M/C Petrel

Galapagos, Ecuador

Follow in Darwin's footsteps and visit the magnificent Galapagos Islands in style onboard the M/C Petrel, a newly built d catamaran which commenced tours of these magical islands in September 2015.

At a Glance

  • Cruise the islands in complete Luxury in the newly-built Petrel

  • Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide onboard

  • Kayaks and snorkel gear onboard for you to explore the islands independently

  • Huge sun deck with Jacuzzi for relaxing at the end of the day

  • All cabins and suites have private balcony for extra privacy

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Description

This ample vessel is named after the Petrel, a sea bird that is common to these islands. Like the bird, the boat is elegant, fast and silent, giving guests the best and most comfortable journey whilst at sea. With no compromise on luxury, the M/C Petrel offers guests a first class experience with spacious cabins and suites, a large comfortable lounge and a sundeck complete with Jacuzzi for stargazing or watching the sunset with a cocktail.

There is a distinct emphasis on the natural history of the Galapagos islands during your stay onboard, and your crew will comprise a bilingual Galapagos National Park naturalist guide who will make the experience all the more wondrous, explaining the details of the incredible flora and fauna that you will encounter, as well as the fascinating history of the Islands.

The vessel also comes equipped with kayaks, wetsuits and snorkeling equipment to allow guests to explore the islands independently. There is a chef and sous chef on board to prepare meals for guests daily using fresh ingredients.

Accommodation

The vessel has 7 cabins and 2 luxury suites, all come with ensuite and private balcony for extra privacy.

Location & Directions

Galapagos, Ecuador

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.

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