At a Glance
Luxurious and spacious catamaran which accommodates just 16 passengers
All suites have huge panoramic windows and balconies
Connecting cabins available and all cabins can offer king or twin beds
Elegant design with a huge focus on natural light; guests can enjoy 180-degree views from the panoramic lounge, without needing to be outside
- In between excursions, unwind on the sky deck which boasts plenty of lounge space, a bar and Jacuzzi
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
Best time to Visit
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There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galapagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.
To start planning your holiday to Elite
The Elite is one of the newest luxury catamarans to sail the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, famed for their fearless endemic wildlife. Accommodates just 16 passengers in spacious and elegant cabins.
The Elite is a sleek yet spacious catamaran, set to sail the Galapagos archipelago from June 2019. It accommodates just 16 passengers but has space for 10 additional crew members so service is attentive and personal. The cabins themselves can all accommodate either a king-sized bed or twin beds, and all boast huge sliding glass doors which open out onto a private balcony. 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.
Social areas on board the Elite are also spacious, with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors on each deck. The main deck boasts a huge panoramic lounge while the sky deck offers a bar, seating and Jacuzzi for evenings under the stars.
Itineraries are either 3, 4 or 7 nights, taking in twice daily excursions in the Galapagos Islands, both on land and on the water. Spend days walking across lava fields, snorkelling with sea lions, turtles and penguins, and kayaking past dolphins and an array of colourful bird species. This is a fantastic cruise option for guests who wish to explore this incredible natural playground while staying on board an intimate yet comfortable ship.
There are 10 cabins on board the Elite, 6 Golden suites, 2 single cabins and 2 Premium Front Views Suites. All boast large sliding glass doors and a balcony, as well as ensuite bathrooms. Single cabins boast a single bed, whilst all other cabins can accommodate king beds or twin beds. Connecting options are available on both decks. 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.
As well as a dining room there is also alfresco dining, weather permitting on the sky deck.
The sky deck has a hot tub, bar and ample social areas.
180 degree views from the interior lounge and all suites have private outdoor balconies and panoramic sliding glass doors.
Activities include glass-bottom kayaking, snorkelling, Zodiac rides and hiking, all with the goal of getting up close to the incredible endemic wildlife that can be found throughout the archipelago. Nature talks and introductions to the islands will be given in the evenings.
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