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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.
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10 Best Galapagos Luxury Cruises for 2023-2024

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Northern Islands$31505Dec 8, 2022Sail to one of the most unique archipelagos in the world on this 5-day Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the Alya catamaran. The Galapagos Islands are …
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Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise$48205Dec 13, 2022The Ocean Spray luxury catamaran takes you on a 5-day Galapagos Northern Islands cruise, exploring Genovesa, South Plaza, Mosquero, and Santiago. …
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West & Central Islands + Genovesa$85908Dec 4, 2022Enjoy an exceptional trip to the West & Central Galapagos Islands as you sail across one of the most magical destinations in the world. Discover the …
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Western Islands$39006Dec 12, 2022Embark the Alya on this 6-day catamaran cruise of the Western Galapagos Islands, visiting some of the most popular sites including the Tortoise …
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Luxury West & Central Galapagos Cruise$67706Dec 20, 2022The Galapagos are some of the world’s most famous and beguiling islands the M/C Endemic offers you the perfect opportunity to discover and enjoy …
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Western & Eastern Islands$85908Dec 10, 2022Join the M/C Elite on a spectacular 8-day small ship cruise of the Galapagos Islands. Visit San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Isabela, …
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Luxury Central Galapagos Islands Cruise$42504Dec 4, 2022This luxury Galapagos cruise explores the central and eastern islands of the archipelago on the new Endemic Galapagos catamaran. Hike sea-side …
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Volcanic Wonders$87508Dec 11, 2022On this comprehensive 8-day tour of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Origin, see unusual wildlife such as marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, …
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Private Charter - Islands Circumnavigation - West Aboard Ocean Spray$1132208Dec 17, 2022Circumnavigate the Western Islands of the Galapagos on this 8-day private charter cruise aboard the Ocean Spray. Explore striking volcanic landscapes …
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Private Charter - Western Islands Aboard Ocean Spray$864506Dec 3, 2022Experience Galapagos penguins, Elizabeth Bay, and more on a cruise through the Western Islands aboard Ocean Spray. Enjoy hiking, snorkeling and …
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Top 12 Galapagos Luxury Yachts & Small Ships for 2023-2024

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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 greatest luxury in Galapagos is the ability to stay there longer! Longer cruises cost correspondingly more per day. 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.
 

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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