Rating: Prestige Price from: £3,115pp for 8 days
Operates: All year.
Specifications: Archipel I & II are identical 88 foot motor catamarans with a cruising speed of 11 knots.
Cabins: Archipel I & II have 9 cabins with outside views and private bathrooms. Cabins are air conditioned. Each catamaran has a maximum of 16 passengers.
Facilities & Crew: Archipel I & II both have 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. They carry snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks, free for passenger use. Archipel I & II each has a crew of 9 plus a naturalist guide.
Itineraries: Archipel I & II offer 5, 8 and 11-day itineraries.
Children: Children of 8 years and over are welcome. Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
"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! "
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499