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M/Y Eric, Flamingo I & Letty

Exploring the Galapagos intimately and in depth


cruise highlights

7-night expeditions depart every Sunday from San Cristóbal 20-guest superior first-class motor yacht

10 fully air-conditioned outside staterooms with private bathrooms Dining room featuring Ecuadorian and international cuisine
Fully-stocked bar
Conference room for briefings with TV, DVD player and library

Observation areas and open sun deck


Since 1990 this first-class fleet includes three identical motor-yachts and a custom-designed dive boat - all unmatched for comfort and safety. Sailing with only 20 fellow guests, venturing ashore in small groups of ten, you’ll experience these islands in a highly personal, close-up way. And you’ll also be pleased to know of our reputation for environmental integrity. We’re committed to preserving the Galapagos National Park and we’ve received many plaudits for our efforts.


Come let our experienced naturalist guides share the secrets of the islands with you. Venture to the most spectacular sites on land or beneath the sea. Enjoy the courtship dance of the blue-footed boobies or massive waved albatross. Dive with a hammerhead shark or whale shark. Come be amazed.


Committed to preserving the Galapagos Islands as a unique and priceless UNESCO World Heritage site. Through various efforts in conservation and sustainability, we are able to offer highly personalized eco-adventures aboard our fleet of modern motor-yachts while at the same time abiding by our claim as a responsible tour operator.


Smart Voyager is a Galapagos conservation program created by the highly respected Rainforest Alliance organization and its Ecuador-based partner, Conservación y Desarrollo. Smart Voyager awards its green seal of approval to tour operators who meet a set of conservation standards.


The operators of this fleet were one of the first to receive Smart Voyager certification. In addition, in 2005 the Rainforest Alliance awarded Santiago Dunn, the prestigious Individual Sustainable Standard-Setter award.


ECUADOR’S FIRST
CARBON NEUTRAL COMPANY

The Carbon Neutral Company is a leading provider of strategic solutions to help companies assess and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2006, the fleet operators became the first “carbon neutral” company in Ecuador by measuring the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their four boats and reducing them wherever possible. We then offset the unavoidable emissions through a portfolio of climate-friendly projects including reforestation in Chiapas, Mexico, renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka and India, and methane recapture in the U.S.


GALAPAGOS MARINE BIODIVERSITY FUND

Guests have the opportunity to support a new fund administered by the World Wildlife Fund in support of the Galapagos National Park Service. The fund targets environmental education and marine conservation by strengthening the local communities’ ability to manage natural resources. GMBF puts donated funds to work on the ground, addressing critical issues, reversing ecological damage and conserving Galapagos for the future.


Families with children are welcome throughout the year. However, during school breaks, there are designated family departures that offer the best of a science museum, zoo, aviary, marine park and a cruise vacation all rolled into one. Our naturalists know how to bring these Islands they love to life and to balance learning with fun for the entire family.


These departures feature age-appropriate activities and kid-friendly meals. They are geared toward helping younger children and teens to understand and appreciate the delicate balance of this fragile ecosystem. On board, children are welcome to visit the bridge and learn about astronomy, navigational charts and tie nautical knots with our Captain. They can enjoy special parties including movies and popcorn, ice cream sundae social and our special King Neptune costume party and talent show.


Experience moment after moment of wonder in a land where time stands still. Our comprehensive 7-night cruises explore the entire archipelago. And thanks to an outstanding guide-to-guest ratio, you’ll venture ashore in small groups of no more than ten fellow explorers, experiencing this magical realm in the most authentic and educational way possible.


We offer all kinds of active exploration. Go on a nature walk and marvel at pre-historic land iguanas and lava lizards. Slip into a sea kayak and discover hidden tide pools, mangrove forests, beaches of red, green and black sand and the hardened lava fields smeared into the edges of the shores. Swim back and forth across the equator with sea lions that perform an underwater ballet. Go birding to look for the Nazca booby. Or put on your own mask and enter the delicate balance of life underwater, watching schools of graceful spotted eagle rays gliding beneath you.


Exploring the undersea is a major part of the Galapagos experience where cold and warm waters intermingle and where fur sea lions, sea turtles, dolphins, whales and tame reef sharks thrive.
We provide complimentary snorkeling equipment, wet suits and kayaks.

