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Galapagos Islands Cruise – The Eclipse

ITINERARY CENTRAL SOUTH NORTH
DAYS 6 DAYS SAT-THU 8 DAYS SAT-SAT 8 DAYS SAT-SAT
PRICE FROM $4,590 $5,350 $5,350
DAY 1 BALTRA – N.SEYMOUR BALTRA – N.SEYMOUR SANT CRUZ
DAY 2 SOUTH PLAZA -SANTA FE SOUTH PLAZA -SANTA FE RABIDA – SANTIAGO
DAY 3 SAN CRISTOBAL SAN CRISTOBAL ISABELA – FERNANDINA
DAY 4 FLOREANA FLOREANA ISABELA
DAY 5 ISABELA ISABELA SANTA CRUZ
DAY 6 SANTA CRUZ – BALTRA SANTA CRUZ GENOVESA
DAY 7 ESPANOLA BARTOLOME – SANTA CRUZ
DAY 8 MOSQUERA – BALTRA SANTA CRUZ – BALTRA

  • THE ECLIPSE

    The Eclipse is an upscale expedition vessel that offers unparalleled levels of comfort and service. Large enough to travel the Pacific in comfort and safety, small enough to dock at remote ports and negotiate inter-island landings with agility, the Eclipse is the perfect size for an expedition-style adventure and the choice for travelers who prefer the intimate, comfortable atmosphere and attentive service of a smaller boutique vessel to a larger cruise ship.
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  • ECLIPSE – 2015 PRICING DETAILS

    ITINERARY CENTRAL SOUTH NORTH
    DAYS 6 DAYS SAT-THU 8 DAYS SAT-SAT 8 DAYS SAT-SAT
    SEP TO DEC
    STANDARD $4,590 $5,350 $5,350
    STATEROOMS $4,790 $5,650 $5,650
    SUPERIOR $5,290 $6,190 $6,190
    DELUXE $5,690 $6,690 $6,690
    SINGLE $4,800 $5,550 $5,550
    JAN TO AUG
    STANDARD $4,790 $5,650 $5,650
    STATEROOMS $4,990 $5,900 $5,900
    SUPERIOR $5,590 $6,550 $6,550
    DELUXE $5,990 $6,900 $6,900
    SINGLE $4,900 $5,850 $5,850
    • Add $400/person for March 28’15 or Dec 19’15 departures
    • Price Shown per Person Based on Double Occupancy
    • Please add 3% if Paying Via Credit Card
    • Combine two or more itineraries and get 5% off the total

    WHAT IS INCLUDED

    • Accommodations On Board Based on Double Occupancy.
    • All Meals As Shown (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner)
    • Excursions as Shown Above
    • Bilingual Professional Naturalist guides
    • Airport Transfers in the Galapagos
    • Snorkeling Equipment
    • Wetsuits
    • Sea Kayak

    OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS

    • Roundtrip Flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos: $500
    • Optional Quito or Guayaquil Hotel and Airport Transfers: $150
    • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100
    • Galapagos Transit Card: $30
    • International Departure Tax: $45
    • Gratuities and Drinks Aboard
    • Travel Insurance
    • Fuel Surcharge: $260
  • ECLIPSE – CENTRAL ITINERARY

    • Days: Saturdays to Thursday
    • Arrival & Departure: Baltra
    • Floreana Island
    • Adventure Rating:  2  (Easy: 1 – Challenging: 7)

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1     QUITO or GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA ISLAND – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND  (D)

    AM: BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT

    Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/V Eclipse, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.

    PM: NORTH SEYMOUR

    North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Although the island is characterized by arid vegetation, fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigatebirds and more. Difficulty level: Moderate

    DAY 2     SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND – SANTA FE ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

    South Plaza Island is home to a large opuntia cactus forest, land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds, as well as different types of finches. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: SANTA FE ISLAND

    During the hike you will see some of Santa Fe’s endemic species, including the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, various finches and the Galapagos mockingbird. Playful sea lions usually join swimmers and kayakers during beach time. Difficulty level: Moderate

    DAY 3     SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PITT POINT

    Pitt Point is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. You will hike up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. The power hike is followed by kayaking, snorkeling or a dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

    PM: CERRO BRUJO

    In addition to the magnificent scenery, there is wonderful swimming and a dinghy ride at this visitor site. Cerro Brujo’s spectacular beach is home to a large colony of sea lions, and it is famous for being the first place in the archipelago that Charles Darwin visited. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 4     FLOREANA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: POST OFFICE BAY & BARONESS VIEWING POINT

    Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” inspired by 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mailbox. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. The Baroness’ Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana. Difficulty level: Easy

    PM: CHAMPION ISLET & CORMORANT POINT

    After snorkeling at Champion Islet, you will visit Cormorant Point, where there is a beautiful lagoon that is home to flamingos, stilts and pintail ducks. A great site for bird-watching. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 5     ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: ELIZABETH BAY

    Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that we will visit on our cruise. We will enter a sheltered cove that is only accessible by dinghy – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays and herons. Difficulty level: Easy

    PM: MORENO POINT

    Moreno Point, which is southwest of Elizabeth Bay, is famous for its large population of seabirds. You’ll be able to get close to them on a dinghy ride along the cliffs of the island, or on a hike through lava rock that leads to tide pools and mangroves teeming with life. You will also have time for snorkeling. Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

    DAY 6     SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT (B)

    AM: HIGHLANDS & BALTRA AIRPORT

    In the morning we will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in the wild, followed by a transfer to Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland. Bon Voyage!!!

    (B): Breakfast (L): Lunch (D): Dinner

    Important Notice Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

  • ECLIPSE – SOUTH ITINERARY

    • Days: Saturdays to Saturday
    • Arrival & Departure: Baltra
    • Española Island
    • Adventure Rating:  2  (Easy: 1 – Challenging: 7)

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1     QUITO or GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA ISLAND – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND  (D)

    AM: BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT

    Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/V Eclipse, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.

    PM: NORTH SEYMOUR

    North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Although the island is characterized by arid vegetation, fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigatebirds and more. Difficulty level: Moderate

    DAY 2     SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND – SANTA FE ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

    South Plaza Island is home to a large opuntia cactus forest, land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds, as well as different types of finches. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: SANTA FE ISLAND

    During the hike you will see some of Santa Fe’s endemic species, including the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, various finches and the Galapagos mockingbird. Playful sea lions usually join swimmers and kayakers during beach time. Difficulty level: Moderate

    DAY 3     SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PITT POINT

    Pitt Point is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. You will hike up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. The power hike is followed by kayaking, snorkeling or a dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

    PM: CERRO BRUJO

    In addition to the magnificent scenery, there is wonderful swimming and a dinghy ride at this visitor site. Cerro Brujo’s spectacular beach is home to a large colony of sea lions, and it is famous for being the first place in the archipelago that Charles Darwin visited. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 4     FLOREANA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: POST OFFICE BAY & BARONESS VIEWING POINT

    Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” inspired by 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mailbox. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. The Baroness’ Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana. Difficulty level: Easy

    PM: CHAMPION ISLET & CORMORANT POINT

    After snorkeling at Champion Islet, you will visit Cormorant Point, where there is a beautiful lagoon that is home to flamingos, stilts and pintail ducks. A great site for bird-watching. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 5     ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: ELIZABETH BAY

    Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that we will visit on our cruise. We will enter a sheltered cove that is only accessible by dinghy – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays and herons. Difficulty level: Easy

    PM: MORENO POINT

    Moreno Point, which is southwest of Elizabeth Bay, is famous for its large population of seabirds. You’ll be able to get close to them on a dinghy ride along the cliffs of the island, or on a hike through lava rock that leads to tide pools and mangroves teeming with life. You will also have time for snorkeling. Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

    DAY 6     SANTA CRUZ  ISLAND (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO AYORA & HIGHLANDS

    On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the extensive efforts underway to preserve the Galapagos Islands. You will also encounter the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit we will drive to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. In the afternoon you will have free time for shopping or mingling with the locals, or you can simply relax on board. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 7     ESPANOLA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: GARDNER BAY

    Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a pristine white sandy beach. In addition to being a nesting site for sea turtles, it is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. Activities include swimming snorkeling and kayaking. Difficulty level: Easy

    PM: PUNTA SUAREZ

    Punta Suarez is home to large populations of Nazca and blue-footed boobies, as well as the beautiful waved albatross (seasonally). The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatross 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. Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

    DAY 8     MOSQUERA ISLET – BALTRA ISLAND – QUITO or GUAYAQUIL  (B)

    AM: MOSQUETA ISLET & BALTRA AIRPORT

    This tiny islet is home to a huge population of sea lions, as well as many shorebirds. Keep your eyes peeled, as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas around Mosquera. Next we head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. Bon Voyage!!! Difficulty level: Easy

    (B): Breakfast (L): Lunch (D): Dinner

    Important Notice Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

  • ECLIPSE – NORTH ITINERARY

    • Days: Saturday to Saturday
    • Arrival & Departure: Baltra
    • Genovesa Island
    • Adventure Rating:  2  (Easy: 1 – Challenging: 7)

    ITINERARY

    DAY 1     QUITO or GUAYAQUIL – BALTRA ISLAND – NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND  (D)

    AM: BALTRA ISLAND AIRPORT

    Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the M/V Eclipse, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.

