Galapagos Cruises

Cruise the Galapagos
– A Dream Come True –
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The visit to the Galapagos Islands is probably the Highlight of Your Ecuador Trip and should therefore be well planned.
Let us help you with it!

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MID-RANGE CLASS
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We divide the Galapagos cruises in four different service categories:
BUDGET CLASS
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LUXURY CLASS
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A visit to the Galapagos Islands is for most Ecuador travelers the highlight of their trip and should therefore be well planned. 

Nowadays, you can find a lot of information about Galapagos cruises on the web but sometimes this information is not up-to-date, what can be really confusing. Especially, as there are more than 50 boats operating in Galapagos and each boat has specific departure dates and at least two different itineraries.

For someone who is just starting to plan his or her Galapagos cruise, this is simply overwhelming and so that’s where Midland Travel comes into play.

Our experienced staff will send you cruise offers according to you travel inquiry and will make sure you get the proper information, so you can chose the perfect Galapagos cruise for you and your travel companions.

Service Categories

The service classes in Galapagos are very different from the ones in other tourism sectors. They are not only defined by the comfort and service onboard a boat but also by a boat’s itineraries and guides.

Midland Travel divides the Galapagos cruises in four categories: Budget, Mid-Range, First and Luxury Class.

Boat Types

There are four different types of boats that navigate in Galapagos: yachts, catamarans, sailing boats and vessels.

As the winds in Galapagos are not strong enough to keep up with the tight cruise schedules, all boat types run on motor power.

Each boat type has its specialities, advantages and disadvantages.

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Motor Yachts

The motor yachts form the most common boat type in Galapagos and are found in all service categories.

The motor yachts form the most common boat type in Galapagos and are found in all service categories. Most yacht accommodate up to 16 guests. Their designs vary greatly from very small budget class yachts with bunk beds to luxurious mega yachts with spacious cabins.

  1. Capacity: 10 – 20 Passengers
  2. Service Categories: Budget, mid-range, first, luxury class
  3. Advantages:
  4. • Intimate experience (max. 20 passengers)
  5. Disadvantage:
  6. • More movement (especially on smaller yachts)
  7. • Little space (applies for small yachts)
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Motor Catamarans

 

Especially the larger catama-rans are a great choice for travelers who are prone to seasickness.

There exist catamarans like the one on the picture and also a few sailing catamarans in Galapagos.

 

Most catamarans in Galapagos are boats like the one on the picture but there also exist three sailing catamarans in the archipelago which offer less comfort, space and stability than the other catamarans.

Especially the larger catamarans are a great choice for travelers who are prone to seasickness.

In general, this boat type offers more space than yachts and sailing boats.

Due to their special construction, catamarans often feature different cabin designs.

Capacity: 14 – 16 Passengers

Service Categories:
Mid-range, first, luxury class

Advantages:

• Intimate experience (max. 16 passengers)

• More stable than sailors and most yachts

• Spacious decks (except sailing catamarans)

Disadvantages:

• Little space in some cabins of the sailing catamarans

Capacity: 14 – 16 Passengers

Service Categories: Mid-range, first, luxury class

Advantages:

• Intimate experience (max. 16 passengers)

• More stable than sailors and most yachts

• Spacious decks (except sailing catamarans)

Disadvantages:

• Little space in some cabins of the sailing catamarans

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Motor Sailing Boats

 

While sailing boats do not offer a lot of comfort and space, they sure make you feel like Charles Darwin on an adventurous expedition.

 

While sailing boats do not offer a lot of comfort and space, they sure make you feel like Charles Darwin on an adventurous expedition.

The rather rustic design is part of this boat type's charm.

Midland Travel does not recommend motor sailors to people who are prone to seasickness.

Capacity: 14 – 20 Passengers

Service Categories:
Mid-range, first class

Advantages:

• Charming design (romantic)

• Intimate experience (max. 20 passengers)

Disadvantages:
• Little space and comfort
• Least stable cruises

Capacity: 14 – 20 Passengers

Service Categories: Mid-range, first class

Advantages:

• Charming design (romantic)

• Intimate experience (max. 20 passengers)

Disadvantages:
• Little space
• Most sailors only feature bunk beds (less comfort)
• Least stable cruises

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Motor Vessels

 

Motor vessels are the largest boats in Galapagos and are therefore the most stable ones and especially recommended for travelers who get easily sea sick.
They are also a great choice for families.

 

Motor vessels are the largest boats in Galapagos and are therefore the most stable ones and especially recommended for travelers who get easily sea sick. Midland Travel also recommends this boat type for families as there are usually more kids on board and these ships feature the necessary logistic to make families feel more comfortable (special cabins, kids programs, more space to play).
Some motor vessels not only offer English and Spanish guided tours but also German, French and Italian guided tours for groups without surcharge.

Capacity: 30 – 100 Passengers

Service Categories:
First, luxury class

Advantages:

• Family friendly
• Most stable boat type
• Spacious decks
• Buffet-type of meals
• Special amenities

Disadvantage:
• More people on board

Capacity: 30 – 100 Passengers

Service Categories: First, luxury class

Advantages:

• Family friendly
• Most stable boat type
• Spacious decks
• Buffet-type of meals
• Special amenities (e.g. Jacuzzi, kayaks, etc.)

Disadvantage:
• More people on board (less intimate)

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All information is in general and may vary.