Upon boarding, captain Pedro will greet you with a big smile and a firm hand-shake – with which he will be steering the ship’s wheel. Followed by a toast and a brief introduction by each crew member, you will start to feel an amicable ambient. This is just a preparation for sensing the enchanted islands as it should: with joy. If you are to have the best holiday to the Galapagos Islands, you better be accompanied by an excellent crew, guided by a top-of-its-class naturalist, and onboard a catamaran suitable for an unforgettable Safari to the Galapagos.
The 16-passenger Cormorant is a classic among luxury cruises to the Galapagos Islands. It offers the generous, comfortable accommodations of a larger ship while preserving the relaxed exclusivity of a smaller vessel. Her (yep, this one’s a lady too; in fact, it is the older sister of Haugan Cruises’ catamarans) 8 staterooms all have private bathrooms, individual climate controls, storage space and even private balconies – perfect for watching the spectacular scenery or viewing whales, dolphins jumping to greet you and curious sea birds approaching the ship, from the privacy of your own space. Additionally, each suite/cabin comes with a safety deposit box, a hair dryer, satellite phone and a plasma TV/DVD player. The cabins are decorated in a modernistic/sober style. They are very comfortable and thought for couples – its design, specifications, amenities and services are, after all, thought for them to have a luxurious honeymoon to the Galapagos Islands. It can, however, be arrange into twin accommodations. A trip with friends? No problem: the suites can also be turned into triple cabins; though one will be accommodated on a sofa-bed. As for social areas, it offers a lounge where most briefings will take place, a small library, bar (must highlight: with a great barman), sundeck, a Jacuzzi to plunge into, and both indoor and outdoor dining. Kayaks are wetsuits also available for use free of charge. Just make sure you let us know your size!
All these features are supported by a friendly and well-trained 11-member crew – including a bilingual naturalist guide to lead excursions onto the islands. Meals onboard are on great hands; Xavier will prepare you wonderful Ecuadorian food. His ceviche is simply fabulous. Add to this, having it al-fresco with the salty breeze, accompanied with chifles (sliced-and-fried plantains) and chilly-cold beer. His seafood grills are equally amazing! Get a taste of freshly-caught local fishes and lobsters. If you’re vegetarian or have special requirements, not to worry. Even with the National Park’s strict limitations for importing food, the chef’s creativity will prepare you that “homey-meal” you crave for (he also specializes in international cuisine).
The Cormorant is among Surtrek’s “special ones”; we have had a long and close relationship with them – especially with this particular catamaran. If you would like to book a cruising program with this ship, inquire us now and let’s plan your trip together! We know the crew members by name, and are eager to give you that special treatment you so much deserve.
“I enjoyed the scenery and the exotic wildlife on the islands very much. The airport transfers in both directions went smoothly and the service on board was very good.”