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Galaven Galapagos Cruise

Galaven Yacht

Galaven Yacht Description

The Galaven is a 20 passenger mid-range yacht with two Bilingual National Park Guides. Enjoy the yacht and all it has to offer with a large dining room, spacious outdoor lounge areas, interior lounge areas, and a library with TV and DVD where your guides will give briefings on the next activities.

Galaven Cabins

Fit for 20 passengers, there are 11 double cabins all equipped with private bathrooms, windows offering Galapagos views, and air-conditioning.

Other comparable cruises are the: Millennium, Monserrat, Nemo I

Galaven Cruise Prices

2017 prices per person

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Description 8 days 5 days 4 days
Standard Cabin $4045 $2745 $1945
Charter $68450 $46450 $32450

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Important Notes

  • Discount for groups of 6 or more 10%
  • Christmas and New Year surcharge 25%
  • Special discount for kids may apply to the published rate. Please consult with your destination expert for more information and special deals.
  • Single supplement 40%
  • Charter rates don't apply for Christmas and New Year.
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    Rates include:

    • All meals
    • Transfers in the islands
    • All shore excursions with an English speaking naturalist guide

    Not included:

    • $100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee
    • $20 Transit Control Card
    • Airfare from mainland Ecuador
    • Bottled beverages
    • Gratuities
    • Cancellation/medical insurance

    Galaven Itinerary

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    Suite

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    Twin Cabin

    Galaven Galapagos Boat Double Cabin

    Bunk Bed Cabin

    Galaven Galapagos Cruise Room

    Bar

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    Dining

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    Sun Deck

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    Specifications

    Number of passengers 20
    Year of construction 2000
    Lenght 88 feet (27m)
    Beam 22 feet (7m)
    Draft 6 feet (2m)
    Accommodation

    - Main Deck: 4DBL Cabins (twin beds)/ 3DBL Cabins (bunk beds) 20 m2/215 ft2
    - Upper Deck: 2 Suites (double bed) 25m2 /269 ft2
    - Sun Deck: 2 DBL Cabins (twin beds) 20m2 /215 ft2
    All cabins with private bathrooms, hot water and air conditioning

    Crew - Captain
    - 2 Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide
    - 7 crew members
    Safety & Navegation - All equipmentes meet / exceed the international safety stadards
    - Life vests
    -GPS
    -Sonar
    -Naval radars
    -Fire detection and prevention systems.

    Galaven Reviews

    Comments and recommendations received on this Galapagos cruise:

    Hi Gabriela,
    We are now back home after one of the most amazing trips that we have ever done. It was all so different to anything that we have ever done before. 
    The Gal├ípagos Islands were amazing. The transfers to and from the airport to the hotels were all very professional, always on time and very courteous. William, who picked us up from the hotel for the flight to Galapagos was unbelievable. He took us through every step of the pre flight routine, right up to the security check before heading to the departure gate, amazing and so helpful. 
    The Galaven is getting a bit old and tired, like us, but the crew and guides were very, very good. Food and service on board were fantastic and the excursions and snorkeling something we will never forget. Whilst it would have been nice to be on a newer boat, our fellow passengers were great and a much younger and more energetic bunch than some we saw on better boats. 
    Finch Bay Hotel was beautiful and a nice relaxing couple of days after the cruise, only regret is that we didn't have another day there it was so lovely.
    All in all a wonderful experience and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending you personally and Columbus Travel to any of our friends traveling to the Galapagos.
    Once again thank you very much for your help in making this such an unforgettable experience.

    Regards,
    Colin McDougall

    Australia, September 2017
    2 guests

    Hi Gabriela,

    Trip went perfectly. Galaven was an excellent boat to tour on! Thanks for helping us book it. If we convince friends to go, we will send them to you!

    Thanks,
    Cameron

    USA, January 2017
    2guests

    Is there a place I should submit feedback or just send as an email? I would say that I found Columbus Travel to be extremely helpful at navigating the whole process of a trip to the Galapagos. I would have been overwhelmed by the details if I had not had your assistance. Our tour on the Galaven was amazing and Xavier R. was a great guide. He was very fluent in English and also very knowledgeable about the animals we observed and their behaviors and interactions. The food on the boat was outstanding and the trip was my husband's favorite part of the whole visit to Ecuador - personally, I enjoyed seeing my exchange-student daughter more, but it was still an amazing trip. Columbus travel had the entire experience detailed down from the moment we left Quito till the moment we arrived back in Quito. We never had to worry about transport or timing or anything. An all around outstanding experience!
    Thanks for all your help!

    Kathy Packard

    USA
    Galaven
    June 2016
    4 guests

    Maria, I wanted to thank you for making everything so easy and seamless! We had an awesome time, and saw so many things, I cannot name a favorite. The people were, we were kept busy, and we even saw an Orca! And a shark swam beneath me while I snorkeled! Again, thank you so much!

    Brenda Beatty, Senior Biologist National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO 303-275-3234

    Galaven
    May 2016
    USA

    4 guests

    Dear Maria

    Having now returned from your beautiful Ecuador I wanted to thank you for helping to organise such a wonderfully memorable holiday for us.

