The short answer: The average Galapagos cruise costs between $1200-$6000 per person, plus airfare.
There’s no such thing as a “bad” Galapagos cruise, but it’s also definitely true that the more you pay, the more amazing your experience will be, in terms of comfort, experience, food, guides, and trip length. All cruises are all-inclusive, meaning that your ticket price includes meals onboard, lodging, and any transportation specifically listed in the itinerary.
Upper-end cruises will also likely include private transportation from the airport in Galapagos to the ship and perhaps even accommodations and transportation on mainland Ecuador prior to your departure to the Galapagos, upon request.
If you’re hoping to pay less than $2000/ person on your Galapagos cruise, then you’ll have to consider a budget cruise in the Galapagos Islands, which tend to be between 4-5 days and 3-4 nights aboard some of the simpler Galapagos vessels.
- This can be a good option if your main goal is to experience a taste of the Galapagos Islands and do a few of the staple activities, like daily hikes, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and exploring the major visitor destinations of the Galapagos Islands.
- You do sacrifice luxury when you book a budget cruise, but if a full service bar, gourmet buffet meals, private balconies, an onboard hot tub, and other plush amenities aren’t as important to you, then a budget cruise might be a great way to save some money and still experience the Galapagos Islands.
- Expect smaller social areas onboard, snug cabins with bunks, private bathrooms, porthole windows, and simple menus.
- You should also know that while all guides are certified naturalists from the Galapagos National Park, those on budget cruises may be new or have broken English.