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Galapagos Cruises

Cruising the Galapagos is one of the great travel adventures in the world - an inspirational journey into a remote, unique and historically significant island archipelago which showcases and preserves an amazing bio-diversity.

Where are the Galapagos?

  The Galapagos is an isolated volcanic island archipelago, belonging to Ecuador and located 600 miles (2 hours flying time) from the Western coast of South America.


The Best Time of Year to Cruise the Galapagos?

 Galapagos Cruises take place year round, but generally the best time of year to Cruise the Galapagos is between mid June and early September and from mid December to mid January.

Temperatures between June and early December tend to reach a maximum of 26ºC. Although days can often be overcast rain is rare.

Water temperatures are usually cooler, making snorkelling without a wetsuit a little uncomfortable for most.

Diving in the Galapagos is great at this time of year however, with the nutrient rich water.

Winds can be stronger at this time of year and consequently, sea crossings may be a little bit choppier.

Between December and May things are a little bit warmer, with temperatures heading up to the mid or high 20's and sea temperatures are usually comfortable for snorkelling without a wetsuit.

A little rain may be expected during this time of year, usually in the form of a light shower.

Winds and seas are usually calm during this season.

February and March are usually the hottest months in the Galapagos, which is a season when the vegetation can be at its lushest.

It is also mating time for many bird species and nesting season for turtles.

What is a typical Galapagos Cruise like?

Cruising the Galapagos between the islands is almost always done at night, allowing guests more time to experience land or sea-based activities during the day – it really is the best way for most visitors to see the Galapagos.

Numerous Galapagos Cruises run a set route with itineraries of 4, 5, 6, 8,11 or 15-days. Sailing routes are set by the local authorities, with no deviations permitted, so choosing an itinerary is really a matter of choice of vessel and the duration.


Cruises normally include two daily excursions guided by a Galapagos National Park Guide. Shore excursions are limited to parties of 16 people to limit the impact of visitors on the fragile ecosystem.

Depending on the chosen vessel, kayaking, snorkelling and even occasional diving may be part of the daily activities.

Most cruising in the Galapagos is done close to shore and conditions are usually calm. On a typical 8 day Galapagos cruise there will be some cruising across open water where you may encounter some slight swells.

Choosing the right Galapagos Cruise

Most ships cruising the Galapagos are smaller in nature, and for a more intimate experience, the 12 to 16 passenger yachts are perfect.

Luxury Galapagos cruise yachts include the terrific Ocean Spray or yachts such as the Seaman Journey.

More affordable options include the Guantanamera or sailing boats such as the Mary Anne.


The Mary Anne and the MC Seaman

Sailing the Galapagos is a truly unique experience and being aboard a fully rigged elegant barquentine such as the Mary Anne is one of the best ways to cruise the Galapagos.

Sailing the Galapagos on a small yacht cruiser usually means more time on shore, the option to go kayaking and a generally more intimate experience. Cabins tend to be smaller in general however.

Cruise ships (with 50 to 100 passengers) offer more space and activities for families and are still a great way of getting close to the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos.

These small to mid size cruisers usually have multiple decks, fairly spacious cabins and a range of facilities.

The largest ships cruising the Galapagos accommodate up to around 100 passengers and offer more stability whilst cruising and are a good option for families, having inter-connecting cabins.

At Jasmine Holidays we offer a great selection of boutique Galapagos cruises and we can combine these with whatever mainland itinerary you are interested in.

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