Galaxy Yacht Description
The ‘Galaxy’ and her crew of 9 plus bilingual naturalists are consistently phrased by guests for their excellent 4, 5 and 8 day cruises.
The carefully laid out and tastefully furnished ship commenced her maiden voyage from Guayaquil in 2007. At the heart of her 115ft. hull lye’s a huge open plan dining room incorporating bar and lounge areas complete with TV/DVD. This welcoming area proves an excellent space for relaxing and socializing.
She accommodates up to 16 guests across 9 cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms. A very large sundeck with bench seating and sun loungers provides guests with a superb platform from which to take in the scenery and of course the magnificent creatures which inhabit the Galapagos.
• New for 2007
• Superb Open Plan Social Area
• Featuring Air Conditioning and Private Bathrooms
• Large Comfortable Sundeck
Galaxy cruise prices
2014 & 2015 prices per person
Rates subject to change without prior notice
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Children under 12 years discount 10%
Galaxy ItineraryClick on each itinerary title to show or hide the corresponding information.
» 8-days departure Itinerary "D" (Itineraries B + C)
» 4-days departure Itinerary "E" (Saturday to Tuesday from Itinerary C)
» 10-days departure Itinerary "F" (Itineraries A +B)
» 10-days departure Itinerary "G" (Itineraries C + A)
» 11-days departure Itinerary "H" (Itineraries B + C)
» 15-days departure Itinerary "I" (Itineraries A + B + C)
Main Deck Cabin
Upper Deck Cabin
Lower Deck Twin Cabin
Bar & Lounge
Galaxy Deck Plans & Specs
Galaxy Yacht - Main deck
Galaxy Yacht - Upper deck
Galaxy Yacht - Lower deck
Galaxy Yacht - Sun deck
Type: First class steel – hulled motor yacht
Construction: Guayaquil 2006 – 2007
Length: 35 m
Beam: 7.60 m
Draft: 1.80 m
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 9 members + 1 bilingual guide
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Engines: 2 Caterpilar Motors 440 HP
Water capacity: 4.000 gallons
Diesel capacity: 6.000 gallons Electric power: 110V and 220V
NAVIGATION AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT
RAYSTAR 125 GPS, 24 miles RAYMARINE E120 radar, 36 miles RAYMARINE E140 radar, magnetic compass, FURUNO HF radio, UNIDEN VHF radio, ICOM IC M2A radios, RAYMARINE E63069 Eco sounder, EPIRB, horn, thermometer.
Two inflatable life raft for 16 passengers each, 20 life jackets (SOLAS I), 10 life jackets (disembark), fire detectors and complete fire system.
Safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.
Comments and recommendations received on this Galapagos cruise:
This is the second time I have used Columbus Travel in Quito for my adventures within Ecuador. The first time was when I booked a tour to the Galapagos on the Galaxy Yacht in 2009. I loved that trip - the boat was top notch and the program and guide were outstanding. The food was also quite good.
In 2012, I returned to Ecuador on another business trip and looked up my agent Diego at Columbus. He was still there and he remembered me. This time, he helped me book a trip to the Amazon at the newly-renovated La Selva Lodge. I found five star accommodations in the middle of the rain forest. The food was truly outstanding - 5 course dinners every night and so many different types of juices to choose from! The room I was given was absolutely beautiful and immaculate. The bi-lingual guide was terrific and our indigenous guide was a delight. I would like to thank the entire staff of La Selva Lodge for a truly unforgettable trip.
I traveled with my partner to the Galapagos. He really loved the snorkeling This time, I travelled alone. I met great travel companions from around the world. Several were traveling with their kids, many of whom had been to the Galapagos. My impression is that if you and your family really want to see a LOT of wildlife up close, then the Galapagos is the better choice as the animals are right out in the open practically posing for pictures. The Amazon rain forest is a bit more subtle. If you like long walks in the forest and enjoy small creatures, lush vegetation, and the true sensation of getting away from it all, then La Selva is for you.
But why choose? Do both. For once-in-a-lifetime travel, Ecuador is the place to come and Columbus Travel is a marvelous agency to work with.
I am looking forward to my next visit to Ecuador - can't wait to see what new adventures await me.”
Galaxy 2009 / La Selva Lodge, August, 2012
We had a wonderful time on onboard the Galaxy! I thought the accommodations and services were great. Everyone was very nice and respectful and worked really hard to ensure we were enjoying our time.
The only thing that was frustrating was the day we had to drop off some people who were on the 5 day cruise. We thought it would only be a few hours, but we sat around waiting for about 7 hours. I know that there can always be issues with planes and transportation, but I felt like it was a lost day for those of us on an 8 day cruise. That is really my only complaint.
And Hi to you dear Ivonne,
Yes, I should have written you a long time ago. Sorry about that L But as you can imagine, I have been very busy since I returned home. My job, my house, cottage, car and cats, - but also sorting the many photos (6000) I took on my vacation. So I guess I will have to start by telling you of my experiences at Galapagos, - or at least some of them. If I should try to tell you all, - I will still be writing in the morning.
The day after we met (thank you for a nice evening), - I was picked up by your guy who took me to the airport. The flight to Baltra via Guayaquil was nice. Very nice and modern aeroplane. Arriving at the airport, the bus to the canal and on the other side I took a taxi to Puerto Ayora. Yes, I know I could have saved some money by taking the bus, - but never mind…..
The Hotel SolyMar proved to be very nice, - and especially very nice situated in the city centre, close to shops, restaurants, - and above all – close to the fantastic fish market. The standard was also very nice, - nice room with a beautiful view and their people friendly and hospitable. I knew I might see some of the Galapagos animals/birds close to or even at the hotel. But still it was very very exciting to sit by the bar when a sea lion suddenly appeared and laid down to rest under the hammock. A while later another sea lion puppy followed. Amazing!! And close by there were a few Blue Footed Boobies resting on a wall. And the colorful crabs, and the small Iguanas by the pool. All of them so close!! Having my camera nearby, - I took some nice photos even on the first day.
And then time for a walk through the streets of the city, - just to get an The Cruise. I was not prepared for what waited for me at the fish market. The Pelicans and a few Sea Lions as well, fighting for the leftovers when the guys were cleaning the fish. What a spectacular experience……
And all this was experienced on my very first day. That evening I had lobster at the hotel restaurant. Very nice J
Then I joined the Galapagos cruise. I was picked up the agency, and arrived at the boat while the other passengers who had joined the cruise earlier were visiting the Darwin centre. Later they joined, - and we left for Floreana. The mixture of people on board was nice, - most of them at my age (more or less). Later a few families arrived. And they were all nice to travel with. (A Dutch couple was maybe the exception, - being very cheap with tips etc.)I must tell you that I was pleasantly surprised by the standard on Galaxy. The boat was very new, very clean and tidy. The crew very hospitable (even if they did not speak very much English). Even with my background from the Navy, - I liked very much what I saw and experienced. The food on board was exceptionally good, - quite a mystery how the cook managed to prepare and serve such a variety of dishes. Very much to my taste.
But what really made the cruise an unforgettable experience, - was the guide Pepe (I don’t recal his proper name). He spoke fluent English, was vey dedicated to his work, was obviously well educated, - and was able to explain all we saw with such and insight and enthusiasm that I never experienced before. He organized everything, from wake up call at 0645 in the morning, then breakfast, and then the first landing on shore, - then some snorkeling (shallow or deep), - back to Galaxy for lunch and some rest. After lunch a new landing and usually snorkeling as well. Back for changing clothes, and a very professional brief of what was planned for the next day. And finally a proper dinner and relaxing in the saloon. While the boat prepared to move on to the next location during the night. We did experience some rough seas, - not for me being a sailor, - but some of the other passengers felt a bit unwell while we were sailing. They were given medicine to sleep, - and were perfectly ok the next morning. I just enjoyed the waves and the sea life. Everything about it.
