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Galapagos cruises with kids - are they suitable?

We certainly think so! However, every family is different so you need to think about whether a Galapagos cruise is suitable for your children. We think all children over 12 will definitely enjoy themselves on a Galapagos family cruise, and in our experience adventurous and inquisitive 7 year-olds and above also have amazing Galapagos cruise adventures. You might find that much younger children may be a little restless on a cruise, especially as the boats are generally smaller, but as a lot of the sailing between islands is actually done at night this might not be an issue for your family.

Some boats are fully geared up for family adventures, offering interconnecting cabins, or suites with additional sofa beds that are perfect for a family Galapagos cruise. There are also some larger cruise vessels that have a dedicated "Kids' Corner" on board, and these larger vessels are often better for younger children with more public space and a few more distractions!

At Galapatours we work directly with the boat owners and operators, and we've personally visited every ship we list, so our Galapagos experts are perfectly placed to help you choose the right ship when it comes to finding the best Galapagos cruise for families.

Which Galapagos Cruise ships have dedicated Children's Areas?

Most of the larger Galapagos cruise vessels have a dedicated children's' area, and some even offer children's guides who can present the excursions and visitor sites in a child-friendly way. You can also find ships with children's libraries on board, and selections of family- and kid-friendly movies, and so on.

A great tip is to look for ships with interconnecting cabins, or those with suites offering sofa beds - these often make the best Galapagos family cruise options because you can keep smaller children close by, and older children can get their own cabin but without being completely separate.

When it comes to the sites, sounds and experience of the Galapagos islands, there's very little that children can't get involved with. Most of the excursions are suitable for people of all ages, and if your children are competent swimmers then they can enjoy snorkeling and kayaking where available. Some Galapagos cruise ships offer the use of amazing "glass-bottomed" tenders, known as "pangas", allowing even the youngest of guests to see the amazing underwater life without needing to swim. Finally, be aware that the equatorial sun is very strong at all times of the year, even through cloud. Please ensure you bring plenty of total sunblock and make sure your kids have it applied very regularly.

What is it like taking a Galapagos cruise with children?

For most families, visiting the Galapagos is a remarkable adventure that will leave you with memories that last a lifetime. In our opinion, a Galapagos family cruise is the perfect way to experience the islands, and is our preference over a hotel-based stay. Why is this? Well, with a hotel-based trip to Galapagos you will spend most of your time travelling on boats to reach the visitor points and islands that have all the most amazing sites, animals and habitats. On a cruise, you will travel between islands mainly at night while you all sleep, meaning you wake up to a new vista every day. And because you don't waste any daylight in traveling you can enjoy far more excursions than a hotel-based stay - perfect to keep younger family members interested and engaged.

Our qualified naturalist guides on Galapatours cruises are bilingual, and they are more than happy to explain the wonders of the Galapagos to our younger guests. All our cruise ships contain at least a small library area with books, maps and other materials to help our guests, young and not-so-young, learn more about the archipelago, and some of the larger cruise ships have dedicated learning centers and briefing rooms where guides use audio-visuals to illustrate the unique nature of the islands.

A Galapagos family cruise is the perfect way for your children to learn, to discover, to enjoy - and to join you in the adventure of a lifetime!