Choosing your Luxury Galapagos Cruise – the Cruisescapes Guide

Taking a small ship cruise is the only way to visit the chain of islands known as The Galapagos. A cruise ensures that you get to see all that the archipelagoes have to offer. We’ll make sure that one of life’s most coveted journeys is a lifetime voyage that is so amazing, you’ll want to do it again and again.

Our partners to the Galapagos
We have chosen Celebrity Cruise Lines and Silversea Cruises as our partners to the archipelago as they have commissioned ships with the Galapagos specifically in mind offering an exceptional cruising experience. Cruisescapes will give unbiased recommendations based on your budget and your wish list. We’ll guide you to the best luxury cruise and the most suitable itinerary

Celebrity Cruise Lines
The Flora, Xpedition, and Xploration make up the Celebrity Galapagos fleet and all three have been specially designed to navigate the Galapagos islands with ease while creating a more community-based feel onboard. 

Silversea Cruises 
Silversea was a pioneer when it launched an ultra-luxury service in the Galapagos in 2013 now they have just introduced the Silver Origin. This is a brand new ship to the Silversea fleet and will cruise the islands all year round. 

Why go to the Galapagos?

Here are 10 reasons to visit the Galapagos Islands

  • The 19 island-archipelago was the world’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, 
  • Home to an astonishing 9,000 species of flora and fauna 
  • Giant tortoises, which are one of the largest living species of tortoise in the world
  • Spectacular marine environments invite underwater exploration
  • The seas around the Galapagos Islands offer one of the world’s best diving and snorkelling opportunities
  • Sites of historical interest that hark back to days long forgotten
  • The Galapagos Hawk, the largest land bird to be exclusively found on the Galapagos 
  • The islands are described as a living laboratory for wildlife
  • Visit Charles Darwin Research Centre and discover the theory of evolution
  • Chosen by many as their number one bucket list destination

5 Reasons to take a luxury small ship cruise around The Galapagos Islands?
Cruisescapes’ chosen partners offer an all-inclusive experience.

  • Superb dining on a full board basis & onboard drinks
  • Twice-daily shore excursions 
  • Use of equipment including snorkelling equipment, mini wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks
  • A Galapagos National Park Certified Expedition leader briefing daily.
  • Onboard lectures by Galapagos experts

5 interesting things you may not know about The Galapagos

  1. The Galapagos Hawk is the only bird of prey on the Galapagos Islands.
  2. The old Spanish word ‘galapago’ means tortoise
  3. The Giant Tortoise is the official symbol of the islands. 
  4. The last recorded Volcanic eruption was in 2018 when Sierra Negra erupted
  5. The population of the islands is approximately 25,000

What’s included in a Galapagos Cruise.
Here is a sample of what’s included in a typical Cruisescapes cruise to The Galapagos.

  • Flights from your local airport to Quito, Ecuador
  • All transfers from the airport to the hotel to the port return
  • Two nights in JW Marriott Hotel in Quito, Ecuador with meals included except dinner on the first night
  • City tour of Quito
  • Flight from Quito to Baltra, Galapagos
  • Seven nights on board a minimum five-star cruise ship based on two sharing
  • Superb dining on a full board basis & onboard drinks
  • Twice-daily shore excursions included
  • Use of equipment including snorkelling equipment, mini wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks
  • A daily briefing by Galapagos National Park certified Expedition Leader & onboard lectures by Galapagos experts
  • Onboard gratuities included
  • Galapagos fees included
  • Wifi onboard
  • Flight from Baltra, Galapagos to Quito
  • 1 night in JW Marriott Hotel in Quito
  • Flights from Quito to your airport of origin.
  • Check-in bag per person

Extend your stay before or after the Galapagos
Cruisescapes will give you the opportunity to extend your stay and venture further afield and possibly take in another bucket list destination, Machu Picchu.

Cruisescapes is the cruise arm of Travel Escapes who are licensed and bonded by CAR and are proud members of the ITAA.  Contact us on Dublin +35312941000