Discover the incredible wildlife and landscapes of the Galapagos Islands with a cruise on board the elegant mid-size expedition vessel, the M/V Eclipse. Superb facilities and staff, great stability, ample deck space and 24 classically-finished cabins.
We no longer feature M/V Eclipse in our portfolio of cruise boats in the Galapagos. Please speak to our Galapagos travel specialists for alternative options for your cruise experience.
At a Glance
One of the finest expedition vessels operating in the islands - more traditional in style
Offers an excellent range of facilities - Jacuzzi, library, observation deck, bar and boutique
Generous accommodation of a larger vessel, while preserving the atmosphere and exclusivity of a smaller yacht
A family friendly vessel and has developed selected family departures in school vacations
Offers superb and varied itineraries to explore the incredible flora and fauna
Whilst in the Galapagos I strongly recommend snorkeling as it is a great way to see the wildlife up close as the animals amazingly don’t fear humans and therefore come right up you almost like they want to play. I spent one afternoon snorkeling with sea lions, which was an amazing experience.Sarah Lowe
Owner operated and managed, the Eclipse allows the more discerning traveler to experience one of the world’s greatest natural treasures in complete comfort.
The 210ft cruise ship accommodates up to 48 passengers in elegant staterooms, all with sea views. There are also ample social areas including a well stocked library, a comfortable lounge, both indoor and outdoor bars, an indoor dining area and an al-fresco dining area. For those looking to relax in the open air, star gaze or maybe look out for whales there is a superb observation/sun deck with a Jacuzzi and loungers.
The emphasis on board the Eclipse is to immerse guests in the local environment and with this aim the expert on-board naturalist guides give informative lectures on the natural history of the archipelago and lead the visits to the islands. Whether you are snorkeling with sea lions, inching your way past lounging iguanas, watching a blue-footed booby feed its young or following a giant tortoise through the forest, a visit to the Galapagos Islands on board the Eclipse will be sure to surpass all expectations.
The Eclipse accommodates up to 48 guests in 26 elegant staterooms. The staterooms on the Main Deck have portholes and those on the Boat Deck have picture windows. Each room has either one queen bed or two twins, which can be made up into a king bed on request. All staterooms have well-appointed bathrooms and are equipped with air-conditioning and an internal telephone system.
A trip to the Galapagos can be very rewarding and informative for children and the Eclipse recognises this by offering special family departures during the months of March, April, July, August and December. Children are looked after by dedicated guides who organize educational and fun activities including faster walks, beach games and handicrafts. There is also a special kids' Menu. Children from the age of 5 years are accepted on Family Departures and for all other departures they must be over 10 years.
The Eclipse has an elegant indoor dining area plus an al-fresco dining area, a library/video room, interior and exterior bars and an observation sun deck with Jacuzzi and loungers. There is also a small boutique.
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 bilingual Galapagos National Park naturalist guides 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 Eclipse). 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 each island has its own range of species.
Location & Directions
The M.V. Eclipse’s comprehensive five and seven night itineraries are designed to showcase the very best of the Galapagos Islands, including the most iconic sites within the archipelago. The archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador. The majority of the trip is spent within the protected areas of the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
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 Galápagos 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.