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Sea Star Journey

Galapagos, Ecuador

The Sea Star Journey (formerly the Grand Odyssey) 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 picture windows and excellent facilities.

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 Odyssey Suite is one of the largest cabins in the Galapagos at (35m2)

  • Sun deck, two Jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and a mini spa offering therapies and massages

Cruise, Family, Wildlife, Adventure

Insider's View

As soon as you get back on board after snorkeling you are handed a delicious cup of creamy sweet hot chocolate.

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Description

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 Odyssey 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 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). Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are available without extra charge.

The Sea Star Journey operates on 4, 5, 9, 10 and 14 night set departures.

Accommodation

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.

Childcare

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.

Facilities

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.

Activities

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. 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

Galapagos, Ecuador

The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles 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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