Petrel Galápagos Cruise
Luxury that sets a new standard for Galápagos
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Petrel
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
-25% for children < 12
- THE luxury motor catamaran in Galápagos - newest in the Galápagos fleet, superb stability;
- 2 suites available for the ultimate in comfort;
- Sun deck with jacuzzi;
- Kayaks available.
Newest in the Fleet One of the newest vessels cruising in the Galápagos, the Motor Catamaran Petrel redefines luxury. Her modern design brings you state-of-the-art equipment and offers greater stability than traditional vessels, whilst providing you with levels of comfort and opulence not previously seen. Petrel will take you to wonderful settings smoothly, quietly and in grand style, her twin-hull design cutting through swells in a way that single-hull vessels can’t.
Stunning Decor With never more than 16 clients on board, Petrel’s 10-person crew ensures that you will receive unrivalled levels of service, and on-board Guest Manager Santiago has worked in some of the best hotel in South America and he will see to your every need. There are superb communal areas for relaxation and entertainment, including a fitness area and a library, and a beautiful dining room and sumptuous lounge. The beautiful upper-deck sun terrace features a jacuzzi and is home to the fully stocked bar featuring local beers and quality South American wines, as well as premium spirits. Although luxurious, the ambience aboard Petrel is friendly and relaxed - the perfect environment to relax in between your on-shore adventures.
Wonderful Food and Drink Food on board Petrel is a particular highlight. Chefs Adrian and David pride themselves on providing a superb variety of food and refreshments, including a signature hearty breakfast to ready you for your daily adventures. There’s lot of variety from classic Mediterranean cuisine to Ecuadorian favourites. Of course seafood is a speciality, and for lunches and dinners wonderful dishes like lobster and local ceviches always feature. Once or twice during your voyage you will enjoy an informal barbecue buffet lunch on the sun terrace - another fabulous touch that elevates Petrel above other vessels. For coffee lovers a high quality espresso/cappuccino machine is available at all times, and filtered ice and water are provided whenever you wish.
The Best Staterooms Private accommodation aboard Petrel sets a new standard for Galápagos. Every stateroom features a private balcony and stunning decor, complemented by the highest quality furnishings and equipment. For the ultimate in luxury choose one of the double suites, offering over 460 sqf of beautiful, light-filled space to call your own. All staterooms are equipped with modern, powerful showers and thoughtful touches abound such as quality hair dryers and beautiful toiletries.
At Your Service Every member of Petrel’s crew has been selected to ensure that your needs are catered for, and your safety and comfort are always their priority. Petrel’s resident bi-lingual National Park naturalists will help you to make the very most of everything you will see and experience of the region’s stunning wildlife. For truly unforgettable “up-close” adventures, Petrel also carries kayaks, wetsuits and snorkelling gear - snorkelling with sea lions is an experience not to be missed.
Our Comments The best way to see everything the Galápagos has to offer while travelling in total luxury, Petrel is one of the most sought-after boats on galapatours.com and recommended for those who value quality and the finer things in life. Petrel really does set a new standard for luxury in Galápagos, and we love the amazing size of the suites on board. The staff are superb and they make all their guests feel very special. Rarely for the Galápagos, this is a family-owned boat. Even rarer, Captain Camilo is a member of that family. He's been the skipper for 5 years and has a personal interest in everything running like clockwork. Looking after the clients is hotel manager Santiago, who tells us about his previous work in some of the best hotels in Quito. Chefs Adrian and David are well-travelled professionals and their repertoire is huge - everything from Ecuadorian specialities to Mediterranean classics and all in between.
