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Galapagos Explorer II

Galapagos Cruise Ship

The Galapagos Explorer II will now be operating as the Silver Galapagos

The M/V Galapagos Explorer II is a 293.14 feet ocean-going cruise ship.

The M/V Galapagos Explorer II cruise ship is designed to provide comfort and scientific information to 100 passengers visiting the Galapagos Islands. Its operation is emphasized with interesting itineraries that offer the best of this pristine paradise. Expert naturalist guides will offer an environmentally friendly and educational cruise focused in the Natural History of the Galapagos.

Navigating the Galapagos Islands at a cruise speed of 17 knots, the Explorer II enables passengers to see more of Galapagos in less time. It has capacity for 105 passengers, but due to the National Park regulations, it only carries 100 passengers. Six naturalist guides aboard lead daily shore excursions and offer nightly briefings to prepare passengers for the islands to be visited the next day. 

Enjoy fine dining aboard the Galapagos Explorer II
At the Captain's Table

"Dining aboard the Galapagos Explorer II
consists of both international and Ecuadorian specialties"

The Galapagos Explorer II provides all the facilities and services to make the Galapagos cruise enjoyable and comfortable. Features aboard include Jacuzzi, solarium, spacious dining room, an electronic elevator, large conference room, lounge, three bar areas with music, Boutique and reading room. The ship has 50 air conditioned outside suites, each one with private bathroom and a small sitting area.

"The Galapagos Explorer II was bigger and a bit fancier than we had expected. The boat crew were friendly and very helpful on the Zodiac. Special note should be made of the steward who arranged our towels in different bird shapes. The naturalists guide both on board and on the tours were extremely knowledgeable and answered all our questions. You could tell that they really enjoyed what they were doing. We never felt rushed. One guide, Yvonne, had been doing this for 22 years and was by far the best.  She would notice something unusual along the path and would stop to talk to us about it." - Anonymous, USA

 

2013 Rates

2013 Rates valid until Sept 7, 2013
50% discount for children under 12
For holiday cruises: 25% discount for children under 12
Children under 7 not allowed onboard

All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time

2013 departure dates

Galapagos Explorer II

High Season
# Nights
 

Type of Cabin / Deck 3 4 6 7 8 10 14
Renaissance Balcony
* Elite Program

Explorer - Balcony
287 sq feet / 26.66 sq m
$2970 $3955 $5635 $6580 $7280 $8900 $12,465
Majestic Balcony
* Elite Program
Erickson
215 sq ft / 19.97 sq m
$2840 $3790 $5400 $6300 $6970 $8525 $11,935
Deluxe Balcony
Marco Polo
284 ft2/26.38 sq m
$2450 $3270 $4660 $5435 $6015 $7355 $10,295
Renaissance Panoramic
Erickson
284 ft2/26.38 sq m
$2290 $3055 $4350 $5080 $5620 $6875 $9620
Classic
Marco Polo
235 sq ft / 21.83 sq m
Columbus
250 sq ft / 23.23 sq m
Magellan
240 sq ft / 22.30 sq m
$1890 $2525 $3595 $4195 $4645 $5675 $7950

ADD ONS:

Adults $352 $432 $593 $674 $754 $915 $1237
Children under 12 $245 $307 $431 $492 $554 $678 $925
Include: cruise�s fuel surcharge, Galapagos National Park fee, Transit control Card, tips for guides and crew, selected wines, spirits, cocktails, beers, coffees, tea, as well as bottled water, juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges (not included premium champagne, wine and spirit selection, whiskies, cognacs, brandies and beers of selected brands, and caviar).
Galapagos Explorer II

Low Season
Jan 8-14, May 1-June 15 & Nov 24-Dec 15
# Nights

Type of Cabin / Deck 3 4 6 7 8 10 14
Renaissance Balcony
* Elite Program
Explorer - Balcony
287 sq feet / 26.66 sq m
$2790 $3720 $5300 $6185 $6845 $8370 $11,715
Majestic Balcony
* Elite Program
Erickson / Marco Polo
215 sq ft / 19.97 sq m
$2670 $3560 $5080 $5925 $6555 $8015 $11,220
Deluxe Balcony
Erickson
284 ft2/26.38 sq m
$2305 $3075 $4380 $5110 $5655 $6915 $9680
Renaissance Panoramic
Erickson
284 ft2/26.38 sq m
$2155 $2870 $4090 $4775 $5285 $6460 $9045
Classic
Marco Polo
235 sq ft / 21.83 sq m
Columbus
250 sq ft / 23.23 sq m
Magellan
240 sq ft / 22.30 sq m
$1780 $2370 $3380 $3945 $4365 $5335 $7470

