G Adventures has introduced a sixth yacht to its fleet of vessels for touring the Galápagos Islands, with 2020 departures now posted.
The custom-built catamaran will be among the most comfortable passenger touring vessels of its size in the Galápagos, and will reflect the company’s commitment to responsible tourism. Select departures from international airports in Toronto, New York, Miami and Los Angeles will qualify early-booking passengers for free round-trip flights to Quito, Ecuador next year*.
About the yacht
The 103-foot Reina Silvia Voyager catamaran will cruise the Galápagos Islands as a high-end touring vessel, accommodating up to 16 passengers in 10 cabins on two decks. Eight of those cabins are designed for twin/double stays, and two are dedicated to solo travellers who prefer their own space at a good value.
Eight rooms offer private balconies, while all rooms have panoramic windows for optimal ocean viewing, plus bright, contemporary furnishings, artwork by local naturalist photographers, and energy-saving LED lighting.
Common areas on board will include an expansive third deck with lounge chairs for sunbathing, covered cocktails bar, grill station and an outdoor jacuzzi tub for relaxing under the sun or stars. An indoor, air-conditioned salon with large video screen will enable visual presentations from specially trained naturalists, who will guide each group’s tour and help guests learn about the iconic wildlife and culture of the Galápagos Islands’ inhabitants.
Landings and exploration of the region’s remote ports and wild, rocky coasts will be accessible to guests, thanks to the Reina Silvia Voyager’s nine on-board kayaks and two zodiacs for guests’ guided use. Wetsuits and snorkeling gear will also be freely available for passengers’ enjoyment, as will beach towels and hairdryers.
All meals on board are included and will accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-sensitive diets. A crew of nine, including a dedicated chef and G Adventures Chief Experience Officer, will serve guests daily.
G Adventures is offering free, round-trip, international flights from four North American hubs when booked by Sept. 30, 2019.
The tour operator’s two new 10-day itineraries will be eligible for the complimentary airfare during the boat’s first three months of operations in 2020, offering 14 total departure dates for travellers to save on airfare. These voyages start and finish in the capital city of Quito, and offer sailing through either the eastern or western Galápagos, including the inhabited islands of Isabela, Floreana, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal, plus eight other uninhabited islands that are protected within the Galápagos National Park system.
Trips to choose from
Pricing is as follows:
- 8-day Galápagos - Central & Eastern Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager, Cruise Only - from $7,599
- 8-day Galápagos - Western & Central Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager, Cruise Only - from $7,599
- 10-day Galápagos from Quito - Central & Eastern Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager - from $8,399
- 10-day Galápagos from Quito - Western & Central Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager - from $8,399
With 40 different itineraries that offer adventure travellers access to the 20 different islands of the Galápagos, ranging from seven to 17 days in length, the Reina Silvia Voyager will allow G Adventures to meet the increasing traveller demand it is seeing for Galápagos adventure.
There has been a 19 per cent surge in global bookings of its marine-based cruises in the region since January 2016.
To comply with the Galápagos Islands’ trailblazing ban on single-use plastic bottles, straws and bags, G Adventures is giving each passenger a reusable stainless steel bottle and will offer unlimited access to filtered drinking water on board. Toiletries onboard all of G Adventures’ boats are also provided in refillable containers.
In partnership with the nonprofit Planeterra Foundation, G Adventures additionally supports an Ocean Health Fund with investments in numerous marine initiatives, including the United Nations Environment Program’s Clean Seas campaign and the Marine Megafauna Foundation’s Galápagos Whale Shark Project.
For more information and the complete list of trips, visit: www.gadventures.com/galapagos.
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