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Encantada Galapagos Cruise

Budget Class

ATTENTION: Decommissioned in March 2018

Unfortunately, the beautiful "Encantada" was decommissioned in March 2018 and will sail other parts of the world now. Please click here for comparable budget cruises to Galapagos Islands. If you still want to read on about the Encantada, this was our product description of this beautiful sailship:


Previously known in the Islands as “The Little Red Sailboat”, visiting the Galapagos on this 69ft schooner is pure...

Unfortunately, the beautiful "Encantada" was decommissioned in March 2018 and will sail other parts of the world now. Please click here for comparable budget cruises to Galapagos Islands. If you still want to read on about the Encantada, this was our product description of this beautiful sailship:


Previously known in the Islands as “The Little Red Sailboat”, visiting the Galapagos on this 69ft schooner is pure romance! With a maximum of only 12 guests - yet a crew of 6 - you get luxury levels of service and attention at a budget-friendly price.


Almost all the boats in the Galapagos fleet accommodate 16 guests, some higher end vessels have 14 guests, but a cruise on Encantada will see you among only 12 companions for a truly intimate view of the archipelago. You’ll get a very personal view of the Islands from your bilingual National Park naturalist guide who would normally work with larger groups, and the crew on board become more like friends as they look after you during your trip.

There are 6 cabins on Encantada, all living up to your expectations of the age of sail with traditional wooden bunks and hand-crafted wooden furniture and fittings. Despite her smaller size and traditional looks every cabin enjoys air conditioning and a private en suite bathroom with hot water.

Culinary secret
The lounge and dining area are full of natural wood and classic example of the boatbuilders craft. Dining onboard is relaxed and sociable, with all guests enjoying one large table the conversation flows as easily as the beer and wine! There is also an al fresco dining table on the stern deck where you can eat and enjoy the cool sea breezes. What Encantada’s kitchen may lack in size it more than makes up for in the talents of its chef. The food on Encantada is consistently praised by our guests, and some who’ve traveled on the luxury boats in the Galapagos fleet have felt it was just as good!

The sun deck is large enough for sitting and relaxing as well as simply lying in the sun. When the night comes, there is nowhere better in Galapagos to be than on the open deck of “The Little Red Boat” with the sails up and the stars out.

The naturalist itineraries are varied, and some venture further north than most of the fleet. Thanks to her smaller size, Encantada can visit places larger vessels can’t.

Our comments
The romance of a traditional motor sailboat, the intimacy of only 12 guests, the ability to visit places larger boats can’t, and budget friendly prices… this a lot to this little red boat! We can’t get enough of the food on Encantada, and in our opinion we think the “sacrifice” of a smaller cabin is more than worth it considering the benefits

Deck Plans & Photos

Boat Description

  • Capacity:12 passengers
  • Type :Small Yacht
  • Category:Budget Class
  • Year Built:1969
  • Length:21m
  • Beam:5m
  • Speed:7 noeuds
  • Electricity: 110 Volts

Amenities

  • Air conditioning & private bathroom
  • Multilingual guide
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
  • Transfers to and from ship
  • Snorkel gear (free)
  • Wetsuits
  • Single rooms without supplement
  • 2% Credit Card fees
  • Airfare tickets
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Crew and guide tips
  • $100 national park entrance fee
  • $20 transit control card
  • Fuel surcharge