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Galapagos luxury cruises on board the Petrel

Galapagos Petrel Yacht

The Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. A motorized catamaran, the Petrel is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and Jacuzzi.

Galapagos Travel on board the Petrel

Her speed, comfort, luxurious interiors and excellent itinerary make Petrel perfect for your Galapagos Cruise Adventure.
All cabins boast the luxury of a private balcony and the new stability system ensures the smoothest of rides. She is the fastest, sleekest and most stable catamaran cruising the Islands.
Guests have the choice of eating in the elegant indoor dining area or outside in al-fresco style. Petrel boasts a comfortable lounge area and library complete with plasma TVs, lap-tops, DVD player and stereo.
The huge sundeck features the Jacuzzi and is great for watching whales and dolphins or to simply relax and soak up the sun between island excursions. In the evenings there is no better place for star gazing.

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Petrel Yacht Technical Specifications

Year of construction: September 2015
Type: Power Motor Catamaran
Length: 115 ft (35 m)
Beam: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Draft: 5.4 ft (1,65 m)
Tonnage: 208 tons
Capacity: 16 passengers
Acommodation: Main Deck:
2 Suites 463ft² / 43m²
2 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²

Upper Deck:
4 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²
1 Single Staterooms 151 ft² / 14 m²

Sun Deck: Jacuzzi (Please check with your
Guide and Quality Control Manager for our Jaccuzi schedules.)
*Cabin size includes balcony
Main engines: 2 x Yanmar Diesel Engines 400HP@1950rpm
Power generators: 2 x John Deere Genset 70kw@1800rpm
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Water maker: 2000 Gallons / day
Exterior: GFRP (fiber reinforced polymer)
Crew: Captain
Bilingual Galapagos National Park
Naturalist Guide
Cruise Manager
8 other crew (First Mate, Second Mate, Chef, Sous Chef, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Barman, Housekeeper)
Safety & Navigation: All equipment meets or exceeds the international SOLAS standard:
2x 20-man life raft
Navtex
GPS
Depth Sounder 2
naval radars Fire detection and prevention systems etc.
Available Gear: Kayaks
Snorkeling Gear
Wet Suits

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Petrel Itineraries

4 Days (San Cristobal, Española, Floreana)
Friday: AM - San Cristobal: Interpretation Center
PM - San Cristobal : Galapaguera
Saturday: AM - Española : Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet
PM - Española : Suarez Point
Sunday: AM - Floreana : Cormorant Point / Devil's Crown
PM - Floreana : Post Office Bay
Monday: AM - Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
PM - Transfer to the Airport

5 Days (Genovesa, Central Andes)
Monday: AM - Santa Cruz: Baltra
PM - Santa Cruz: Highlands
Tuesday: AM - Santiago : Sullivan Bay
PM - Bartolomen : Pinnacle Rock
Wednesday: AM - Genovesa : Darwin Bay
PM - Genovesa : Prince Phillip's Steps
Thursday: AM - Santiago: Puerto Egas
PM - Santiago: Espumilla Beach / Buccanneer Cove
Friday: AM - Santa Cruz: Carrion Point
Transfer to the Airport

6 Days B (Central, Southern Islands)
Wednesday: AM - Santa Cruz: Baltra
PM - Santa Cruz: los Gemelos
Thursday: AM - Souht : Plaza Islands
PM - Santa Fe Island
Friday: AM - San Cristobal : Lobos islands
PM - San Critobal : Interpretation Center / La Galapagera
Saturday: AM - Española: Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet
PM - Española: Suarez Point
Sunday: AM - Floreana: Cormorant Point / Devil's Crown
PM - Floreana: Post Office Bay
Monday: AM - Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
Transfer to the Airport

6 Days A (Isabela, Fernandina Islands)
Friday: AM - Santa Cruz: Baltra
PM - North Seymour Islands
Saturday: AM - Isabella : Vicente Roca Point
PM - Fernandina : Espinoza Point
Sunday: AM - Isabela : Tagus Cove
PM - Isabela: Urbina Bay
Monday: AM - Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
PM - Isabela: Punta Moreno
Tuesday: AM - Isabela: Sierra Negra Volcano
PM - Isabela: Wetlands / The Walls of Tears
Wednesday: AM - Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
Transfer to the Airport

8 Days B (Central, Genovesa Islands)
Friday: AM - San Cristobal: Interpretation Center
PM - San Cristobal : Galapaguera
Saturday: AM - Española : Gardner Bay / Osborn Islet
PM - Española : Suarez Point
Sunday: AM - Floreana : Cormorant Point / Devil's Crown
PM - Floreana : Post Office Bay
Monday: AM - Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
PM - Santa Cruz: Highlands
Tuesday: AM - Santiago : Sullivan Bay
PM - Bartolomen : Pinnacle Rock
Wednesday: AM - Genovesa: Darwin Bay
PM - Genovesa: Prince Phillip's Steps
Thursday: AM - Santiago: Puerto Egas
PM - Santiago: Espumilla Beach / Buccanneer Cove
Friday: AM - Santa Cruz: Carrion Point
Transfer to the Airport