    From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we felt relaxed and pampered. The hotel in Quito was lovely and the trip to Antisana for the day was very special, we even managed to see the condors flying and a humming bird. Catherine was a particularly good guide. On our free day we managed to see many of the sights of Quito itself, such a beautiful city!

    The real highlight was the time we spent in Galapagos. For most of the time the weather was really kind to us. The boat and the people on it were lovely as was the food. We saw a wonderful variety of wildlife and scenery. We certainly packed a lot into our short few days and could not have picked a better spot to learn how to snorkel.

    Our lasting memories will be of a beautiful country with spectacular scenery and wild life and the warmth and friendship of all the people we met.

    Thank you once again.

    With all good wishes

    Christine and Ian

    Galaven
    November 2015

    2 guests

    Dear Maria,

    I am back home safe and sound. I just arrived in Melbourne 2 days ago.

    About my trip, I really enjoyed and felt very comfortable with the service in all the ways. To be honest, I could not have anything to complain or dislike at all. The naturalists were great, they are so friendly, helpful and cheerful and they had given great insights about the nature, the islands and all information about species, plants, formation... on the islands.

    The crew members on board were charming, helpful, patient... the food was fantastic.

    I have been very happy that I have taken the trip on board of Galaven and really appreciated the time and companioned by everyone on board.

    And I take this chance to thank you for everything you did to make my trip a memorable one.;

    I am sorry for very slow reply, because after Galapagos, I had travelled to Colombia and just arrived back in Melbourne on the 10th of August.

    Thanks again for your work to organised my trip.

    Best Regards,
    Hai

    Australia
    Galaven
    July 2014
    1 Guest

    “Diego,
    Seems impossible that we are back home and the vacation is all over :(

    We so enjoyed your country and I would recommend Columbus Travel completely. All of your service people were great and very helpful.

    The cruise was great in so many ways, the animals, the boat was very nice and the staff were attentive and
    friendly.

    We stayed at the Peregrina and it was perfect if you have others who want to know.

    Please continue your wonderful work and I hope to post a compliment about your agency on Trip Advisor.
    Thank you again for all your assistance.
    Connie in Colorado”

    Connie Rutner
    Galaven
    February 2012

    Christian,

    Sorry for being tardy with this, but we had to catch up on a few things in New York.

    In short, our experience with Columbus Travel was fantastic from beginning to end. Your website is easy to navigate and provides all the necessary information. And of course, you were responsive to every request we made -- looking at boats, hotels, etc. as well as pointing us in a direction we might not have thought of on our own (Napo).

    We really enjoyed meeting you and your wife in Quito. It really put a personal touch on the trip, and I can't thank you enough for going above-and-beyond in getting the mosquito nets for us. That absolutely saved the day!

    As far as the trips themselves, we were surprised to find we liked Napo as much or better as we did the Galapagos. There was a little unpredictability on the guides in the Galapagos -- our first guide Billy was not as knowledgeable as we'd hoped, but our second guide Gino definitely was. I understand all of those guides work on a trip-by-trip basis so you can't guarantee that any one guide will be on any one boat, so as we say "it is what it is".

    The other thing I would change on the Galapagos is the time we spent snorkeling. A lot of times that felt like it was just a way to fill time, when we could have otherwise been hiking and seeing new things. Don't get me wrong, Devil's Crown was absolutely amazing. But some of the beach snorkeling got a little mundane.

    As far as Napo, that was an incredible trip and a great recommendation. When we first arrived, we thought that we should have booked a longer (7-8 day) trip there. But honestly I don't think I would do more than 4-5 days. We were getting worn out (in a good way) from hiking through all the mud by the end of the trip. We loved every minute of it.

    They could shorten up the event with the Anangu women (especially going through the traps) but overall that was a great experience. Frankly I think they should move their gift shop from the hut on the Napo River to the lodge itself. I bet they would sell a lot more stuff if it's right there by the dinner tables. Our guide Juan Carlos was young, energetic and he knew more about Amazon wildlife and plants than I could have ever imagined.

    And finally, we had a great time with Juan, who took us to Cotopaxi and the equator. We had a fantastic lunch on our day to Cotopaxi, and Juan was very polite, funny and knowledgeable. He was a great recommendation and the trips were a good value.

    We're happy to be references if anyone wants to speak to us about the trips we took, about you or about Columbus Travel. And you can expect to hear from us again -- maybe the Inca Trail or the Ecuadorian coast. There's so much to do that we'll need your help again.

    Best wishes,
    Britt and Meghan
    USA
    Galaven I and Napo Wildlife
    July 2011

    Hi Ivonne,
    I just wanted to write and thank you for all your help in planning our trip to the Galapagos. We had a wonderful time! It was a truly unforgettable trip and I just wanted to thank you for all your help throughout the process. We were incredibly pleased with Columbus Travel and with the entire experience.

    Thank you!

    Julianne and family
    USA
    Galaven May 27-31

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