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Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Archipell I Galápagos Cruise

“Watching dolphins swim beneath me took my breath away!”

A Galápagos Cruise on board the Archipell I

11 Reviews

Classic

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.

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise
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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.

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Amenities on board the Archipell I

EN guide

English guide

wifi

Internet/Wifi

meal

All meals

transfer

Transfers to and from ship

snorkeling

Snorkel gear (free of charge)

FR guide

French guide possible

footprint

Travel for good: Your Each booking contributes to Ventura’s Conservation Project.

kayak

Kayaks on board

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin

drinks

Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

children

-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.

Sustainable Tourism

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.

Cabins categories on board the Archipell I

Double Matrimonial
Standard cabin

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Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

Max. occupancy:

2

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Technical details of Archipell I

Category
Classic
Type
Motor Catamaran
Main Engines
2x Cummins (250 HP)
Length
26.8 m
Gross tonnage
260 t
Electricity
110 / 220 AC
Cruising speed
10 knots
Beam
10.8 m^
Draft
1.62m
Capacity
16

Reviews of Archipell I

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Kasia Z.

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Classic

Thank you very much for organising my cruise so quickly. I wanted to share the feedback after my experience on the Archipel. I had the most wonderful holiday- everything was just perfect! I will start with the Archipel's crew, as thanks to them, the cruise was so exceptional. They all were just excellent at providing outstanding costumer service, showing what hospitality stands for. Whole crew was very friendly, helpful, and looked after us so well. Our guide Carlos, was a star from the very beginning. He collected us all at the airport and announced that during our stay, we will be part of Galapagos, not tourists. Calling us 'family', he really made us feel as we were welcome there. On top of being highly knowledgeable, he speaks fluently English, and has some good sense of humour as well. Carlos was very professional, and communicated frequently and honestly with us. We always knew what to bring and what to wear for activities. He takes pride in his work, and surly will be inspiration for many visitors. The atmosphere was so friendly and relaxing, no rushing, no waiting, everyone equally amazed by the beauty of the enchanted islands, and happy that we had such a cool team. The chef made us fabulous meals, and he skillfully managed to deal with special dietary requirements (there was quite a lot of it). Everything was fresh, tasty and I'm currently working out, how to come to terms with not having delicious snack, and fresh juice or hot chocolate, after every activity! Our cabins were cleaned daily, turned down in the evenings, the lounge and common area immaculate at all times. Coffee, tea, biscuits available anytime, as well as cold beer and drinks from the bar. The panga drivers, captain and every single member of the Archipel's crew was amazing. Always with a smile. Archipel had all the facilities I needed. Fortunately we didn't spend much time on the ship, as we were constantly busy with activities. The weather was great as well, which helped. Snorkeling equipment provided was of good quality, and I quickly switched my new, annoyingly foggy mask, for the one provided. Luckily Carlos sorted my mask problem out with the flame trick. I spotted a shark immediately when I put head under the water! Having the kayaks to use was also great! The itinerary for 4 days was packed with highlights of the islands. I can't believe, how many species we saw in only four days! I loved that cruise and I return to Galapagos next year for longer.

S. Bartell

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Classic

Wir kommen auf euch zurück für die nächste Reise! Danke Benno! Ich werde dich und das Galapatours Team weiterempfehlen. Ich will euch danken für diesen wunderbaren Urlaub und für die Hilfe bei unserem Gepäckverlust (die Airline hat unser Gepäck falsch verschickt). Es kam aber in unserem Hotel auf Santa Cruz einen Tag vor unserer Heimreise an. Meine Frau hat sich unglaublich gefreut über das Wiedererlangen der eigenen, geliebten Klamotten. Die Kreuzfahrt war ein Traum. Das Schiff war nicht ganz ausgebucht (5 Erwachsene und 2 Kinder) und wir hatten immens viel Platz für uns. Unser Guide Victor Rizzo warfabelhaft. Die Verpflegung war exzellent und die Besatzung hat hervorragende Arbeit geleistet. Abends spürt man das Schiff etwas wackeln, daran mussten wir uns gewöhnen. Wenn wir soweit sind auch die westlichen Inseln zu erkunden, werde ich mit Sicherheit auf euch zurückkommen!

Stefan Widermann

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Classic

The best holiday so far, without a doubt (Review from TripAdvisor) Ecuador Galapagos was without any doubt the single most impressive holiday I have taken so far. At first, I was hesitant because especially Galapagos (the main land not so much) is quite an expensive destination but friends convinced us and Benno of Galapatours found a great last minute price for us on board one of the Archipels. I can say we don't regret it a bit. The crew, the food, the cabins - all was first class! Esteban, our guide, was very helpful and even considering my sea sickness during the first night I consider this the single best holiday so far. Thanks, Galapatours!

Ann Page

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Classic

A great crew, guide, experience Everyone was so helpful, friendly and courteous. We all enjoyed the cruise. The crew, captain and guide were so nice, kind and helpful. Our guide, Alex, was extremely knowledgeable on many topics and explained about plants, animals and geology. I would highly recommend this tour and this ship to others considering a trip to the Galapagos.

Ann Page

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Classic

Großartige Erfahrung mit Crew und Guide Alle waren so hilfsbereit und freundlich. Die ganze Familie genoss diese Kreuzfahrt. Die Besatzung, der Kapitän und der Guide waren sehr nett, höflich und hilfsbereit. Unser Naturführer, Alex, kannte sich bestens aus und erzählte viel über Pflanzen, Geologie und Tierwelt. Ich empfehle allen zukünftigen Galapagos-Reisenden die Archipell I.

Jonas2992

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Classic

One of the most amazing trips I have ever done Taken from Tripadvisor forum: Hey Lachlan_GSyndney, Hope the Reply is not too late. I went to Galapagos Islands 2 weeks ago and did a 8 day trip with Archipell 1. Friends from Quito were recomending this boat. Galapagos has its price; so my expectations for this cruise were pretty high....and I wasn´t let down!! The natural Guide,Dario, is native to Galapagos and really knows how to explain things. The Itinerary itself was really, really great ( North Seymour, Genovesa, Isla Bartolome and Isla Santiago, Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal). We had a lot of activities and the most amazing was the snorkeling ( but you need to use a wetsuit (available aboard) at that time of the year, because the water is sometimes pretty cold) The Boat itself was in perfect conditions ( I haven´t seen cockroaches; the only animal i saw was a roasted turkey onthe last day :P ). The cabins were always tidy and the standard was like expected: First Class. The crew is nice and the food was just amazing and always enough for everybody ! We were 14 people but it was definitly not overcrowded because the catamaran is huge (for just 16 people.) Furthermore, for myself I didn´t had any problems with seasickness, but i guess that depends on each person. The cruise with Archipel 1 was one of my most amazing trips I have ever done. I only know the other boats through my friends and their experiences (some of them worked on boats in galapagos for several years) but they told my archipell is one of the better ones. So I guess i would recommend it ;) I hope you have/had fun on your trip and experience/experienced the same on the Archipell and Galapagos I did. Greetz, Jonas

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