– Available as four day up to 15 day cruises from $ 976 –

General Information

While it is true that many people looking to visit Galapagos want a real “trip-of-a-lifetime” luxury experience we also have a good range of budget Galapagos cruises for those people who are prepared to sacrifice some facilities in exchange for a wallet-friendly Galapagos adventure. All economic ships are small and offer space for no more than 16 passengers.

So what can you expect from a budget Galapagos cruise? Well, the first thing to say is that all of our budget class vessels are completely safe and very well-maintained. There are never any savings made when it comes to safety.


On a budget Galapagos cruise, your main sacrifice will be space. Most of the budget vessels offer small cabins, most usually with bunk beds. You may have no windows at all if you are below decks, or perhaps a porthole rather than panoramic windows. All cabins come with a private bathroom, but it will be small and more functional. You can still expect everything to be clean and well-presented, and there to be a housekeeping service.

When it comes to communal facilities on a budget Galapagos cruise you will find cozy but smaller lounges, and there is usually less outside space, with smaller sundecks. Your food will be of a good quality and enough, but will tend to be simple.


Budget Galapagos cruises tend to be very popular with younger travelers, backpackers and those visiting Galapagos as part of an extended South American adventure, and this tends to make these boats have a fun and chilled vibe.

The final thing to note is that budget Galapagos cruises visit all the same Galapagos visitor sites as all the others, and they all have great itineraries that you can choose from. When it comes to a budget cruise you are not going to see less of the Galapagos, just a bit less space and slightly fewer facilities.

All cruises in Galapagos operate with itineraries that are fixed and approved by the National Park. Cruises will offer a range of land-based and water-based activities that you will enjoy at least once – generally twice – a day at various points of interests including:

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  • Snorkeling (from ship or beaches)
  • Panga rides (the local name for the small boats that transfer you from ship to shore, or used to explore the mangroves)
  • Kayaking
  • Diving (on ships with diving itineraries)
  • Land excursions (including hiking trails, visitor centers, drives to inland sites, time relaxing on beaches, etc)
  • Naturalist presentations. These usually take place every evening – on board the bigger ships also with help of microscopes

All detailed information about itinerary, visited islands and activities will be sent with your personalized offer.

Important Note

Because space tends to be at a premium on a budget Galapagos cruise we recommend leaving your main luggage in a secured facility on the mainland and bringing only what you need for Galapagos with you. Particularly for our budget cruises, this tip will ensure you aren’t cluttering up your cabin with bags!

You should certainly make sure that you bring your camera and accessories. Please note that it’s rare for budget class Galapagos cruise ships to have power points in cabins, but there is almost always a 110v or 12v outlet that you can use either in the wheelhouse or in the communal lounge for charging devices like cameras and phones. No budget class ships have onboard WiFi, and mobile phone signals, beside from the two main towns in Galapagos, are far.

All Galapagos cruises include:

  • Multilingual guide (Spanish, English)
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
  • Air Condition
  • Private bathroom
  • Transfers to and from ship (if flight booked with us/Galapatours)
  • Snorkel gear (additional costs may occur)

All Galapagos cruises do not cover the following services:

  • Airfare tickets (approx. $ 300 round trip from Quito)
  • Alcoholic drinks & bottled beverages
  • Crew and guide tips
  • $100 national park entrance fee
  • $20 transit control card
  • Payment fees

Included amenities depending on the ship

  • Wetsuits (additional costs may occur)
  • Dive Gear equipment (additional costs may occur)
  • Nitrox refills (additional costs may occur)
  • Kayaks (additional costs may occur)
  • Standup paddle boards
  • Scuba diving day excursions
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Discount for kids
  • Single cabin surcharge
  • Single travelers can share room (without surcharge)
  • Triple rooms
  • Privat Balcony
  • Internet connectivity (additional costs occur)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym on board
  • Children’s corner
  • German or French speaking guides upon request

For prices and a non-binding personal offer, please contact us via our online contact form or by email to Also see our terms and conditions and information on payment and methods. We are pleased to make you an offer.

– Available as four day up to 15 day cruises from $ 976 –