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Galapagos Legend

An expedition vessel beyond expectations, from vast exteriors to abundant amenities including a pool.

Overview

With 7,244 square feet of exterior space, the MV Galapagos Legend is a large vessel that offers amenities small boats can not match. Yet, the ship, which welcomes up to 100 guests, creates a warm, intimate experience fostered by cozy social areas, a laid-back attitude, and attentive service.

Life Aboard The Galapagos Legend Ship

The Galapagos Legend is the definition of casual cruising, and, between activities, you are free to roam the ship to explore all the exciting indoor and outdoor social areas. By day, lounge in the sun, take a dip in the pool, soak in one of the Jacuzzis on the sundeck, or work out in the fully-equipped fitness room or jogging track. Stop by the Fisherman’s Bar for a cocktail or a flute of chilled sparkling wine.

The fun continues late into the night with activities such as karaoke, salsa nights, movie nights, and a BBQ at the alfresco dining area. The Neptune Party, in which the ruler of the sea comes aboard the ship to reorganize his kingdoms, is not to be missed. Some itineraries even feature an Equatorial Line Party to celebrate crossing the equator, with guests receiving a certificate to commemorate the moment. If you prefer a bit of low-key after-dark fun, head to the moon deck for a stargazing presentation.

The ship’s highest spot soars 40 feet over the sea and offers a magnificent view of the islands. No matter what you do on or off the boat, keep your camera handy. As the cruise wraps up, there is a photo contest with the winners taking home fun prizes. You will need something delicious to eat to fuel all that fun, at the Lonesome George Restaurant has just the thing. Lunch is served as a buffet, and dinner includes à la carte options based on local and international specialties. Between meals, grab a bite at the 24-hour snack and coffee station.

Excursions From Your Galapagos Legend Cruise

The Galapagos Legend sails a total of eight itineraries, half of which are four-day trips. The other half are eight-day trips created by merging two of the shorter itineraries. Every day is a new opportunity for fun in the sun. Go ashore two times per day with a naturalist guide to see the most interesting spots on the Galapagos Islands.

Depending on your itinerary, you could take a dingy ride to a rarely visited Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island. The area has been declared a turtle sanctuary, and the creatures frequently peek out of the water to greet visitors. You may also stop at Egas Port on Santiago Island to hike along a black volcanic sand beach to see a colony of fur seals swimming in rocky pools.

There are also opportunities for snorkeling (and occasionally encountering a sea lion), paddling transparent kayaks while looking at the sea life swimming below you, and taking rides in a glass-bottom boat. For those looking to go a little deeper, you can opt-out of some planned activities in favor of scuba diving at an additional cost.

Fun For Little Cruisers

Do you have a budding adventurer or a fledgling explorer? A cruise aboard the Galapagos Legends ship is a treat for all ages, including your tiny tots. Not only will kids love the animal-focused activities on the schedule, but there is also a Kid’s Corner onboard the ship stocked with toys and games. Plus, cruising with kids could not be easier, thanks to interconnecting rooms with space for your whole crew. There are even special dates reserved as Family Cruises which include a children’s menu in the restaurant and kid-centric activities.

For a vacation that is just as thrilling on board as off, the MV Galapagos Legend is the place to be. And, with a wide range of cabins available, ranging from cozy interior rooms to the massive Legend Balcony Suite, you are sure to find a room to suit your style and budget.

Itineraries & Prices

All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

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4-Day A
4-Day C
5-Day B
5-Day D
8-Day A+B
8-Day B+C
8-Day C+D
8-Day D+A

4 Day - Northern & Central Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend. 

PM: In the mountains of the Galapagos it 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 about a 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.

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island at Black Turtle Cove, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon. Turtles visit the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface, while rays circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, plus sea birds, including pelicans, herons, and egrets. This cove has been declared as a “turtle sanctuary”.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day One - Embarkation.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 4

El Barranco/Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay

AM: Marvel at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a 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.

PM: 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, Yellow-crowned, 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Two - Nazca Booby.
Location
Genovesa
Day
2 / 4

Dragon Hill & Santa Fe Island

AM: We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

PM: Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies. Through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home to the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for several 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Three - Land Iguana in the Sun.
Location
Santa Cruz - Santa Fe
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds where iguanas sunbathe, see 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 morning excursion, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'A' Itinerary Day Four - Baby Turtles on the Beach.
Location
Bachas Beach - Baltra
Day
4 / 4
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4 Day - Eastern & Central Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend. 

PM: This flat, uplifted island, is an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigatebird males courting the females by clicking, bill-clapping, shuddering, and flapping their wings, all while showing off their grossly inflated, bright red, gular pouch. We will also likely see courting blue-footed boobies displaying their unique feet. Seal lions, swallow-tailed gulls, crashing surf, and distant views of the Daphne Islands top off a great visit.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day One - Pinnacle Rock.
Location
Baltra - North Seymour
Day
1 / 4

Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay

AM: Considered the most iconic landscape of the entire archipelago the view from the top of Bartolome Island, overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock and the austere Santiago Island beyond, is well worth the climb up the wooden boardwalk. This volcanic scene has often been likened to a lunar landscape. Our subsequent snorkel here might put us face to face with Galapagos Penguins, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions.