ADD ONS:

Adults $352 $432 $593 $674 $754 $915 $1237
Children under 12 $245 $307 $431 $492 $554 $678 $925
Include: cruise�s fuel surcharge, Galapagos National Park fee, Transit control Card, tips for guides and crew, selected wines, spirits, cocktails, beers, coffees, tea, as well as bottled water, juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges (not included premium champagne, wine and spirit selection, whiskies, cognacs, brandies and beers of selected brands, and caviar).

Please Note: 
For departures between Dec 17-31 a 50% deposit is required to secure your reservations.

Single Accommodation
The rate for singles in any of the suites is the published rate multiplied by 1.8
.

Triple Accommodation
It is possible to accommodate three people in one suite for a 20% discount for the third person

Rates Include
All transfers in Galapagos, guided visits to islands, accommodation, & meals.

Not Included
consumption from fridge-bar in each suite, and any other items not specifically mentioned.

* ELITE PROGRAM: Applicable for Renaissance Balcony and Majestic Balcony suites categories, services included in the program are butler service (24 hour assistance), bottle of champagne in suite upon arrival, assistance for unpacking your luggage (upon request), luxurious bathrobes, linens and towels, room service (available all day up to 22h00), soft beverages from the mini bar, afternoon canap�s served at your suite, exotic amenities for the bathroom, fresh fruit and local handmade chocolates in suite, selections of a variety of pillows, environmentally friendly beach bag, cloth drying and shoe shine service through the cruise, personalized stationary at your suite, exclusive cruise documents and online check in process. Each suite will be equipped with a 32" flat TV, blue Ray disc player with a special selection of movies, new elegant linens and special towel selection, Bose Sound Dock Series II digital music system.

 

Amenities & Services

The Naturalist Room
This room is designed for the wide-eyed ecotourist who is seriously interested in being part of the long-term research programs developed by the various research organizations. Here you can help and work together with our guides monitoring physical and biological process of the islands. Here you will also find a "Research Logbook", where you and the naturalist guides register uncommon sights. In addition, marine and land charts of the islands and mainland are available, as well as satellite images.

Conferences
In addition to the daily briefings, conferences on natural history and culture lectured by our guides are also offered. Please check schedules and themes on the information board in the main lobby.

Star gazing
Since Galapagos offers cloudless skies mostly of the year, astronomy is a must. Our crew offers nightly interpretation lectures on the top deck with visual aids to enhance the sightings.

Bridge and Engine Room Visits
The Galapagos Explorer II represents a state-of-the-art display of the latest marine technology meriting a visit to the neural areas of the ship, the bridge (located on the Marco Polo Deck) and the Engine Room. Please sign up at the front desk for the assigned schedule. Only guided visits permitted

Special food
In case you require vegetarian or a special meal, please report this information to the purser.

Snorkeling
The Marine Reserve offers a spectacular world worthwhile to explore. We offer this activity nearly every day. Snorkeling requires a certain degree of preparation that will be provided by your guide, but should be not attempted by people without swimming abilities. Snorkeling gear is available on board.

- Boutique
- Library
- Karaoke Bar
- Conference Room
- Restaurant
- Twin Jacuzzis
- Solarium
- observatory deck
- 24 hours coffee and tea Station
- Medical Assistance
- Massage Suite
- Satellite communication.

