Eden Galápagos Cruise+Flights
Your gateway to the Galápagos Islands
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Eden
Flights to and from Galapagos
Single travellers can share cabin
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
"Stylish" and "elegant" are the comments we most hear associated with Eden, and it's not hard to see why. Although she was only built in 1996 in Ecuador, she has the timeless lines of a classic luxury motor yacht. A 2002 total brought her even further up to date, and she now boasts a beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary features that make an Eden Galápagos cruise a real trip to paradise. What's even better is that our cruise packages on Eden now come with Galápagos flights included.
- Purpose-built Galápagos motor yacht
- Galápagos flights included in the price you pay
- Snorkeling gear on board
- Excellent choice of long and short itineraries
Space to enjoy the islands Eden has something you don't find very often in this class of Galápagos cruise ship - space! This means that 5 of her 8 cabins feature standard twin or double beds, with only 3 having bunks. Every cabin, no matter its layout, enjoys a private bathroom and shower and is airconditioned for your complete comfort. Lower deck cabins are beautifully decorated with a light and airy feel and feature traditional portholes. Upper deck cabins enjoy panoramic windows for unbroken views of the sea and islands.
Communal areas onboard Eden continue this theme of space and light. Her large saloon and dining area is tastefully decorated with traditional wood features and comfortable sofas, making it an ideal place to relax and swap your Galápagos stories with like-minded travelers.
Outside, there's a huge sundeck at the sterns of the upper deck with uninterrupted views. At the bow, there's a more intimate sun area where you can find some peace and quiet if you wish. On the main deck, there's a shaded area where you can enjoy the Galápagos air without the heat of the equatorial sun.
When it comes to food and drink, you'll be spoilt by your time on Eden. Most meals are served in a relaxed buffet style, giving you the chance to sample a wide range of delicious Ecuadorian and international dishes prepared by the ship's chef using fresh, local ingredients.
Experience Galápagos on land and sea When it comes to itineraries, Eden has a fantastic range of options, including 3-day itineraries for those who are only able to visit the Galápagos for a short time but still want a real taste of what the islands have to offer, as well as the more usual 5- and 7-day options.
Unlike many vessels in her class, Eden guests have use of complimentary snorkel equipment (with optional wetsuits available for hire if you wish) and there are plenty of opportunities to get in the water with rare endemic wildlife like Galápagos penguins, Galápagos sea lions, and marine iguanas.
The ship's highly experienced naturalist guides are bilingual, and they take great pride in making your experience of the Galápagos even more special by sharing their vast knowledge of the flora, fauna and natural history of this magical archipelago.
Our comments For us, Eden is that rare find - a fantastic mix of great value with superb facilities and excellent itineraries. Now she's even better value than ever because, for a short period, the price you pay includes flights to and from the mainland! Eden's classic motor yacht styling and spacious interior make her a superbly comfortable place from which to experience the magic of Galápagos. With flights now included, we don't think you'll find a better value Galápagos cruise at the moment.
Pictures and Deckplans of Eden
Dates & Prices on board the Eden
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The sailing routes of Eden
Amenities on board the Eden
Flights to and from Galapagos
Single travellers can share cabin
Snorkel gear (free)
Transfers to and from ship
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Air conditioning & private bathroom
All meals throughout the cruise
Sustainability on board the Eden
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 Eden
Mid Range Ship
Food & Drinks on board the Eden
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 Eden
The wonderful Eden has cabins with double beds, 1 located on the main deck, 3 on the upper deck and 4 on the lower deck.
Reviews of Eden
Eden Yacht - March 2017 Review Just finished 8d/7n cruise!
Why a cruise?
Because land options take too much time to get to the fun activities! On land, you catch a speedboat where you want to go (say, Kicker Rock). So you leave at 9am - or whenever all of the scheduled guests arrive at the pier. You spend time getting to the site. After you are done, you get back on the speedboat for the ride back to the pier - and you are wet and itchy the whole time. Contrast to a cruise: You awake in the morning to a great breakfast and you are already at your morning spot. You do your activity (hike, snorkelling, etc.); when you're done, it's back on the boat for snacks and a shower and some relaxation / journalling as the boat takes you to the afternoon location. At which point you do the afternoon activities - and, when finished, you are able to clean up immediately (and eat a delicious dinner). For me - no comparison. It's a cruise every time.
