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Travel to the Galapagos Islands can be an experience of a lifetime. However, more discerning travelers will demand a number of features provided on a 1st-class cruise. These adventurers look for 1st-class yachts, catamarans and cruise ships that offer spacious and comfortable accommodations, daily land excursions led by experienced guides, “must-have” amenities, and highly personalized services.

If this is what you have in mind for your Galapagos getaway, contact a Surtrek travel specialist so that we can start planning your island experience today!

Odyssey Yacht

Describing the Galapagos Odyssey as “calming comfort on the water,” this vessel ensures ...

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Punta Carrion, Cousins Rock Island, Wolf, Darwin, Cape Douglas, Punta Vicen

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US$ 3395

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Tip Top IV Yacht

The Tip Top IV motor yacht, constructed in Guayaquil Ecuador in 2006, offers modern, air-conditioned...

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Highlights: Galapagos Islands, Española, San Cristobal (Kicker Rock) & Cha

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US$ 3192

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Tip Top II Catamaran

The Tip Top II catamaran, built in 2008 and redesigned in 2015-2016, offers top-tier comfort and sta...

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Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz (Darwin Research Station), Santa Fe, South Pl

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US$ 3024

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Beagle Sailboat

The Beagle Motor Sailer, named after Darwin’s vessel, offers an intimate and stylish Galapagos...

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Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Isabela (Tagus Cove & Tortoise Breeding Center

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US$ 2940

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Reina Silvia Yacht

The Reina Silvia Galapagos motor yacht offers a luxurious and comfortable way to explore the “...

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Galapagos Islands, Isabela (Tagus Cove), Fernandina, Floreana, North Seymou

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US$ 5045

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Millennium Catamaran

Embark on a captivating journey aboard the M/C Millennium Galapagos motor catamaran, where you’...

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Galapagos Islands, North Seymour, Bartolome, Plazas (land & marine iguanas)

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US$ 2750

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Mary Anne Sailboat

Embark on a captivating journey aboard the S/S Mary Anne Galapagos Sailboat, a majestic 3-mast barqu...

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Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Bartolome (Pinaccle Rock), South Plazas (land

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US$ 5290

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Galapagos Isabela II

Discover the epitome of luxury cruising with the first-class Isabela II Galapagos vessel. Featuring ...

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Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, North Seymour, Bartol

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US$ 4132

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Galapagos Coral I & II Yachts

Embark on an extraordinary Galapagos adventure aboard the first-class motor vessels, Galapagos Coral...

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Galapagos Islands, Floreana (Devil´s Crown), Española Islands & Charles D

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US$ 1787

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Anahi Catamaran

Embark on an unforgettable Galapagos adventure aboard the M/C Anahi Galapagos motor catamaran. Desig...

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Galapagos Islands, San Cristobal (Interpretation Center), Española & Flore

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US$ 3150

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Beluga Yacht

Discover the wonders of the Galapagos Islands aboard the sturdy and reliable Beluga motor yacht. Bui...

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Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Santiago & Santa Cruz Islands (Tortoise Reserv

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US$ 2600

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Santa Cruz II Vessel

Embark on an unforgettable adventure aboard the Santa Cruz II, the newest expedition ship exploring ...

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Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island), Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island), Charle

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US$ 4448

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Galaxy Yacht

Experience the ultimate Galapagos adventure aboard the Galaxy, a stunning first-class motor yacht of...

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Galapagos Islands, Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Genovesa & San Cristobal (Int

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US$ 2050

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Seaman Journey Catamaran

Discover the unparalleled charm of the M/C Seaman Journey Galapagos motor catamaran, a top choice am...

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Galapagos Islands, North Seymour, Genovesa, Plazas,San Cristóbal (Tortoise

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US$ 2512

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Sea Star Yacht

Embark on an unforgettable journey with the M/Y Sea Star Galapagos, a luxurious 16-passenger cruiser...

