What are Quasar Expedition’s booking and cancellation policies?
Our booking and cancellation policies can be found on our Booking Terms & Conditions page.
What are Quasar Expedition’s pricing and payment schedules?
Our pricing is based for an 8 day/ 7 night cruise on a per guest basis depending on the yacht and cabin you choose. The payment schedule for your booking will depend on how far in advance you book. If you book well in advance of your cruise departure date, you will have to make a deposit to confirm your booking and the balance will be due closer to your departure date. If you book very close to the departure date, you will most likely have to make payment in full to confirm your booking. Be mindful that should you decide to cancel, refund of your payments will be subject to the date of your cancellation based on our cancellation policies. We accept all major credit cards or you can also pay through bank wire transfers. Please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions page to get exact dates and figures for payment schedules and cancellation terms.
Travel documents Required
According to Ecuadorian Immigration regulations, every foreign passenger entering the Galapagos and Ecuador must have a passport valid for up to 6 months counting from the return date to your country of origin.
Travel and Medical Insurance
All passengers should have full medical insurance and trip-cancellation insurance. Be mindful that the Galapagos is a remote location with very basic medical facilities at hand. Emergency medical evacuation can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. Your Insurance company should be able to assist you with the best options for your particular trip. We can also recommend a proper insurance policy for you by clicking here.
Quasar Expeditions’ Emergency phone number
The most important recommendation is: always carry with you Quasar Expedition’s local emergency phone number. In case of an emergency, this should be your priority contact in order to receive immediate assistance. You will be given our emergency phone numbers when you book any trip with us.
Tipping / Gratuities Guidelines
We are often asked what gratuity is appropriate to leave your guide and crew while in the Galapagos. Of course the quality of service should determine the extent of any gratuity. As a recommendation, if the service received has been excellent, the suggested tipping guidelines are:
US $80 - US $100 per passenger, for the week, which can be divided per guide as you see it according to their expertise and service provided. For charters, US $1,400 - US $1,800 for the week (on the M/Y Grace) and US $2,500 - US $3,200 for the week (on the M/V Evolution).
US $180 - US $200 per passenger, for the week. For charters, US $3,200 - US $3,600 for the week (on the M/Y Grace) and US $5,700 - US $6,400 for the week (on the M/V Evolution). This will be divided evenly between the crew. If you would like to give an additional, separate gratuity to any particular crew please feel free to do so.
Please understand that this is a suggestion only: tipping and gratuities are a very personal matter.
What is not included in the cruise price?
Meals not mentioned in the specific itinerary, alcoholic beverages, tips/gratuities, laundry service, satellite phone calls, spa treatments, international departure taxes and other expenses of a personal nature.
How much money/ cash should I bring to the Galapagos Cruise?
This is up to you. Here are some guidelines per guest if you decide to pay most things with cash: Tips/Gratuities $200, Galapagos National Park Fees: $110, alcoholic beverages in Ecuador are heavily taxed (~$10 per drink on board), there are souvenir stores in the Galapagos and some do not accept credit cards.
Duration of your Galapagos Cruise
All our Galapagos Cruises are 7 nights / 8 days, from Saturday to Saturday. The trip can be extended with hotel stays in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Islands. Please inquire with us about extending your Galapagos stay.