Smaller, more intimate luxury cruises in Galapagos

A selection of the best small luxury Galapagos cruises
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What are the advantages of a small luxury Galapagos cruise?

There are several, but of course the main advantage is that your Galapagos wildlife experience will be the most intimate. The smaller Galapagos cruise vessels only carry between 12 and 16 passengers. This means you can visit the islands as one small group.

Because the maximum number of visitors per Galapagos naturalist guide is 16, larger vessels take several parties to each excursion. This means that you will be waiting to board and disembark your zodiac (or panga) to and from your ship. It also means there will be many more people at a time at each visitor point.

By choosing a small Galapagos luxury cruise you will not only spend more time exploring the islands themselves rather than waiting for boat transfers, but you will have a truly intimate wildlife experience. With only 16 fellow guests, each visitor site will feel uncrowded and peaceful.

With only one naturalist guide on board a small luxury Galapagos cruise you will also get to know them, and they will get to know you! This continuity and familiarity means that smaller boats offer guests the chance to really gain a deep understanding of the Galapagos from their guide. Conversations and stories started on your excursion can continue over dinner (and beyond!) and there's a real sense of bonding on board.

If you think you would prefer a more intimate Galapagos experience and would still like all the comforts of luxury accommodation, a smaller cruise could well be perfect. Speak to one of our Galapagos expert advisers today and they can help you with a selection of small luxury Galapagos cruises that could be ideal for your needs.

What facilities can I expect from a small luxury Galapagos cruise?

There's no doubt that smaller ships can't offer quite the range of facilities that some of the larger vessels can. However, a small luxury Galapagos cruise can be even more luxurious!

Larger ships can offer additional features like a gym, children's area, and a range of accommodation options. However, a small luxury ship certainly isn't a sacrifice! Indeed smaller Galapagos boats tend to offer levels of comfort and intimacy that larger ones simply can't compete with.

On small boats the accommodation is exquisite. Most offer large double staterooms as a minimum, and many provide all-suite accommodation. You will enjoy standout features like a private balcony, luxurious decor, entertainment systems, luxury en suite bathrooms, and more. Many of the small luxury cruise ships are purpose-designed and built for Galapagos, meaning their layouts have been carefully planned to maximise your comfort.

Away from your stateroom or suite you will find delightful communal areas, inside and out. All of our small ships have expansive sundecks, most with an al fresco bar, and many with a rooftop jacuzzi pool. Thanks to the small number of guests you will enjoy more space per head than on larger ships, and can always find a quiet corner if you wish to relax in peace.

The crew on board a small luxury cruise boat are always hand-picked for their levels of service and attention to detail. The small number of passengers means that the ratio of crew to guests ensures the most personal of experiences, and you will get to know your crew, and they you, quickly. This brings a whole new dimension to your luxury experience.

In short, then, by booking a small luxury Galapagos cruise you are not sacrificing many features compared to a larger ship, and in many ways you gain the benefits of a much more personalized and intimate luxury experience. Speak to one of our Galapagos travel experts today about our range of smaller luxury cruises now available.

Can I charter a small luxury cruise vessel in Galapagos?

Yes, you can! And here at Galapatours we can facilitate this ultimate option for you.

Many of the small luxury vessels in the fleet are available to charter, and this will give you a truly unique and personal Galapagos experience.

Chartering a small luxury Galapagos cruise ship can be the perfect way to celebrate a milestone anniversary, or special family occassion.  With just you and your friends and family on board, the ship will become a luxurious home from home as you receive unrivalled levels of service and learn about the Galapagos and its extraordinary wildlife in complete privacy.

Small luxury Galapagos cruises are in demand for charter, and so you must book early to avoid disappointment. Speak to one of our expert advisers today to find out more about charter rates and our recommendation of the best vessels that will suit your needs.