The Islands of the Galapagos
Rating: Prestige Price from: From £4020 for 8 days
- Accommodates 16 passengers
- Air-conditioned private cabins
- Light and bright communal areas
- Delicious international and Ecuadorian cuisine
- Bilingual naturalist guide
Archipell I overview
The Archipell I catamaran was built in 2003 and has since been extensively refurbished. There are 8 large cabins on the main deck, a mix of twins and doubles, all with picture windows that admit lots of light and let you enjoy views of the ocean and islands. Every cabin has a private shower room and air conditioning.
The main deck also houses the lounge with TV, DVD player and selection of reference book, the dining room and bar which leads out to an exterior terrace. The upper deck has shaded space for relaxing and dining, as well as a sundeck where you can top up you tan as you cruise between the islands in comfort.
During your cruise you are offered twice daily excursions to explore the flora and fauna of the Galapagos, led by a knowledgable naturalist guide. In addition, the catamaran carries snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks, to enhance your Galapagos experience.
Operates: All year.
Specifications: Archipell I is an 88 foot motor catamaran with a cruising speed of 11 knots.
Cabins: Archipell has 8 outside twin and double cabins, all with air conditioning, generously sized windows and private bathrooms. She carries a maximum of 16 passengers.
Facilities & Crew: Archipell I has a comfortable dining room, lounge with TV and DVD, stereo and internet access, bar and library. Outside there is an observation deck and spacious sundeck with chairs and sun loungers and a bar. She has snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks, free for passenger use. The crew numbers 9 plus a naturalist guide.
Itineraries: Archipell I offers 2 8-day itineraries.
Children: Children of 8 years and over are welcome.
Health: The Galapagos Islands is not a malarial area.
Map for Archipell I
Place of Interest
UNESCO heritage site
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3 reviews from
Ms. Jacqueline Jenkins
"Loved the Archipell. Great crewe and excellent guide. Food was really good, given that two little guys were cooking 3 meals a day for 27 people. First really "hot" breakfast in Equador. I hate cold eggs! Very caring staff, helped when I was struggling on some of the rough volcanic terrain. Crewe amazing wildlife spotters too. Found the bar arrangements a little strange. No record or signature required for drinks. The barman just wrote down what we had on a post it and told us what we owed at the end of the cruise."
"I cannot fault anything with Archipel I - fantastic itinerary, superb crew, wonderful (and plentiful) food, excellent guide. Cabins were fairly small but with adequate space for luggage, clothing etc. and the only time we spent in the cabin was to sleep and shower. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this boat for anyone visiting the Galapagos and would very happily get on the next flight to Baltra to sail on her again!"
Ms. Karen Mancini
"Even if I had to abandon ship, the ship was only average. It was old and tired and the condition just average. In our cabin the air conditioning was broken and the bed wet, but they fixed it more or less straight away, which was good. The food (I didn't eat for two days) but my husband said it was ok, average. The most disappointing thing was the staff, they were really not very friendly. No one spoke English and it was as if they were just "putting-up" with us. Also the captain never introduced himself which I was really surprised about, that I found just rude! "