Boat - Pictures do not do the boat justice. Our stateroom had plenty of room, the common room is large and comfy, there are two different large outdoor lounge areas (both shade and sun), and the crew was so very nice and helpful. I never felt I was on top of the others on the boat or they were on top of me - there was always someplace I could go if I wanted some alone time. Plus, showers were always hot and the room always clean (thank you Alejandro!!)
Food - Vegetarian / vegan options (we had both on our trip). Food was delicious!
Passengers - This is a smaller boat (max 16 persons) and caters to a more budget-oriented crowd - this basically means you can count on folks who are active and intensely interested in getting the most out of their vacation. Which worked out great for us! We had U.S. folks, Australians, Canadians, Brazilians, Germans - and all very friendly.
Activities - Everything happened on time, we were kept active on all of the islands. And we had such good times - hiking up Sierra Negra, swimming in the rain on the beach at Isabela, the oh-so-excellent snorkeling at Santiago, watching blue-footed boobies mate on North Seymour, hikes up in the Santa Cruz highlands (where we got to see a huge tortoise at the end of mating)…so many great memories (and pictures!). I'll write about the guide separately - Che-che, you are awesome, my friend.
Cost - The overall trip was extremely affordable, and our request to the Eden for an extra 3 days would have been only $200/day per person (which I believe is a substantial discount over the pre-booked price and reflected a "last-minute" cruise deal price). Based on what others told me, I think the pre-booked price is around $350/day per person - and even at that price is well worth it!
Tipping - You get two envelopes, one for the boat crew and one for the guide. For the boat crew, the suggested amount is $12-14 a day. For my 8d/7n cruise I tipped $110 to the crew, and $80 to the guide. For the two of us, that came out to $370 total in tips.
Finally - should you prebook or do a last-minute deal?
As I pointed out above, our last-minute request to extend our cruise by 3d got us a quote of $200 / day which I believe is a great last-minute price. However - you can only get a last-minute price if you are willing to wait to the last minute! During the high season this means you probably will not get the boat you want and you may need to be very flexible. In effect, you are arriving on San Cristobal or Santa Cruz, heading down to "el Centro", and checking with each tourist agency to find a last-minute cruise you want. In our case, it was worth the extra money to have everything setup ahead of time - all we had to do was get to Galapagos and we were taken care of from start to finish.
Eden Yacht Review, Feb 2015 I traveled aboard the Eden on their 8-day Itinerary "B," 22 February through 01 March 2015. I traveled with my father, and counting us there were 13 passengers (the yacht carries up to 16).
I have to say it was truly the trip of a lifetime. I've told all my friends about it. Basically, we saw everything we'd seen on all the nature documentaries over the years. The wildlife was abundant and unafraid (be sure you stay more than 6 feet away in accordance with the national park guidelines). Every day we would see amazing wildlife, and in the evening we'd talk about how we wished we could see [whatever animal], and then sure enough the next day we would see them! Galapagos sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and marine iguanas were everywhere. We also saw quite a few penguins, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, lava lizards, flightless cormorants, green sea turtles, and giant tortoises. Less-commonly-seen on our trip but highlights nonetheless were Galapagos fur seals, eagle rays, stingrays, reef sharks, a Galapagos Hawk, ocean sunfish, and even a sperm whale!
Expectation management: this is not a luxury cruise. It's not about relaxation--it's about sightseeing and exploring the various islands you'll visit. You'll be waking at sunrise and having breakfast, then immediately getting in the panga (rubber boat) for shore to hike for an hour, followed by an hour or more of snorkeling. Then it's back to the boat for lunch while you travel to the next stop for more of the same. That being said, it's much better than a larger ship, because there is no waiting in line for meals, tours, etc., you avoid crowds on the islands and the snorkeling spots, and you get to know everyone on the yacht.
The cabins are small but you're not going to be spending much time in them. There is an indoor common area for passengers, with several natural history books so you can identify what you're seeing (though I had brought some of my own as well), and lounge space on deck, both sunny and shaded. The food was EXCELLENT.
The small size of the yacht (compared with larger cruise ships) means if you're prone to seasickness, you probably will be sick more than once during your trip. Though the seas are generally fairly calm during the time of year we traveled, almost half the passengers were sick at least once. Even so, there were no complaints as the overall experience more than made up for the temporary discomfort. It can be difficult to sleep if it's a night where the yacht is underway and the seas are rough.
The crew were outstanding and friendly. Our guide, David, was extremely knowledgeable, humorous, and very personable. I can't recommend this cruise enough--if you prefer DOING things more than relaxing, and don't mind close quarters and a more intimate experience, this is the trip for you.