Galapagos Legend Cruise

Luxury Class Motor Vessel

Just like the North Pole, El Dorado and Shangri La, simply uttering the name of the Galapagos Islands conjures up images of a unique, almost mythical landscape. However, unlike some other legendary places, it’s possible to visit the Galapagos Islands for a holiday that you’ll never forget.

The spacious accommodation afforded by the Galapagos Legend allows each passenger the space to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the islands. Its elegant design blends in with the surrounding environment and allows you to complete your adventure in style.

The five decks of the Galapagos Legend give passengers plenty of opportunities to stroll around and socialise outside, while observing the unique wildlife of the islands and waters during their Galapagos Islands tour.

Perfect for watching the sunset or for gazing at the stars in the night sky, the deck space is ideal for families, couples and individuals to enjoy and explore as the ship passes through the archipelago.

The itinerary of your Galapagos Islands tour will depend on the length of your trip, but all journeys will take in the main highlights of the region including the flora, fauna and geographical sights.

The Galapagos Legend has a team of multilingual naturalists on board who can help give you a better understanding and appreciation of the islands. This expert knowledge is invaluable as the Galapagos Islands are unlike anywhere else on earth, so recognizing their wonder and majesty will really help to complete the experience of your Galapagos Islands tour.

During the days you’ll be able to get out on foot and explore some of the natural habitats of the islands, and observe the wildlife up close. And in the evenings, after a long day of extraordinary sights and experiences, passengers can enjoy a well-earned rest in the spa or relax around the pool and watch the landscape pass by.

Offering everything that you’re looking for and more, the Galapagos Legend is the perfect ship for your unique island cruise, so reserve your spot now and start to create a Galapagos legend of your very own.

  • Deluxe Motor Vessel
  • Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Kids Zone & More
  • One Expert Guide for every 16 passengers
  • Sundecks, Social Areas, Fitness Center
  • Exceptional Itineraries
  • Family Friendly Cruises

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  • Deluxe Motor Vessel
  • Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Kids Zone & More
  • Sundecks, Social Areas, Fitness Center
  • Exceptional Itineraries
  • One Expert Guide for every 16 passengers
  • Family Friendly Cruises

Galapagos Legend Information

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Itinerary A – 4 days
4 days – 3 nights

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & Highlands
Day 2 Genovesa Island –  Prince Phillips’s steps, El Barranco & Darwin Bay
Day 3 Santa Cruz Island – Drango Hill & Santa Fe Island
Day 4 Santa Cruz Island – Bachas Beach
Day 1:  Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & Highlands
Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos Cruise

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at…

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…the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Santa Cruz highlands. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos giant tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Day 2:  Genovesa Island –  Prince Phillips’s steps, El Barranco & Darwin Bay
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Be marvelled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. red-billed tropicbirds fly overhead…

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…switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and red-footed boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a short-eared owl.

Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, yellowcrowned and lava herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and red-footed boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see red-footed boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 red-footed boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

Day 3:  Santa Cruz Island – Drango Hill & Santa Fe Island
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Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos in Dragon Hill. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation…

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…Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

Day 4:  Santa Cruz Island – Bachas Beach
Bachas Beach Galapagos Islands

Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see…

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…coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to
“Bachas”.

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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Itinerary B – 5 days
5 days – 4 nights

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & North Seymour
Day 2 Santiago Island – Egas Port & Rabida Island
Day 3 Isabela Island – Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove
Day 4 Isabela Island – Espinosa Point & Vicente Roca Point
Day 5 Santa Cruz Island – Highlands & Departure
Day 1:  Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & North Seymour
North Seymour Island Galapagos Islands

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at…

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…the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.

Day 2:  Santiago Island – Egas Port & Rabida Island
Egas Port Galapagos Islands

Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of…

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…volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools.

Wet landing in Rabida Island. Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home of sea lions colonies; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September plus nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Here a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

Day 3:  Isabela Island – Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove
Rabida Island Galapagos Cruise

Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide) in Urbina Bay. Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible…

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…to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December.

In Tagus Cove we have a dry landing, now we are on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five
volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.

Day 4:  Isabela Island – Espinosa Point & Vicente Roca Point
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From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts…

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…some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are
found mingling with sea lions and Sally lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti. In the shore mangrove can be found.

Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel, in Vicente Roca Point. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling.

