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Cruise Ships in The Galapagos Islands : Petrel

Built in 2015, the Petrel blends minimalist decor with comfortable furnishings, attention to detail and spacious size. A 16 passenger motor yacht that offers a top end Galapagos experience.


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The Petrel is a 16 passenger motor yacht is built with 9 cabins and a maximum capacity of 16 passengers. It has some of the largest cabins for a vessel in the Galapagos, including private balconies in all. Full size windows, bright decor and plenty of storage space are complemented by glass showers and modern bathrooms.

The indoor social areas provide plenty of space to spread out and relax, including a stocked reading room for learning more about the Galapagos' unique environment. Indoor and outdoor bars provide options for an end of the day libation while the full length sun deck has comfortable chairs and loungers as well as a six person Jacuzzi.

During the day you'll enjoy a variety of excursions ranging from treks to dinghy rides to snorkelling, making the most of the diverse landscape.


All nine cabins are well thought out and comfortable. Rooms vary between two single beds and one matrimonial bed, while all feature private balconies, modern bathrooms and air conditioning.

Upper Deck Single Stateroom (x1)

With 14 m² of cabin space, this single stateroom, located on the upper deck, provides plenty of room to relax as well as a private balcony, a rarity for a single occupancy room.

Double Stateroom (x6)

The six double staterooms are located on the main and upper deck and provide 30 m² of space, making them larger than most vessels' suites.

Main Deck Suite (x2)

The largest cabins on the boat, these suites provide a huge 43 m² including double size balconies, and a separate living area with chairs and table.


  • Breakfast and lunch buffet is served in the main restaurant.
  • Dinner is à la carte and served in the main restaurant.
  • Tea and coffee are available at the bar throughout the day.


  • 3 night southern islands.
  • 4 night central and northern islands.
  • 5 night central and southern islands.
  • 7 night central, northern and southern islands.
  • 7 night western and central islands.
  • 14 night all islands.

Suggested itineraries

  • Frigate bird in the Galapagos

    Our specialists suggest:
    Our 12-day "Wildlife of Ecuador: Amazon & Galapagos" itinerary, from £6,680pp.
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  • The cobbled streets of Quito's Old Town

    Our specialists suggest:
    Our 14-day "Andes & Galapagos tour" itinerary, from £6,250pp.
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  • Galapagos Flamingos

    Our specialists suggest:
    4 nights aboard Petrel as part of our 13-day "Luxury Ecuador & Galapagos tour" itinerary, from £8,290pp.
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  • Dinghy rides
  • Kayaking
  • Trekking
  • Snorkelling
  • Wildlife viewing
  • On board lectures