Evolution Galápagos Cruise
Follow Darwin's footsteps on these unforgettable cruises
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Evolution
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
Single travellers can share cabin
-15% for children ≤ 15
- The most charming mega Yacht
- Fantastic ambiance and luxury
- Superb naturalist itineraries
- Great extras like "glass bottom" kayaks!
The Motor Vessel Evolution is, in our opinion, the most charming yacht in the Galápagos fleet. At almost 200 feet long, she is definitely a "mega yacht", and yet she has been designed to evoke the heyday of the luxury steamers - the 1920s and 1930s. Despite her vintage looks, she's actually a cutting edge vessel, designed and built in Japan in 2005 to the latest in marine safety and technology standards.
Timeless elegance Your Evolution experience starts with her breathtaking decor. Sumptuous, vintage, and elegant are just of the ways we would describe it.
Accommodation is across 9 premium staterooms, 4 deluxe staterooms, and 3 master suites. Cabins are simply wonderful, with stunning wood finishes and light and airy color schemes. Suites feature ocean-view windows, and other staterooms feature large traditional portholes - a truly nautical flavor! All cabins have wonderful en suite luxury bathrooms, independent air conditioning, internal telephones and plenty of storage (including personal safe).
Communal areas on board are no less delightful. At the ships bow is a traditional teak-planked sundeck with a huge Jacuzzi pool - the perfect place to soak up the sun or to admire the stars. The Evolution features both internal and Al Fresco dining areas, with attention paid to every detail.
For relaxing in the evening, you may choose to unwind with a drink in the inside saloon with its comfortable chairs and communal sofa, or perhaps make your way to the delightful Al Fresco lounge at the stern, with its extremely well stocked bar. Your barman has designed his own Evolution signature cocktail which we can highly recommend!
Fine dining and fine service Food on board is a highlight of the Evolution experience. Breakfast and lunch are served as a relaxed buffet, with plentiful choice and a wide range of flavors to explore. Dinners are still relaxed, but are served fine dining style at tables either in the inside or Al Fresco dining areas.
The chefs on board all have international hotel experience and benefit from a particularly well equipped galley, allowing them to prepare some amazing Ecuadorian and international specialties that will delight you.
With only 32 guests and 18 crew to look after them, you will enjoy one of the best guest-to-staff ratios in the Galápagos fleet. Everything you need will be taken care of with skill and a warm smile. For guests who require specific assistance with disabilities or dietary requirements, just speak to one of our Galápagos experts and we will ensure that Evolution's team will give you the perfect adventure.
An unrivalled wildlife experience Despite her size, the Evolution only caters for a maximum of 32 guests, and this means that she carries 2 naturalist guides. You will enjoy a decidedly intimate naturalist experience in groups of only 16. The Evolution recruits only the finest National Park approved bilingual guides, and they are a major part of the reason why your Evolution adventure will be so memorable.
Two superb week-long itineraries are available. One departs from Baltra and discovers the western islands, the other leaves from San Cristobal and concentrates on the east. Both are superb and receive consistently high reviews from our travelers. They have been designed to give you the best flavor of Galápagos and the most intimate encounters with the iconic species.
As well as a large variety of land excursions you will also enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking in the amazing "glass bottom" kayaks that Evolution carries. Masks, snorkels and fins are available free of charge to guests, and complimentary wetsuits are also available if required.
Our comments This mega yacht is stunning. We love the "Roaring 20s" ambiance, mixed with the very latest in amenities and service, all wrapped up in a Japanese-built vessel that's less than 15 years old… the perfect combination! Our guests love the huge Jacuzzi on the sun deck, and we love the food on Evolution Galápagos - the chefs are remarkable. If you've never tried a glass-bottom kayak before you will be amazed (and don't worry, it's not actually glass, but acrylic!), and the guides on board really are among the best in the islands. A trip on the Evolution is a stunning way to see the Galápagos in fantastic style.
Pictures and Deckplans of Evolution
Dates & Prices on board the Evolution
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Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you, and you can confirm with a payment later. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, include taxes, and can be subject to fluctuation and change. The routes are fixed, but can be changed due to weather or breeding behavior of the animals. Could not find your preferred date?
Cabins categories on board the Evolution
There is 1 twin suite (A2) and one Queen Suite (A3) on the Albatross-Deck, with 2 twin beds or one Queen, private bathroom, AC control, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. A telephone is also available for internal communications only. These cabins have windows.
