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Athala Catamaran in the Galapagos Islands
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Athala Luxury Catamaran

Athala Yacht Description

The Athala is one of the most stable catamarans that cruise the Galapagos Islands. Their luxury services truly make the difference offering an unbeatable experience. The Cruise Manager onboard will take care of every guest’s need while enjoying the spacious social areas including Jacuzzi, an ample indoor dining room, an al fresco area with spectacular views of the surrounding Galapagos Islands, exercise equipment and a large lounge with comfortable seating where daily briefing will take place, complemented with plenty of books, videos and documentaries.

Activities that are included on the Athala cruise include two island excursions, snorkeling, and kayaking. Onboard enjoy a special ceremony if you cross the Equator line and experience the change to visit the bridge where you can learn how the Athala navigates in the Galapagos waters. If guests are lucky, they may even have the chance to spot whales nearby. No matter what activity, guests will always be accompanied by their Naturalist Guide.

Athala Staterooms

Guests will delight in Athala's lavish staterooms and great interior design with large photographs of Galapagos wildlife and two large windows to view the stunning scenery in comfort. All staterooms include A/C, a private bathroom with hairdryer and biodegradable amenities. Staterooms with twin beds can easily be converted into king size beds.

After a long day of adventure, it will be a relief to enter their room which is serviced three times a day and rest on premium bedding, taking advantage of the modern vanities placed in each stateroom. Guests are also free to drink from their one time fully stocked bar and use the safety deposit box available in each room.

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Athala Cruise Prices

2014 prices per person (except charter)

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Accommodation 8 Days 6 Days
Upper (High Season) US$ 5199 US$ 4499
Main with Balcony (High Season) US$ 5399 US$ 4699
Charter (High Season)    
Accommodation 8 Days 6 Days
Upper (Low Season) US$ 4949 US$ 4249
Main with Balcony (Low Season) US$ 5149 US$ 4449
Charter (Low Season)    

2015 prices per person (except charter)

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Accommodation 8 Days 6 Days
Upper (High Season) US$ 5499 US$ 4749
Main with Balcony (High Season) US$ 5749 US$ 4999
Charter (High Season) US$ 84999 US$ 73049
Accommodation 8 Days 6 Days
Upper (Low Season) US$ 5249 US$ 4499
Main with Balcony (Low Season) US$ 5499 US$ 4749
Charter (Low Season) US$ 80899 US$ 69549

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Low Season Rates apply for Jan 05 & 12 departures and Aug 31 to Sep 14 & Nov 02
to December 14 saillings.

 

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Above prices include:
    All shore excursions with English speaking guides
    All meals while onboard
    All soft drinks and juices onboard
    VIP lounge at Baltra airport on outbound flight from Galapagos
    VIP lounge at Quito or Guayaquil airport on flights to Galapagos
    Complimentaryone-time fully stocked minibar in all cabins
    Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment
    Complimentary use of 3mm "shorty" wet suits
    Sharing transfers between the airport in Baltra and the dock upon arrival & departure on Saturday
  • Above prices do not include:
    Fuel Surcharge $200 USD per passenger
    Air tickets to and from the Galapagos Islands
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee USD100,00 per adult / USD50,00 per child under 12 years
    Tourist Transit Card TCT at USD10,00 per person (adults and children)
    Guide and crew gratuities
    Alcoholic beverages
    For 5 Night Cruises Only: Private Transfer from P. Ayora to the airport in Baltra on thursday 1 Pax US$ 150 /2-3
    Pax US$ 75 / 4-7 Pax US$ 45 / 8-14 Pax US$ 28 per person
    Fuel Surcharge is an additional charge imposed by local authorities.
  • ADDITIONAL NOTES
    Prices apply for all 2012 5-& 7-night itineraries
    Prices are in US Dollars, per person for 5 night (Saturday - Thursday) & 7 night (Saturday - Saturday) cruises
    Short cruises are subject to availability
    For short cruises taken during high season dates (Easter, Christmas & New Year), 7 night prices apply
    Charter price is in US Dollars for 5 or 7 night cruises for up to 16 passengers
    No discounts apply if a charter is booked with less than 16 passengers
    Charter price, air tickets, National Park fee, and TCT prices are subject to change in the event of circumastances
    beyond our control
    * Charters are not permitted during Easter, Christmas and New Year departures
    * Charters require a signed charter agreement between both parties
    Cruise prices, Air tickets, Fuel Surcharge, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
  • SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
    Single Supplements are assessed as follows: 1.5 x the above rate