Pictures and Deckplans of Petrel
Dates & Prices on board the Petrel
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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 Petrel
The sailing routes of Petrel
Amenities on board the Petrel
Transfers to and from ship
Snorkel gear (free of charge)
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Scuba outing possible
Kayaks on board
Air conditioning & private bathroom
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
-25% for children < 12
Sundeck with jacuzzi
Sustainability on board the Petrel
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 Petrel
2 x Yanmar
Food & Drinks on board the Petrel
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 Petrel
Great! The crew - Gustavo Barba, our Galapagos National Park Naturalist, was fantastic! He made the trip fun and interesting for a wide range of ages - from my sixteen year olds to retirees on the trip. He had a great attitude, encyclopedic knowledge and seemed to know the best spots for everything from locating mating blue footed boobies to swimming with sharks, turtles and sea lions. Our Cruise Director, Jose, was warm and friendly, and loved to share his Ecuador with all of the guests. Captain Pedro Rocafuente and his crew were remarkable, in part because they maintained the boat in an immaculate condition, seemingly all at night when we were sleeping or when we were out on the multiple excursions each day. I am already missing Chef Carlos' wonderful cooking, which highlighted many Ecuadorean dishes, and despite a very active six days, I feel I gained weight. It may be expensive, but I feel I will likely only do a trip to the Galapagos once or twice in my life and this more than lived up to our expectations. A wonderful experience made possible by the fantastic crew, naturalist and facilities available on the Petrel.
Großartiges Schiff Die Kabinen sind sehr geräumig, alle mit eigenem Balkon. Das Essen wird in Buffet-form präsentiert und schmeckte immer fantastisch. Das Schiff wurde exzellent besetzt von Marvin und seinem Team, alle waren sehr professionell und hatten Ahnung,von dem was sie taten. Die Reiseführer Harry und Morris waren absolut spitze. Falls jemand darüber nachdenkt auf die Petrel zu gehen, kann ich das demjenigen nur empfehlen! Für etwas mehr Geld bekommt man eine großartige Leistung und viele Tagesaktivitäten geboten. Am Abend kann den Luxus an Bord genießen und den Sonnenuntergang vom eigenen Balkon aus mitverfolgen. Quelle: https://goo.gl/QHrZDL
Wonderful Time In A Wonderful Place We were very pleased with the boat, crew and fellow passengers. Morris was a very knowledgable guide and accomplished photographer/underwater videographer, as well as friendly and excellent english spoken. Carlos did a great job bartending and serving meals and spoke english well also. Almost all of the crew we had contact with could communicate at least somewhat in english and were very friendly/helpful. We had a great mix of people aboard (22 to 60's) from various countries/locations. Food was plentiful and varied. Our favorite were the two barbecue lunches on the top deck including the last lunch of grilled fish, octopus, lobster and prawns plus baked potatoes, salad, etc. After each excursion there was generally fresh juice and a snack waiting as well, such as chicken wings, empanadas, fried yucca with honey, etc. We did Itinerary A which went to many locations on Isabela island, Santa Cruz, South Plaza, North Seymour, Santa Fe and San Cristobal. Saw a wide variety of animals including blue footed boobies, sea lions, many types of iguanas, penguins, dolphins, rays, etc. Snorkeling 4 or 5 times was our favorite. Snorkeled with penguins, sea lions (santa fe had whole colony swimming with us), rays, sharks, dolphins, turtles. Galapatours also helped us with some information beforehand (what to bring, cultural differences etc), which made the trip completely perfect. I highly recommend the Petrel cruise!
Best Trip Ever Linda and I have returned from our trip. This was our best trip ever. The crew were all great; helpful, cheerful and informative. Eduardo was the director and very special. The guide, Harry, was terrific. And the ship was top-notch. We'd like to thank you for all your help. Also, thanks to galapatours. Everything went very smoothly for the whole time. Best Regards, Don
Eine wundervolle Erfahrung Meine Frau, unsere Zwillinge und ich buchten eine sechs-Tages Kreuzfahrt in den Süden. Es war eine fantastische Erfahrung - wandern, schnorcheln und Kayak Touren, es war alles dabei. Ich werde nie wieder vergessen, wie wir mit Seelöwen um die Wette schwammen und die Schildkröten im Wasser beim verspeisen von Algen beobachteten. Es mag zwar teuer sein aber die Galapagos Inseln besucht man nur ein oder zwei Mal im Leben. Eine tolle Zeit, die uns die Besatzung, der Guide und die Extras an Bord der Petrel erst ermöglichten. Quelle: https://goo.gl/a7GLSR