Built in 2005 and refurbished in 2021, the first class Monserrat yacht was specially built to cruise the Gálapagos Islands in the most comfortable way while providing the highest levels of safety and care for the environment and offers some of the best value Gálapagos cruising available.
Named after the Virgin of Montserrat, the patroness of Catalonia, Spain, who for centuries has been adopted and revered by sailors worldwide as their loyal companion and protector through their journeys at sea, the Monserrat boat offers everything you need for a safe and unforgettable stay amid the amazing and unexpected wildlife encounters of the unique Gálapagos archipelago.
Life On Board
The Monserrat has 10 cabins split over the lower and upper decks of the yacht. The 6 upper deck cabins (5 twin cabins & 1 matrimonial cabin) all have windows while the 4 lower deck (2 twin/triple cabins & 2 matrimonial cabins) cabins have portholes. Despite this, the lower deck cabins still have great interior natural light, and also have the advantage of less rocking motion due to being lower on the ship.
All cabins have individual air conditioning, ample closet space, and thoughtful extras such as a hairdryer. You’ll enjoy the luxurious bed linens and towels, and the private bathroom with complimentary high-end biodegradable toiletries and a delightful shower.
Thanks to her extra size, Monserrat boasts some of the largest communal spaces of all Gálapagos cruise vessels in her class. The main saloon lounge spans the full width of the boat, and has wonderfully comfortable social couches to each side beneath the panoramic windows.
This is a delightful place to relax and chat about your Monserrat cruise adventures with fellow guests, or to listen to your highly experienced naturalist guide deliver amazing briefings about the flora, fauna and geography of the Gálapagos. As well as a large screen TV and DVD player, there is a small reading library and a collection of board games for you to enjoy.
This deck also plays host to the ship’s bar, and a comfortable dining room. Here you will enjoy a wide range of delicious local and international dishes, from your substantial breakfasts, to the mouthwatering warm lunches and dinners, all served in an abundant buffet style and freshly prepared by the professional chef.
Exterior areas include a separate front-facing sunbathing area on the Upper Deck, but the main action takes place on the sunbed-lined Sun Deck which also features soft underfoot faux grass, a wet bar, and a partially covered area which is often used for alfresco dining, but also perfect for feeling the refreshing sea breeze and the tropical sun on your skin while taking in the stunning 360-degree panoramic views.
Unique Itineraries & Features
The Monserrat boat boasts fabulous, flexible itineraries to boot—her choice of 4 and 5-day cruises can be combined to create itineraries of 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 15 days—each featuring an excellent mix of dry and wet landings, snorkeling, swimming and beach excursions, and both nature walks and panga rides in the company of an expert bilingual naturalist guide. The use of snorkeling equipment and a kayak and stand-up paddle board are included, and free cocktail lessons and cooking lessons enrich your voyage even further. Wetsuits hire is also available at an extra cost.
One of many unique features of this vessel is that the Monserrat offers single cabins without a supplement once its two triple cabins are sold. And, because the Gálapagos National Park limit the number of guests that can be taken into the park at 16 per qualified guide, Monserrat’s maximum of 20 guests will have a more intimate experience than most, enjoying one of the best guide-to-passenger ratios in Gálapagos at 1:10 or better as 2 guides are guaranteed when there are 13 passengers or more aboard.
When you combine these factors with her larger than average social areas, increased speed and stability of her bigger hull, and the crew’s commitment to personalized service and attention to detail, Monserrat Gálapagos cruises really do offer a great value adventure expedition experience.
Suites & Cabins
The Lower Deck cabins feature top hopper windows allowing natural light into the room, as well as a safety deposit box, a hairdryer, air conditioning, a wardrobe to fit all your items, and a private bathroom with hot water. Two of the cabins can accommodate 3 adults thanks to their twin and upper berths, while the other two feature matrimonial beds.
Upper Deck cabins have large picture windows for unrestricted views of the passing scenery and plenty of natural light. The cabins also feature a safety deposit box, a hairdryer, a spacious wardrobe to fit all your items, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with hot water. 5 have twin configuration while 1 has a matrimonial bed.