M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey
At a Glance
An intimate Galapagos experience that doesn't scrimp on space and comfort - accommodates 16 passengers in eight very spacious ocean facing cabins
This is one of the few boats that has interconnecting suites so ideal for families
All cabins come equipped with plush bedding, seating areas, minibar, television, en-suite bathroom and panoramic windows
The Sea Star Suite is one of the largest cabins available in all of the Galapagos Islands at 35m2
Sun deck, two Jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and a mini spa offering therapies and massages
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.
The Sea Star Journey is a superb motor yacht, offering the highest level of comfort of any boat of its size in the Galapagos. She has a capacity for 16 guests in spacious cabins with panoramic picture windows and excellent shared facilities.
The Sea Star Journey is a deluxe motor yacht measuring 43 meters (140ft), and offering the most space of any boat sailing the Galapagos for 16 passengers.
The eight cabins are elegantly furnished and spacious with large panoramic windows and individually controlled air-conditioning. Some of the cabins are interconnecting, which is excellent for families. There is also one master suite cabin, the Sea Star Suite, measuring 35 square meters! All cabins are also equipped with a mini bar and a plasma TV.
Facilities onboard include a cocktail bar and two Jacuzzis located on the spacious sun deck; a main deck with indoor lounge, library, restaurant and bar and a shaded alfresco dining area. The Sea Star Journey also offers a mini spa service with massage and therapies.
Social areas include a saloon, mini library and video library and a play zone for children (during family departures only). Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available without extra charge.
The Sea Star Journey operates on 4, 5, 9, 10 and 14 night set departures.
The Sea Star Journey accommodates 16 passengers in eight spacious outside facing twin & matrimonial cabin suites and one Master Odyssey Suite. All include panoramic windows, private bathroom, air-con, minibar and TV.
Children and families are welcome throughout the year. With children in mind, the Sea Star Journey has a twin connecting cabin with the Galapagos Grand Odyssey suite. The boat also has play zone during family departures, which includes a Nintendo Wii, board games, movies and other entertainment.
Meals onboard the Sea Star Journey are either served in the elegant indoor dining room or when weather and sea-conditions allow, outside on the al fresco dining table. There is a weekly BBQ. Most meals are buffet-style. Guests can help themselves to purified water and teas, coffees and hot chocolate.
Sea Star onboard facilities include a spacious air-conditioned living room, bar and dining room, large outdoor dining table and masses of additional deck spaces to relax. The semi-shaded top deck has single and double sunbeds as well as a jacuzzi. There are kayaks and snorkeling equipment and shortie wetsuits can be rented.
The crew includes a cruise director and one bilingual Galapagos Park 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 can be rented onboard the Sea Star Journey) and kayaking when possible.
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.
Katie Aston (Staff)
Having seen a number of the boats in the Galapagos there is little doubt that the Sea Star journey is one of the most comfortable and elegant options. She takes up to 16 passengers but because of her length and width she offers some of the best space of any of the boats and guests never feel on top of one another; the Cruise Director and guide make sure that your stay is as comfortable and informative as possible. The cabins themselves are surprisingly spacious and light filled because there is a window along the length of the cabin and natural light even in the bathroom.
There is an incredible amount of outdoor deck space, from the large outdoor dining table on the main deck, more sitting space on the second deck and the top deck which runs the full length of the boat with 2 jacuzzis, double and single sunbeds and plenty of other seating plus inflatable kayaks. Inside the main social area has a cosy seating area, bar and dining tables (meals tends to be a communal experience).
Your Galapagos experience onboard Sea star is similar to that of a safari; an early breakfast then a couple of hours exploring a bay or island, then back to the boat for a couple of hours before lunch, always greeted by a little yummy something and cold drink. After lunch you may navigate to a new spot and enjoy snorkeling or kayaking. No two days are the same but the wildlife experience is extraordinary and simply cannot be matched!
There is good storage space and a day bed, bathrooms have a rain head shower. Inside is a small fridge, bathrobes, air conditioning, TV and safety deposit box.
Although the cabins don't connect, the main deck cabins are best for families because the cabins are side by side and only accessed inside through a hallway rather than from outside.
Quito & the Galapagos
Quito & Galapagos
from $8200 pp 7 nights
- Encounter an incredible diversity of wildlife amid hauntingly beautiful landscapes in the Galapagos
- Wonderful opportunities to snorkel, kayak, trek or take panga rides to get up close to the islands' endemic wildlife
- Explore the colonial center of UNESCO World Heritage city Quito
Location & directions
The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador.
How to get there
13-hour International flight to Quito via Madrid, from there its a further 3-hour domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands