Solaris Galápagos Cruise
A stunning expedition yacht to match the amazing landscapes in Galápagos
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Solaris
Single cabin without supplement
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
Single travellers can share cabin
-20% for children ≤ 12
The Solaris provides you with the unique opportunity to enjoy one of the first journeys onboard a brand new, state-of-the-art, First Class Galápagos cruise yacht. Having completed her luxurious fit-out and sea trials, Solaris had her maiden cruises in March 2019. She's the first yacht in the fleet to tailor her accommodation towards couples, families, and solo travellers.
- Brand new ship, maiden voyage in March 2019
- 5 single cabins - no supplement for solo Galápagos travel!
- Triple occupancy available - family friendly
- Stunning first-class interiors
New beginnings The launch of the Solaris marks the opening of a new chapter in the Galápagos, but also the closing of an old one. Solaris is replacing the wonderful (but mature!) motor yacht San Jose and will be operating the same magnificent itineraries.
Although the wildlife itineraries will be identical, everything else is a superb enhancement. Solaris has been designed and built to a stunning standard of quality and beauty. Her interiors are fresh and modern, as befits the newest ship in the Galápagos fleet. Her expansive saloon is a delightful place to relax, with generous panoramic windows letting you enjoy stunning views of the islands. There's a comfortable lounge area, with comfy sofas and easy chairs, a large-screen TV and a library with books and games.
Eat, Drink and be merry There's also a fantastic bar, which promises to be one of the best-stocked in the Galápagos fleet, with lots of stylish yet informal seating and tables. The dining room is off the saloon and provides contemporary, relaxed "cafe-style" seating and tables. This fits perfectly with the "vibe" onboard Solaris - informal and relaxing, yet incredibly stylish and modern.
Food on board will be of the highest standard and, knowing the chef as we do from the San Jose, there will be more than you can ever eat! The cuisine is a wide range of tastes, including local and South American specialties using the very freshest ingredients from the Galápagos.
Great for families and solo explorers Unique to the Galápagos fleet, Solaris features 5 double cabins that can also be used for triple occupancy and 5 dedicated single cabins. For solo adventurers, this means there is no single supplement and no sharing. You can enjoy a stunning, modern cabin and know that you are not being disadvantaged on price. We anticipate these supplement-free single cabins to sell out very quickly, so if you are planning a solo Galápagos adventure in 2019 our advice is to call one of our travel advisers now!
For couples and families, Solaris offers some of the most spacious rooms in her class. The upper deck cabins feature queen size beds and an additional single bed if required. Just the two of you? Then enjoy an unprecedented 279 square feet of stunning accommodation, with large windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Galápagos islands themselves. If you're travelling as a family, Solaris could be a fantastic cost-saving option. With no single supplement, you could have an older child in a single cabin while a younger on shares with you without paying any premium as would happen on other ships. To discover if this could be the right option for you, contact one of our Galápagos travel advisors today.
The great outdoors As well as beautifully-appointed indoor spaces, Solaris enjoys a fantastic sun deck - the perfect place to relax under the hot equatorial sun. And to make sure you don't have to wait more than a moment for a thirst-quenching beverage there's an outside bar, too.
The sundeck is a great place to admire the star of the show - the Galápagos Islands. One of the most exciting aspects of Solaris is her wildlife itineraries. Because she is taking over form a retired boat, her itineraries have been honed over the years to give you the very best Galápagos experience. Her National Park qualified naturalist guide will not only take you ashore and into the water to enjoy some stunning wildlife encounters, but they will also brief you on the flora, fauna and habitats of the Galápagos and their conservation. With a maximum of 16 guests onboard at any time you are assured of an intimate and unforgettable Galápagos wildlife experience.
Our comments We're incredibly excited about Solaris. When San Jose retired we were a little sad that her amazing itineraries would retire with her - you can imagine our joy when the owners confirmed to us that they wouldn't be trying to reinvent the wheel, and would take them over completely with Solaris. Looking at her accommodation you can tell that no expense has been spared on fitting her out to a stunning standard - we absolutely love the look and feel of the main saloon, it's wonderful. And what about those FIVE single cabins? Unbelievable, completely unprecedented in Galápagos. If you are planning a solo Galápagos adventure then call one of our cruise experts now - we don't think the single cabins will last long before they are sold out for most of 2019.
Pictures and Deckplans of Solaris
Dates & Prices on board the Solaris
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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 Solaris
Ocean View Suites - Double (#11,#12) 2 cabins (26 m2) with a queen bed located on the upper deck. Solaris` double cabins are very spacious and feature a large panoramic window that points to the beautiful ocean view. They all include private bathrooms with hot and cold water.
