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Cruise the Galapagos Islands on an Ecuador tour! The Galapagos Islands are Ecuador’s world-famous wildlife destination. There is a bewildering variety of cruise itineraries of the Galapagos Islands! The general rule is that all itineraries include a good amount of variety and will include several islands. The shortest Galapagos cruises are three nights, the longest is 14 nights. For most travelers we’d recommend a cruise of four to seven nights, you’ll be sure to see plenty of the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands on a cruise of this length. There are so many things to do while on a Galapagos Cruise. You can study wildlife close-up while snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing on the islands. You will also, typically, make a couple of island landings and embark on small guided tours. The tours on a Galapagos Islands cruise typically include short walks, snorkeling, and sometimes kayaking. See all of our fully customizable Galapagos Cruises below.
Update: Ecuador Covid-19 Travel – Ecuador is open for travel again!
Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands have reopened to tourists and we’re delighted to be planning trips again.
|Travelers who can prove they’ve been vaccinated do not need a test to enter mainland Ecuador. Otherwise, an antigen or PCR test is required.|
|Additionally, an antigen test may be carried out on arrival in Ecuador|
|A health declaration must be presented on arrival in Ecuador|
|Galapagos Islands require a PCR test, regardless of vaccination status.|
|See full details at IATA Travel Centre|
|Most international flights have resumed, including from the USA, Canada and Europe.|
|Domestic flights are operating|
|Updated Mar 22, 2021|
Elsewhere in South America
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|Open without quarantine?||Covid-19 test required before travel?|
|Antarctica||See entry country details (Argentina or Chile)||–|
|Bolivia||YES||Yes – PCR (72hrs) if not fully vaccinated|
|Brazil||YES||Must be fully vaccinated (12 years+) or Antigen or PCR – 24hrs prior to boarding flight|
|Chile||YES||Proof of full vaccination required (6 years+)
Negative PCR test, taken maximum 72 hours before boarding final leg of flight to Chile
|Colombia||YES||PCR (72hrs) required if not fully vaccinated|
|Ecuador & Galapagos||YES||Must be fully vaccinated (12 years+)|
|Paraguay||YES||Yes (PCR or LAMP)|
|Peru & Machu Picchu||YES||Proof of vaccination required (12 years+)
If not fully vaccinated, PCR Test required within 48 hours of planned departure to Peru
|Updated May 12, 2022
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Here are some of the Galapagos Islands Cruises that you can choose from. These cruises vary widely, from small ships to grand catamarans. Read our How to Choose a Galapagos Cruise blog for more info on how to decide what kind of cruise is best for you.
Galapagos Legend Cruise
The Galapagos Legend cruise ship is a luxury yacht with a capacity of 100 passengers. This Galapagos Islands Ecuador cruise ship features open decks, viewing windows from each of the superior cabins, spacious suites, and artwork from Ecuadorian artists.
It’s possible to take a 3, 4, or 7-night cruise on the Galapagos Legend, which includes nearly all the amenities you’ll need for an enjoyable Galapagos cruise. Because the Ecuadorian government mandates that all tour guides in the Galapagos be natives of Ecuador and require other quality guidelines, you are guaranteed to have a knowledgeable guide with you at all times during your Galapagos vacation.
The price of a cabin aboard the cruise ship includes all meals, plus daily guided excursions, educational lectures, and transfers to and from the ship. Keep in mind that the longer a cruise that you book, the more islands you will be able to visit, and the more in-depth a tour you will receive.
Galapagos Coral I & Coral II Cruises
These cruise ships, the Galapagos Coral I and Coral II, are mid-size boats with a capacity of 36 passengers and 20 passengers, respectively. But both of these smaller ships offer luxurious accommodations and amenities, such as Jacuzzi hot tubs and sun decks, lounge areas, and bars.
There are a variety of cabin sizes and types to choose from, but each offers an LCD TV, safe deposit box, private bathroom, and air conditioning. As with the Galapagos Legend, these ships include local guides, daily guided excursions such as to Española Island and Gardner Bay, all meals aboard the ship, and transfer to and from the port.
Galapagos Explorer II Cruise
The Galapagos Explorer II, another luxury cruiser, offers fully-equipped suites — you’ll find no tiny standard cabins aboard this ship. In addition to comfortable cabins with minibars, flat-screen TVs, bathrooms with marble fixtures, safe deposit boxes, Wi-Fi Internet, and vanity dressers, the Galapagos Explorer II also offers room service, complimentary walking sticks, beach towels, and raincoats.
There’s an outdoor Jacuzzi, piano bar, reading room, lecture hall, restaurant, and solarium as well. Similar to the other Galapagos cruise ships, the price of a cabin also includes all meals, guided daily excursions, educational lectures, and all transfers.
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