Best Budget Galapagos Cruises: Ultimate Guide?

Best Budget Galapagos Cruises: Ultimate Guide?

Travel to the Galapagos without breaking bank. This Budget Galapagos Cruise Guide details the top cruises for cheaper price points. Start planning now!

Last week, I gave you guys an overall guide to prices in the Galapagos and tips on how to save bucketloads of money. Today’s blog will focus on choosing the best value Galapagos cruises that have everything you want without destroying your wallet. Additionally, I will delve into the best budget Galapagos cruises you should consider choosing, and describe why the less expensive cruises are incredible options for you and your group.

How to Travel to Galapagos Cheaply?

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The top ways to travel to the Galapagos cheaply are to choose budget cruises, internally negotiate the listed price (Nothing is set in stone for most cruises), and lastly to choose flights and cruise dates during lower traveled times.

For more specific details with nice charts for visualization, check out the ultimate guide to the prices of the Galapagos.

If you have any unanswered questions, talk with GreengoTravel staff about Galapagos cruise availability and any other questions that you may have.  They are always ready for questions, respond quickly, and have the answers you are looking for.

Best Budget Cruises in the Galapagos

After working for many years with Galapagos Cruises, we have sent agents on the majority of the cruises and we also have years of customer reviews to back the ships up. From this, we have compiled a list of the best affordable cruises in the Galapagos.

  • The Legend
  • Nemo 1
  • Golondrina
  • Aída María

It is likely that if you are visiting the Galapagos with a budget in mind, the most important factors will be seeing all the magical landscapes that the Galapagos have to offer. The rooms come second place to the itineraries and animals that you are looking for. So with that in mind, read on and visit these top Galapagos budget cruises!

The Legend Galapagos Cruise Ship

I have personal experience on the Legend Galapagos Cruise and many fond memories of the adventure. When my sister and I got to the room for the first time, our eyes were like saucers. We were stunned how nice the room was and how spacious and immaculate it was. The large window displaying the crystal waters of the Galapagos and changing landscapes was the cherry on top.

Legend Galapagos Ship - Junior Suite Triple
Amazing rooms of the Legend

The great part about a larger capacity cruise is that they are generally cheaper, with fantastic deals. Moreover, the rooms are bigger than the 16 person budget cruises. Plenty of space for your luggage. The smaller ships 16 capacity budget yachts will have a more intimate and personalized experience, but with a ship like a legend you have you as close to the engine room and you will have plenty of space. Moreover, they have plenty of staff, a doctor, and a great bar that the smaller ships won’t have.

What we loved about this less expensive Galapagos cruise, besides the amazing price point, was that it had everything we could possibly need. Scratch that, it completely blew our expectations out of the water! Below are some of the great features that we thought were really useful

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This ship has a nice gymnasium, which was a high spot for my father that liked to have some time to stretch and do some exercise. However, know that all the excursions of the day are plenty of exercises!


The Jacuzzi was a great addition to the legend. After an excursion when the water is a little chilly, it’s nice to peel off the wetsuit and then jump into the warm waters. Only one step left is to have a cocktail after you have had your fill of relaxation. Did I forget the mention the bar was always manned by a professional barman, ever ready to whip of a beautiful cocktail or serve a cold beer?

Legend Galapagos Ship - Pool 2
Seem like a nice place to relax?

Incredible Food 

Galapagos Cruises Food - Ceviche
Delicious cuisine on Galapagos cruises
For a cheaper cruising option in the Galapagos, the Legend did not skimp on the food at all.

The cuisine was incredible, and the buffet-style food options were always top of the line.

We ate like kings for the week, and never went hungry.

Moreover, between excursions, the legend Galapagos cruise provided yummy snacks and refreshing juices with fruits you can only find in Ecuador.

A truly unique experience.



The best part about the cheaper Galapagos cruising options is that the excursions are no better on a more expensive cruise. What you pay for on the luxury cruises is the ship experience, meaning a more intimate setting with more personalization and attention. The excursions are just as fun, and you get to see the wildlife just the same on these budget-friendly Galapagos cruises.

