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Experience the Galapagos Islands in style and comfort on a luxury Galapagos cruise. Below find a selection of the most luxurious yachts & small cruise ships that have been hand picked by our Galapagos cruise experts for their unrivaled level of service & style. Luxury-class ships and small yachts and catamarans boast the most spacious accommodations, top-level cuisine, superior crew, best itineraries & highest ranked naturalist guides. Small yachts normally host 16 to 20 guests and provide a smaller group feel than the small cruise ships which can hold up to 100 passengers. Luxury is a relative term in the Galapagos, as these are true expedition cruises. Contact one of Adventure Life's Galapagos specialists for help designing the perfect Galapagos luxury-class cruise for your precise interests, schedule and budget.

Luxury Galapagos Cruise Deals

Trip NameSaveFromDaysLevelSummary
Isabela, Fernandina & Central Islands$1000$68808RelaxedCruise aboard the luxurious new Petrel catamaran as you explore Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz, South Plaza and San Cristobal Islands. Visit Charles Darwin Research Station and the best visitor spots in the National Park with the best bilingual guides on this 8-day all inclusive luxury cruise of Galapagos.
Western Galapagos Luxury Cruise$1000$65508RelaxedTake this 8-day cruise aboard the luxurious Cormorant catamaran where you'll snorkel, hike, and kayak your way around the Western Islands of the Galapagos archipelago in style. Gourmet cuisine, the best guides, and spacious & stylish cabins guarantee a top-notch luxury cruising experience second to none.
Islands Circumnavigation - West$1000$65508RelaxedCircumnavigate the Western Islands of the Galapagos aboard the Ocean Spray. Spend time viewing wildlife, birds and volcanoes on this 8-day adventure.
Isabela & Fernandina Islands$750$52456RelaxedVisit the Wall of Tears and watch friendly sea lions on the Isabela and Fernandina Islands. This 6-day cruise aboard the Petrel features beautiful scenery and is a birdwatcher's delight!
Central & Southern Islands$52456RelaxedTravel to the Central and Southern Islands of the Galapagos. This 6-day adventure aboard the Petrel offers wildlife viewing, snorkeling and swimming. Enjoy learning about the history, underground lava tubes and landscapes on this vacation.
Western Islands$750$49956RelaxedExperience Galapagos penguins, Elizabeth Bay and more on a cruise through the Western Islands. Enjoy hiking, snorkeling and dinghy rides on this 6-day tour.
Luxurious Southern Galapagos Cruise$750$49956RelaxedOn this 6-day luxury Galapagos cruise aboard one of the best yachts in Galapagos, the Ocean Spray catamaran, you'll see giant Galapagos tortoises, playful sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and if traveling the right time of year, waved albatrosses on Espanola Island.
Eastern Islands$714$49808RelaxedThis incredible 8-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos covers some of the most beautiful islands including San Cristobal, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, and Genovesa. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is …

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Galapagos Luxury Cruise Guide

How to Choose a Luxury Galapagos Cruise 
There are dozens of luxury yachts and small cruise ships that sail the Galapagos. Here's how to choose which one is the best fit for you.

Small Yachts vs. Cruise Ships  
Luxurious small yachts carry from 12 to 20 passengers and have a more intimate feel and more personalized service than the relatively larger cruise ships which carry from 48 to 100 guests. Larger vessels tend to be more stable in the water (for passengers prone to seasickness), though small luxury catamarans such as the Cormorant, Ocean Spray and the new Petrel are more stable than small single hulled yachts.

Cruise Length 
The length of your cruise may be the most important factor in choosing your trip to Galapagos. Most cruise boats offer 4 day, 3 night cruise packages which are significantly lower price than longer cruises of 5, to 15 days. But, on a 4 day cruise, you only get to spend two full days on the islands, and most experts agree that this simply isn't enough time. 

Best Itineraries
Shorter cruises tend to visit either the Central or Southern Galapagos Islands, whereas longer cruises have the time to explore the more remote Western Islands and can even do a circumnavigation of the Galapagos. What itinerary is best for you depends on what wildlife and visitors spots are the highest priority for your trip. Use our Galapagos wildlife guide to understand where your highest priority species live.

Luxury Cruise Extensions
Stay in a luxury hotel after your cruise to take full advantage of your time on the islands and explore areas not  accessible on cruises. Also, consider a tour extension to the Amazon region of Ecuador, where luxury lodges such as La Selva Lodge and Sacha Lodge introduce travelers to the planet's most biodiverse region. Venture on the ultimate South American luxury expedition to the Galapagos and Machu Picchu.

Still not sure which option is best for you? Contact one of our Galapagos luxury travel specialists for help planning the perfect trip.
 

Top Galapagos Luxury Yachts & Small Ships

Galapagos Luxury Yachts & Small Ships Overview

There are so many high-end yachts and small ships in Galapagos to choose from that it's hard to know where to start. Here's some of our favorites:

Small Catamaran Yachts
Most of the luxury catamarans in the Galapagos are among the newest vessels in the islands and provide some of the best small yacht experiences due to spacious rooms, dining halls, modern minimalistic design, and are relatively stable in the water versus single hull yachts. Our favorite small luxury catamarans are the Petrel (new in 2016), Cormorant, Ocean Spray,  Sea Star Journey and the Celebrity Xploration.
 
Small Cruise Ships
The other major class of luxury vessels are the relatively larger yachts and ships that can carry between 32 and 100 passengers. The 48-passenger Celebrity Xperience Galapagos Eclipse is among the most spacious boats in Galapagos, and the National Geographic Evolution is excellent for families.

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