Why Cruise the Galápagos?
Embark on a Galápagos cruise and experience the evolutionary oddities and breathtaking scenery of an astonishing archipelago famed worldwide for its wildlife-viewing opportunities. A haven hewn from lava and hidden from humanity for centuries – the Galápagos lie some 600 miles (nearly 1,000 km) off the Ecuadorian Pacific coast – this enchanting collection of islands and islets is home to a veritable menagerie of miraculous and marvelous wildlife waiting to meet you. Beneath the spectacular volcanic vistas, delve into an underwater wonderland, a nutrient-rich cocktail of currents conducting an oceanic opera of teeming marine life.
Aboard only the best Galápagos cruise ships available, explore the remote reaches of this otherworldly realm, and discover the pristine, protected visitor sites of the Galápagos National Park with the help of hand-chosen guides, naturalist oracles who will passionately impart their expert knowledge about the fascinating flora and fearless fauna you will encounter. Prepare yourself for one of the wildest of wildlife safaris imaginable on an unforgettable Galapagos Islands cruise, as you follow in Darwin’s footsteps to a world where tortoises are as big as boulders, marine iguanas span surf and shore, and blue-footed boobies perform mesmeric mating dances.
Our hand-picked portfolio of Galápagos cruise ships has been carefully chosen to include remarkable vessels operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers in the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge, and utmost levels of service.
Our custom Galápagos tours are the ultimate in Galápagos Islands cruise packages, seamlessly combining Galápagos cruises with bespoke land tours featuring private expert-led excursions and curated accommodations. Browse our best-selling Galápagos vacations below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.
Want to know more about cruising Galápagos? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive Galápagos Islands travel guide to help you plan your cruise. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.
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How Much Does A Galápagos Cruise Cost?
This typically depends on cruise length, comfort level of your boat and choice of cabin category, although seasonal and single supplements may also apply. On average, short cruises of 5 days or less cost from $2,500 pp, and longer cruises of 8 days or longer from $5,000 pp based on double occupancy.
Prices typically exclude the cost of flights to the islands (around $500) and the National Park entrance fee ($100). Most cruises are all-inclusive with the exception of alcoholic beverages and tips. To help reduce the cost you may like to ask about our Galapagos cruise deals or consider a private Galapagos cruise charter which often prove more cost effective if traveling in a group.
Do I Need A Visa For The Galápagos Islands?
You do not need a visa for the Galapagos Islands per se, but you may require a visa for entry into Ecuador dependent upon your nationality. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Ecuador for stays less than 90 days in any 12-month period, however your passport must be valid for at least six months at the date of entry and have one blank page for your entry stamp. There are, however, several entry requirements for the Galapagos (see below).
Are There Any Galápagos Entry Requirements?
To enter Galapagos, travelers must present the following documents at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil before their flight to the islands:
- Return air tickets between the mainland and Galapagos
- Private travel health insurance
- Transit Control Card, which is available at the airport for a cost of $20 (cash only)
- As of July 1, 2021, all travelers must present either (a) proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series, or (b) a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result within 72 hours of arrival. Tests are widely available in mainland Ecuador. We can arrange for a test at your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil, with most results in 12 hours.
Upon arrival at the airport in Galapagos, travelers must then present their Transit Control Card, and pay the $100 National Park entry fee before they are allowed to enter.
We will happily organize your pre-registration of the Transit Control Card and pre-payment of the National Park entry fee (where possible) to smooth this process.
How Many Days Should You Spend In Galápagos?
We always recommend a minimum of 5 days to adequately experience the Galapagos Islands and strongly advise 8 days to truly appreciate their incredible endemic species and otherworldly landscapes. To comprehensively explore every major island of the archipelago, consider an epic 15 day Galapagos cruise.
What Is The Food Like On A Galapagos Cruise?
The cruises offer a wide selection of international and Ecuadorian food, including a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, chicken, rice and pasta, as well as fish and seafood which, as you might imagine, is abundant and fresh. The most famous local dish is the ceviche, made with freshly-caught lobster, octopus, squid, or shrimp.
Most cruises will serve meals in a relaxed buffet-style. However, high-end vessels may offer more formal dining arrangements. Please let us know beforehand of any specific dietary requirements or allergies for us to inform the chef on board.