The Galaven is the perfect cruise choice for Galapagos Island travelers on a mid-range budget. This 88-foot motorized yacht, outfitted for 20 passengers, has luxurious details for an economical fare. Throughout the ship, high-polished wood trim and wood floors gleam. The intimate indoor sitting area includes a library with TV and DVD player for daily presentations by the two bilingual national park naturalist guides. The spacious eating area allows comfortable dining with stunning views of the Galapagos archipelago.
Up on the sun deck is another social area, as well as chaise lounges, where you can relax after a day of visiting the islands’ wildlife.
The Galaven has 11 double cabins spread over three decks. Each cabin has a different configuration: Some have a sitting area; others, a desk. Some have a double bed, others have twin beds, and yet others have bunks. All have ocean views, air conditioning, private bathrooms and storage to stow away your luggage.
Also accompanying you on the cruise will be the captain and eight crew members to make your trip a pleasant and safe one. The Galaven is equipped with life vests, GPS, sonar, naval radar and fire detectors, thus guaranteeing you a safe journey.
No matter your budget of time, the Galaven has a cruise for you. An eight-day itinerary visits Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago, Rabida, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal islands. The five-day cruise includes Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal. In four days, you can see Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Rabida islands. For these, the Galaven departs from Baltra Island.
An alternative eight-day excursion heads out to the western part of the Galapagos archipelago. The Galaven Expedition Yacht leaves from San Cristobal Island, and then sails to Santa Fe, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Bartholomew and North Seymour islands, before docking at Baltra.
To book your passage on one of these cruises, or to learn about special 10 or 15-day expeditions on the Galaven, contact Galapagos Travel Center.