WHY THIS TRIP
The Sea Star Journey Galapagos Cruise is one of the most luxurious, small-yacht naturalist tours in the Galapagos Islands. Typically, 16-passenger cruises are the more personalized option where you spend much of the time snorkeling and on walks with your naturalist guide.
The drawback is usually having to deal with teeny cabins and small communal areas, but not on the Sea Star Journey. The Sea Star Journey provides the space and comfort commonly found on a 100-passenger boat but with the personalized, activity-filled itinerary of a small yacht — so you get the best of both worlds.
Every day, you go for walks on the islands with a certified naturalist guide and enjoy at least two snorkeling excursions (sometimes more if you’d like!). The itineraries are created to ensure travelers are on the Islands as frequently as possible each day, participating in interesting activities and learning about the amazing islands and their wildlife.
Latin Trails, the Sea Star Journey’s owner, is a reputable and established local operator in the Islands. Its small fleet of boats is extremely well-maintained and the company goes the extra mile to make sure every traveler has a positive and memorable journey.
The Sea Star Journey is a newer vessel built explicitly for week-long cruises in the Galapagos, so the layout and cabins are designed to ensure comfort and spaciousness. Each double cabin is spacious and has a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and a picture window that can be opened for a little fresh air.
You’ll enjoy your meals in the indoor dining room or out on the deck watching the scenery go by. To relax, you can enjoy the Sea Star Journey’s spa services, soak up the sun (or nap in the shade) on one of the decks, or kick back in the outdoor jacuzzi.
Your cruise itinerary will incorporate not just a diverse array of Islands to visit, but also many ways to explore the Islands. Each day, you’ll join your guide for naturalist walks and snorkeling. On certain days, you’ll also go on dinghy rides near the shores to see bird life that can’t be seen otherwise.
You’ll also have the opportunity to explore by paddling one of the Sea Star Journey’s 8 sea kayaks (where permitted in the national park). The numerous on-board kayaks ensure plenty of opportunities to paddle without having to wait around for others to finish.
Altogether, the Sea Star Journey is an ideal cruise for those who don’t want to sacrifice comfort or a quality naturalist experience while exploring the Galapagos.
LOCAL PROVIDER: LATIN TRAILS
For more than 22 years Latin Trails has specialized in custom adventures and special-interest travels in South America for small groups and families. The trips designed by Latin Trails provide travelers the opportunity to listen, see, feel, smell and taste the destinations of South America.
Travelers get those experiences on both land and water, where the company operates sustainable local trips across South America but specializes in Inca Trail treks in Peru and cruise ship adventures in both the Galapagos Islands and the Peruvian Amazon.