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Galaven Galapagos Cruise

Mid Range

A Galapagos Cruise on board the Galaven

Note: Galaven is not sailing anymore, please click here to see all other Galapagos Mid Range Cruises.


- Group size of 20 people, not 16 as on most other boats;
- Brand new refit for 2017;
- Great food buffets;
- All cabins have ocean view.


Galaven is an 88ft “Expedition Yacht” that has...

Note: Galaven is not sailing anymore, please click here to see all other Galapagos Mid Range Cruises.


- Group size of 20 people, not 16 as on most other boats;
- Brand new refit for 2017;
- Great food buffets;
- All cabins have ocean view.


Galaven is an 88ft “Expedition Yacht” that has just undergone a superb refit ready for the 2017 season. This is a wonderful example of a mid-range vessel and represents excellent value for money. With a maximum of 20 passengers, it exceeds the National Park Rule of a maximum of 16 people per bilingual guide, which plays into your hands because all excursions will be split into two groups of only 10 people!


Also, with only 20 passengers on board, a Galaven Galapagos Cruise retains an intimate, friendly feel. The boat offers beautiful accommodation in traditional wood finishes that evoke classic nautical styling.


Stylish and friendly
Galaven features 11 lovely double cabins, each with a private en suite bathroom and airconditioning. Unusually for a mid-range vessel, the layout of Galaven means that every cabin has an ocean view and is filled with natural light. The decor throughout is timeless “ocean steamer” style and we always feel at home when we come on board, as you will.


The communal areas on Galaven are excellent. The large, open-plan lounge and dining areas are charming and make relaxed socialising easy, and the traditional long bar is a focal point. There is good space outside, with a lovely covered sun deck - or for those seeking the sun or the stars you can move up to the open foredeck and drink in the endless skies.


Relaxed eating
The food on Galaven is delicious and plentiful! Served in an “all-you-can-eat” buffet style this really promotes the friendly onboard atmosphere and after a tough day snorkeling or walking it’s great to be able to load up with delicious food and eat in a more relaxed ambiance. Lots of typical Ecuadorian food is available, and always plenty of fruits, juices and vegetarian options. The crew will meet you back on board after excursions with light snacks and drinks, which is always very welcome.


Great guides and crew
With 11 crew for 20 guests you’re always well looked after. There are always 2 bilingual National Park guides on board to give you the benefit of their combined years of experience and they make good use of the large-screen projector on board to give excellent briefs about your trip and excursions. Snorkelling trips are a particular highlight, and Galaven can supply snorkel gear if you are unable to bring your own.


Our comments
The small groups are fantastic and make the Galaven one of our favourite mid-range vessels, even more now, after her 2017 refit. We love the decor with it’s clean yet romantic “days of steam” look. We always enjoy the relaxed atmosphere aboard and the large and comfortable lounge spaces make our trips very sociable.

Deck Plans & Photos

Boat Description

  • Capacity:20 passengers
  • Type :Small Yacht
  • Category:Mid Range
  • Year Built:2000
  • Length:88 ft / 27 m
  • Beam:22 ft / 7 m
  • Product Short Name: Galaven
  • Draft: 6.5 ft / 2 m
  • Gross Tonnage: 171 tons

Amenities

  • Multilingual guide
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
  • Air conditioning & private bathroom
  • Transfers to and from ship
  • Snorkel gear (free)
  • Kayaks
  • Single travellers can share room
  • Triple Rooms available
  • -20% for children ≤ 12
  • 2% Credit Card fees
  • Airfare tickets
  • Alcoholic drinks & bottled beverages
  • Crew and guide tips
  • $100 national park entrance fee
  • $20 transit control card
  • +50% single cabin supplement