• Galapagos Small Ship Cruises 2022/23

Discover the Galapagos on board a Luxury Ship

Cruising is the best way to explore the Galapagos. This one-of-a-kind destination, a microcosm of evolution that lies 600 miles off the Ecuador mainland, isn’t the type of place that is visited by those massive vessels with water parks and Broadway-style shows. It’s an environment that’s important to protect, with unique wildlife that includes everything from giant tortoises and penguins to sea lions and blue-footed boobies. Unforgettable Cruises has made a conscious effort to make all of our trips as environmentally-friendly as possible, to lessen the impact and minimise stress on the wildlife. At the same time, our well-designed ships have a minimal passenger capacity while still providing the comforts of home complete with spacious en-suite cabins. Yet you can expect more personalised service and more in-depth insight about what you’re seeing from the crew and other experts on board. 

Island-hopping through the Galapagos usually begins by flying into the beautiful high-elevation capital of Ecuador, Quito. Offering a rich history while surrounded by towering mountains, it’s a fabulous destination of its own. Once you begin sailing, you’ll be able to explore both inhabited and uninhabited islands, perhaps walking right alongside the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz, as well as swimming with marine iguanas, penguins, rays, and sea lions.

Talk to the Expert

Maite Paz

I have been designing trips to my home country of Ecuador for over 20 years. Traveling itself has always felt like magic to me: my mind is always on travel, but my heart is forever in the Galapagos as it never fails to surprise me.

Maite Paz

Latin America Specialist

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Our Cruises in the Galapagos

Explore the astonishing wildlife and majestic islands of the Galapagos on one of our small ship cruises.

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Life On Board a Galapagos Cruise

The Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador is truly one of the world’s most spectacular destinations. Home to an astonishing variety of endemic species — enough to inspire a theory of origin and evolution itself. The archipelago is also one of the few places on earth where adventurers can observe unafraid wildlife up close.

UTC offers Small-Ship Cruising within the Galápagos National Park, which is restricting visitor numbers to preserve its fragile ecosystem. Our new small Luxury & First-Class Yachts offer small-group sizes of 16-20 passengers, Level 3 naturalist guides, state-of-the-art technology and sleek design for safe and agile navigation through the unique Galápagos’ archipelago.

This remote Archipelago of 18 islands and more than 100 small islets lies around 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. Its proximity to the equator, volcanic activity, and influence from three ocean currents (Humboldt, Panama, and Cromwell) created a distinctive set of environmental conditions that allowed for a unique land and marine ecosystems to develop over the course of four million years.

 

Our Galapagos Cruise Ships

  • Ocean Spray

    Ocean Spray

    Ocean Spray accommodates just 16 passengers in spacious, luxury cabins that all include private balconies for enjoying the fresh air and sweeping ocean views. The welcoming briefing area provides a space for the enriching talks given by dedicated naturalist guides, while breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the indoor dining room or open-air upper deck lounge.

  • Infinity

    Infinity

    Providing lots of luxurious comforts, Infinity is a beautiful yacht designed with small groups and families in mind. She includes two extra-spacious suites and eight cabins, some of which are interconnected. All come with private balconies and panoramic windows for enjoying the passing views. Each one has a private en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and DVD player. With a crew of 14 and a maximum of just 20 guests, she has one of the lowest guest-to-crew ratios in the fleet, ensuring personalized service.

 

Excursions

 

Q&A

From

Maite our Galapagos Specialist

When is the best time to travel to Galapagos?

Galapagos is a year-round destination, so there is no “best” or “worse” time of the year to travel. Since we are in the Equator, there is a minimum temperature variation through the year. Choosing when to travel, depends more on what you want to see. Decembre through May is the warm season, where you get a bit more rain, and you can see more lush vegetation. The dry season is from June until November resulting in colder waters which bring more nutrients, therefore increasing the marine life.

Is Galapagos a family-friendly destination?

Absolutely, as it is a wonderful learning experience for the whole family. It is great to teach your children about appreciating nature and being respectful of all living things. But it is important to check the minimum age required to travel, as most cruises don’t allow children under 6 years old on board.

 

Is Galapagos accessible for people with disabilities?

Depends on the disability. People with serious mobility issues will find that Galapagos has very irregular and rugged terrain with no ramps or easily accessible paths. Cruises are not really prepared for wheelchairs, neither are the trails in which the visits to the islands take place.

 

How long should I stay in the Galapagos for?

It is up to you, but if you want a more in-depth experience, we suggest staying there for at least 5 days. Factors to consider when deciding on the right option for you will be thinking about just how passionate you are about the wildlife, along with how long you want to spend on a boat with the same people. Remember that Galapagos has 19 islands in a total area of 45.000 sq km (17.000 sq miles), so the longer you stay, the more you will be able to see.

 

Why book with Unforgettable Travel Co.

  • 100% Financial Protection

    We are a licensed and fully bonded tour operator financially protected by both the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL) and the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT). All clients that travel with us are fully financially protected.

  • Destination Experts

    Our travel experts live and breathe the destinations they specialise in. This shows in their passionate to create hand crafted trips for our clients. We don’t offer cookie cutter trips, just truly unforgettable journeys unlike any other.

  • The Best Guides

    What makes our trips extraordinary is the unique immersive experiences we include. We pride ourselves in our black book of sought after expert guides, game rangers and local contacts who believe in our philosophy, unforgettable.

  • We Care

    From the moment you book your trip, we are on hand 24/7 to assist you throughout your journey. With regional offices around the world, we have ground logistics teams on hand to help you every step of the way.