After dinner, attend a briefing by one of our naturalists. With so few guests, your guide can take the time to explore a topic that interests you personally.



The signature fleet includes three identical yachts custom-designed for Galapagos cruising: the M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty. Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bath (hot and cold water showers), soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. There’s a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV and panoramic picture windows. Or you can relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes, sunshine or a sky full of stars.


You’ll venture ashore in rubber inflatable dinghies, locally called pangas, in small groups of ten led by one of our experienced English-speaking guides. That’s important since you can get to know the Galapagos more intimately aboard a smaller ship. A seasoned Captain, eight dedicated crew members and two experienced English-speaking naturalist guides attend to the details of your cruise, beginning with transfers from the airport on San Cristóbal to your private yacht.


You’ll start each day with an early breakfast including fresh fruit juices, eggs cooked to order and a wide array of fresh fruit, followed by a morning excursion. The lunch buffet features a variety of crisp salads, fresh produce and pastas, meat and fish specialties. You’ll have time for a siesta before another excursion in the afternoon. Before dinner, naturalists hold a briefing for the next day’s activities. Relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner with local delicacies such as ceviche, grilled seafood and enticing deserts. The Captain often dines with everyone on board. There’s a greater sense of camaraderie and shared excitement, and it’s easier to mix and mingle with the staff and fellow guests. Later, we navigate to the next island, arriving in the morning for a new adventure ashore.



L.O.A.:
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Draft:
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Cruising Speed: Engines:
Generators:
Water Capacity: Watermaker Capacity: Fuel Capacity:

83 feet / 25 meters 24 feet / 7 meters 6 feet / 1.8 meters 240

10-12 knots
(2) 402 HOP Caterpillar, 8-cylinder turbo diesel (2) Perking 90 KY generators
5,000 gallons / 18,921 liters
2,530 gallons per day / 9,575 liters per day 5,400 gallons / 20,435 liters

m/v Galapagos sky
[ premium dive live-aboard ]

Swept by both the cold waters of Antarctica and warm currents from the tropical Pacific, the underwater world of the Galapagos is as uniquely enchanting as the islands themselves. Here penguins swim with tropical fish and iguana feed underwater. Fur sea lions, hammerhead sharks, turtles and the magnificent mantas are just a fraction of the species that thrive in one of the world’s top dive spots. Remember, the entire archipelago has been declared a marine reserve, which protects marine life 15 nautical miles off shore and prohibits industrial fishing 40 nautical miles off shore.

Aboard the M/V G alapagos Sky, you can explore Darwin’s living laboratory while luxuriating in all the creature comforts of a Divencounters Inc. custom-built dive vessel for up to 16 divers. Accommodations include eight private en-suite cabins with two twin or one king size bed with window view or port light, private head/shower, mirrored cabinet and wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer and toiletries.


The elegant M/V

Galapagos Sky is fully air conditioned and features a spacious lounge area and fine dining.
Two dive masters and up to four dives a day ensure that your voyage transcends into a treasured adventure.

cruise highlights


  1.  7-night expeditions from San Cristóbal

  2.  Diving at Wolf and Darwin islands

  3.  Naturalist dive instructor and dive master

  4.  Ecuadorian and international cuisine

  5.  Main salon with audio/video entertainment center

  6.  Zodiac & dive platforms with fresh water showers

  7.  Dive equipment and camera rentals

  8.  Ample space for personal gear storage

  9.  Nitrox fills

enjoy with our compliments

All beverages including wines and liquors Up to four dives daily and land excursions Dive deck assistance and fresh water rinses All amenities including terrycloth bathrobes,

fresh hot towels after every dive and morning beverage service

Accolades & Achievements


Provided scholarships for 23 local students to study at the University level


Helped to fund a micro-enterprise business creating alternate sources of income







Control illegal commercial fishing activities through a permanent floating station at Darwin Island and a satellite vessel monitoring system.  











The cruise operators sponsor the salaries for teachers and physical therapists at the Alejandro Alvear  School in San Cristobal for children with physical disabilities and adults who are hearing impaired.















Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism – Best in a Marine Environment (2008)






Conde Nast World Saver Award - top scoring cruise line in education, preservation, poverty and health (2009)

















Travel + Leisure’s 5th annual Global Vision Award for Green Cruising. (2009)














Galapagos Marine Biodiversity Fund – established in 2006 in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund