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Best economical yachts and cruises in the Galapagos

Galapagos Cruises on a Budget

The Galapagos Islands are best experienced on a cruise, and there are plenty of boats, itineraries, and promotions to suit any budget. All Galapagos cruises focus primarily on exploring the natural and historical wonders of the Islands, so even budget cruises guarantee travelers an unforgettable experience. Galapagos is an expensive destination, so even “budget” trips will be relatively expensive, but there are a few great ways to save.

Booking a budget-class cruise

What to expect on a budget class yacht.

  • Amazing itineraries at much more affordable prices. This is probably the most important thing to consider when planning your trip, and fortunately the budget itineraries are very similar to even the luxury-class itineraries. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to hike, snorkel, swim, relax on the beaches, and explore the most popular visitor sites of each island.
  • Comfortable accommodations. Cabins are typically small but comfortable with quality beds (often bunk beds to maximize space) and private bathrooms. Occasionally upon request, twin beds can be converted to double or queen beds and suites might also be available. Most cabins will have at least a porthole window, with some featuring larger portrait windows.
  • Naturalist guides. All Galapagos guides are naturalists and certified with the National Park, so while the best guides work for more expensive boats and might speak multiple languages fluently and have a degree in an ecology-related field, the guides on budget cruises are still knowledgeable & capable naturalists.
  • Good food. Your menu will likely be much simpler and may not quite qualify as gourmet, but it will be nourishing and delicious, and you’ll always have plenty to refuel after a full day of activities.
  • Decent boat. A small sun deck, indoor dining area, lounge/library, and perhaps a bar and al fresco dining area are all common on budget yachts. You won’t have a Jacuzzi, spa, fitness centers, or many of the other creature comforts that many luxury yachts and ships feature, but the space, noise and comfort level on budget yachts vary, so make sure to read reviews of your boat before booking.