Galapagos Islands Cruise ship vacations - Galapagos Explorer

The Galápagos Explorer II is a truly luxurious expedition ship. It is one of the most comfortable ships cruising the Galapagos Islands. She carries 100 guests and offers the amenities you need for a comfortable vacation: Jacuzzi, bars, world class dining, evening lectures, library and a medical officer on board. It is an all suite cruise ship with ocean view suites, with a small social area, balcony, minibar and flat screen TV.

M/V Galapagos Explorer

Galapagos Islands vacations are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We can show you how to enjoy this Island paradise with the highest level of comfort.

The M/V Galapagos Explorer II can offer many ammenities to make your expedition the more enjoyable:

  • All exterior suites, no small cabins on board, and the most important all Suites have an oceanview and are similar amongst each other, the difference in the rate is the deck where the Suite is located.
  •  "The Galapagos Explorer Guide" an exclusive guide to Explore the Galapagos Islands, delivered to each passenger along with the cruise documents.
  •  Naturalist Room & Scientific exchanges with the Charles Darwin Research Station biologists.
  •  Six naturalist-bilingual guides on board. All our shore excursions have a maximum of 20 passengers per guide and they are included in your program. Our guides lead groups in English, Spanish, German, Italian and French. Other languages are offered under special request.
  •  Cooperation of the Central Bank Museum of Ecuador in our ship art galleries, with pieces of our pre-colombian coast cultures.
  • Satellite Communication.
  • Doctor on board available 24 hours.
  • Amenities on board in every suite are:  mini bar, sitting area, walk-in closets in some cases, panoramic windows, portholes only on the Magellan Deck.
  • Different types of menus, available upon request (vegetarian, low sodium and others).
  • Internal TV system that allows the passenger to have 3 channels, one with documentaries on the islands or natural history, another with entertainment movies, and the last one with the Daily program of the vessel.
  • Southern Right Whale Adoption has certified that Galapagos Explorer has adopted No. 71-75. Through the Southern Right Whale adoption program of the Whale Conservation Institute June 1999.
  • Passenger assistance in all local Airports: Quito, Guayaquil and San Cristobal.
  • Galapagos flight booking is guaranteed with your cruise reservation.
  • Bilingual Staff (English/Spanish) on board and at the airports.
  • Glass bottom boats. Passengers will have the opportunity to have an underwater experience, without diving or snorkeling. For passengers that are unable to do these activities, on board the glass bottom boat, they can observe themarine life even if they can´t swim. 

The M/V Galapagos Explorer II was Built in 1990, with an overall length of 89.35 m and reaching 17 knots, she is the most elegant of the vessels cruising the Galapagos' waters. Designed to provide both comfort and scientific information to 100 passengers visiting the Galapagos National Park, this vessel travels up to the remotest islands of the Archipelago.

The M/V Galapagos Explorer II was part of the International Cruise Line "Renaissance" and operates in the Galápagos Islands since February 1998. It is not only a vessel adapted to the eco-tourism operations that provides environmental education and interpretation on the Galapagos, it also has all the installations and necessary services to guarantee world class guided experiences on the islands

Its operation is emphasized with interesting itineraries that offer the best of this pristine paradise. Expert naturalist guides will offer an environmentally friendly and educational cruise focused in the Natural History of the Galapagos.

Our emphasis is on the wildlife encounters and beautiful shore excursions you take part in throughout your itinerary, yet on board the M/V Galapagos Explorer you enjoy premium cruises in an intimate evironment usually reserved to the mega-yachts in the luxury category. When part of the "Renaissance fleet" she recieved a Berlitz 4 star rating.

Facilities on board: 50 suites, Boutique, Library, Karaoke Bar, Conference Room, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Solarium, observatory deck, 24 hours coffee and tea Station, Medical Assistance, Massage Suite, Satellite communication.

Equipment on board: VHS, data projector, slides projector, computer, folding screen TV, audio equipment and microphone, white board, DVD y CD player.

Cruise ship

Glass bottom

Passengers will have the opportunity to have an underwater experience


The M/V Galapagos Explorer II was Built in 1990


Different types of menus


Naturalist Room & Scientific exchanges