Stunning Social Areas of the Petrel Galapagos Catamaran
While you are in between the fantastic excursions of the Galapagos island, relax on a stunning megayacht you would find in Hollywood movies. In the dining area, feast in royalty thrice daily on cuisine prepared by your professional sous chef. Typically, the Cruise food menu is composed of a mix of local Ecuadorian style along with your international staples. Think local Galapagos lobster or steak for dinner, eggs any style for breakfast including french toast or pancakes, and a wonderful bbq of various meats for lunch. Have any dietary restrictions? The staff of the Petrel Galapagos yacht staff can work around any diet to meet your wishes. After excursions, the chef prepares delicious snacks awaiting your return, fueling you with energy throughout the day. You’ll need it, as the thrilling adventures are non stop for days on end!
Within the Petrel Galapagos cruise salon area, wind down on cozy plush furniture in the afternoon where your class three guide will present a short briefing about the activities of the following day, including some fascinating history and the endemic animals you are likely to see. This area also includes a bar, with an excellent inventory of premium, international, and local spirits along with a selection of beer, wine, and champagne. Before dinner, grab your beverage of choice and watch your guide’s presentation which will be hooked up to a large flat screen and entertainment system.
On the upper deck solarium, head to the wet bar to grab those tropical cocktails without ever having to head downstairs. Relax on outdoor reclining furniture and lean back in total relaxation and soak in the equatorial rays. Last but not least the jacuzzi. The most enjoyable aspect of the upper deck solarium is the 360 panoramic views where you can witness dolphins, magnificent frigatebirds and fulls flying along with the ship, and large humpback whales. Additionally, there are parts both shaded and unshaded so you can relax in the warm rays of the equatorial sun, and then have a respite in the comfort of the shade.
Cabins and Deluxe Suites of the Petrel Galapagos Catamaran
The Petrel Galapagos cruise designers went above and beyond in the pursuit of creating the perfect abode. Well-lit cabins include bountiful storage for your belongings, safety boxes for valuables, magnificent panoramic windows yielding to stunning Galapagos landscapes, and of course private bathrooms with hot water and biodegradable toiletries. Flexibility in suites allows for a choice between a double bed or two twins catering to families.
If you want to go for the ultimate upgrade, ask about the premium suites featuring a lounge area with plush furniture, extra-large windows, and king-sized beds. Best of all, private balconies create an intimate setting for witnessing the Galapagos, perfect for honeymooners or guests that want their own private show of the islands.
Flexible itinerary options of the Petrel Galapagos Catamaran
With 4, 5, 6, and 8-day itineraries, the options for duration and activities are limitless. The shorter 4 and 5-day itineraries focus on the central and eastern islands. These include:
Española: The southernmost island of the Galapagos, and a famous breeding site of waved albatrosses. Wonderful island for witnessing the marine iguanas and charismatic sea lions.
Genovesa: A stunning volcanic caldera, containing thousands of storm petrol and many endemic birds.
Santa Cruz: The second-largest island of Galapagos, it is home to black-lava shores, stunning rock cliffs, amazing lava tunnels, and pristine beaches like Tortuga Bay.
Santiago: Also known as San Salvador, named after San Salvador Island, or as James Island. The island, which consists of two overlapping volcanoes Marine Iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, land and sea turtles, flamingos, crabs, dolphins, and sharks are found here.
The six and eight-day itineraries of the Petrel Galapagos cruise include many fascinating stops on Isabela, the largest and most volcanically active island of the Galapagos Islands. On this island, you can witness five species of giant tortoises, humpback whales, sea lions, and incredible amounts of marine biodiversity surrounding mangrove lagoons. You will also visit Floreana, which contains an incredible flamingo lagoon and snorkeling spots full of wildlife and stunning corals. Lastly, spend some time on Santa Cruz, continue east to Santa Fe and San Cristobal
Bonus Features of the Petrel Galapagos Catamaran
Cruisegoers with children under the age of 12 are eligible for a 25 percent discount. Additionally, the ship is equipped with snorkeling and wetsuit all included in the ticket price.
Facilities Grading - 5
Luxury accommodation & amenities, large cabins with lower twins or queen/king size beds. Some vessels may feature suites with private lounge areas, bar & balcony. Ample lounge areas throughout the vessel, ships may feature gym & other entertainment areas. Vessel type varies from yachts, sailboats, to catamarans & ships.
Services Grading - 5
Best guidance available - knowledgeable in flora, fauna & wildlife, guidance level 3 with fluent bilingual guides. Bathroom amenities, bottled water & fresh towels with cleaning service every day. Daily briefings for scheduled activities in comfortable lounge areas. Local & International cuisine catering to different diets & palates. Interior & exterior bars, & usually a crew of 8+ & a cruise manager looking after guests needs & comfort.
Itineraries Grading - 5
Best itineraries available in the Galapagos islands, these feature popular stops, extensive routes and the addition of rare isolated islands, usually not included in Galapagos cruise programs. Activities offer all the archipelago has to offer, from mild to extensive hikes, discovery or unique wildlife, fauna, and breathtaking landscapes.
Petrel Features, Decks & Notices
Luxury Services 1/4
- Private Balconies
- Air conditioned & private bathroom cabins
- Certified naturalist guide – Level 3
- Kayaks & jacuzzi available aboard
- Snorkel equipment & wetsuit included
- Convertible twin/double cabins
- Suite Cabins
Children Policies 2/4
Minors Aboard Cruise
- Minimum Age: 7 years old
- Eligible Age: under 12 years
- Eligible Discount: 25%
- Restriction: Not available in christmas, new year & easter
Rental, Purchase & Pay 3/4
- On board payments for bar, cash & credit card
- Wetsuit & snorkel equipment included
- Tipping (optional but expected) cash only
Cruise Information 4/4
Notices & Cruise Details
- Valid through dec-27-19 to dec-31-20
- Single supplement: 50%
- Peak season single supplement: 100%
- Peak season surcharge: $160 to $420
- Accommodation based on 2 guest per cabin
- Inquire your trip advisor for discounts & offers
Itineraries, inclusions & exclusions are subject to change by the Galapagos National Park, or vessel/s management.
Itinerary, Rates & Availability
2020 - 2021 - 2022
Financially protected deposits
Petrel Inclusions & Exclusions
|Accommodation, use of onboard facilities|
|All meals, juices & soft drinks, welcome champagne, complimentary fruit platter|
|All activities as listed, kayaks, transfers in galapagos|
|Certified bilingual guide|
|Snorkel equipment & wetsuit rental|
|Park fee & TC card: $120|
|Round flight (mainland-galapagos-mainland)|
|Personal expenses, tipping & travel insurance|
|Quito shuttles (hotel-airport-hotel)|
Petrel Technical Specifications
Type: Motor catamaran
Capacity: 16 Passengers
Length: 35 Meters / 115 Feet
Beam: 12.5 Meters / 41 Feet
Max speed: 10 Knots
Guide: Level 3
Crew: 10 + guide
Balconies: Available in all cabins
Layout: 2 Decks / 9 Cabins
Main deck: Cabin 1,2 = Twin stateroom
Main deck: Suite A, B = Double suite stateroom
Upper deck: Cabin 3,4,5,6 = Convertible twin stateroom
Upper deck: Cabin 7 = Single stateroom
Beds layout: Single, twin & double staterooms
Rooming: Private cabins only
Sharing: Not available
Toiletries / Towels
Safety deposit box
Sundeck – Solarium
2 double kayaks
Laptops & library