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Expedition catamaran which accommodates just 16 passengers
Observe the famed Galapagos wildlife on thrilling excursions both on land and in the water
On-board kayaks and snorkelling equipment allow you to get face to face with sea lions, marine iguanas and sea turtles
Certified naturalist guides lead daily nature talks, giving guests the opportunity to ask any unanswered questions
Itineraries range from 3 nights to 14 nights, giving you flexibility to explore as much of the archipelago as possible
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.
Explore the diverse landscapes and habitats of the Galapagos Islands from on board the Seaman Journey, a comfortable 16-passenger catamaran with plenty of deck space for soaking in the equatorial sunshine and stunning ocean views.
Experience an unforgettable cruise around the haunting volcanic scenery of the Galapagos archipelago and come face to face with its diverse and endemic wildlife; snorkel with sea turtles and manta rays, walk alongside land iguanas and sea lions and kayak amongst mangroves where boobies, frigate birds and finches lurk.
An expedition on board the Seaman Journey offers itineraries in a variety of lengths, visiting far-flung islets and snorkelling spots that can be found deep within the national park and cannot be reached as easily as part of a land-based stay. This 16-passenger catamaran ensures a comfortable experience, with each of the eight cabins cleverly designed, helping to maximise space on board, while spacious decks and lounge areas, as well as a bar, invite relaxation in between explorations.
Fantastic guiding and attentive service ensure that guests can get the most out of their time on board, with chefs preparing wonderful meals three times a day to keep energy levels high and naturalist guides leading excursions both on shore and off. In the evenings, the certified guides will run a series of wildlife and nature lectures which guests can opt to attend to gain a more in-depth understanding of this unique archipelago.
There are eight cabins on board the Seaman Journey, accommodating up to 16 passengers. On the upper level there are two double cabins, each of which can be converted into a triple cabin to accommodate a child up to 12 years old. They boast panoramic windows and ensuite bathrooms with air conditioning and hairdryers. The remaining six cabins are complete with twin beds and can be found on the middle deck, each measuring 15 square metres. They also have windows to the outside and are air-conditioned with private bathrooms and hairdryers.
The dining room can be found on the main deck and can seat up to 16 passengers with a separate bar and lounge area to relax in both before or after meal times. A separate outdoor dining area allows flexibility. There are plenty of seating areas in which to relax, including loungers on the upper deck, both exposed to the sun and covered for those who prefer a little shade, as well as a library complete with books about the Galapagos Islands to complement the cruising experience.
Spend days snorkelling, kayaking or swimming in the waters surrounding the islands, as well as experiencing excursions on land with wildlife walks and explorations of the volcanic landscapes and beaches. Guests will have the opportunity to observe the native wildlife such as marine iguanas, booby birds, sea turtles, giant tortoises, penguins and frigate birds, along with an array of other fascinating species.
The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador.
14-hour International flight to Quito via Madrid, from there its a further 3-hour domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands
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