Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to explore the Galapagos Islands like the great explorers and pirates of bygone days? The SS Mary Anne gives you the full nautical experience aboard a 216-foot sailing ship. Though the ship, with three masts and 1000 square meters of canvas sails, may look like something out of a history book, she is full of modern comforts that will allow you to enjoy every moment of your Galapagos cruise.
Life Aboard The SS Mary Anne Galapagos
Mixing the charm of the past with today’s conveniences, the Mary Anne, which has a total of twelve cabins for 16 guests, is decorated in maritime décor with wood paneling. Thanks to its large size, deep draft, and tall masts, the Mary Anne is a stable ship that glides smoothly through the water.
Outdoors, smell the sea air on the sun deck, or head back inside to relax in the spacious lounge and library. Along the way, you will be served modern cuisine, including just-caught seafood, with Ecuadorian flair prepared by the ship’s chef.
The Mary Anne’s sails might be beautiful, but they are functional as well. A ride in a dinghy is the perfect opportunity to photograph the sails fully unfurled. For a hands-on glimpse of the pirate life, lend the crew a hand in raising the sails to the top of the masts as the wind carries you closer to the next stop, and the lack of engine noise invites frigatebirds, dolphins, and whales to cruise alongside.
Excursions From Your Mary Anne Yacht Galapagos Cruise
Though the Mary Anne is a destination in her own right, even more adventures await off the ship. The ship offers two different eight-day itineraries. The western route includes stops on Fernandina Island, widely regarded as the most pristine spot on the planet, and along the backside of Isabela Island with its volcanoes and abundant sea life.
During this itinerary, you will stop at Espumilla Beach, a nesting site for Green Sea Turtles, before hiking along a forest trail to see Yellow Warblers. A stop at Punta Espinosa is a chance to see Flightless Cormorants, sea lions, penguins, and marine iguanas in their natural habitats. Opt for the eastern route to see the oldest and most far-flung islands of the archipelago, covered in endemic bird and amphibian species found nowhere else on earth.
At Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island, see red-footed boobies and Frigatebirds perching in red mangroves and prickly pear cactus. On Espanola Island, snorkel in Gardner Bay, where there is a good chance playful sea lions will join the fun. Each activity is led by a multi-lingual naturalist who will introduce you to the native species of the Galapagos.
Ideal For Solo Travelers
Solo travelers can have the adventure of a lifetime aboard the Mary Anne. There are eight single cabins, so you won’t need to bunk with strangers or struggle to find a roommate, and there is no single supplement to pay. Better yet, traveling solo aboard the Mary Anne is an excellent way to meet new people and make friendships based on a unique shared experience.
If you are looking for a unique holiday that veers away from the current idea of what cruising should be, the Mary Anne is calling. History buffs, wildlife lovers, and solo travelers will all feel at home on this rare ship.
Suites & Cabins
Each cabin is furnished with a closet, a lamp, night tables, and a fan in addition to the AC. Comfortably fitting two, cabins #9 & 10 have lower double and single berths and could be used for triple occupancy. The hot water bathrooms come with towels, biodegradable shampoo, and soap.
Each cabin is furnished with a closet, a lamp, night tables, and a fan in addition to the AC. Enjoy a spacious and comfortable stay if you are a solo traveler in these pleasant cabins. The hot water bathrooms come with towels, biodegradable shampoo, and soap.