Galapagos Eclipse Cruise
The Eclipse has a speaker system in all cabins and public areas, which cannot be turned off due to international safety regulations. There are internal phones for communication between cabins and calls to reception, the bridge and the resident M.D. If you need to contact your home or office for any emergency, the Eclipse is equipped with a satellite phone. The cost of your call can be paid directly on board.
ECLIPSE CRUISE (08 days/07 Night Itinerary)
Departure from Baltra Airport
DAY 01 SATURDAY:
MORNING:Arrive at Baltra Airport – Galapagos Islands
DAY 02 SUNDAY:
MORNING:Puerto Egas – Santiago Island
DAY 03 MONDAY:
MORNING:Cerro Dragón – Santa Cruz Island
DAY 04 TUESDAY:
MORNING: Tagus Cove – Isabela Island
DAY 05 WEDNESDAY:
MORNING:Punta Espinoza – Fernandina Island
Fernandina last erupted in 1995. La Cumbre Volcano dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Punta Espinosa is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.
Type of landing: Dry
AFTERNOON: Punta Vicente Roca – Isabela Island
Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos' spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.
DAY 06 THURSDAY:
MORNING: Charles Darwin Research Station – Santa Cruz Island
On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands' namesake. After the visit you will have some free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora.
AFTERNOON: Santa Cruz Highlands – Santa Cruz Island
From Puerto Ayora you will travel by bus to the lush, green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. You will have the opportunity to walk through lava tunnels so take a flashlight if you have one. Optional activities such as biking, relaxing on the beach or just strolling in town are available.
DAY 07 FRIDAY:
MORNING: Gardner Bay – Española Island
Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sandy beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions, and it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. After the beach time you will have a chance to deep water snorkel from the panga, or go kayaking.
- Type of landing: Wet
AFTERNOON:Punta Suarez – Española Island
Punta Suarez is one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation from other islands, it has a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Española marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest almost on the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors and finches go about their business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.
DAY 08 SATURDAY:
MORNING: Black Turtle Cove – Santa Cruz Island
Black Turtle Cove is one of the most beautiful marine sites in Galapagos.
It is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a resting site for sea turtles, rays and sharks. This site is only accessible by panga.
The Eclipse offers a laundry service during the cruise. Items are returned within 48 hours. Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment:
The use of masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits is complimentary on the Eclipse. All passengers are required to fill out the snorkeling waiver in their cabin folder and return it to their Cruise Director. Equipment must be returned to the Cruise Director after the last snorkeling trip on Friday.
Fully air-conditioned, the Eclipse´s spacious cabins have either a double or twin bed arrangement, with two bedside tables, a writing desk, chair, ample closet space, private safety deposit box and an internal communications system. All twin beds can be converted to queen-size beds. Cabins are serviced three times a day. Room service is not available, but will be provided in the event of passenger illness.
Deluxe and Superior Staterooms on the Boat Deck have picture windows and Staterooms on the Main Deck have portholes.
The well-appointed bathrooms consist of a shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of toiletries. Please feel free to use the complimentary bathrobes. Fresh towels are available every day should you require them; however, please take into consideration the water conservation policy that is in effect on board. Special towels for the beach will be provided by guides on the island excursions.
THE ECLIPSE HAS 4 TYPES OF CABIN, ALL OF WHICH HAVE SEA VIEWS
- 4 Deluxe Staterooms on the Boat Deck
If passengers lose any of the items provided by the company, they will be charged as follows:
- Mask: USD33,00
ECLIPSE GROSS FIT RATES 2011
08 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS CRUISE
INCLUSIONS ABOVE PRICES INCLUDE:
- All shore excursions
ABOVE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Air tickets to and from the Galapagos Islands
- Prices are in US Dollars, per person for 08 days/07 nights cruises.
FAMILY DEPARTURES- CHILDREN´S DISCOUNT:
- On Family Departures children are accepted from the age of 5 - please ask for our Family Friendly cruise dates.
Single Supplements are assessed as follows:
- 3rd person in Deluxe Stateroom (adult) is assessed at the current twin Stateroom cabin rate.
up to 48 passengers with private facilities Crew: 31 plus 4 naturalist guides
- JMA - 7252 - 61 JRC radars
- GMDSS Console
- EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).
Safety and respect for the environment are priorities aboard the Eclipse, which conforms to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and ISM (International Safety Management) regulations, as well as to the strict environmental standards set by the Galapagos National Park authorities.
Prices from: $USD
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