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Golondrina Galapagos Cruise

The Golondrina Galapagos Yacht is a budget Galapagos cruise found in the basic category, and it is one of GreenGo travel’s favorites. The reason behind this is that it constantly garners 5-star reviews from guests raving they had a wonderful time and saw incredible amounts of wildlife.


This ship is the best way to explore the Galapagos on a budget and see everything that you could hope to see in the Galapagos. The rooms all have air conditioning, private bathrooms, hot showers, towels, toiletries. Since it is a smaller ship, at night the motor will be running. Bring a warm jacket in case you are cold-sensitive, and bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.

It is likely that you will be spending most of the time on the ship outside the room and on the beautiful deck. The ship has plenty of areas for sunbathing, relaxing, and sightseeing the beautiful landscapes. Make sure to bring reef-safe sunscreen, as the sun is extra strong at the equator

Nemo I Galapagos Cruise 

The Nemo 1 Galapagos Catamaran is a superior class cruise that takes what the more expensive Galapagos ships have: personalization and privacy. However, the price is lowered significantly. The rooms will be smaller than a luxury cruise of course, but the experience will be fantastic nonetheless.

Nemo 1 Galapagos Catamaran - Panoramic View

The Itineraries

The itineraries on this budget-friendly Galapagos cruise, the Nemo 1, are fantastic. This Catamaran takes you to some of the best highlights of the Galapagos. There are durations of three, four, and seven days with options that explore the East Islands or the West Islands. You will without a doubt see many of the spectacular and unique creatures of the Galapagos on this itinerary.

The Dining Experience

The intimate setting on the Nemo in the outdoor dining area is an intimate highlight that even the most luxurious boats don’t have. It boasts total comfort and relaxation, the perfect environment for great conversation with friends, family, or strangers if you decide to go solo in the Galapagos!

Nemo 1 Galapagos Catamaran - Dining Alfresco
Intimate dining experience on the Nemo 1

Customers in the past rave about how the chef continuously outdoes himself in the cooking, preparing beautiful and delicious meals every night. Keep in mind that the first and last days of your cruise include boarding the boat and getting situated and preparation for leaving the ship. Consider staying on the Yacht longer to have more full days exclusively for exploring the Galapagos!

Aida Maria – Budget cruises in the Galapagos

Another fantastic superior cruise option is the Aida Maria Yacht. This cheaper Galapagos cruising choice is one that you won’t regret, as both the ship highlights and itineraries are incredible.

Aida Maria Galapagos Yacht - Panoramic View
Isn't she a beaut?

The bar area has plenty of options, unlimited coffee, and great snacks. Moreover, the dining area has plenty of space for sharing a nice meal with fellow guests.


However, the true highlight of this cruise is the itineraries. The seven-day cruising option explores a great majority of the major Islands, allowing you to see all the magic the islands have to offer.

Galapagos Cruise Availability

The best advice we can give is to book well ahead of time.  This will not only help reduce the prices of international tickets but also guarantee you a spot on a cruise. This is especially important for groups and families. GreenGo Travel is happy to hold spots on the cruise that interests you while you consider cruises. If you wait until a few months before, it is highly likely that your budget cruise option will be available.  There are many other Galapagos visitors looking for the same great budget Galapagos cruises as you are. However, if you are an adventurous traveler that does not care about which cruise you hop on, you can consider looking for Galapagos Cruise Deals.

Galapagos Cruise Deals

These deals are a risky approach if you have a specific cruise in mind, but excellent if you are okay with getting whatever is available when you arrive at an incredible price.  The top choices will likely be taken, as the best cruises have been booked ahead of time. The benefit is that these cruise lines, especially ones that only are half booked, will provide unrivaled prices that you can’t get if you book way ahead of time.

This option is great for backpackers and spontaneous travelers looking for an affordable Galapagos cruise. Greengo can help you find the most affordable deals and last minute deals!

Ready to book one of these amazing Affordable Galapagos cruises?  Click on one of these affordable cruise options and start booking!


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