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Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock) and Santa Cruz (High

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US$ 4649

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Eco-Galaxy Catamaran

Discover the Eco-Galaxy, a premier catamaran offering unparalleled luxury and adventure for your Gal...

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Galapagos Islands, Baltra, Floreana, Española & San Cristobal Islands

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US$ 3200

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Treasure of Galapagos

Built in 2009, the Treasure of Galapagos is a new, modern and comfortable mo......

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Charles Darwin Research Station, Sullivan Bay, North Seymour Island, South

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US$ 3595

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Legend

Embark on the ultimate luxury adventure with Surtrek’s Galapagos first-class cruises aboard th...

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Galapagos Islands, Bartolome (Pinaccle Rock) & North Seymour.

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US$ 1842

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Faq’s About Galapagos First Class Yachts

What you’ll experience at on a first-class Galapagos Cruise

Roomy, comfort-filled accommodations are par for the course on a 1st-class Galapagos cruise. These are provided in cabins with individualized climate controls, fully appointed private bathrooms, and ample storage space. For observing the spectacular Galapagos scenery roll by, you’ll typically have your own balcony as well as large, ocean-view windows (NOT the tiny portholes in a small cabin on a tourist-class boat). Upscale social areas include a lounge, a library, a bar, sundeck, a Jacuzzi, and both indoor and al fresco dining areas, while sea kayaks are also available for use. The services of friendly well-trained crew members — including experienced, bilingual, naturalist guides who will lead you on daily excursions onto the islands — are complemented by delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine. These pure comforts combine to make a 1st-class Galapagos cruise a great choice for your ultimate Galapagos vacation.

Passengers on a Galapagos cruise should know that the yachts and ships sailing the waters of the archipelago are operated by trained and experienced professionals. These are teams of highly-skilled crew members and guides with first-aid and CPR training; and, as you’ll see, each cruise begins with a comprehensive safety briefing to familiarize you with all of the ship’s safety equipment and protocols.The ships that Surtrek selects are all outfitted with the most up-to-date safety equipment, as well as satellite phones for emergency calls, life vests for all passengers, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and lifeboats. In addition, all of our boats are regulated and checked in dry-dock for maintenance, with regular safety and performance assessments to ensure the boats are completely secure.Therefore, when cruising through the Galapagos islands, safety should not be a major area of concern, as the vast majority of trips occur with no problems whatsoever.  In fact, most safety issues are those related to protection from sunburns, taking common-sense precautions around animals (e.g. male sea lions), safe swimming and diving practices, and perhaps overdoing it at the ship’s bar.Concerning crime, the few towns and villages in the Galapagos are known to be safer than those on mainland Ecuador. Still, to prevent opportunistic wrongdoing, levelheaded measures should be taken, such as keeping an eye on your belongings, not flaunting valuables, etc. – the same precautions that should be taken when traveling anywhere in the world.When passing through the big cities of mainland Ecuador en route to the islands, you’ll be accompanied by experienced local guides during any time spent here. In any case, travelers should avoid going out alone at night, take registered taxis, and walk in groups – just to be sure.All of this being said, Ecuador is a relatively safe country overall, especially its Galapagos Islands. Therefore, you shouldn’t let the slight potential for crime keep you from enjoying all that this amazing county has to offer.

There’s really no “bad” time to visit the Galápagos Islands. Whenever you visit, the adventure is sure to be unique and eye-opening.With that said, the sunny season extends from January through May, and is generally considered the best time to visit the Galapagos. This season has warmer air and water temperatures, though the period is also characterized by frequent but brief afternoon rains.From June to December, cold ocean currents from the south bring cooler weather and the “Garua,” an almost perpetual light mist and fog. The upside is that these cold currents bring in large quantities of plankton that attract hungry marine life, making this time especially great for snorkeling and diving experiences. Also, for land excursions, you won’t have to worry so much about rain during this drier season

