According to the data of Galapagos National Park, there are an average of 90 cruises including small and big ships. In 2019, 271.238 tourists visited the Islands, of which 80% chose to travel by cruise. The Cruise Lines have capacity to carry a large number or guest, in the other hand, there are smaller cruises, because they have a capacity to carry 16 guests, which is the maximum number of visitors that a National Park Guide can authorize because its type of operation requirements produce CO2 emissions and are more versatile for landing in places.
A perfect example of these ships is the Galagents fleet: M/C Alya M/Y Bonita, M/Y Galaxy and M/C EcoGalaxy, in addition to offering comfort and quality of service, they offer an incomparable experience.
Comparative table between a Small Cruises and Ships of Cruise Lines.
|1||Competitive prices, Galagents Cruises has an average price of $3000.||Prices are usually higher|
|2||Selection of highly qualified personnel with specific knowledge of the area.||The staff is not from the area, so they lack specific information about the destination.|
|3||Majority of our crew members are from Galapagos, so they are experts in this destination.||The number of passengers varies from 50 to 100, therefore, the service is not personalized.|
|4||The menu suits each client (Celiac, Vegan, and Vegetarian food are served options)||The menu is standard and sometimes lacks variety.|
|5||Agile communication with the guest||The attention is usually through intermediaries on charge.|
|6||Timely solution to any passenger requirement||There is no immediacy|
|7||Benefits for customer special dates (themed decoration in the cabin for a birthday, wedding, or any anniversary)||The cabins are standard|
|8||You have the privilege of choosing the best cabin (Especially in Early Birds Promotions)||You can select the cabin considering that all are similar|
|9||Personalized activities where schedule adjustments can be made according to weather conditions and guest capabilities||The coordination in activities is scheduled for groups due to the number of passengers|
|10||They can enter any area of Galapagos because they comply with the rules of the National Park for anchored in selected and protected areas.||Not allowed to enter all areas of Galapagos due to requirements for anchored|
|11||The small ships are great for making new friends and getting to know the crew and guide. Galagents cruises offer the best social areas for this purpose.||With so many passengers, the cleaning and waste generated level is higher|
|12||They manage the logistics of the cruisers: food quality control and the acquisition of first-line inputs|
We hope this information can be helpfull to guide your traveler to the Galapagos Islands in order to choose better their cruise experience.