How to select your cruise
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The popularity and demand for Galapagos cruises grows every year. Some people book year in advance to make sure they get want they want and the dates they need.
The Galapagos has high and low seasons. For example December is a very busy time in the Galapagos. We recommend that you look into your booking 6 months in advance so you have better options. Although we can certainly find a cruise for you, you will have to be more flexible on your travel arrangement.
There are basically three different Galapagos cruise lengths: 8 day (8 Days / 7 Nights) , 5 day (5 Days / 4 Nights) or 4 day (4 Days / 3 Nights). There are some options with 6 days and 15 days, and these are ship specific.
The length of your cruise will often depend on your budget and how much time you have available for your Galapagos vacation. There are great options for each of the above cruises, but we suggest a complete 8 day cruise if you are wanting to fully experience the Galapagos, especially if your cruise goes around the big island of Isabela. The shorter 4 and 5 day cruises will give you a taste of what the Galapagos has to offer. Keep in mind that the first and last day of the cruise you will be doing only 1 excursion. The shorter cruise can be a good option if you have limited time or are doing a combination tour, but if you are going to take the time and money to go to the Galapagos, we encourage you to do the longer cruise in order to make the most of your trip.
Every cruise ship has different departing dates and sometimes different ports of entry or exit. Some boat depending on there category will get to the further destinations of the Galapagos. For example some tourist superior cruises will make a stop in Genovesa, and some First and Luxury class cruises will take the Darwin Canal around Isabela. Both of these islands are home to some unique species and landforms. But generally all cruises visit two destinations a day that will last two to three hours. You will see something different everytime.
If there is a particular species that you really want to see, we can recommend islands that will provide a good opportunity to see it. Some species (like sea lions or marine iguanas) are found on almost every island and some species (like the flightless cormorant) are only found on one or two islands.
You should know that the itinerary can change if the Galapagos National park deems it necessary, even at the last minute. It is does not happen very often but we like to advise our clients.
Because the wind conditions in the Galapagos don’t allow for a lot of sailing time, the boats might only raise their sails once or twice for a short period during your cruise. Galapagos yachts have strict itineraries and are going to use their motors most of the time. Another aspect to note is that sailing boats tend to have tighter quarters, as most of the top deck is devoted to the sails.
Diving has been now restricted in the Galapagos and you can only dive from live a board or day dive boats from the mainland. Note that the water in Galapagos can be sometimes cold and the current conditions can be strong, so it is recommend you have a minimum of 20 dives logged to dive in the Galapagos. You are welcome to visit our diving page here.
Generally the seas are calm in the Galapagos between January to June. But the ocean can get a little rough. The first night is always the one when you could feel the most discomfort. But usually this is an easy adjustment. The captain will try to use easier currents and routes to make your travel during the non sleeping hours peaceful. We recommend that you take ginger tablets or mareol to help with the defense of feeling sea-sick. If this is a concern to you we recommend that you take a Catamaran cruise. Catamarans are more stable than other ships.
We hope this is was helpful to you, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.
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