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Athala Photos

M/C Athala

M/C Athala

Main Deck Cabin

Main Deck Cabin

Bathroom

Private Balcony at Main deck

Jacuzzi

 M/C Upper deck cabin

Snorkeling

 M/C Athala Balcony

Al Fresco Dining

 M/C Athala Chef

Dining Room

 M/C Athala Jacuzzi

Saloon

 M/C Athala Main deck

M/C Athala Upper Deck

 M/C Athala Main deck twin cabin

Bar

 M/C Athala living room

M/C Athala at sunset

 M/C Athala Crew

Athala Deck Plans & Specs

M/C Athala Main Deck

M/C Athala Main Deck

M/C Athala Upper Deck

M/C Athala Upper Deck

M/C Athala Lower Deck

M/C Athala Lower Deck

M/C Athala Sun Deck

M/C Athala Sun Deck

Specifications

  • Year of construction: 2007
  • Category: Luxury class
  • Type: Motor catamaran
  • Length: 98 feet / 30 m
  • Beam: 37 feet / 11 m
  • Draft: 4.6 feet / 1.40 m
  • Gross Tonnage: 320 tons
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Cabins: 8 cabins each a minimum 175 square feet
  • Main Engines: 2 John Deere 6081 AFM 300 HP
  • Max Speed: 13 knots
  • Water maker capacity: 2000 gallons / day
  • Interiors: wooden flooring
  • Exterior: Mature Teakwood flooring
  • Crew: 10 + 1 naturalist bilingual guide III
  • Navigation equipment: 2x 17 MEC 24 naval radars, Navned sonar, GPS

Athala Reviews

Comments and recommendations received on this Galapagos cruise:

Hello Elena,

I think I can speak for our group when I say that our trip to the Galapagos Islands on the Athala was an amazing, magical experience. It far exceeded my own expectations.

The crew was exceptional, warm, welcoming, fun, and provided utmost quality as far as service is concerned.
Our guide, George, did a fantastic job educating us along the way and was of great help to all who needed guidance during our snorkeling excursions;
Pepe (Jose Luis?), the bartender, sang lovely songs and entertained us, as well as served us beautifully for each meal. He made our stay especially fun.
The captain, Miguel, was kind, pleasant and courteous;
Our panga ‘drivers’ Herman and…..sorry I cannot retrieve the other name-both so helpful and kind;
Darwin, the chef –exquisite meals, each and every one! He is amazing;
Martin, who made us giddy with the pleasure of towel sculptures and kept our cabins beautifully clean, with a smile to be remembered;
And those who I cannot remember names….they were all wonderful. All of the crew, wonderful. Please if you can, extend once again our gratitude for such an enchanting time spent on the Athala. I will never forget it.

Elaine
USA
Athala charter

June 2011

Thanks Ivonne!!
We are flying back to quito in an hour.
The cruise was FANTASTIC!
Great crew! Awesome guide!
Terrific adventure!
Best,

Ron Wolotzky
USA
ATHALA May 7-14

Elena -

Where to begin? From our first contact with Pilar when we landed in Guayaquil to our last contact with her when she said good-bye at the airport as we were going through security on our way home, the trip was beyond our wildest expectations and dreams! The Athala is a gem of a boat - luxurious accommodations, great space to lounge in, sunbathe in, eat and drink in, relax in - just superb; and the crew... first rate, 4-star, personable, attentive without hovering, friendly, always professional; the food was delicious, delectable and so beautifully and creatively presented; and Harry Jiminez, our travel guide, was so knowledgeable and passionate about this most special, treasured part of the world and so eager for us to share his enthusiasm and desire to protect it. AND, the majesty and beauty of the islands is even more than I imagined it to be! As I said on the comment card we all completed on our last night, I felt that, if I were ever lucky enough to return to the Galapagos Islands, I could contact every member of our crew and they'd be happy to hear from me - we really felt like they were our friends and were sorry to see us go.

No adventure like this just happens - it required hours of your time, your thoughtful attention to detail, and a genuine desire to make certain that my mother would celebrate her birthday in a most memorable and special way - AND, she did! So, thank you for all that you did to make our trip the unforgettable five full days that it was!

Fondly, and most appreciatively,
Robin

Charter Athala
USA

February 2011

Hi Elena and a Happy New Year.

We are now back in the real world after our wonderful cruise aboard the MY Athala and I would just like to say that this holiday would be very difficult or maybe even impossible to beat! We had fantastic shipmates and a wonderful crew who worked so hard to make sure that everything was perfect for us and who went out of their way to make sure we saw as much as possible from the penguins to the flamingoes. The highlight of the cruise was when the Athala followed two killer whales to let the photographers get some brilliant close up shots.
We also enjoyed our stay in Guayaquil at the Hotel Oro y Verde and would highly recommend this hotel and especially the high standards of the restaurant Le Gourmet and the bar El Capitan. Just a few blocks from the hotel we enjoyed the delicious seafood of the Blue Snail restaurant which we would also recommend.
Thank you once again for all your help and for making this holiday very special.
I have attached a few photos and would just like to say that we took literally thousands between us so if you would like any for your publicity, please just ask.

Kind regards,

3 pax UK
Athala - Diciembre 2010

Hi Diego

Now that we're home & unpacked I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your efforts on our behalf. The Athala was all you promised & more. What a great ecperience. The companny you chose for the Peru trip did an excellent job. All the hotels were very good & the people working in them couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. All in all it was a great trip. I have sent a thank you note to the Travel Group in Peru and will be sending a review to trip advisor for both Columbus travel and Travel Group. Thanks again

Tom & Barbara Switzer
Travelled on Athala

Vero,

Thank you so much for arranging our wonderful trip to the Galapagos and Quito. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and our memories will last forever. We loved the boat and crew. They were so great and we could not possibly have asked for anything more. Our guides were terrific, fun and knowledgeable and we couldn't have hoped for a better group of passengers. The itinerary was perfect and I can't tell you how much we appreciate all your help. You did a great job for us. All of our accommodations worked out wonderfully. Thank you again and we look forward to returning.

Best wishes.

Lauren Della Bella
USA, June 2010
Traveled on the Athala

Christian,

Thank you so much for our honeymoon vacation you set up for us last Dec. 8-23. The cruise on the Athala was simply great. Everything from the crew to the food and of course our guide was the best. Please give a special thanks to the Captain and crew for the surprise wedding they gave us. It made a dream come true for us.
Our city tour guide was a charming young man. He did a great tour for us. Please thank him again for us.
Our jungle tour was top notch also.
We had the best of times. Everything went like clockwork. When you said we would be picked up at this time, your people where there at that time. We had such a wonderful time in your country. You did a wonderful job booking our tour and getting it all put together us. Thank you so much and our thanks to all of your staff that made our tour go so well.

Thanks,

Fred And Joan
USA, December 2009
Traveled on the Athala

Elena,

I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know what a wonderful time we had on the Athala, as well as the cloud forest. They are going to be memories of a life time. You were recommended to us, and I was not disappointment. My emails were answered within in hours (not sure if you sleep at all), and from the time we were picked up from the states and throughout our time in Ecuador, the whole staff was wonderful. I will be passing your name and the Columbus travel to anyone who travels in South America, we possibly next year will head done to Chile or Argentina, I will let you know.

