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M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey - Luxury Eleven Day Cruise

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Overview

M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey is a luxury motor yacht with capacity for 16 passengers. Featuring eight spacious suites (approx 25 metres squared) and one Master Suite (35m2 approx) equipped with panoramic windows to enjoy the marvellous landscapes of the islands and complete with private bathroom, hot and cold water, air conditioning with independent controls, minibar and TV. Twin beds or one faux queen bed and connected suites for families.


Local and international dishes are designed by the onboard chef and will be served in the cosy atmosphere of the ship’s dining room. The yacht also offers a large solarium with shaded area, two Jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and a Mini Spa offering therapies and massages. Social areas include a large living area, mini library and video library and a play zone for kids (during family departures). Snorkelling equipment and kayaks are also available free of charge.

The Seastar Journey Experience

The SeaStar Journey is designed to offer a luxurious escape to the archipelago of the Galapagos. This luxury boat was built in 2011 and features a combination of contemporary design, privacy and comfort. With a maximum of 16 passengers, the Seastar yacht features seven spacious Galapagos Suites. During this luxurious escape, you can enjoy the breathtaking views, and private areas to relax. Enjoy the Seastar’s large solarium and two jacuzzis whilst you soak up the sun as you cruise from island to island.  Go snorkelling, swimming or kayaking and get a real look into the underwater world and all the beauty it has to offer. The M/C Galapagos Seastar Journey, another jewel from the well known Galapagos Journey Fleet, the perfect combination of adventure, comfort, service and excellence that offers five, six, ten, eleven and fifteen day itineraries. 

The SeaStar also offers a 5 day cruise, 6 day cruise, 10 day cruisand 15 day cruise


Please note that the below itinerary is a guide and that itineraries vary depending on departure date. Your sales consultant will provide you with more details on the different itinerary options available and applicable departure dates.

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Trip Code: GATSGO11

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruising

Location: Galapagos Islands - Ecuador

Ship: Sea Star Journey

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Encounter the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including sea lions, marine iguanas, flamingos, turtles, flightless cormorants, rays and the Galapagos tortoise.

  • This itinerary is easily combined with a land based tour of South America or perhaps event taking the incredible journey to the worlds most remote wilderness, Antarctica.

  • You will have the opportunity to take snorkelling activities, diving into some of the most pristine waters in all of South America, if not the world.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Upon arrival at Isla Baltra in the Galapagos Islands, you will meet your guide to transfer to, and embark upon, the M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey. In the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here, you can learn about the protection and conservation of the islands. You can also visit the Information Centre, Tortoise Breeding Centre and the giant tortoises that have been reared here.

Thursday, Embark & Charles Darwin Research Station

Spend the day at Isla Isabela, first visiting Tintoreras Islet, the name for white tipped reef sharks of which there are an abundance. You will also find Galapagos penguins and sea lions in the waters. In the afternoon, land at Puerto Villamil to hike into the highlands for the Sierra Negra slope before hiking on uneven terrain to the rim of the Sierra Negra Volcano, the world’s second widest at 6 x 5 miles. Hike to Chico Volcano for its striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands.

Friday, Tintoreras Islet & Sierra Negra Volcano

Enjoy a hike on Isla Isabella between its volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, to Punta Moreno. The trail runs along a pahohoe lava flow where the solidified lava appears corrugated like an accordion. The flow runs into lagoons where several species of birds can be found amongst the mangroves. Elizabeth Bay is the next attraction on Isla Isabela, although no land contact will be made. Aboard a zodiac you can see the largest colony of penguins on the Galapagos at Marielas Islets. Continue into a cove surrounded by red mangroves to spot sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions.

Saturday, Punta Moreno & Elizabeth Bay

Land on Isla Fernandina between many marine iguanas at Punta Espinoza. You can also see the flightless cormorant here, witnessing how it has evolved to find food in the ocean. Continue to Tagus Cove to see Galapagos penguins waddling along the cliff’s edge. Land and hike up to the top of the cliff for views over Darwin Lake, several volcanoes and surrounding cliffs complete with graffiti by pirates, whalers and buccaneers.

Sunday, Punta Espinoza & Tagus Cove

Visit two sites on Isla Santiago today, starting at Playa Espumilla on the northern coast. With marine iguanas, rays, octopi, sharks and Sally-lightfoot crabs hunted by herons, Espumilla Beach is an excellent spot for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is also an important nesting site for marine turtles. Back on dry land, the palo santo forest is of interest. In the afternoon, visit Puerto Egas, James Bay on the west of Santiago. The black beach is made up of eroded lava and occupied by marine and land iguanas. Further wildlife can be found, with tropical fish, crabs, birdlife and sea lions further down the beach.