PM: This site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island is of important geological interest. It features extensive relative young pa -hoe-hoe lava flows formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. In the middle of the lava flow, older-reddish-yellow-colored tuff cones appear. Mollugo plants with their yellow-to-orange whorled leaves usually grow out of the fissures. Walking on the solidified lava gives the impression of being in another planet. Tree molds are found, indicating that in that position large size plants grew in small crevices, until the lava flow of past eruptions burned down the flora of the island.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Two - Blue-Footed Booby.
Location
Bartolome - Santiago Island
Day
2 / 4

Pitt Point/Pitt Islet & Cerro Brujo

AM: Sea lions will greet us as we land on the beach and prepare for our climb to a high point on the steep eroded tuff cone. This is the only place in the islands where we will enjoy the chance to see all three of the booby species in the same place. The red foots will be perched on the Cordia lutea and small trees, the Nazcaís on the ground near the cliff edge while the blue-foots will be a little further inland. Frigatebirds will be all around and the views are breathtaking.

PM: From our pangas, as we head to shore, we are first humbled by the immensity of the stunning cliffs Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone, that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach - perfect for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen, including Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal, and the adjacent coast.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Three - Walking along San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: In the moist highlands of San Cristobal we will visit the giant tortoise breeding center La Glapaguera to witness the most iconic creature of the archipelago in its various life stages. The tortoises wander in a semi-natural habitat which lends itself to good threatened San Cristobal tortoise back into the wild. In town, there are shops to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.

After the visit, you will be assisted to San Cristobal airport for your flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Legend’s 4-Day 'C' Itinerary Day Four - Galapagos Giant Tortoise.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 4
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5 Day - Western Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Passengers are picked up at the Baltra airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend. 

PM: 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day One - Sea Lions on the Beach.
Location
Santa Cruz - Mosquera
Day
1 / 5

Egas Port & Rabida Island

AM: Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of 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. Find 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.

PM: Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with the incredible landscape; 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 and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Two - Walking along Rabida beach.
Location
Santiago - Rabida
Day
2 / 5

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

AM: Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds, and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.

PM: Dry landing on the 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 the shoreline, where we will admire a variety of seabirds. Find species such as the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and (depending on the season), a large number of Galapagos Penguins. The only penguin species in the world to extend their range into the northern hemisphere. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are situated further south on the island. 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.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Three - Land Iguana Sighting.
Location
Isabela
Day
3 / 5

Espinosa Point & Vincente Roca Point

AM: Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it, we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; 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 the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.

PM: Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar Channel). We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds. Find Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, and flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Four - Flightless Cormorant.
Location
Fernandina - Isabela
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: 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 birdwatchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

After your visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'B' Itinerary Day Five - Exploring Santa Cruz Island.
Location
Santa Cruz - Baltra
Day
5 / 5
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5 Day - Southern Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM: The interpretation center is full of interesting information and offers the perfect overview of the formation of the Galapagos, its significance in the world, threats, and conservation efforts. Followed by a hike to Frigatebird Hill (Cerro Tijeretas) we will have great looks at both species of frigatebird, with the bonus of a beautiful view of the bay below.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day One - Arriving to San Cristobal.
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 5

Gardner Bay & Suarez Point

AM: One of the most stunning beaches in all Galapagos. The long, white, sandy beach, lapped by turquoise waters is home to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, indifferent to the humans that walk amongst them. The Hood mockingbirds, endemic to this particular island, will be eager to inspect the visitors and satisfy their innate curiosity. Darwin's finches may also join the throng including the reclusive warbler finch. We can also snorkel here from the beach, in the shallows of the day.

PM: One of the highlights visit of the trip. Punta Suarez seems to have everything - a naturalist paradise. A slew of marine iguanas and sea lions greet us at the landing site from where our walk continues with close encounters with boobies, endemic lizards, gulls, and even dramatic blow hole. The oldest extant island in the archipelago is is our only opportunity to commune with the endemic wave albatross during their breeding season between April and December. With luck, we can watch their complex courtship display.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Two - Group of Marine Iguanas.
Location
Española
Day
2 / 5

Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown & Champion Islet

AM: A very short walk from the beach lead us to the famous Post Office Barrel. Claimed to have been first set up in 1793 by Captain James Colnett it remains the oldest functioning post office in the Pacific. The system was that whalers and fur sealers would leave addressed letters in the barrel to be picked up by homeward bound colleagues. In the spirit of maintaining tradition visitors, today will often take letters and hand-deliver them to their home countries.

PM: Upon arrival to Cormorant Point, the observant visitor will notice that olivine, a volcanic crystal, has proffered a subtle green hue on the dark beach. Our walk takes us past island-endemic Scalesia plants to a large, shallow, lagoon often inhabited by a variable number of shockingly pink greater flamingoes. We continue through a forest of palo santo trees to arrive at a powdery white beach, a nesting area of green turtles. As we paddle barefoot in the shallow water we will spot diamond stingrays and white-tipped reef sharks.

Devil's Crown; one of the favorite snorkeling sites in the islands -an eroded volcanic cone, is home to an abundance of fish and marine animals. We will swim with big schools of yellow-tailed surgeonfish, salemas and creolefish and with luck may spot turtles, spotted eagle rays, parrotfish, and even hammerhead sharks! The jagged crown is a roosting area for boobies noddies, tropicbirds, and frigates.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Three - Visiting Floreana Island.
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 5

Dragon Hill & Punta Bowditch

AM: Arriving at small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive at one end of a long sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingoes frequently come to feed. Waders such as stilts, turnstones, and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.

PM: Feel the indescribable feeling of being where no one else has. Relax on a powdery beach, snorkel around turquoise water islets and hike beside salt pools and dried white corals. Be one of the first -humans- to visit Punta Bowditch at Legend’s South itinerary D.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Four - Short-Eared Owl.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM:  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 "birdwatchers" haven, since almost every land bird present on the island livers or migrates here.

After the visit, you will be assisted to Baltra airport for your flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Legend’s 5-Day 'D' Itinerary Day Five - White-Tipped Sharks Swimming.
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 5
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8 Day - Northern, Central & Western Islands

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