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What animals and birds can you expect to see in the Galapagos?
Why is a cruise ABSOLUTELY the best way to see the Galapagos?
You could fly to Baltra, take a ferry to Santa Cruz island, and stay at a hotel there, and during the day, take boat day trips to the different islands where you see all the cool stuff.
BUT, those islands are HOURS away by boat. And that’s the only way to get there.
So unless you want to spend 6 hours a day every day on a boat, getting to and from the adorable animals and perfect beaches – you get to be sitting there right off the island on your comfortable cruise ship!!!
When is the best time to cruise to the Galapagos?
Well, that depends on whether you prefer mildly hot or super hot weather.
The rainy season is December through May, and that is the hot season too.
Our guides said that historically, March is the hottest. And since you do a lot of walking and standing around, hot temps can be brutal. By hot I mean 90 degrees and humid.
And the ‘cool’ season means temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees. So, not cold at all.
However, the water is warmer during the warm season. So it will be more pleasant when you are snorkeling. They provide wet suits, however, so most people are fine.
If you consult the Internet, it will tell you Dec-May is the best time. But I totally disagree, and so do the people who work as Galapagos guides. August through November is best.
Which is better, a 7-day or 10-day Galapagos cruise?
You really do see enough in 7 days. After 3-4 hours, the topography and animals start to seem repetitive. I would spend more days on a land tour of Machu Picchu, or Quito.
Which Galapagos itinerary is better, the inner or outer loop?
The most interesting islands are Espanola and Santa Cruise, and both inner and outta will hit those. So it truly does not matter.
The cruise lines and ships which cruise to the Galapagos:
Celebrity: Flora, Xpedition and Xploration
Lindblad Special Expeditions: National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavor II
Silversea: Silver Galapagos, Silver Origin
Avalon Waterways: Treasure of Galapagos
Which cruise line offers the most affordable Galapagos cruise?
One of the smaller Celebrity ships, the Expedition or the Exploration will be the most affordable.
Which cruise line offers the most luxurious Galapagos cruise options?
Either the Celebrity Flora or the Silver Galapagos or Silver Origin.
These ships offer a truly luxurious, 5-star experience.
For example, when you arrive back on the ship after a shore excursion, there is someone standing there at a refreshment table, offering you a hot beverage in the morning and wine in the afternoon.
There may even be a chocolate fountain. Seriously….not kidding about the chocolate fountain.