WHY THIS TRIP
The Mary Anne is a lovely 3-masted Galapagos sailing ship owned and guided by the longest-running operator in the Islands. This striking vessel is one of very few sailboats in the Galapagos and the nearly one thousand yards of sail add to her graceful appearance. But the trip is more than just aesthetics — the Mary Anne has earned a top-notch reputation for great itineraries, highly-trained guides, and attention to detail.
The vessel is 216 feet long and provides spacious accommodations throughout. The common areas and cabins have the feel of a classic sailboat with wood paneling and nautical touches. The ample deck space is a lovely place for relaxing and watching the scenery pass by — or even go whale watching or star gazing with your guide. Inside, there is a complete bar, dining area, and lounge. Although originally built for much larger groups, the Mary Anne now accommodates 16 passengers in double and single cabins. Each cabin has a porthole window, private bathroom, and air conditioning (helpful during the warmest months of December, January, and February).
Each day in the Galapagos on the Mary Anne Galapagos Sailing Cruise, you’ll be exploring the Islands on foot with your naturalist guide and in the water snorkeling. There’s not a lot of down-time since the focus of the trip is seeing the stunning wildlife and landscapes in the most remote and fascinating areas of the Galapagos. Each day’s activities is designed to illuminate the Islands’ unique history of geology, wildlife diversity, and plant life.
The Mary Anne does not split up her 8-day itineraries into shorter 4- and 5-day cruises, which means there’s no stopping in the middle of the cruise to pick-up or drop-off passengers at the airport. You therefore have a consistent group of fellow travelers and minimize cruising transfer time, so you can see even more of the Islands.
LOCAL OPERATOR: ANGERMEYER CRUISES
The Angermeyers have made tourism in the Galapagos a family tradition, offering pioneer charter visits for adventurous foreigners that date back to the very first days of the National Park’s foundation. With a lifetime of profound knowledge and experience as to how this wonderful natural world can be best appreciated, Angermeyer Cruises have also perfected the art of cruise comfort through a long history and passion for boat building and sailing.
Angermeyer’s belief is that tourism, conservation and social responsibility go hand in hand, feeding off of each other and can only thrive individually if equally accounted for. Andando Tours, and sister companies Humboldt Expeditions and Angermeyer Cruises, are proud to play an active role in promoting environmental awareness and participating in the sustainable development of the communities the companies work in.
Susan Wieler –
My husband and I went to the western Galápagos on the Mary Ann during the first week of June 2016. Our guide,
Fernando, was outstanding as were the entire crew. Fernando got us up at 5:30am but it was so worth it as we made an early morning excursion each morning when all was quiet and the conditions were optimal for wildlife shoots. Even on our excursions later in the day, we only once encountered another group on an island we
and this was Fernando’s doing as well – he kept in touch with other guides via radio and arranged it so we would not be in each other’s way. Our group was decidedly middle-aged, but ranged from one man in his 30s to another in his 70s. They hailed from England, Scotland, Switzerland, and the US – a marvelous group all around.
I was worried about seasickness but the new prescription patch worked like a charm for me – I only needed half the patch.
It blew my mind that after landing on Baltra on our first day we spent the next seven on uninhabited islands! A truly unique experience for a landlubbing urban dweller such as
myself! The boat was beautiful and very comfortable. The coffee left something to be desired but that is the only complaint I have. The food was fresh and not too heavy. There was always something lovely to drink when we returned from hiking, snorkeling, swimming or just walking the beaches.
If you’ve always wanted to go to the Galápagos,
I recommend the Mary Ann – it is not the cheapest option but may be the best!
