A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, Elite is an excellent choice for wildlife-loving families seeking better stability from their luxury cruise.
Elegant and airy social areas lead to generous guest suites spread over three different levels, with the sky deck complete with al fresco dining surely the highlight. As one of just 16 passengers, you’re also assured an intimate cruising experience with attentive and personal service.
Facilities & Activities
On its main deck, the Elite features 2 huge non-slip platforms for embarking and disembarking. There is a spacious sitting area where guests are briefed before their next adventure. At the stern there are two access doors to the panoramic guest lounge and dining areas, including the cocktail bar featuring a loft-style design with an internal stairway leading to the upper deck.
The Upper Deck features 2 secluded terraces to the front and rear – ideal extra sun-bathing space whilst The Sky Deck is perhaps the most beautiful and inviting outdoor area. The passenger sky lounge offers al-fresco dining, a whirlpool, and an outdoor cocktail bar, making it the perfect place for watching the Galapagos Islands float by with your favourite sundowner in hand.
The 3, 4 and 7-night itineraries include twice daily excursions to get close to the Galapagos wildlife, either on land or on the water, all accompanied by a fantastic naturalist guide. Spend your days walking across lava fields, snorkelling with sea lions, turtles, and penguins, and kayaking past dolphins and an array of colourful bird species. Activities include glass-bottom kayaking, snorkelling, Zodiac rides and hiking, all with the goal of getting up close to the incredible endemic wildlife. Evenings offer nature talks
Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits, and kayak and paddle board use are included with your cruise.
Please note that there is no Wi-Fi service on Elite.
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Guests cruise on a fully inclusive basis (alcoholic and bottled beverages extra). Meals are always made from fresh ingredients, locally provided from farms on the islands whenever possible. Special dietary needs are never a problem, and kids’ meals are available. Your onboard chef prepares three delicious, nutritious meals per day: breakfast and frequently lunch will be served buffet-style, with a more elegant sit-down dinner served in the al fresco dining area on the sky deck, weather permitting. Snacks and soft drinks are served whenever you return from a shore landing or activity and tea and coffee are available throughout the day.
The Elite has 4 Golden Suites on the main deck, two of which have front-facing windows plus a private balcony with panoramic sliding glass doors. The two suites located at the port of the catamaran can interconnect – ideal for families or small groups. All suites feature private and spacious restrooms bathed in natural light thanks to frosted and tempered glass walls.
Four more panoramic Golden Suites are available on the upper deck as well as a single cabin at the port of the vessel.
The Suites can all accommodate either a king-sized bed or twin beds. They feature panoramic windows with a glass sliding door to your private balcony. Each has a workstation, a smart phone dock, reading lamp, night table, independent controls for the air conditioning system, and a safe. Binoculars and waterproof action cameras are provided for each suite so you can document your activities out on the water and enjoy better views of the wildlife.
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Families are welcome on board and will appreciate the interconnecting suites. Children’s meals are available.
This incredible mega-catamaran was custom-designed and built especially for cruising the azure waters of the ecologically sensitive Galapagos Islands, home to awe-inspiring biodiversity and multiple species of wildlife. The on-board naturalist guide creates land and see-based itineraries consistent with the activities authorised by the Galapagos National Park. Featuring state-of-the-art navigation computers and safety equipment Elite is Ecuadorian-flagged and crewed, taking guests to isolated islands and remote visitor points where extraordinary wildlife can be found, from sea lions and basking marine iguanas to blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises. To protect such amazing wildlife, there is a water purifying system, and responsible waste management systems, including the tagging of biodegradable and recycled items and the avoidance of plastic usage. Such environmental practices contributed to Golden Galapagos Cruises winning The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) 2019 Achievement Award for Cruise Operator of the Year.
Flights to Galapagos
Flights to Galapagos are serviced by AVIANCA Airlines from Quito and Guayaquil. Flight reservations are made automatically through the cruise operator’s allotment of seats. Passengers receive assistance with check-in the transit card and park entrance fees are pre-paid.
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