 

Itinerary

Itinerary
2013 departure dates

Cruise A
8 days / 7 nights
Saturday: AM Baltra Airport Baltra
  PM Sullivan Bay Santiago
Sunday: AM Bartolome Bartolome
  PM Espumilla Beach Santiago
Monday: AM Punta Vicente Roca Isabela
  PM Punta Espinosa Fernandina
Tuesday: AM Tagus Cove Isabela
  PM Elizabeth Bay Isabela
Wednesday: AM Post Office Floreana
  PM a. Cormorant Point
b. Corona del Diablo
c. Champion
Floreana
Thursday: AM Galapaguera, Colorado Hill San Cristobal
  PM Wizard Hill San Cristobal
Friday: AM Los Gemelos Santa Cruz
  PM Puerto Ayora Town & Carles Darwin Station Santa Cruz
Saturday AM Bachas Beach (& Airport) Santa Cruz
Cruise B
5 days / 4 nights
Saturday PM Dragon Hill Santa Cruz
Sunday: AM El Barranco Genovesa
  PM Darwin Bay Genovesa
Monday: AM North Seymour North Seymour
  PM Highlands of Santa Cruz - Punta Carrion Santa Cruz
Tuesday: AM Punta Pitt San Cristobal
  PM El Junco San Cristobal
Wednesday AM Interpretation Center (& Airport) San Cristobal
Cruise C
4 days / 3 nights
Wednesday PM Frigate Hill San Cristobal
Thursday: AM Gardner Bay Espanola
  PM Punta Suarez Espanola
Friday: AM Puerto Ayora Town & Charles Darwin Station Santa Cruz
  PM South Plaza Plaza
Saturday: AM Baltra Airport Santa Cruz
Deck Plan

Galapagos Explorer II Galapagos Islands cruise ship and tour deck plan

Accommodation

Our suites average 250sq ft and offer:
Private bath with marble vanity (personal hair dryer) and refrigerator. Your suites are equipped with a tv set. We have an internal tv system that allows you to have 3 channels. Entertainment movies. Documentaries on the islands or natural history in general and the daily program, you will find these channels available every time you come back from your visits to the islands. Two twin beds or one queen bed and small sitting area. Telephone for national or international calls.

All suite accommodations:

  □ convertible double beds
  □ extra sofa bed for triple configurations
  □ mini-bar
  □ television
  □ marble bathroom
  □ private safety deposit box
 □ walk-in or large closets
  □ satellite communication
  □ internet
  □ 110/220 volt outlets
  □ hair dryer
  □ vanity dresser

 

Explorer Deck 6 Renaissance Balcony Suites
Renaissance Balcony Suites - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 601-602-603-604 have balcony, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 287 FT2, 26.66 MT2 (0.0929)

Floor Plan - Renaissance Balcony Suites - Galapagos cruise

 

Erickson Deck 5 Renaissance Panoramic
Renaissance Panoramic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 505 � 506 have panoramic windows, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 284 FT2, 26.39 MT2 (0.0929)
 

Erickson Deck 5 Majestic Balcony
Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Cabins # 507-518 have balcony, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 215 FT2, 19.97 MT2 (0.0929)
 

Floor Plan - Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Marco Polo Deck 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites
Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 420-421-422-423-424-425-426-427 have balcony, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 235 FT2, 21.83 MT2 (0.0929)

Floor Plan - Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Marco Polo Deck 4 Classic Suites
Premium Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins #428-429-430-431-433 have two windows, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 235 FT2, 21.83 MT2 (0.0929)

 

Floor Plan - Premium Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Columbus Deck 3 Classic Suites

Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 334-335-336-337-338-339-340-341-342-343-344-345 have two windows, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 250 FT2, 23.23 MT2 (0.0929)

Floor Plan - Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Magellan Deck 2 Classic Suites

Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 246-247-248-249-250-251-252 have porthole, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Suites No. 246, 247, 248, 249 - 240 ft2/22.30 m�.
Suites No. 250, 251, 252 - 210 ft2/19.51 m�.

Floor Plan - Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Specifications

Specifications:
I.M.O. No.8798660
GRT: 4077
Length Overall 89.35 m
Vessel delivered on July 1990
Designed speed 17 knots
Auxiliary Engine B&W

Equipment:
Bow Thruster : Brunvoll
C.P.P. : B&W
Radar : Racal Decca (10)
Arpa Radar : Racal Decca S 2690 BT
R.D.F. : Taiyo-Japanese
GPS : Navtrac 
Satelite navigator : Shipmate RS 6100
Echo Sounder : Simrad ED 161
Gyro Compass : Tenjford
Fire Alarm : Salwico 
Radio Station : Sailor HI202

Safety Certificate 1997:
SOLAS Safety passenger Vessel Certificate
Load Line
Marpol

Classification:
RINA Registro Italiano Navale

Ship’s Registry:
LIBERIAN

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