Monday, Playa Espumilla & Puerto Egas

Visit the small island, Lobos, in a panga from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On land, take a trail across dry vegetation, volcanic rocks and sand to find a nesting population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. On the beach, you will see a large colony of sea lions. In the afternoon visit Cerro Colorado for its tortoise project with breeding centre and interpretative trail where you can se native and endemic plants and birds such as the San Cristóbal mockingbird, yellow warblers, finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Tuesday, Isla Lobos & Cerro Colorado

Spend the day on Isla Española, otherwise know as Hood Island. Gardner Bay offers an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. From the shore, you can see sharks swimming in the crystal clear ocean waters. Continue to Punta Suarez, a rocky area on the island, home to a number of different sea bird colonies, creating an impressive spectacle. Witness the blow hole that spouts water some 20 metres into the air.

Wednesday, Isla Española

Today visits Isla Floreana, starting at the large flamingo lagoon at Punta Cormorant. You can also observe common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. Visit the two distinct beaches, Green Beach with its olivine crystals and Flour Sand Beach made of coral. Continue to Post Office Bay, where 18th Century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as a post office. A common tradition here is to leave a letter here and perhaps even take a letter destined to a location you may be travelling towards. This site was also a landing site for some of the first colonists in the Galapagos.

Thursday, Isla Floreana

Make a wet landing in the clear waters of Isla Santa Fé. The island is home to a number of endemic species including the Galapagos hawk, snake, mockingbird and land iguana. Take a trail to marvel at the flora of salt bushes and pear cacti before snorkelling with sea lions and tropical fish. Travel north to Islas Plazas, two small islands to the east of Santa Cruz. The islands accommodate some of the most fascinating Galapagos life, with smaller than normal land iguanas as well as land and marine hybrids. Many seabirds can be found on the islands, swallow tailed gulls, Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigates and brown pelicans.

Friday Isla Santa Fé & Islas Plazas

On the wave-battered shore lie sea lion colonies on the uplifted island of Seymour Norte. Take a walk through the island on a circular path. You will see nesting sites for the large population of frigate birds and blue-footed boobies, while swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. In the afternoon, head to Bachas Beach on Isla Santa Cruz, where you will find the partial remains of US barges from World War II. The beaches are also a favoured nesting site for sea turtles. There is a brackish lagoon behind one of the beaches where you may see flamingos, stilts and whimbrels.

Saturday, Isla Seymour Norte & Playa Las Bachas

In the morning visit the small islet of Mosquera where you can find a great white sand beach with a large population of sea lions. The site is excellent for swimming and snorkelling. On the rocks you can see Sally light-foot and red lava crabs. Following the excursion, transfer to Baltra Airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.

Sunday, Mosquera Islet & Disembark
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Amend your itinerary to include the incredible wonders of Peru. This amazing 9-day itinerary will allow you to see the best of Peru. Visit incredible cities such as Lima and Cusco which are buzzing and vibrant with a unique blend of urban modernisation and rural lifestyles. You will also be able to visit and experience the incredible mystery of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and explore the legendary Sacred Valley. Find out more.

  • Explore the Chilean capital of Santiago, before heading to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in South America. Head to El Calafate on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and from here visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Find out more

  • Discover the unrivalled jewel of colonial architecture that is Quito. A 4 day discover Quito tour will take you through a pulsating, lively Latin city. Visit the cities historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site, marvel at the cities artistic and colonial origins in various museums or embrace the colours of the Otavalo market, perhaps the most important indigenous market in all South America. Find out more.

Pricing & date

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Important Information

  • Accommodation 
    All meals 
    Water, Coffee and tea
    All excursions
    English-Speaking Naturalist guide
    Snorkelling equipment
    Kayak equipment

    Exclusions

    Return airfares from mainland Ecuador
    Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US$100 per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (US$20 per person subject to change) 
    Wet suit rental 
    Soft drink and alcoholic drinks 
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for crew/guides 

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    Please note kayak activities are subject to weather conditions. 

  • Departure date, seasonality & availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

The Sea Star follows a number of sustainability initiatives in line with general Galapagos National Park Policy. Reusable water bottles are provided for all guests on board, food is sourced as sustainably as possible from local markets and plastic has been eliminated from all vessels. While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE