Majestic Galapagos Cruise

The Majestic Galapagos Cruise meets the highest comfort and safety standards to make your Galapagos Cruise a memorable experience, the cruise works with a qualified crew to ensure that every aspect of the journey runs smoothly, when booking the Majestic Galapagos cruise you will be embarking on a vessel that was specifically designed and built to cruise the Galapagos islands. Majestic offers 9 double cabins and ample social areas including a superb sundeck with a large Jacuzzi. Our hand-picked naturalist guides are highly experienced and trained to make your Galapagos experience a one in a life time experience.

Lower Deck$4.445
Main Deck$4.877

 

Majestic Yacht Additional Itineraries

Majestic 4 Days Itinerary

Majestic 5 Days Itinerary

Majestic Yacht Deck Plan

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONGalapagos
DEPARTURE TIMETo be determined
RETURN TIMEAt proper time Galapagos returning flight
WEARShort sleeve shirts, Long sleeve shirts, Lightweight long pants, Shorts, Sweatshirt, Light rain jacket or poncho, Socks Bathing suits, Wide brimmed hat.
Majestic Galapagos Cruise INCLUDES
All meals throughout cruise
Transfers in the islands
All excursions
Bilingual national park guide
Use of snorkeling equipment
Use of Underwater Camera
Free airport assistance
1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil(the day before the cruise – 2017)
2 Free transfers to Galapagos Flights* – 2017
Majestic Galapagos Cruise DOES NOT INCLUDEInternet / Wi-Fi
Round trip airfare to / from Galapagos
Alcoholic drinks
$100 Galapagos National Park fee (subject to change)
$20 Transit Control Card
Use of wetsuit
Travel / medical insurance
Tips
Personal expenses

 

 

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DAY 1: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Arrival in San Cristobal Airport and Transfer to the boat
San Cristobal: El Junco Lagoon

The Junco Lagoon, located about 700 m above sea level, is one of the few permanent freshwater bodies in the Galapagos. Frigate birds are often seen here washing the salt from their feathers as well as white-cheeked pintails and common gallinules. Its name comes from a type of plant that is common in this area called “junco”.

Highlights:One of the few permanent freshwater lakes, frigates, white-cheeked pintails
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Bird watching
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Easy
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DAY 2: FLOREANA ISLAND

Floreana: Post Office Bay

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

Highlights:Post office barrel, nice sandy beach
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Short hike (less than 0.6 miles/1 km) & snorkeling
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy

Floreana: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown

This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.

Highlights:Flamingos, green-colored beach
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Dinghy ride & hike (1.2 miles /2 km)
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy
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DAY 3: ESPANOLA ISLAND

Española: Suarez Point

This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities.

Highlights:Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blue-footed boobies, blowhole, amazing landscape
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Hike (1.9 miles/3 km)
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Difficult

Española: Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet / Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.

Highlights:White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 miles/1 km)
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy

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DAY 4: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz: Twins Craters

Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Highlights:Pit craters, Scalesia forest
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Short hiking
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Moderate

Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Highlights:Giant tortoises in captivity
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Walking
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Easy

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DAY 5: GENOVESA ISLAND

Genovesa: El Barranco

Also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, El Barranco’s steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Highlights:Red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Hiking (0.9 miles/2 km)
Type of Landing:Dry, difficult landing
Difficulty:Moderate

Genovesa: Darwin Bay

This white sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

Highlights:Nazca boobies, red- footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, mangroves, coral pebbles beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish and hammerhead sharks
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Hiking (0.9 miles/1.5 km), snorkeling, kayaking & dinghy ride
Type of Landing:Wet landing.
Difficulty:Easy / moderate

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DAY 6: RABIDA ISLAND / CHINESE HAT ISLET

Rabida Island: Rabida

Rabida Island (Jervis) is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkeling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Highlights:Snorkeling: white-cheeked pintail ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, penguins, Galapagos hawk
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Snorkeling, dinghy ride & short hike (0.6 miles /1 km)
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy / moderate

Chinese Hat Islet

This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows.

Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Hike & snorkeling (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy / Moderate

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DAY 7: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

San Cristobal: Witch Hill

Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Highlights:Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shore birds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponge coral
Activities:Cruise the Galapagos Islands, Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy walk along the beach

San Cristobal: Lobos Islands

The name of this island means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, frolicking, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Highlights:Snorkeling with sea lions, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies
Activities:Short hike (less than 0.6 miles/1 km), dinghy ride and / or snorkeling.
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Easy / moderate

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DAY 8 SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND / TRANSFER OUT

San Cristobal: Interpretation Center3

The Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

Activities:Short walk
Difficulty:Easy
Type of Landing:Dry
Highlights:Information and history about the Galapagos Islands.

Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancelations, local authorities orders.

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DAY 1: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

Arrival in San Cristobal Airport and Transfer to the boat

This is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles from their birth until the are 120 days old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.

Activities:Short hike (0,6 mi / 1Km)
Difficulty:Easy / moderate
Type of Landing:Dry
Highlights:Giant tortoises in captivity, snorkeling with sea lions, land and sea birds, blue-footed boobies, hatchling turles.

San Cristobal: Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo

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DAY 2: SANTA FE ISLAND / SOUTH PLAZAS ISLAND

Santa Fe Island:

Santa Fe (Barrington) is home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

Highlights:Land iguanas, giant tunas
Activities:Hiking
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Moderate

South Plazas Island:

In the morning, you will head to South Plaza Island. This small island with steep cliffs was formed by rising lava and is now covered by Opuntia cacti. It is also home to one of the largest sea lion colonies as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas. The most characteristic plant is Sesuvium. During the rainy season its color is a greenish to yellowish tone and in the dry season (end of June through January) a bright red.

Highlights:Land iguanas, sea lion colony, Audubon’s shearwaters, swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, amazing landscape with cliffs
Activities:Hike (1.5 miles / 2 ½ km)
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Moderate
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DAY 3 BARTOLOME ISLAND / SANTIAGO ISLAND

Bartholomew Island:

Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Highlights:Pinnacle rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.
Activities:Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)
Type of Landing:Dry and wet landings
Difficulty:Moderate/difficult. Walk up to the top of volcano 114 meters, 375 wooden steps

Santiago: Egas Port

Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Highlights:Fur sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and “grottos”, Galapagos hawk, oyster catchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, nice underwater formations.
Activities:Snorkeling, hiking (1.2 miles/2 km)
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy / moderate
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Isabela: Tagus Cove

Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

Highlights:Penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake Darwin
Activities:Long hike, snorkeling, dinghy ride
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Moderate / difficult

Isabela: Urbina Bay

Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Highlights:Land iguanas (the biggest in the Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises; snorkeling: turtles, rays, tropical fish
Activities:Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6miles/1 km), long (1.9miles/3km)
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy / moderate

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DAY 5: FERNANDINA ISLAND / ISABELA ISLAND

Fernandina: Espinosa Point

No foreign species have ever invaded Fernandina Island, and therefore it is one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. The island’s highlight features the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Highlights:Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, ‘a’a lava, sea lions, penguins, active volcano “La Cumbre”
Activities:Hike (1.2 miles/2 km)
Type of Landing:Dry and slippery at low tide
Difficulty:Moderate

Isabela: Vicente Roca Point

Located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

Highlights:Penguins, blue-footed boobies, terns, Nazca boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: sea turtles, rays and puffer fish.
Activities:Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Type of Landing:No landing
Difficulty:Easy / moderate

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DAY 6: SANTIAGO ISLAND

Santiago: Buccaneer Cove / Espumilla Beach

Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

Highlights:Sea birds, historical site, snorkeling, rock formations
Activities:Short walk along the beach (less than 0.6 miles/1 km)
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy

Santiago: Sullivan Bay

A coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and ‘a’a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!

Highlights:Variety of lava formations and landscapes, pahoehoe lava which is found primarily in Hawai’i and the Galapagos islands, ‘a’a lava, and pristine coral sand beach
Activities:Walk, snorkel, swim
Type of Landing:Wet landing
Difficulty:Easy to moderate. Be sure to wear good solid walking shoes or boots as the ‘a’a lava is very sharp and pointy

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DAY 7: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach

Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.

Highlights:World War II remnants
Animals:Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, whimbrels, sea turtles
Type of Landing:Wet
Difficulty:Easy

Santa Cruz: Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Highlights:Giant tortoises in captivity
Activities:Walking
Type of Landing:Dry landing
Difficulty:Easy

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DAY 8:SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

San Cristobal: Kicker Rock

This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Highlights:Great snorkeling: sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations; sea birds: blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies & frigatebirds.
Activities:Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Type of Landing:No landing
Difficulty:Easy

Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancelations, local authorities orders.

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