Master Suite A1 is located on the Albatross Deck with queen bed and is full beam and our largest cabin onboard. Private bathroom, individual AC controls, safe boxes and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. This cabin has windows and a separate reading area.
There are 8 premium twin staterooms on the Cormorant Deck, all with 2 twin beds or Queen beds, private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Telephones are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes.
There are 4 deluxe staterooms (D1-D4) on the Darwin Deck, 2 twins and 2 Queens each with private bathrooms, individual AC controls, safe boxes, and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. A telephone are also available for internal communications only. These cabins have portholes which let light into the cabin.
The sailing routes of Evolution
Amenities on board the Evolution
Transfers to and from ship
Snorkel gear (free of charge)
All meals throughout the cruise
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
Air conditioning & private bathroom
Single travellers can share cabin
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
-15% for children ≤ 15
Sustainability on board the Evolution
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 Evolution
198 ft. / 60 m
29 ft. / 9 m
Food & Drinks on board the Evolution
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.
Reviews of Evolution
Lionel & Jackie Knight
Sehr zu empfehlen Wir waren im März 2018 auf der Evolution für eine Galapagos Kreuzfahrt und genossen jede Sekunde. In unseren Augen ist das Schiff perfekt mit genügend Raum für jedermann. Die freundliche Besatzung rundete das Paket ab. Da das Schiff ständig in Bewegung ist, gab es jeden Tag eine andere Insel zu entdecken. Die Tiere auf Galapagos sind spektakulär, das Beste ist, viele Arten gibt es nur hier! Die erfahrenen, hervorragend ausgebildeten Guides konnten uns alle Fragen mühelos beantworten. Beide waren Einheimische und zeigten ihre Heimat- und Naturverbundenheit während der ganzen Kreuzfahrt, wirklich beeindruckend. Über das Essen kann man nicht klagen, es war sehr gut. Viele Früchte und Gemüse, alles frisch zubereitet. Die Inselausflüge waren super organisiert. Einige Wanderungen waren für Älteres Klientel schwierig zu bewältigen aber alle haben es geschafft.
Lional & Jackie Knight
An excellent experience in the Galapagos We enjoyed an excellent experience in the Galapagos, on the MV Evolution, in early March 2018. The boat was, we thought, perfect, with enough room for everyone, good rooms and facilities, and an expert, friendly crew. The vessel cruises around the Islands, so every day we had new places to explore on land, on and under the sea. The wildlife was spectacular, and the experience was heightened by the two experienced and very approachable wildlife experts who were always out with us. Both experts were local people who were clearly committed to the ecology of the Galapagos, very inspiring. Perhaps I should say that my wife and I aren’t regular wildlife tourists, and we found the experts very illuminating, as did several more committed wildlife guests on our trip. The bar area, and service on board was always welcoming; the food was a good standard, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables; in fact all the food was tasty and reasonably healthy. The off vessel trips were all very well organized, with careful attention paid to safety, while giving guests the freedom to experience the delights of Galapagos’ nature. There were a couple of moderately steep hikes that taxed older guests, but the vast majority of off vessel experiences were very accessible to all; and of course no one had to go on very trip.
Jeden Cent wert! Es hätte nicht besser laufen können. Die Größe des Schiffes war optimal und wir kamen sehr gut mit den anderen Reisenden zurecht. Unsere Kabine war sehr komfortabel, das Essen war herrlich und die Crew einfach unschlagbar. Die Inseltouren zeigten uns das Maximum, was man hätte sehen können, die Guides waren 1a.
Priceless experience From the time of first booking the trip to the Galapagos to leaving the M/V Evolution, it could not have been a more efficient or thoughtful service. Their recommendation for the Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil was solid. The size of the ship was optimal, I thought, especially as our fellow passengers were a genial bunch. It was comfortable, the crew were professional and the meals were enjoyable. The day tours were conceived to show the maximum amount of the wonderful islands, and our nature guides were superb.
Absolutes Highlight Diese Kreuzfahrt ist ein absolutes Highlight. Unsere Tochter hat mehrere Lebensmittelallergien gegen alle möglichen Nüsse. Die Besatzung an Bord der Evolution hat stets darauf geachtet und bereitete alle Speisen perfekt zu. Schade, dass wir keinen Blaufußtölpel mit Hause nehmen konnten. Es was eine perfekte Reise.