Rating: Superior Tourist Price from: £2,610pp for 8 days
Galapagos Legend was purposely designed for cruising in the Galapagos Islands. She is a sleek vessel with the comforts and facilities associated with a cruise liner, but with a maximum passenger compliment of 100, she retains an intimate atmosphere.
Cabins are arranged over 3 decks, and there are several categories. All are air conditioned and have TV, music system, safe, phone for on-board communication and en-suite bathroom. Some suites have picture windows and others have private balconies.
Galapagos Legend has an impressive range of facilities including a restaurant, barbecue area, choice of bars, lounge, swimming pool and 2 sun terraces. The main indoor communal areas have large windows so you can enjoy the views. In addition there is an observation lounge where you can watch for dolphins swimming alongside the ship, and an observatory and star gazing area on the top (moon) deck. Up here there's also a special chill-out area. With all this space the ship never feels crowded.
You'll have twice daily excursions during the cruise letting you explore different islands on foot and by panga (dinghy). All are led by one of Galapagos Legend's naturalist guides. There are kayaks, too, for independent exploration.
Operates: All year
Class: Superior Tourist
Specifications: Galapagos Legend is a 301 foot (92 metres) cruise ship with a cruising speed of 15 knots.
Cabins: Galapagos Legend has 57 cabins accommodating a maximum of 100 passengers. These comprise 3 standard cabins (internal) all on earth deck, 17 standard plus including 2 triples (15 on sea deck and 2 on earth deck), 24 junior suites including 3 triples and 9 interconnecting suites (all on earth deck), 4 legend suites including 2 interconnecting suites (all on earth deck), 8 balcony suites including 3 triples and 7 interconnecting suites, and 1 balcony suite plus (which can accommodate up to 3 people) all on moon deck. The balcony suites plus interconnects with the adjoining balcony suite. All have private bathroom with either a shower or bath. Cabins are air conditioned and equipped with LCD TV, music systems, safe and phone for internal communication on board. Standard plus cabins have skylights, junior and legend suites have picture windows, the balcony suites and balcony suite plus have sliding glass doors leading out to private balconies, the balcony suite plus having 2 balconies. Balcony suites also have minifridges and a welcome bottle of champagne. Standard and standard plus cabins are 11sqm, junior suites 15sqm, legend suites 20sqm, balcony suites 21sqm and the balcony suite plus 22.78sqm.
Facilities & Crew: There is a large restaurant on sea deck, a lounge-bar, additional bar, BBQ area, auditorium, swimming pool, sun terrace, observation deck, jogging track and children’s play area all on sky deck. Moon deck (the top deck) has a sun terrace, observatory and star gazing lounge, and a chill-out zone. On earth deck there’s the reception, boutique, massage chairs, hammocks, an interpretation/internet centre and a Jacuzzi. Galapagos Legend has 6 pangas (dinghies) and 5 kayaks (4 doubles and 1 single). There is a crew of 80 plus up to 7 multilingual naturalist guides.
Itineraries: Galapagos Legend offers 4, 5 and 8-day itineraries.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome on all departures. There are several triple cabins and sets of interconnecting cabins. There is a children’s play area with toys and games.
Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
"Positive • Cabin good with plenty of storage and comfortable beds. • Good guides. • Service excellent from all staff. • Good choice of good food at all meals • Boat provided everything one could reasonably expect • Felt safe on and off the boat and when transferring to/from the zodiacs • Good vegetarian menu available for dinner • Varied itinerary (B), walks, islands, panga rides • Glad we upgraded to junior suite • All extras on the Legend are put on a tab and can be paid in cash or credit card at the end of the trip Negative • Air conditioning not individually controlled – could only close the vents; sometimes too cold. • Briefings often confusing; generic videos often contradicted the guide's description. • Programme for the day not always clear – on one occasion we retired to the cabin after dinner only to hear invitations to activities • TV in cabin a computer which didn't provide the sort of information it should and didn't work properly. Some people said they couldn’t get theirs to work at all • Technology needs updating • At end of first 4 days we had to go to the airport with those leaving & hang about before we could get back to the boat. Nobody was clear about the arrangements - poor organisation which was unacceptable • Difficult to find out what the fish was that was being offered as part of the normal menu - they often didn't know or got it wrong. • The boutique on board was pathetic not that it was important • Asked to complete comment card but had to be done on a screen in reception and wasn’t available until the morning of departure when there was little/no time to complete it!"
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