If you would like to visit the Galapagos the best way is to get to know all the different islands is on board of a cruise ship. With the boat you will visit two spots (e.g. bays, islands, rocks, snorkeling spots) a day. During the night you will sail from one spot to the other. On board of the boats you will get 3 meals a day and depending on the service level also drinks. At night you get briefings to discuss the plan for the day after. Read here a blog about Rebecca’s experience at the Samba Cruise.

Find here an overview of the latest availability of Galapagos cruises

Tourist, tourist superior, luxe or first class boat?

There are about 50 independent cruise boats on the Galapagos and there is a boat available for each budget. You can choose from different service levels. The economic/class is the lowest. You will have a rather small ship (up to 14 cabins) with Naturalist Guide I (see explanation guides below). Basic 3 meals a day and you might sleep in bunk beds. Snorkel gear and wet suits are not included. The highest service level is a First class or Superior cruise. Everything is well arranged in these boats. The food is amazing, most of the times there is a Jacuzzi on board, the rooms are spacious and very comfortable, wet suits are included and you will have a level III Naturalist Guide (see explanation below).

Naturalist Guide I
A level “I” guide is a native of the islands or has been a resident of the archipelago for many years and has at least a high school diploma. Level I naturalists must have a good level of knowledge about the islands, and must have passed the Level I exam. They will speak English well but may not be fully fluent.

Naturalist Guide II
A level “II” guide has passed the Naturalist Guide Level II course, and must be very knowledgeable about all Galapagos Island issues and areas. This guide will have at least a high school diploma often has a university background in biology, biology related fields, or in tourism. The guide must be fluent in English, French or German.

Naturalist Guide III
This guide must have passed the Naturalist Level II course, which certifies that he/she is extremely knowledgeable about all Galapagos Island areas and issues. This level guide will also have a university degree in biology, biology related fields, or tourism. He/she must be fluent in Spanish, English and either French or German.

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Last Minute Galapagos Cruises

In low season some boats offer their last cabins on a “last minute rate”, usually this is 50% of the original price. These last minute offers you will get about 4 weeks before departure. So if you would like to find a last minute cruise please send us an email with the date range, preferred service level and number of people. We will contact our preferred cruises to see if there is a good deal available.

Price range
Tourist class cruise 4 day cruise starting at 800 USD per person
Superior class cruise 4 day cruise starting at 1.250 USD per person

Last minute deal request

If you would to receive the available last minute offers for your travel please send me an email with the date range, preferred service level and number of passengers.