Kirby McDonald –
We just came back from a 2 week family trip to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos aboard the Mary Anne with eleven children and grandchildren in celebration of our 50th anniversary. This trip was planned from start to finish by Detour Travel with Allie, Kate and Layna doing most of the work and coordinating the trip with family members over a 2 year period, not an easy task. The trip was amazing and exceeded our expectations in every respect including the amazing natural, historical and environmental wonders of these destinations. I’m quite sure that this will be a lifetime memory for our family which was our objective in the first place but this was made possible because of the arrangements made by Detour and their attention to detail. The Mary Anne is a special way to see the Galapagos aboard a wonderful vessel with a warm and dedicated crew and our guide Desiree brought the entire trip to life because of her knowledge and especially because of her ability to connect warmly to our family. Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito and the events that were arranged on the ground were well coordinated with equally competent and warm guides and their great hospitality worked well for our family members. I can highly recommend Detour for a family memory that will last a lifetime. Thanks Detour, The McDonald Family
We were amazed by the attention to detail Detour Destinations put into coordinating our 16 day vacation as we traveled from the Galapagos to Peru. It was fun working with Allie Savage and Layna George. They found the perfect itinerary for our family. (son, daughter-in-law, husband and me). The activities were invigorating and exciting. The literature, packets, and recommendations they sent before the trip was very much appreciated and helpful in preparation. The S/S Mary Anne was a perfect choice for our family of sailors. We very much enjoyed the crew and guides. One of the high lights of our trip was to help pull up, set the sails, and helm. A crew member took us out in the panga to take pictures of the Mary Anne under full sail. It was magnificent! The itinerary was outstanding except for one major EXCEPT. What I do think you need to be aware of is the one day (Nov.7, 2012) we went back to Baltra to drop off 10 passengers and pick up 4 new passengers. A good portion of the day was spent with refueling the boat and briefing the new passengers. We were terribly disappointed. This was our only disappointment, but we lost a day of our vacation.
Karsten K –
While on our flight to the islands we read in the Angermeyer booklet that we were going to have an “experience of a lifetime”. Although we know a bit about the islands already before we left home we thought that this was just the usual exaggeration marketing folks are famous for.
However, now, back at home and back at work we feel strongly that this was indeed no exaggeration at all – for us this Galapagos trip aboard the Mary Anne was really the outstanding experience of our life and it will be very hard if not impossible to see anything what will come close to this.
It’s not easy to describe all the detail, but really every piece of the trip was perfectly fitting and thus contributed to the exceptional value the sail had for us.
Starting with the very smooth organization behind the scenes, the way we were welcomed at Baltra airport and the vessel, the luxury of the boat and cabins, the fine (and healthy) food served there, the organization of the trips which were so well balanced that one never felt exhausted or hurried and on the other hand never felt idling.
I’m not able to describe the islands – one really has to see them. In fact one of the last paradises to experience, if not the last paradise on this planet. The geology, the marine life, the wildlife on the islands. The peace. Just amazing. At one point in time we would have liked to transform our selfs into sea lions just to be able to stay.
As already state above Alejandro, or guide on the boat and the islands was also very exceptional in many kind of ways. For his knowledge about every aspect of the islands: history, flora, wildlife, conservation efforts and problems, for his ability to share his knowledge and to convey to us the value of the fragile life on these islands, for letting us feel how dear the islands are to him, for his humor and not at last for his charisma.
Then of course the captain and the crew whom not only kept the ship going but catered all tastes behind the scenes with charm, warmth and friendliness. Very professional. And far beyond that one would expect – for example turning this big ship around completely shortly before sunset just to allow us to watch a bunch of lovely dolphins.
Last but not least our company. My wife and I are really used to travel on our own and in remote places. The more remote the better. A bit we (well, me) worried about spending a week with a group (of unknown people) in a limited place were you can’t escape. These worries turned out not to be justified at all. We very much enjoyed our company from the first time we met at the airport till the time we had to say “Good Bye”. Indeed my wife and I had some profoundly sad moments afterwards,
sitting “alone” in a bar in Quito shortly after the trip.
Well, …, I’m afraid my command of the English language is not up to the task to really describe what the trip meant for us. Thinking back on a cold and foggy German November weekend we’re still being touched by the peace and warmth of the islands, our guide, the crew and our companions.
A remote paradise we’ll never forget.