Archipell I Galápagos Cruise
“Watching dolphins swim beneath me took my breath away!”
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Archipell I
What we love about the Archipell I
Large and stable catamaran, comfortable even in open water
Engaging naturalist itineraries give you access to the true Galápagos
Snorkelling equipment for all guests
Sun Deck with solarium and a shaded terrace.
Welcoming you onboard the Archipell I will be Captain Mario Freire and his First Mate Roberto. Your cabin will be named after one of the local species that you will see on your trip. We enjoyed chatting with the chef Guido, who comes from Macao. Make sure you try his specialty, which is a delicious "Pulpo al Ajillo". Among the extra facilities on board, we like the fact that they have a clothes dryer for guests to use, and that they carry 4 double and 1 single kayaks for guests for some extra fun on the water. Our favorite spot was lying on the bow netting watching the dolphins play beneath us. If you're lucky enough to be celebrating a birthday while on board, make sure you let Guido know, and he'll have a surprise waiting for you…
Archipell I is one of the most comfortable motor catamarans in the region. The twin hulls give her superior stability over single-hull boats and allows for much more internal space, making your stay on board more relaxing and more enjoyable. She’s also one of the faster boats in the fleet, speeding you between the islands, allowing you to spend more time with the amazing wildlife.
Archipell I features 8 wonderfully bright and welcoming cabins, 2 with double beds and 6 with twin beds. Decorated in a modern and bright style, every cabin has wonderful ocean views from generous panoramic windows. All enjoy private en suite bathrooms with crisp, fresh interiors and hot and cold water. Every cabin is air-conditioned for your comfort.
Communal spaces on board are delightful places to spend time relaxing, socializing and learning about the amazing wildlife you will be seeing from your bilingual naturalist guide. Featuring wonderful wooden furniture and trims, modern neutral decor, and artwork featuring local marine life, the lounge includes a flat screen TV with DVD and a guest library.
The dining area features a beautiful rectangular table for enjoying memorable meals in the company of newly-made friends. Food on board is freshly prepared by our chefs and is varied and healthy, with local and international delicacies.
The wonderful wooden deck boards extend to the outdoor spaces, and you will find plenty of quiet spots to take in the wonders of the islands. For unrivalled vistas, you can climb to the upper sun deck where traditional wooden loungers will let you relax in the shade of the deck canopy or out in the open, soaking up the warmth of the sun or gazing at the stars after dark.
The crew of Archipell I always go the extra mile to ensure your stay on board is a memorable one. With 9 crew for only 16 passengers, there’s always someone close at hand for your every need, yet when you want peace and quiet you’ll be left alone to relax and enjoy the ambiance. With snorkeling equipment and kayaks on board, your bilingual naturalist guides will lead you on a variety of exciting excursions designed to show you the best of Islands.
We get lots of feedback about the staff on Archipell I - it’s such a happy boat. We like the modern, unfussy decor with a fresh marine blue theme in the cabins, and the great sundeck is a favorite - it’s nice to have the choice of cool shade as well as blazing sun! We think Archipell I is a superb value for money catamaran to choose for your Galápagos adventure.
Dates & Prices on board the Archipell I
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Amenities on board the Archipell I
Transfers to and from ship
Snorkel gear (free of charge)
French guide possible
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
Air conditioning & private bathroom
Single travellers can share cabin
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
-20% for children ≤ 12
Food & Drinks on board the Archipell I
The food on our Galapágos Cruises is among the very best you will find in South America. Most of the on-board chefs are internationally trained and have prior experience working in the best hotels and restaurants in Ecuador and indeed around the world.
You can expect a first-class selection of food, including a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced poultry and fish/seafood, rice and pasta dishes. Most boats will always include some typical Ecuadorian dishes on the menu during your cruise. If you have specific dietary requirements then these can usually be accommodated by the chef providing you have given advance notice. Please make sure you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you have at the time you book with us. If you leave it until you arrive at the dockside, then it may well be impossible to accommodate your needs.
Most boats serve a range of options at meal times in a relaxed buffet-style. At the first class and luxury end of the market, some boats have more formal dining where you will be served at your seat. However the atmosphere is always relaxed on board our cruises, and never stuffy or formal.
At Galapatours we love and respect the pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife of the Galápagos Islands. To protect the archipelago, all vessels in Galápagos must have sophisticated water filtration systems, modern, efficient engines, and strict maintenance schedules to minimize pollution. Furthermore, The Galápagos National Park authority defines exact cruising routes that dictate which ships can visit which highlights at what day and time, as well as limiting passenger numbers.
But at Galapatours we like to go even further: We voluntarily offset all the CO2 emissions of every cruise we sell - at no cost to you. You can also play your part by traveling responsibly and following our Eco Guidelines during your stay. Click here to find out more about these guidelines, our commitment to sustainable tourism, and the Galápagos National Park rules.