8 Days A (Isabela, Fernandina, Central Andes)
Friday: AM - Santa Cruz: Baltra
PM - North Seymour Islands
Saturday: AM - Isabella : Vicente Roca Point
PM - Fernandina : Espinoza Point
Sunday: AM - Isabela : Tagus Cove
PM - Isabela: Urbina Bay
Monday: AM - Isabela: Elizabeth Bay
PM - Isabela: Punta Moreno
Tuesday: AM - Isabela: Sierra Negra Volcano
PM - Isabela: Wetlands / The Walls of Tears
Wednesday: AM - Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station
PM - Santa Cruz: Los Gemelos
Thursday: AM - South Plaza Island
PM - Santa Fe Islands
Friday: AM - San Cristobal: Lobos Island
Transfer to the Airport

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Petrel Yacht Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1 - FRI - Embark San Cristobal to Interpretation Center or La Galapaguera

Arrive at the San Cristobal airport in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by Petrel staff and transferred to the catamaran. Take some time to settle into your cabin before lunch and a welcome briefing.
In the afternoon, visit the Interpretation Center for insights into the natural history, human history and conservation efforts of the Galapagos Islands, or La Galapaguera, a visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island that can be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warbler, finches and mockingbirds, and on the trails, giant tortoises.

Day 2 - SAT - Gardner Bay or Osborn Islet & Suarez Point (Espanola)
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the Espanola Island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with many sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling. Alternatively, land at Osborn Islet, where you can walk across a lovely white sand beach among a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim or snorkel with sea lion pups.

In the afternoon, visit Suarez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago. This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. Large waved albatrosses use the oceanfront cliff here as a launching pad. Another famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Day 3 - SUN - Cormorant Point or Devil's Crown & Post Office Bay (Floreana)
In the morning, depending on conditions either enjoy a stop at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island or snorkeling at Devil's Crown, just off Floreana. Cormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a salt-water lagoon that is a favorite of flamingos. Common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” takes its name from its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” is composed of white coral. Devil's Crown is one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. This volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water. The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.

After lunch, explore some human history at Post Office Bay. In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel here for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Day 4 - MON - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Today, head to the central Galapagos Islands with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. This organization provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos, and is home to turtles ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4 feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another, and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
In the afternoon take land transportation into the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches and many other species.

Day 4 - MON - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Today, head to the central Galapagos Islands with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. This organization provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos, and is home to turtles ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4 feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another, and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
In the afternoon take land transportation into the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches and many other species.

Day 4 - MON - Charles Darwin Station & Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Today, head to the central Galapagos Islands with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. This organization provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos, and is home to turtles ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4 feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another, and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.
In the afternoon take land transportation into the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes and rich wildlife. This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail ducklings, Darwin finches and many other species.

Day 5 - TUE - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) & Pinnacle Rock (Bartolome)
Located in the southeast of Santiago Island, Sullivan Bay is of great geological interest. The area, very volcanically active 200 years ago, is covered by pahoehoe lava flows combined with A’A lava. Small glass-like bubbles of lava, called "hornitos," can also be found. Swimming with sea lions and other wildlife from the shore is a lovely way to finish off the tour.
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Day 6 - WED - Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps (Genovesa)
Today head north to Genovesa Island's Darwin Bay, a white-sand coral beach with a half-mile trail winding through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Farther down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully and a spectacular view off a cliff. In the afternoon, visit Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky paths leading up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site, also known as El Barranco, is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 7 - THU - Puerto Egas, Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove (Santiago)
Today head north to Genovesa Island's Darwin Bay, a white-sand coral beach with a half-mile trail winding through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Farther down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully and a spectacular view off a cliff. In the afternoon, visit Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky paths leading up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site, also known as El Barranco, is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

In the afternoon visit either Espumilla Beach, a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally lightfoot crabs, or Bucaneer Cove. At Espumilla, the crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended here. Buccaneer Cover was once a safe haven in the 1600s and 1700s for pirates, who would stake out on the northwestern side of Santiago Island. Sea turtles now take the pirates' place and dig their nests for their eggs near the mangrove trees. It is a great location for snorkeling, and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.

Day 8 - FRI - Carrion Point (Santa Cruz)
In the morning make a short, early visit to Carrion Point, a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at the entrance of Channel of Itabaca. After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland.

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Petrel deck plan

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Petrel 2016 RATES

Description 8 days 6 Days 5 Days 4 Days
Staterooms $6,880 $5,245 $4,375 $3,245
Suites $7,475 $5,670 $4,715 $3,500
Charter (16 passengers) $102,690 $78,400 $65,310 $48,470

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