I had a full 8 day cruise, while others had a half cruise (4 or 5 days). But the schedule was only repeated every 8 day. I saw Floreana, then Espanola, then San Cristobal, then Santa Fe, then Black Turtle Cove at Santa Cruz, then Genovesa, then Bartolome, and finally returning to Puerto Ayora. A perfect cruise to my taste. Not too short, not too long. I cant tell you of all my experiences at the cruise, - but I saw it all! At the beaches with the Sea Lions, the many Iguanas, snorkeling with Sea Lions and Turtles. The spectacular visit to Genovesa the bird island, - and much much more!!! The photos you will see at the link above will maybe give you an impression. If any of the photos is useful for you at your work, - feel free to copy, - as long as you refer to my name. There are a few videos as well (not high quality), - but anyways ….
After the cruise I had another 5 days at the hotel SolYMar. Time to digest all the impressions, - just taking life easy, - walking around on the island and enjoying some very nice meals at the restaurants nearby. Meeting friendly people, local and visitors. Buying some souvenirs to my family. Spending some time on my computer sorting the photos. One small issue, - the hotel used to play music in the pool/bar area outside the rooms. Very nice, - the first few days. Then it seemed that their selection of CDs was small. And I longed more for the quietness. But that was about the only experience that was not to my taste. I would definitely recommend the hotel for a 2 – 3 day stay, - but possibly not a whole week. However, - I did not learn of any other hotel that I might have preferred either (even if I saw a few). Possibly the Red Mangrove across the bay? But much more expensive? Or may be suggest to the hotel to drop the music some of the time? Anyway, - it now means nothing compared to all the overwhelming experiences I had!!
Of course my family, friends and colleagues at my job have also enjoyed my tales and photos from Galapagos. I even wrote a story which was published at the company’s intranet. Very popular indeed!!
And all this is because of you Ivonne. Who made this journey possible, who secured all the traveling arrangements, - who gave me recommendations that proved to be very valuable. Thanks a million Ivonne!!!! (I have of course told everyone I have met of the exceptional assistance and service you have offered me!!)
And give my regards to your colleagues at Columbus Travel who helped on following up on me, checking ever so often that I was happy and on my (right) way. You may of course share with them the link to my photos and my experiences above.
I sincerely hope to have the pleasure of travelling with Columbus Travel again, - and to be assisted by yourself in finding the best selection of places to see etc. I do not know when, - but stay tuned, - I’ll be back …… Someday ……..
Until then I wish you the very best, in your own life, with your family and friends, - and in your work.
Travelled on Galaxy
Olga, the trip was great and you guys did a great job. And it was nice being met by the same driver each time. Nice guy.
I had a great experience with Columbus and would recommend you all to anyone.
Traveled on the Manatee & Galaxy
Good morning Elena, buenos dias,
Peter and I want to tell you how very, very much we appreciate everything you did to give us this wonderful vacation. It was better than our greatest hopes !!!!
Everything went perfectly, all the tour guides and people from Travel Group Peru were very good, and even the extra night in Cuzco was a bonus as we got to see more of that historic city.
We think you must be the best travel agent in Ecuador !! And what a joy the Galapagos was. The Galaxy is a beautiful yacht so don't hesitate to recommend it to other people.
Again, many, many thanks,
Canada, March 2009
Traveled on the Galaxy
Thank you for the follow-up email. The trip to the Galapagos was amazing. You did an excellent job organizing the transfers, the boat, and the hotel after the boat trip. David and I appreciated all of your work and were very impressed with the service.
I will definitely recommend you to my family and friends. You did a great job!
USA, March 2009
Traveled on the Galaxy
I want to thank you for arranging our trip on the Galaxy. It was a wonderful boat and guide and crew. Also, after talking with others on the boat, I discovered that we had gotten a very good price.
I appreciate your help and will gladly recommend you to my friends.
USA, March 2009
Traveled on the Galaxy