Thank you again for everything. (The staff on the Athala was impeccable)

Sincerely,

Lisa
USA, September 2009
Traveled on the Athala

Christian,

We would like to say a big Thank you for a superbly organized trip to the Gallapagos. From the moment that we touched down in Quito until the end of our Galapagos trip, everything was excellent, The hotels were extremely comfortable and the guides excellent.

We would like to make a special commendation to the Athala which we found wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew and our guide (Yvonne) was fantastic with a wide knowledge of the islands and an amazing enthusiasm for the environment there. We cannot recommend Athala enough and feel we were extremely fortunate to have experienced a week on such a beautiful boat. We would be very happy to be a reference for any future holiday makers and thank you again for your excellent professional organization.

Anthony & Lorna Hamilton
UK, April 2009
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Elena,

Hope all is well. My wife, Emily and I wanted to share our appreciation and thank you and the team at Columbus Travel. We had such an amazing and unforgettable time. We truly were unexpected at the level of service and value we received.

The Athala II is a wonderful yacht. Clean, spacious and very friendly staff. Not to mention, the food was delicious and plentiful. Our Naturalist, Enrique was fun, energetic and very knowledgable. He was very passionate about his job and the well being of the islands. We saw so many animals and marine life. We will always remember.

Thank you for a wonderful vacation and I will definately recommend Columbus Travel to any of my friends and family. Please share this email with Xavier Proano and the rest of the team that served us.

Sincere Regards,

Greg & Emily Wong
Canada, February 2009
Traveled on the Athala

Dear Ivonne,

Although the week in the Galapagos was wonderful, my day in Quito was one of the very best days in my life. It was just so very good - the Gold Museum and the Amazon Equator village were both so exceptional.

I wish you a happy and joyous 2009.

Kindest regards

Kevin Collins
Australia, July 2008
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Christian

Thanks for checking in. Everything was great and so easy. Too easy - it was the least amount of thinking I ever had to do on vacation. Thank you so much for helping us arrange the trip. It was really fun.

Candice
USA, August 2008
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Christian,

We are now back home in the U.K. The dogs are very pleased to see us back.

Our holiday exceeded all our expectations! Everything was organised perfect.The hotel was great, the meal you booked for us in Quito was outstanding, the Jungle trip to Napo Lodge was wonderful and the Galapagos cruise on Athala could not be faulted. I have already recommended you and your company to friends.

Thanks very much for all your help.

Best regards

Robert

Robert Reynolds
UK, August 2008
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Elena,

We just returned from our trip to the rain forest and the Galapagos and we were both very pleased. We had a fansastic experience and would highly reccommend both of these places to others. You provided excellent customer service to us, being both prompt and comprehensive. We were lucky to catch the flight to the Galapagos but we made it with your help.

Thanks again!

Mark and Ellen Conover
USA, August 2008
Traveled on the Athala

Fernanda,

El viaje excelente, el crucero excelente. Disfrutamos como enanos, como decimos por aqui. Nos encantaron las islas, los animales, y el control exquisito de la naturaleza....Igualmente, como digo, el crucero y su personal excelente. Dele recuerdos a Yoyi y a Kike de parte de "la pareja amorosa" (ellos ya saben....) Asi que repetiremos al menos Ecuador. Gracias por todo

Un saludo desde Bruselas

Vicente
España, July 2008
Travelled on board Athala

Elena,
Thanks for folowing up on the lost luggage, we did finally get it. We are back home today. Your agency did a great job, everything was perfect. The Athala was outstanding, beautiful ship, wonderful crew and fantastic quide.
Thanks for all your work,
Dale Dondero
USA, April 2008

Dear Fernanda,
Our cruise on the Athala was really wonderful... We started working very hard from the following day we came back to Italy, but we will always remember our fantastic days in Ecuador. And this is thanks to you, to Xavier, Jimmy, but also the wonderful crew of the Athala, Pedro, Orlando, Gabriel, Darwin, José, and all then others who are REALLY all fantastic people. Please, thank them all for us when you have a chance, and thank you again to you, Fernanda, for your excellent service and kindness! With our best regards
Paolo and Cristina
September, 2006

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