When it comes to vacation destinations, there are not many that are more beautiful and interesting that the Galapagos islands. Perhaps the only way to make traveling to the Galapagos more inviting is combining your island adventure with a leisurely cruise. The Galapagos Explorer II is a luxury cruise ship offering top of the line suites, delicious cuisine and great entertainment choices. Cruises are available in either a three night or four night option, with the longer cruise offering excursions to the island in a glass bottom boat.
The Galapagos islands are one of the few island groups considered to be a natural paradise. Cruise excursions offer naturalist guided hikes for passengers of average athletic ability. A good pair of hiking shoes is recommended, and there are many opportunities to photograph the magnificent landscape. No vacation is complete without beautiful and interesting photos to record the adventure. The daily excursions also offer an opportunity for accomplished swimmers to experience diving in the Galapagos islands.
Snorkeling in the crystal water of the marine reserve requires only a minimum of training and all the required gear is available for rent. During the summer months, the ship sails to the northern coast of Isabela where it is possible to view some whales. After an exciting island excursion, you may return to the ship for a relaxing dinner and enjoy a cocktail and music in one of the piano bars. What better way to vacation than by cruising around and exploring the Galapagos islands.
Jay A. Price says
There are a VAST number of companies that can book accommodation on a Galapagos tour either in Puerto Ayora or from Guayaquil or Quito . While it is possible to get a last-minute deal, be aware that many budget tours may spend extra time in Puerto Ayora, might not have the best boats, and may only visit the inner islands. Last minute 4-day cruises can be organized in Puerto Ayora for around $400-500.