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Galapagos Eclipse a boutique yacht built for expedition travel

Galapagos Eclipse Cruise

At 210ft long and boasting a spacious interior and plenty of outside space, as well as a souvenir shop, onboard library and video room, the Galapagos Eclipse has all the trappings of luxury that a traveller could want. 

Galapagos Travel on board the Eclipse Yacht

As it accommodates just 48 passengers in 27 cabins, (around half the capacity of other ships her size) the Eclipse gives everyone on board plenty of space to relax, socialise and enjoy the magnificent views slipping by.  

A cruise on board the Galapagos Eclipse lasts eight days and takes in all of the most spectacular sights of the archipelago. 

Swim in the clear waters of Isabela Island where you can spot sea turtles and all sorts of tropical fish. Visit the lively colony of sea lions on Española Island, where you’ll also have the chance to go deep water snorkeling or kayaking around the bay.  

If you’re looking for a ship that would meet the standards of a celebrity cruise, Galapagos Island tours on board the Eclipse should satisfy as the ship also boasts a 20ft swimming pool with poolside bar. 

In fact, the staterooms on board the Galapagos Eclipse are among the largest of any vessel sailing in the Galapagos, so you’ll have plenty of space in which to relax and reflect on your adventures. 

In the evening, after a day of new discoveries, visit one of the ship’s sun decks where you can enjoy an evening cocktail as the sun goes down and, if you’re lucky, spot some of the many dolphins and whales who inhabit these tropical waters.

A cruise on board the Galapagos Eclipse is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And during your time in the Galapagos you’ll see, do and experience so many new and fantastic things that you’ll never want to leave these enchanted isles.

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Eclipse cruise technical specifications

Type of Vessel: Expedition Vessel
LOA:     210 feet / 64 meters
Beam: 41 feet / 12.50 meters
Depth: 23 feet / 7.10 meters
Draft: 11 feet / 3.20 meters
Gross tonnage: 1610
Engines: 2 Deutz 1175 BHP
Generators: 2 Caterpillar 3412 TA, 350 KW 50 HZ
Cruising speed: 11 knots
Safety: ISM, SOLAS
Accommodation: up to 48 passengers with private
facilities Crew: 31 plus 4 naturalist guides
Navigation equipment: JMA - 7252 - 61 JRC radars. Furuno GP
-30 GPS, Furuno FCV - 667 color video
sounder, speed log, gyrocompass Anschutz
STD 20,autopilot Anschutz Pilotstar
DAP02 - S01.
Safety equipment: EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating
Radio Beacon), 2 x 40 person life boats,
4 x 10 person life rafts, life jackets,
flares and signals, sprinkler system,
fire extinguishers, smoke detector
system, C02 system. Safety equipment to
SOLAS July 1998 requirements.
Communication equipment:GMDSS Console,
Inmarsat Mini - M Satcom.Satellite phone

Safety and respect for the environment are priorities aboard the Eclipse, which conforms to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and ISM (International Safety Management) regulations, as well as to the strict environmental standards set by the Galapagos National Park authorities.

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Eclipse cruise itinerary

8-DAY ITINERARY (Saturday through Saturday)
Saturday AM: Baltra Airport
PM: Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach
Sunday AM: Santiago: Puerto Egas
PM: Bartolomé
Monday AM: Santa Cruz: Cerro Dragón
PM: Rábida Island
Tuesday AM: Isabela: Tagus Cove
PM: Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
Wednesday AM: Isabela: Punta Espinoza
PM: Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca
Thursday AM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station
PM: Santa Cruz: The Highlands
Friday AM: Española: Gardner’s Bay
PM: Española: Punta Suarez
Saturday AM: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove
PM: Baltra Airport

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Galapagos Eclipse Day by day itinerary

Type of landing: Wet
Water activities: Swimming, snorkeling and kayaking
Day #4
Tuesday Morning: Tagus Cove – Isabela Island
Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden). Depending on the season, you will go hiking, snorkeling or kayaking. On the hike, the trail goes through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwinvolcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake.
The morning activity is followed by a panga ride, where you will have the opportunity to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, we sometimes encounter dolphins and whales.
Type of landing: Dry or wet, plus panga ride
Water activities: Snorkeling and kayaking (depending on the season)

Tuesday Afternoon: Elizabeth Bay – Isabela Island
Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that we will visit on our cruise. A panga ride around two islets called the Marielas offers a wide variety of bird life, such as flightless cormorants, herons, and blue-footed boobies. Then we will enter a sheltered cove – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles and rays. Panga ride only

Day #5
Wednesday Morning: Punta Espinoza – Fernandina Island

Fernandina last erupted in 1995. La Cumbre Volcano dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Punta Espinosa is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.
Type of landing: Dry
Wednesday Afternoon: Punta Vicente Roca – Isabela Island
Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.
Panga ride only
Water activities: Snorkeling

Day #6
Thursday Morning: Charles Darwin Research Station – Santa Cruz Island

On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit you will have some free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora.
Type of landing: Dry

Thursday Afternoon: Santa Cruz Highlands – Santa Cruz Island
From Puerto Ayora you will travel by bus to the lush, green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. You will have the opportunity to walk through lava tunnels so take a flashlight if you have one. Optional activities such as biking, relaxing on the beach or just strolling in town are available.
Type of landing: Dry
Day #7
Friday Morning: Gardner Bay – Española Island

Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sandy beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions, and it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. After the beach time you will have a chance to deep water snorkel from the panga, or go kayaking.
Type of landing: Wet
Water activities: Swimming, snorkeling and kayaking
Friday Afternoon: Punta Suarez – Española Island
Punta Suarez is one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation from other islands, it has a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Española marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest almost on the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors and finches go about their business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.
Type of landing: Dry

Day #8
Saturday Morning: Black Turtle Cove – Santa Cruz Island

Black Turtle Cove is one of the most beautiful marine sites in Galapagos.
It is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a resting site for sea turtles, rays and sharks. This site is only accessible by panga. Panga ride only
Departure from Baltra Airport

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Eclipse cruise deck plan

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Eclipse cruise rates 2016

Regular Season 8 days / 7 nights Sat-Sat 6 days / 5 nights Sat-Thurs
Deluxe Staterooms $7500 $6500
Superior Stateroom $7100 $6100
Stateroom $6500 $5500
Standard Stateroom $6200 $5300
Single Stateroom $6400 $5500

* Low season rates apply for Jan 2 & 9 Departures and Aug 27-Dec 10 sailings

* Low Season 8 days / 7 nights Sat-Sat 6 days / 5 nights Sat-Thurs
Deluxe Staterooms $7300 $6300
Superior Stateroom $6900 $5900
Stateroom $6300 $5400
Standard Stateroom $6000 $5200
Single Stateroom $6200 $5400

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