The times has come, you have already booked your cruise and you are ready to enjoy a once in a lifetime vacations in the Enchanted Islands. However, there are 10 things to know when going on a Galapagos cruise that will help you make your experience smoother and help you relax while sailing through the archipelago.
The early bird catches the worm
In order to get the best of the visitor sites, your wake-up call will be at around 7:00 a.m., depending on the visitor site scheduled for the day. A delicious breakfast will be waiting for you at the diner area, a well-served meal will help you have the energy you will need for the walks, snorkeling or any activity prepared for the day.
TIP: Prepare your daypack the evening before, this way you won’t have the hassle of forgetting something important. For most of the days, the most important things to take are sunscreen, a hat, your camera, and a bottle of water.
Meals and memories are made here
Is no doubt that the Galapagos will give you memories you will cherish forever, wildlife, landscapes, everything is spectacular, spectacular. However, to make them possible you will need to eat well and healthy, for which the Galapagos cruises have freshly made meals, and options for every preference. If you are a vegetarian you will have a course to satisfy your needs.
TIP: If you have any special dietary needs or food allergies, let your trip-advisor know about them, the kitchen staff will be more than happy to prepare any need you may have since they have the best pressure cookers and omega nc800 juicers in case you want some refreshing juice.
A chocolate a day keeps bad mood away
If you are a sweet-tooth, or just like to delight your day with a chocolate every day, it will be very wise to bring your favorite snacks aboard or to buy some Ecuadorian sweets at the Quito, or Guayaquil airport, and discover why is the Ecuadorian chocolate so famous for.
TIP: Remember that any edible item brought into the Enchanted Islands must be processed and packaged.
Prepare yourself to wet your feet, or maybe not
Arriving at visitor sites is by panga (motorized rafts), however landing can require for you to jump into the water for a short walk to the beach. Still, in some islands, the panga can leave you at a place where you won’t need to wet your feet.
TIP: Pack adequate footwear for both kinds of landings. The Naturalist Guide will let you know the night before about the kind of landing for the next day.
Relax, refresh, revive
After your morning visit, and after enjoying a magnificent lunch you will have some time for a well-deserved rest, when you can enjoy the sundeck, or reading your favorite book or magazine, or depending on the boat, you can immerse into the Jacuzzi, or chat with your party or travel mates, so you will have some fun quality time.
Photography is pretty simple stuff
You just react on what you see, and take many, many pictures. And in Galapagos, you will find hundreds and hundreds of pictures opportunities, more than what you can even imagine, so make sure to bring enough memory cards, extra batteries, don’t you forget your charger, and if you can, a submarine camera, there are pictures waiting for you everywhere.
Happiness comes in waves, but also does seasickness
For sure you will have the time of your life, but so much fun combined with sea motion can make you feel dizzy so, and although you will find seasickness medication onboard, it would be a good idea, to bring your own, especially if you know which suits you better.
Water, water everywhere, try to save it if you care
Yeap, you will be on a cruise surrounded by water during a 4, 5, 8 days, depending on the cruise you choose, and despite boats are well equipped for treating sea water, its capability to do it is limited, so try and save. And if you are thirsty, remember boats can offer you a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
No Tv, no Internet
What am I supposed to do? Well it may look kind of hard before being in Galapagos, but when the daylight is off, and you have enjoyed dinner, you can spare time chatting, reviewing your photographs, or just going to sleep, knowing that the next day, you will enjoy new fantastic visitors sites and you will need a good time sleep to appreciate them.
They’re like hugs without body contact. So, the end of the cruise is near, it is customary in Galapagos to tip the guide and the crew, but, how much should I tip? Well, that is completely up to you and how happy you felt with the service provided by the staff and knowledge and helpfulness of the guide. As a tip, for the tip, we would recommend US$10.00 per day for the crew, and the same for the guide.
Following these recommendations will help you enjoy your Galapagos cruise, of course you may have more questions in your mind, and that’s why your Trip advisor is there for you, whatever question it may rise, or anything you want to know, please feel free to ask, it will be our pleasure to help you. Remember that in Galapagos Travel Center, we don’t consider you only as our customer, but also as our friend.