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Day 5:  Santa Cruz Island – Highlands & Departure
Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos Cruise

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches…

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…vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here

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Itinerary C – 4 days
4 days – 3 nights

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & Bartolome Island
Day 2 South Plazas Island & North Seymour Island
Day 3 San Cristobal Island – Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo
Day 4 San Cristobal Island – Cerro Colorado & Departure
Day 1:  Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & Bartolome Island
Bartolome Island Galapagos

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at…

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…the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

Dry or wet landing on Bartolome Island. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.
Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

Day 2:  South Plazas Island & North Seymour Island
North Seymour Island Galapagos Islands

Dry landing. There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet…

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…visitors begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape
(sesuviumedmonstonei plant).

Off of Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake

Day 3:  San Critobal Island – Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo
Punta Pitt Galapagos Islands

Wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain, Punta Pitt. The trail includes a 90 meters long, olivine beach…

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…and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as, two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.

Day 4:  San Cristobal Island – Cerro Colorado & Departure
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Passengers visit the Cerro Colorado Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation…

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…programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

After the visit you will go to San Cristobal Airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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Itinerary D – 5 days
5 days – 4 nights

Day 1 San Cristobal Island – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill
Day 2 Española Island – Gardner Bay & Suarez Point
Day 3 Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point
Day 4 Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station, Highlands & Eden Islet
Day 5 Carrion Point & Departure
Day 1:  San Cristobal Island – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill
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Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal in a 2-hour flight. Upon arrival, passengers are picked up at the airport…

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…by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about islands’ history in The Museum of Natural History which displays information about the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and the island’s colonization

Day 2:  Española Island – Gardner Bay & Suarez Point
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Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sandy beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the…

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…shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, yellow warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of the Galapagos’ marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting  wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos
Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous “Soplador”, a seaward blowhole that shoots up water up to 23 m (75 ft) in the air.

Day 3:  Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point
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Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay was named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel…

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…which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them back to their destinations. Today, visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel, hoping that some other traveler, going to the letter destination, will take it back for free. The chances are that the letter posted can take a long time to arrive at its destination. However, there have been cases where it has arrived before the sender. We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, yellow warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. As well, the island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus Pinnatifidus, and the Galapagos Milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

Wet landing, on an olivine green, sanded beach in Cormorant Point. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white sandy beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach, one can spot sea turtles, blue-footed boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in the search for food.

This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on, to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

Day 4:  Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station, Highlands & Eden Islet
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos

We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the…

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…fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his species) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to the communities, schools, and tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

In the mountains of Galapagos (Highlands) is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos giant tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

Eden islet Bay is a beautiful green sand cove at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach* contains a large amount of olivine crystals of volcanic origin. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground. The content is magnesium, iron and silica. A small population of tortoises from Pinzón Island lived at the site, but were probably taken by whalers or previous inhabitants. Opportunity to see marine iguanas* and sea birds* followed by snorkeling

Day 5: Carrion Point & Departure
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Carrion Point is a rocky cliff offers the great opportunity to explore more the various marine biodiversity of the islands. Do snorkeling among a variety of colorful fish, stingrays, and if lucky, there could be the chance to see the magnificent White tipped shark.

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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Technical Specification 

  • Gross tonnage: 2890 t.
  • Length: 301 ft (92 m)
  • Wide: 47 ft (15 m)
  • Decks: 4
  • Made in: Germany
  • Rebuilt: 2002
  • Remodeled in: January 2017
  • Speed: 17 knots
  • Cruise speed: 15 knots
  • Life Rafts: 22 for 25 pax each
  • Dinghies: 6 for 20 pax each
  • Glass bottom boat: 1
  • Kayaks: 4 double, 1 single
  • Safety: ISM, SMC, ISSC, IOPP, DOC
  • Electricity: 110v
  • Guest Capacity: 100
  • Crew: 60
  • Guides: 6 multilingual naturalists

Deck Plan

Sky Deck

Earth Deck

Sea Deck

Moon Deck

All rates are referential, please contact us to find the best available offers with this incredible Cruise.

Must ADD for Fuel Surcharge: 4-5 Days: $50 p.p. and for 8 Days: $100 p.p.

Deck Number of cabins 4 days 5 days 8 days
Standard Inside Cabin Earth 3 $1.662 $2.215 $3.606
Standard Plus Cabin Sea 16 $2.058 $2.743 $4.465
Junior Suite Earth 24 $2.346 $3.128 $5.090
Balcony Suite Moon 8 $2.967 $3.956 $6.439
Balcony Suite Plus Moon 1 $3.264 $4.352 $7.083

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