Calipso Galapagos Cruise

Calipso Galápagos Cruise

A wonderfully refurbished classical yacht

A Galápagos Cruise on board the Calipso

kayak

Kayaks on board

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin

oxygen

Nitrox Refills ($)

footprint

100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

EN guide

English guide

children

-20% for children ≤ 12

  • Fully refurbished in 2019
  • Stunning, modern cabins
  • Extensive Naturalist Itinerary
  • Single cabins available

Calipso has just completed a stunning refit. She has not just been refurbished, her interior has been virtually rebuilt! Her owners wanted her to offer something different, and she is now the only vessel to operate alternating naturalist and diving cruises year-round. The beneift to non-divers? More space for you to enjoy the wonders of the Galápagos from above the water's surface!

Modern, chic, comfortable Calipso now features ten extremely comfortable cabins for a maximum of 16 guests. Of course taste is subjective, but we think that her new decor is among the most chic and stylish to be found on any Galápagos cruise boat today. Each cabin features beautiful, modern wooden furniture coupled with contemporary decor and fantastic panoramic windows. This is more hotel suite than boat's cabin!

En suite bathrooms are beautifully contemporary, with rainfall shower heads and porcelain fixtures. Luxuriously soft linens and quality toiletries complete the luxury feel. Every cabin is individually air conditioned, with accent lighting and plenty of power points for recharging your devices including dedicated USB points. You'll also find a TV in every room.

Sociable luxury Calipso's communal areas have been given the same stunning attention to detail as her guest cabins. Beautiful modern wooden flooring is complimented with light-colored furniture, and the neutral color scheme makes the boat light and airy. There are wonderfully comfortable sofa's in the main salon, as well as a relaxed dining area and a chic bar.

Outside, take advantage of the stunning dive deck even if you're not diving! This is the perfect place for some quiet time away from it all as you take in the sites and sounds of the Galápagos on your cruise.

If you want unspoiled views of the islands and the remarkable Galápagos wildlife then head up to the huge sundeck. Here you'll find plenty of comfortable loungers, as well as an al fresco bar and BBQ station, alongside an additional dining area. And what could be better than watching the equatorial stars come out from the comfort of the hot tub jacuzzi pool you'll also find here?

Unrivalled Galápagos wildlife itineraries No matter how stunning Calipso is (and she is stunning!) it's definitely the Galápagos wildlife that is the star. Calipso offers a range of three-, four- and 8-day naturalist itineraries that have been cleverly designed to give you a real insight into Galápagos.

Her bilingual guides are among the most experienced in the Galápagos fleet, and their knowledge and passion for the islands really helps to bring you closer to the creatures, geology and people of the archipelago.

Activities that you will enjoy include snorkeling, panga rides, an excellent variety of wet and dry landings, walks and excursions. Another benefit of choosing a Calipso cruise is the complimentary use of snorkel gear, wetsuits and even an underwater camera!

Our comments We can't believe the transformation of Calipso. She hasn't had a refit, she's been reinvented! The quality of her interior and facilities now matches the quality of her Galápagos itineraries, which were already superb. We particularly love her spacious sun deck with al fresco bar - it's the perfect place to watch the sun set at the end of another amazing day on your Galápagos adventure.

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Calipso Galapagos Cruise
Calipso Galapagos Cruise
Calipso Galapagos Cruise

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Amenities on board the Calipso

scuba diving

Scuba outing possible

kayak

Kayaks on board

wifi

Internet / WIFI

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin

snorkeling

Snorkel gear (free)

drinks

Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

wetsuit

Wetsuits

jacuzzi

Sundeck with jacuzzi

oxygen

Nitrox Refills ($)

footprint

100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

meal

All meals throughout the cruise

EN guide

English guide

children

-20% for children ≤ 12

Sustainability on board the Calipso

At Galapatours we love and respect the pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, and we insist that our cruise partners do too. To protect the archipelago all our cruise vessels must have sophisticated water filtration systems, modern efficient engines, and strict maintenance schedules to minimize pollution.

