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A Galapagos cruise is an unparalleled wildlife experience on planet Earth. You'll snorkel with playful sea lions, admire amusing blue-footed boobies, and marvel at ancient tortoises. Choose from only the best small boats, yachts, and ships in the Galapagos that have been hand selected by our team of Galapgos experts. We specialize in luxury Galapagos cruises, but offer trips for all price ranges. Nowadays, Galapagos tour options aren't limited to taking a cruise, as land-based tours and active adventure trips have become increasingly popular. The Galapagos were  Adventure Life's first destination offered nearly two decades ago, and for most, exploring this archipelago is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so getting every step of your trip perfect is our top priority. Contact us for a free personalized itinerary. 

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Galapagos Cruises vs. Land-based Tours
Taking a cruise is the most popular way to tour the Galapagos Islands, but in recent years, tours that stay in hotels at night, then visit different visitor spots and islands during the day have become more popular. Below are several factors you'll want to consider and some advantages and disadvantages of each type of tour.
Cost
In general, cruises are more costly than hotel-based Galapagos tours. That said, the less expensive boats may work out to less per day than an all inclusive tour that stays in luxury hotels. For cost, the edge goes to land-based tours.
Number and diversity of National Park visits
On a cruise, itineraries usually visit one official visitor's spot in the morning and a second spot in the afternoon. During the night, the boats sail to the next island which saves on transportation time. On land-based tours, you lose the sailing during the night, but a well designed land-based tour can efficiently see about as much as you would on most, especially shorter, cruises. Here the edge goes to cruises.
Passengers with motion sickness
If you're prone to seasickness, then the prospect of being at sea for several days may be frightful, but it's not a reason to skip a trip to the Galapagos. Several land-based tours require minimal boat time. If you take a cruise, choose a larger ship or a stable catamaran to minimize boat rock. Here the clear winner is a land-based tour.

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