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A typical day in the life of a Galapagos cruise

If you’re planning a cruise to the Galapagos Islands, you’ll probably be curious about how your days are going to be filled. While no two days will be the same – thanks to the sheer variety of wildlife, landscapes and islands – a cruise will generally look like the following:

  • On your first day, you will arrive at the islands and be taken to your cruise vessel. Passengers are assigned cabins, have lunch, and receive a briefing from guides. You will then go ashore for your first visit
  • Each following day will typically include visits to two sites (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). Passengers will be taken from their vessel to land on a panga, a flat-bottomed boat designed to land on beaches
  • Passengers will generally have lunch on board while the vessel navigates between the two visitor sites
  • Each visit generally lasts between 3-4 hours. Schedules generally mean passengers must awake early, to fit in as much as possible
  • There are usually daily opportunities to snorkel, or even paddle around on a sit-on-top kayak (provided by some vessels)
  • In the evenings, passengers dine on board and receive a briefing on activities for the following day
  • By night, the vessel travels to its next destination as passengers sleep
  • On the final day there is generally only time for a short visit in the morning, before transferring to the airport in time to check in for the flight back to the mainland

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