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Merak Galapagos Cruise

Merak Galápagos Cruise

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A Galápagos Cruise on board the Merak

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100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
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IMPORTANT: We decided to stop selling cruises on board the Merak due to concerning feedback from clients about this ship and its safety. Our customer's safety and satisfaction is most the important thing to us, so naturally we will not offer something we are not 100% convinced is a top-notch product. Please click here to see other Galápagos Budget Cruises at comparably accessible prices. Here some more info about the Merak: - only 8 people - much smaller groups than usual! - 4 doubles cabins (three cabins with upper and lower beds plus one for twin) - Two bathrooms with shower and toilet - Accommodation: 4 doubles cabins (three cabins with upper and lower beds plus one for twin). - Crew: Captain, Bilingual Naturalist Guide, Cook and mechanic sailor This crew has a lot of experience. Captain Segundo has been on board for over 10 years, and the Chef Osmar for over 5. We really liked Osmar's varied menu which includes favourite like Encocado de Pescado, and always plenty of fresh fruit. But he saves the best for last, as Osmar's specialities are his desserts. This small boat is run by a local Galápagos family, and it really does feel like a family concern with an intimate feel. Because of their generations-old local knowledge you will enjoy some excellent tours and excursions on this boat. The Merak is one of the smallest and most economic boats to circle the Galápagos Islands. While maybe not the fanciest of all boats, it is a pretty, french-built beauty that can run up to 15 knots fast when under sails! Made out of fiberglass, the Merak was built in 1985 in France and renovated in 2006 Puerto Lucia, Ecuador. Facilities: Dinning Room, TV/VCB, Stereo, Library

Pictures and Deckplans of Merak

Merak Galapagos Cruise
Merak Galapagos Cruise
Merak Galapagos Cruise

Amenities on board the Merak

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100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
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English guide
Meals
All meals throughout the cruise
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Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
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Transfers to and from ship
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Single cabin without supplement

Sustainability on board the Merak

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 Merak

Capacity

8

Length

500 ft / 15 m

Draft

8.2 ft / 2.5 m

Main Engines

John Deere TFM50 (150HP)

Electricity

110V in the main cabin

Cruising speed

up to 15 knots with sails

Food & Drinks on board the Merak

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 Merak

Merak Double Cabin

Double Cabin

4 doubles cabins (three cabins with upper and lower beds plus one for twin). Two bathrooms with shower and toilet, (one outside shower).