Ocean View Single Cabins 5 cabins with a single bed located on the main deck. Solaris` cabins are very spacious and feature a large panoramic window that points to the beautiful ocean view. They all include private bathrooms with hot and cold water.
Ocean View Suites - Triple (#6, #8, #9, #10) 3 cabins (21 m2) with queen bed and a single bed located on the upper deck (cabin #8, #9, #10). 1 cabin with a queen bed and a single bed located on the main deck (cabin #6). Solari’s cabins are very spacious and feature a large panoramic window that points to the beautiful ocean view. They all include private bathrooms with hot and cold water.
The sailing routes of Solaris
Amenities on board the Solaris
Transfers to and from ship
Snorkel gear (free of charge)
Single cabin without supplement
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
-20% for children ≤ 12
Sustainability on board the Solaris
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 Solaris
First Class Ship
35m / 113ft
110V / 220V
7.60m / 25.3ft
Food & Drinks on board the Solaris
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 Solaris
Peter D from Cambridge
Fantastic Trip Hi, we are back home after a great adventure in the Galapagos and Peru. Not sure how to add pictures but the ship is very nice and the CAD pictures are accurate. As this is our first time to the Galapagos I really cant compare with the other yachts /Itineraries. but here is our Overview.. The ship is very well outfitted It can accommodate way more people then the 16 permitted and thus the rooms are quite spacious.Our room had a double and single bed and the bathroom had a shower and twin sinks. Lots of social areas including dining for 16, a lounge area, a smoking area and the whole top floor is a sun deck with some shade(non smoking). There are 2 tables under the shade that can accommodate about 12 people or more. There are 16 loungers that can be moved into sun or shade. There are also some clothes lines along the perimeter that were very well used. All in all a great comfortable ship. The food was very well prepared and varied throughout the trip. There was even a ceviche class. 3 meals per day and no one went hungry. they also accommodate for dietary needs. The drinks. they have a full bar. beer $4-5 wine $6-10 Cocktails from $6-12. My only complaint was that the menu reads that the prices included all taxes but we still were charged a 10% service charge over and above the listed prices. A number of people argued but there was no flexibility here so just be aware of this cost. Also know you have tips for the guide and the staff. Itinerary... We did the 8-day western itinerary that goes around Isabella Island. It was fantastic and full of activities from the day we boarded to the day we departed. We snorkeled 1-2 times every day and Hiked 1-2 times every day except the last day which was a hike at 6:30 am as we had a plane to catch. We did it all but some people elected to skip some activities. Not much free time but there was still some time to relax on the sundeck on a few days . The Guide... This is the luck of the draw as the guides do move around. We had Pedro who has been a guide for 13 years. He was excellent. Overall... a 5 star experience. Source: TripAdvisor
Amazing 8 day cruise We had an amazing time onboard the Solaris on the B tour around the islands. The boat is lovely as are the crew who can't do enough for you. You are busy all day long with shore visits and snorkeling. The food and snacks are plentiful and the chef is happy to help if you don't like what's being served. The only problem with this boat is it does rock n roll a lot when navigating at night from island to island. I can't thank Thomas Richmond enough for all his help when we were looking for this trip of a lifetime and his help and advice after we booked. Source: TripAdvisor
Excellent service for a magnificent tour Thomas Richmond at Galapatours was very helpful and insightful when I was comparing cruises for my Galapagos trip. He was able to find me a spot on a new cruise ship that did not uncharge for single cabins (which is the exception, rather than the rule). I appreciated his professionalism and diligence, and loved my 8 days on the Solaris. Source: TripAdvisor
Amazing cruise journey Just finished our cruise on the Solaris, and it was fantastic. The Solaris had professional photographers on our cruise so they should have some great pictures on their website soon. The interior cad photos are accurate. There is a fantastic sun deck. This ship can hold over 20 but they are limited to 16. Suites are big and spacious. Food was great. Changed up the meals throughout the trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Very glad we stayed with our reservation. Just on our wat to Peru. Will try to give a better trip report shortly. You will not go wrong with booking this yacht. Source: TripAdvisor
Daylon & Janet S. / USA
This was a great cruise Crew and guide extremely knowledgeable and courteous. Captain even started up engines and followed Orca's so we could see them. It was really extraordinary. Everything was above and beyond expectations. Source: Andean Travel Company