outings, you can soak in all the wonders without worry.  

    What's more, every trip contributes to the preservation of this precious ecosystem, ensuring that it remains unspoiled for future generations. Now's the time to embark on a voyage that you'll reminisce about for years to come. Book your Galapagos cruise today and set sail towards a horizon filled with endless discovery!

Galapagos Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Galapagos Ocean Cruise?

    Most Galapagos ocean cruises last around 6 to 8 days and will transport you to several of the islands that make up the Galapagos. Most cruises will take you to destinations like Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, North Seymour Island, and more. You may even be able to find a cruise that ports in nearby destinations like mainland Ecuador or Peru. 

  • What’s Included on a Galapagos Ocean Cruise?

    On your Galapagos cruise, all of your onboard meals and drinks will be included with your booking, as well as premium bedding and amenities in your stateroom. You're also likely to have complimentary WiFi onboard, planned excursions, and experienced guides.

  • What’s the Best Cruise for a Galapagos Ocean Cruise?

    Several companies offer unique cruises around the Galapagos. Some of the most popular companies include Adventure Smith Explorations, Viking Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Oceanic Society, and Backroads.  

  • How Much Does a Galapagos Ocean Cruise Cost?

    The price of a cruise in the Galapagos will vary mainly depending on the company and the length of the cruise. Shorter cruises with more budget-friendly cruise lines can start around $1,200 per guest, while cruises with more luxurious companies may total upwards of $6,000 for the same itinerary. For the longest cruises on the most splurge-worthy cruise lines, you could pay $10,000 or more. Truly, a Galapagos cruise can be as cheap or as expensive as you wish to make it.

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