    PM: BLACK TURTEL COVE (SANTA CRUZ)

    Black Turtle cove is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water islets, surrounded by three different species of mangroves. Its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays and sharks, as well as a nesting site for sea birds. This site is only accessible by dinghy. Difficulty level: Easy

    DAY 2     RABIDA ISLAND – SANTIAGO ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: RABIDA ISLAND

    Rabida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt-water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Activities include snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: PUERTO EGAS (SANTIAGO)

    The trail leads to tidal pools that are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. You will also see marine iguanas, finches and possibly the Galapagos hawk, as well as the less common Galapagos fur sea lion. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel from the beach. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 3     ISABELA ISLAND – FERNANDINA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: TAGUS COVE (ISABELA)

    Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. The trail up from the cove goes through an area of vegetation, leading to a spectacular view of Darwin Volcano Lake. Activities include snorkeling, kayaking and dinghy ride. Difficulty level: Easy to Difficult

    PM: ESPINOSA POINT (FERNANDINA)

    Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine and dynamic ecosystems in the entire world. La Cumbre Volcano, which last erupted in April 2009, dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Espinoza Point is home to unique Galapagos species such as the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, Galapagos snake and huge marine iguanas. Difficulty level: Moderate

    DAY 4     ISABELA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: URBINA BAY (ISABELA)

    Located in the west of Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano, this site is famous for its large land iguanas, and keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos tortoises, flightless cormorants and penguins. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    PM: VICENTE ROCA POINT (ISABELA)

    Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. For those who don’t snorkel, a dinghy ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos spectacular geography. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 5     SANTA CRUZ ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: PUERTO AYORA HIGHLANDS (SANTA CRUZ)

    On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the extensive efforts underway to preserve the Galapagos Islands. You will also encounter the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit we will drive to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. In the afternoon you will have free time for shopping or mingling with the locals, or you can simply relax on board. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 6     GENOVESA ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: EL BARRANCO (GENOVESA)

    El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep path with stairs carved into the rock, which leads to a plateau full of bird life among a palo santo forest. You will see Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and petrels. With some luck, you may spot a short-eared lava owl. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA)

    Darwin Bay’s soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and frigate birds. Kayaking or snorkeling are a must here, since sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and sea turtles are often seen. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 7     BARTOLOME ISLAND  (BLD)

    AM: BARTOLOME ISLAND

    Bartolome, one of the most iconic sites in the Galapagos, is a small island with two very different visitor sites: on the beautiful beach you can hang out with sea lions and snorkel, while the hike up to the peak offers jaw-dropping scenery. Difficulty level: Moderate

    PM: DRAGON HILL (SANTA CRUZ)

    As the name implies, Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) is known for its healthy population of land iguanas. Other locals include common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go snorkeling after the walk. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

    DAY 8     SANTA CRUZ ISLAND  (B)

    AM: LA BACHAS BEACH (SANTA CRUZ)

    Las Bachas Beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon, where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts. Next we head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. Bon Voyage!!!  Difficulty level: Easy

    (B): Breakfast (L): Lunch (D): Dinner

    Important Notice Actual day-by-day itineraries may vary from those shown in order to take advantage of local sightseeing options, trains or flight schedules changes, or other unforeseen events.

  • ECLIPSE – ITINERARIES MAP

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  • ECLIPSE – ITINERARIES DEPARTURE DATES

    TRAVEL DATES - ECLIPSE

  • ACCOMMODATIONS

    • Category: Deluxe
    • Guests: 48
    • Cabins: 26
    • Deluxe Staterooms: 4  (17-20)
    • Superior Stateroom: 8  (21-28)
    • Staterooms: 7  (3-8 & 10)
    • Standard Staterooms: 5  (9, 11-12, 14-15)
    • Singe Staterooms: 2  (1-2)
    • All cabins with A/C, private bathrooms and hot water.
    • Crew: 23 (4 Naturalist)

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Length: 210 ft.
    • Beam: 41 ft.
    • Year Built: 1982
    • Type: Luxury Cruise Ship
    • Max Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots

    DECK PLAN

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