When packing for a cruise in the Galapagos Islands, keep in mind that you’ll be visiting not just those tropical and semi-arid islands, but also the South American continent. With no direct flights to the archipelago, you’ll touch down first on the cooler Ecuadorian mainland, where most travelers choose to spend at least a day or two in Quito to arrive in the Galapagos fresh and ready to hit the ground running.Dressing for the spring-like weather of the Andean city of Quito means you’ll need to wear and pack a few warm and water-resistant items (e.g. a jacket, long-sleeve fleece or sweater, and long pants, as well as bring along a travel umbrella).Later, when landing in the Galapagos Islands, you’ll have to dress for warmer weather and geographies that range from sandy beaches to cactus-dotted deserts and volcanic-rock-strewn fields. In any case, for your daily land expeditions, pack a wide-brimmed sun hat or a cap with a strap, short-sleeve breathable T-shirts, long-sleeve expedition-style shirts, convertible cargo pants, comfortable walking shoes and open-toe sports sandals with non-slippery soles (which are great for “wet landings,” where you’ll have to step directly out of from your dingy into angle-deep water and sand on the beach). Don’t forget shorts, swimwear, and some reef-friendly sunscreen for your ship’s sundeck and the shore, and if you’re prone to motion sickness, bring some Dramamine.For the cool evenings on the water, some of the warmer items that you packed for the mainland will serve you well. Also, most yachts don’t have a formal dress code, so casual clothes are fine, even at dinner time.Since you’ll sometimes be traveling to uninhabited (meaning store-less) islands, be sure to pack plenty of memory cards or film, batteries, recharging cords, and personal toiletries. Then too, though most ships provide wetsuits and snorkeling gear, you may want to bring along your own equipment if these are special-sized items or simply preferable.Worried about leaving anything out? Don’t fret – after you book your tour, you’ll receive a detailed packing list from Surtrek as a part of your information packet.

As there are no direct international flights to the Galapagos Islands (an Ecuadorian province), you’ll fly into mainland Ecuador*, choosing to land either in Quito (which is the county’s capital and located in the Andes) or in the hot and steamy coastal Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil.While flights to both cities are plentiful, Quito is generally considered a more compelling stopover option. With its stunning colonial center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s easy to spend a couple of fascinating days here in the Ecuadorian capital. In either city, you’ll be welcomed at the airport by Surtrek representatives, who will assist you with your luggage and privately drive you to your upscale hotel.From the airports in Quito (UIO) and Guayaquil (GYE), there are three daily flights to the Galapagos Islands, landing at the airport on Baltra Island (GPS) or San Cristobal Island (SYC). These take approximately 3 hours and cost between $300 to $500 USD per person for a round-way ticket, depending on the time of year you fly.Like with your stay in mainland Ecuador, from the moment you touch down in the islands and until it’s time to leave, you will be accompanied by experienced, bilingual, Surtrek representatives and guides who will accompany throughout your cruise and when traveling to and from your boat.Therefore, during your Galapagos experience, you’ll be welcomed upon your arrival at each airport, assisted with your luggage and checking in at all domestic and international airports, provided ground transportation to your boat, and finally seen off on your flight home or onward.  So don’t worry – Surtrek’s soup-to-nuts services make travel and getting around a breeze.(*) Note: Direct non-stop flights fly to both Quito and Guayaquil from several US cities, including Houston, New York, and Miami. Likewise, such flights arrive from European cities such as Madrid.

We here at Surtrek have over 25 years of experience helping travelers find the best upscale Galapagos cruise that suits their specific needs and preferences. We personally inspect the quality of each yacht, catamaran, and cruise ship that we recommend, in addition to confirming that each boat meets our exacting standards and our environmentally friendly Green Philosophy. In fact, before we give any boat the thumbs up, we have previously traveled on that ship – sleeping in its beds, rating the coffee, tasting the cuisine, getting to know the guides, and yes, even doing the “heavy lifting” of sampling the cocktails on board.For assistance in planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos Islands, contact one of our expert Galapagos trip planners.

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