Galapagos Small Yachts vs. Cruise Ships

why small yachts are the best way
to visit the galapagos islands
Galapagos Small Yachts vs Cruise Ships
quasar expeditions'
small yachts
M/V Evolution Yacht
  • You will have a more personal experience with nature.

  • You will never feel “lost in the crowd”.

  • Get to know the Galapagos with a handful of like-minded fellow guests.

  • You will make the Galapagos your personal get-away.

  • Our yachts are equiped with rolling keels to minimize rocking during rough seas.

M/Y Grace Yacht
  • Your dining experience will be delightful.

  • Our yachts offer both an indoor dining room and an al-fresco dining area. Meals can be served where our guests desire.

  • Our specialty chefs prepare fine cuisine from scratch using the freshest local ingredients.

  • Our dining staff will satisfy your culinary requests.

Small Yacht Activities
  • On a Quasar Expedition’s yacht you will be able to do many exciting activities like sea kayaking and snorkeling.

  • Sea kayaking is an excellent way to discover the Galapagos on your own and delve into unexplored little corners.

  • On our yachts you will be able to do snorkeling at least once a day with a small enough group that you will be able to see more marine life than human flippers.

Small Yacht Naturalist Guide
  • We work with the best naturalist guides on the Galapagos.

  • You will have direct and personal access to our guides. Your interaction with them will be very enriching.

  • With a ratio of onboard staff to guests of 2 to 1, your needs and requests will be carefully attended to.

Small Yacht Traveling
  • When you travel on a small yacht, you minimize human impact on the Islands. Your presence will be almost unfelt by the wildlife.

  • For this reason, the more fragile visiting sites are only available to small vessels.

  • There are unexpected and spontaneous natural encounters all the time during your cruise. Our experienced captains can turn our small yachts to follow a school of dolphins, to halt and let you snorkel with humpback whales or let you hop on the dinghy and view killer whales up-close.

galapagos
cruise ships

  • You will feel like a passenger and not a guest.

  • You will be surrounded by strangers.

  • Elusive animals will escape a large crowd.

  • Large ships will still rock on rough seas.

Galapagos Cruise Ships
  • Cruise Ships need to cater to many passengers, many times using pre-cooked ingredients.

  • You will have to make a line and wait to serve your food.

  • The dining areas will be noisy.

  • Forget about having spur-of-the-moment special culinary requests.

Large Cruise Ship Activities
  • Due to the large number of people on a cruise ship, activities are limited.

  • Many cruise ships don’t offer sea kayaking.

  • When you do snorkel you will be surrounded by many others.

Large Cruise Ship Passengers
  • Interacting with large crowds is difficult for naturalist guides because of the logistics of such groups.

  • Special requests are harder to satisfy.

Galaapgos Cruise Ship Guides
  • Large groups leave a heavy footprint on the Islands.

  • Wildlife is over-burdened and stressed by large crowds.

  • Forget about changing course or hopping on the dinghy to take advantage of an unexpected natural encounter.

Large Cruise Ship Traveling
hotels
Galapagos Hotels
  • Hotels are located on the populated towns outside the Galapagos National Park.

  • Considering that 97% of the archipelago is National Park, the only way to visit everything that the Galapagos has to offer (and witness evolution with your own eyes), is to travel on a 7 day cruise that will reach the most remote areas.

  • Hotels usually offer daily tours on small power boats to nearby visiting sites of the Galapagos National Park. The crossings from your hotel to the visiting sites last from 2 to 4 hours each way. This means you will spend at least half of your day onboard a small power boat, often quite crowded.

  • The chances of an unexpected natural encounter increase the further you are from the populated towns.

  • You will only get a small taste of the true Galapagos experience.

  • The enchantment of the Islands will escape you.

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