The Galápagos National Park authority also defines exact cruising routes that dictate which ships can visit highlights at specific times, as well as limiting passenger numbers. These measures ensure that animals and habitats are not disturbed by too many visitors.

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. And 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.

Technical details of Calipso

Category

First Class Ship

Type

Small Yacht

Capacity

16

Food & Drinks on board the Calipso

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.

Cabins categories on board the Calipso

Double twin
Standard Double

Calipso features ten extremely comfortable cabins for a maximum of 16 guests. Of course taste is subjective, but we think that her new decor is among the most chic and stylish to be found on any Galapagos cruise boat today. Each cabin features beautiful, modern wooden furniture coupled with contemporary decor and fantastic panoramic windows. This is more hotel suite than boat's cabin!

En-suite bathrooms are beautifully contemporary, with rainfall shower heads and porcelain fixtures. Luxuriously soft linens and quality toiletries complete the luxury feel. Every cabin is individually air conditioned, with accent lighting and plenty of power points for recharging your devices including dedicated USB points. You'll also find a TV in every room.

Reviews of Calipso

Len
5/5

Amazing experience aboard the Calipso My wife and I recently returned from the Calipso Naturalist cruise Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2020. We reserved well before this rebuilt boat had sailed, because we were attracted by the diverse itinerary of 10 islands. The boat has a capacity of 16 passengers though only 12 were on this cruise. The age range was from 12-70 (we were the 70) and everything in between. We wanted a small boat experience. Overall, the cruise exceeded our expectations.

We were met by cruise staff in Guayaquil and San Cristobal who helped with check in and transfers in both places. The crew was wonderful-friendly, helpful and always safety-conscious. Since all of the landings (wet or dry) are by dinghy, as were all of the snorkeling trips, getting up and down, in and out safely was a regular issue. Our naturalist guide, Martin, was extremely well informed and no question was too silly or insignificant. The cabins were of good size for a small boat as were the bathrooms. Unfortunately, as a smaller craft, when seas got even slightly choppy, the boat rocked or bobbed. We did use sea sickness meds on two occasions but it was never really a problem. Most of the time, seas were calm.

Food was quite good and varied, served buffet style. Lots of fresh salads and delicious fruits, as well as freshly-squeezed juices. Seafood, chicken and various meats for the main meals. There is a small bar and drinks aside from pure water cost extra. Except for one beer drinker, our group did not use the bar!

The Galápagos is, of course, iconic and we loved the animals and the often stark landscapes. The itinerary allowed us to experience a wide variety of all of them. The snorkeling was really good and the water pretty clear in February. The boat provided equipment including wet suits and floatation vests at no cost. Overall, we thought the trip was moderately strenuous and could be managed by anyone in reasonably good physical condition however those with physical issues should consider a different boat

Overall, we give this boat a high rating for what it offers at a reasonable (for the Galápagos) price point.

Source: TripAdvisor


Diane K
5/5

Calipso Cruise My husband and I were on the maiden voyage on Calipso August 8-14, 2019.

We were in Ecuador for 9 days prior to boarding the ship. We had an awesome time. The boat was brand new (refurbished) and they were still unpacking. The crew was very nice. Two main dive guides at the time. One was excellent the other was safe and all but did not know how to interact with the passengers and was not as good as pointing out sea life as well as the other. He was knowledgeable but lacked in people skills. I reviewed him on their site after our trip.

The food was great. Our room was fine. The diving at Wolf and Darwin were the best dives of our lives. The ship was comfortable. I would not hesitate to tell you to check out Calipso. Now that is from my trip in August 2019, I would hope that they have kept up this level of service or have been growing as any new organization would. We had a great group of people on our boat. I believe everyone was very happy. This review is short and sweat, I’m fussy about my dive trips, bottom line, they were fine on the first ever trip with real paying customers in the Galapagos.

Source: TripAdvisor


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