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January 21st to 28th, 2021
8 Days - 7 Nights Galapagos Islands Cruise and Land Tours

Bartolome Island, South Plaza Island, North Seymour Island, Punt Pitt & Islet, San Cristobal Island, Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve,
Mosquera Islet, Santiago Island, Rabida Island, Isabela Island, Fernandina Island and Santa Cruz Island

 

Tom Scuderi
Senior Travel Consultant
(407) 777-4992 VP
tom@heartcruises.com

Michael Pimentel
Company Owner
(510) 585-9775 VP
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>> Heart Cruises, LLC will provide ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreters for this trip. <<

Group Limit: 100 Guests

$1000 Non-Refundable Deposit per person (double occupancy or higher) will get assigned stateroom.
Second $500 Per Person Due Date: June 28th, 2018.
40% Cabin Balance Due Date: May 28th, 2019.
Final Balance Due Date:  October 1st, 2020.

Accepts Flexable Payments – Minimum $500 per payment in check or money order only.

An All-inclusive Galapagos Cruise experience on board of this comfortable and luxurious boutique expedition ship is the perfect way to explore this unique destination.   Its refreshed ambiance can accommodate 100 passengers, offering high-quality services and various activities in its spacious open decks.  Two daily excursions are offered with optional activities such as snorkeling, diving, and kayaking.

WHY GALAPAGOS?

Because of the magical and pristine of the islands. As this is the home of the most fantastic land and marine species. Animals of features and behaviors unique, which shows what life was like before humans. But the Galapagos Islands are not only landscapes, colors, diversity of types of beaches, pristine ecosystems or amazing animals, but it has the magic to be considered a “living laboratory of evolution.”

It is considered the “living laboratory of the evolution” because the animals and plants that came from far away to populate these volcanic islands; they met a very different environmental conditions from their original homes. The species had to adapt quickly to that change and evolve to survive and this is how new species were created.  To be able to meet with these unique species, in their natural pristine environment, is a life experience with no equal. Galapagos is what it is, for being this “living laboratory of evolution” and for being one of the islands on the planet with most striking landscapes, pristine land and marine ecosystems, and a sanctuary of unique and captivating species.

Cabins

The M/V Galapagos Legend has 52 ocean view, air-conditioned cabins plus 3 interior ones, each cabin counts with lower beds and private facilities in which a matrimonial, double, triple or quadruple options are available. We have suited a new cabin configuration to assure enjoyment for families and friends traveling together. Each cabin includes: hair dryer, special bedding, and updated furniture. Internal, local and international satellite telephone service is offered, Internet is accessible when anchoring in main islands. Voltage is set for 110-220 volts/60 Hz.

The Balcony suites have private balconies and panoramic windows to immerse yourself within the vast landscape that you are about to witness and enjoy it privately. The Junior suites have three meters of panoramic windows to enjoy the scenery.

Featuring big panoramic windows to admire the landscape, offering a wide variety of arrangements in Double & Triple and interconnected configurations, enjoy the perks of having the family together in private quarters with even more space for your comfort.

General Specifications

  • 24 Junior & 4 Junior Plus Suites on the Earth Deck.

  • Double, Triple & Quadruple options.

  • 2 Panoramic windows per cabin.

  • Interconnected options available.

  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs.

  • Average Area 15 m2 / 161 ft2 in Junior Suites.

  • Average Area 20m2 / 215 ft2 in Junior Suites Plus.

Junior Suite Plus & Junior Suite

BOOKED!

We have upsized and renamed our biggest and most comfortable cabin; our new Legend Balcony Suite will feature plenty of space to move around freely; including a generously large balcony, perfect for sophisticated & distinguished clientele.

General Specifications

  • 1 cabin located on the Moon Deck.

  • Double & Triple options.

  • Panoramic windows & private balcony.

  • Exclusive & exquisite decoration.

  • Complimentary champagne bottle.

  • Top of the line amenities & bathrobe.

  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs.

  • Average Area 33 m2 / 355 ft2.

Legend Balcony Suite

General Specifications

Standard Plus
  • 7 cabins on the Sea & Earth Deck.

  • Double options available.

  • 2 portholes per cabin.

  • Thermos & iconic postcards as

  • Average Area: 11 m2 / 118 ft2.

Standard
  • 3 cabins on the Earth Deck.

  • Single & Double options.

  • Interior accommodations.

  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs.

  • Average Area: 13 m2 / 140 ft2.

Standard & Standard Plus Cabins

One of the most striking aspects of our ship: 17 top of the line Balcony Suites located in the Sky Deck and the Moon Deck, measuring an average of 22 m2 (237 ft2). Including a significant redesign and general upgrades to more than satisfy customer´s expectations.

General Specifications

  • 9 Balcony Suites on the Moon Deck.

  • 8 Balcony Suites on the Sky Deck.

  • Double & Triple options.

  • Panoramic windows & private balcony.

  • Complimentary champagne bottle.

  • Top of the line amenities & bathrobe.

  • Thermos & iconic postcards as souvenirs.

  • Average Area 22 m2 / 237 ft2.

Balcony Suite Plus & Balcony Suite

 
Prices and Availability

Heart Cruises Rates:

Standard Interior cabin - SOLD OUT

Standard plus cabin: From USD $5,800 per person (7 Cabins) – Few Left

Junior Suite (Oceanview): From USD $6400 per person (24 Cabins) – Lots of spaces

Junior Suite PLUS (Oceanview – Minimum 3 Guests): From USD $6500 per person (4 Cabins) – Few Left

Balcony Suite: From USD $7000 per person (11 Cabins) – Few Left

Balcony Suite PLUS: From USD $7800 per person (6 Cabins) – Few Left

Balcony Legend Suite – SOLD OUT

 

Triple cabin has a sofa bed for third passenger. ** TRIPLE cabin only available in Junior Suite PLUS

  • Single Accommodation (supplement): Applies for any cabin  –  50% over published rates. All the year.

Triple & Children under 12 years:
* 25% off: Third passenger, sharing cabin with 2 adults.
* 50% off: Child, sharing cabin with 2 adults.
* 25% off: Child, sharing cabin with 1 adult.

Rates include:
* Cabins with air-conditioning & private facilities.
* All meals. Welcome & farewell cocktails.
* 24 hour coffee station.
* Two daily excursions to different islands with multilingual naturalist guide (upon request)
* Snorkeling equipment.
* Outside Decks, Flora and Fauna observation.
* Activities on board (briefings, lectures)
* Airport and port assistance, transfers to port and dinghy ride to ship.

Not included


per person in US$ subject to change:
• Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos:
Not available yet until 2020 – Average US$ 469 per adult, US$ 340 per child under 12,
issued
by GO in connection with cruise schedules, prearranging
logistics, luggage and passengers transfers from airports
to port-ship and back, documentation to Galapagos.


• Fuel surcharge: US$ 125 = 7 nights.


• Entrance fee to Galapagos: US$ 100 adult, US$ 50
children under 12, to be paid in cash upon arrival in
Galapagos.


• CGG Migration Control Card: US$ 20 per person.


• Tips, medical services, travel insurance and others
not specified.

Discounts:


• Triple accommodation: 25% discount for the third
person sharing cabin with two full-fare paying
guests *2).


• Children under 12 years old 50% discount sharing cabin with two full-fare paying
guests *2).

Supplements


per person in US$ subject to change:
• Single supplement: 50%; on holiday season dates:
75% *2). Limited space.


To guarantee a specific type of cabin in High Occupancy
Departures 75% *2).

Optional on board plus taxes (per person in US$
subject to change):

• Scuba Diving during GO’s cruises: US$ 326 half day
tour with 1-2 immersions and equipment included.
• Wet suits rental: US$ 25 for 3 or 4 night cruises,
US$ 50 x 7-10-11 nights, US$ 75 x 14 night cruises.
• Kayak rental: US$ 30 each use per person.
• Internet: US$ 32 for 10 min.
• Inquire about our alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage
packages.
• Tips: Suggested per day per person US$ 15 for crew /
US$ 10 for guide

Cancellation Policy:
$1000 per person non-refundable deposit
Cancellations with more than 90 days prior to departure 50% of total cost per person
Cancellations between 89 and 46 days prior to departure 75% is retained
Cancellations between 45 and 31 days prior to departure 100% is retained

 
Galapagos Itinerary

DAY 1

January 21st, 2021 – Thursday

am – Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 ½-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend

 

pm – Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand. Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1 ½-hour walk & snorkeling

DAY 2

January 22nd, 2021 – Friday

am – Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Wet landing. Egas Port is a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is formed of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half is an uneven terrain of volcanic basaltic rock. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. It is easy to see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water volcanic rock pools. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

 

pm – Rabida Island

Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of this island, home of sea lions colonies; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting brown pelicans are found from July through September plus nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches. Here a dinghy ride along marine cliffs is done, to observe nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active. Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

 

 

DAY 3

January 23rd, 2021 – Saturday

am – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

Wet landing (might be difficult due to the tide). Volcanic black beach, depending on the season, it is possible to find giant tortoises, land iguanas, and the unusual flightless cormorant. After a short walk inland it´s snorkeling time, a chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions, and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plants with the different range of colors in flowers, attracting different insects, birds, and reptiles. One of the highlights of the island is the uplifted coral reef that resulted from the 1954 seismic activity; here the views of Alcedo Volcano are remarkable. When navigating from Urbina to Tagus Cove whale watching is usual in May – December. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: flat & rocky Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

 

pm – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm tall; the only penguin species in the world to live in the tropics. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Difficulty level: intermediate/difficult Type of terrain: steep/steep Duration: 2-hour walk / 40-minutes dinghy ride / 1-hour deep water snorkeling

DAY 4

January 24th, 2021 – Sunday

am – Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island)

Dry landing. From Espinosa Point, is possible to admire a wide view of Isabela Island across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Here the largest, most primitive-looking marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally lightfoot crabs. Fernandina displays a wonderful opportunity to encounter flightless cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos penguins and the “King” of predators on the islands, the Galapagos hawk. Pa-hoe-hoe and AA lava formations cover the majority of Fernandina terrain. Vegetation is scarce inland, with few brachycereus cacti. In the shore mangrove can be found. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: flat/semi rocky Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

 

pm -Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth, the Bolivar Channel. Accessible by water, we take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, a perfect place for deep snorkeling. Difficulty Level: moderate / high Type of terrain: water Duration: 1-hour snorkeling / 1-hour dinghy ride

 

DAY 5

January 25th, 2021 – Monday

am – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island) or Pit Craters (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kind of birds, such as: tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a birdwatchers’ haven, since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here. Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: flat & muddy (depending on season) Duration: 45-minutes drive / 1 ½-hour walk

 

pm – Bartolome Island

Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps. Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

DAY 6

January 26th, 2021 – Tuesday

am – South Plaza Islet

Dry landing. There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet, visitors begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape (sesuviumedmonstonei plant). Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2-hour walk

 

pm – North Seymour Island

Dry landing. Off of Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2-hour walk, 30 minutes snorkeling

DAY 7

January 27th, 2021 – Wednesday

am – Pitt Point & Islet (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meters long, olivine beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as, two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed. Difficulty level: difficult Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2½-hour walk/ 40-minutes snorkeling or kayaking

pm – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. Difficulty level: easy Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling

DAY 8

January 28th, 2021 – Thursday

am – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of Terrain: sandy Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

 

pm – San Cristobal Airport

After the visit you will go to San Cristobal Airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

All itineraries are subject to change without notice.

 
Map
 
 
Activities

The perfects vacations start just by the time you arrive on board the Galapagos Legend, exquisitely designed, the staff will be ready to receive all our guests with a refreshing cocktail. Then, there will be time to settle and accommodate all our guest in the 100-guest cruise vessel.

Once all visitors are ready, the first visit beginnings with the great chance to see all the untouched nature the islands have to offer. Guests will offload on board a dinghy (a small zodiac like-vessel) for a short ride to the landing site. After a walk through the marked paths along with the naturalist expert presentations, there is time for visitors to choose among

entertaining activities such as snorkeling, swimming, kayaking or to enhance even more the experience, there is always the opportunity to go off to wonderful sites to scuba dive.

 

Our guides are very knowledgeable about the history and the natural facts of the islands, so they will be happy to help to clarify any questions. Most of them are bilingual, speaking Spanish and English. However, we can get guides in other languages under previous request. They will join passengers on the inland activities and show them the best places to see the fauna from up close whether you choose to glide on a kayak, swim by the shore or snorkel your way through the Pacific waters, they will make the best out of your Galapagos Experience.

Once back on board, our staff will again welcome you with a small snack and a soft drink. Guests will have enough time to change and have fun by playing classic table games or enjoying more sun by the pool, jacuzzi or fitness areas. Lunches are served in the Lon

 

esome George Restaurant, which will have a buffet variety of meats, salads, and desserts. As a special treat, there will be a surprise BBQ by the Moon deck with selections great meats and vegetables amid the warm sunset of the islands or an ice cream festival. Still, on the Moon Deck, an expert guide will have a stargazing presentation where stories about how previous seamen used constellations as navigation coordinates to get to every corner of the seas.

After dinner, we invite you to join in the optional activities we have on board. They range from karaoke or salsa night where one of our staff members will show our guests to dance this Latin rhythm. In the Charles Darwin Panorama Lounge, there will also be a movie night, or together staff and guests can organize the famous Neptune Party. A theatrical prese

 

ntation where the king of the oceans comes on board to re-organize his realm and ends up in a fun party. There is also another celebration, depending on the itinerary, where staff and guests celebrate the crossing of the Equatorial Line and guests can get a certificate to commemorate the date.

 

By the last days of the cruise, there will be a photo contest; you just need to nominate your best shoot with one of our staff members so you can get into the contest. There will be three finalists that will get freebies for the best pictures. To wish you a safe parting, there will also be a farewell cocktail with all people on board.

 
Galapagos Legend Ship
Ship Facts

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Gross tonnage: 2890 t.
Length: 301 ft (92 m)
Wide: 47 ft (15 m)
Decks: 4
Made in: Germany
Rebuilt: 2002
Remodeled in: January 2017
Speed: 17 knots
Cruise speed: 15 knots
Life Rafts: 22 for 25 pax each
Dinghies: 6 for 20 pax each
Glass bottom boat: 1
Kayaks: 4 double, 1 single
Safety: ISM, SMC, ISSC, IOPP, DOC
Electricity: 110v
Guest Capacity: 100
Crew: 60
Guides: 6 multilingual naturalists

 
 

Before Your Trip

What’s included?

  • Accommodations for 8 Days, 7 Nights on Galapagos Legend

  • ASL Interpreters on Shore Excursions

  • Onboard Activities – briefings and lectures (ASL Interpreted)

  • All meals.   Welcome & Farewell Cocktails

  • Port charges, and taxes.

  • 24 hour coffee station, water.

  • Two daily excursions to different islands with multilingual naturalist guide (upon request)

  • Snorkeling equipment.

  • Outside Decks, Flora and Fauna observation.

  • Aiport and port assistance, transfers to port and dinghy ride to ship.

  • Heart Cruises staff assistance throughout

What’s not included?

  • Airfare

  • Gratuities

  • Boutique, casino, spa, photos and bingo

  • Internet access, phone, fax and other incidentals

  • Medical attention

  • Optional excursions – Scuba Diving

  • Soft drinks, bottled water, alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails

  • Travel insurance