With spacious cabins and ample communal areas for socialising and relaxing, the Cormorant luxury catamaran is a comfortable option for exploring the unique Galapagos ecosystem. Expect quality guiding and stimulating excursions both on land and at sea.
At a Glance
Fantastic and innovative Galapagos experience
Exciting and interesting itineraries and adventures
Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide included in the crew.
Chef and Sous-chef onboard serving up fresh delicious meals
Each room has a private balcony
A member of the renowned Haugan fleet which operates within the Galapagos National Park, The M/C Cormorant catamaran is a fantastic option for exploring the archipelago, providing a range of itineraries lasting from 4-15 days with wildlife spotting opportunities galore and plenty of chances to get up close and personal with the islands' resident creatures.
With just eight cabins accommodating up to 16 passengers, the Cormorant is a great option for those who enjoy a little more privacy and space; with fewer guests on board, the guides and crew can really offer a more personalized service than on some of the larger vessels. Cabins are spacious and each come with a private balcony, perfect for a relaxing evening drink whilst enjoying views out over the Pacific.
Communal areas include the sun-deck, complete with jacuzzi and sun loungers for ultimate relaxation, a large bar area and a dining room with adjoining lounge and library where you can brush up on your knowledge of Galapagos wildlife or the fascinating volcanic landscapes which define this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Kayaks, snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available on board for guests to use - take to the waters and paddle or swim past whale sharks and marine iguanas, keeping your eyes peeled for sea turtles, blue footed boobies, white-tipped sharks and more.
There are two double suites measuring 38sqm and two double staterooms measuring 24sqm on the main deck. The Upper deck houses four double connected cabins making these the perfect choice for families, each measuring 24sqm. All cabins include a private balcony (included in the sizes listed).
Meals onboard the Cormorant are either served in the elegant indoor dining room or when weather and sea-conditions allow, on the upper deck where there's an al fresco bar and tables. Most meals are buffet-style. Guests can help themselves to purified water and teas, coffees and hot chocolate.
Onboard facilities include a spacious air-conditioned living room and library, indoor bar and dining room, and alfresco dining area and bar. The top deck has sunbeds as well as a jacuzzi. There are kayaks and snorkeling equipment and shortie wetsuits available for guests to use. The crew includes one bilingual Galapagos Park naturalist guide.
The Galapagos Islands are a must for wildlife lovers who will be enthralled by the curious nature of many of the unique inhabitants such as Blue footed Boobies, Galapagos penguins, giant tortoises and sea-lions. Being in the Galapagos is much like a safari, the crew includes a bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide who will explain the fantastic flora and fauna that you will see on the islands. Your day is likely to include a couple of different visits on one particular island which are reached by inflatable rubber zodiacs and most days include snorkeling which is one of the highlights of a trip (wetsuits are provided free of charge onboard the Cormorant). If you are an active enthusiast, certain islands offer more adventure than others such as longer hikes or cave rapelling, but otherwise the Galapagos is a gentle experience.
Since the length of cruise varies and the visits to the islands are strictly regulated to ensure minimal impact on the wildlife, it is important for us to know if there are any particularly animals that you would like to see because they are not on all of the islands.
Location & Directions
The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador.
When to go
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.