Eric and Letty
The Islands of the Galapagos
Rating: Prestige Price from: £3,460pp for 8 days
- Accommodates 20 passengers
- Outside-facing cabins with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms
- Excellent green credentials
- Observation areas and open sun deck
- Lounge with TV, books and board games
- Guide to passenger ratio of 1:10
- Snorkelling gear, kayaks and wetsuits included
Eric and Letty overview
Eric and Letty are identical motor yachts built in the early 1990s. They accommodate up to 20 passengers each in 10 outside cabins spread over 3 decks, with window or porthole views. Each cabin has either a double bed or 2 twin beds and all have ensuite bathroom with hot water shower. The cabins have individual climate control.
There is a dining room where Ecuadorian and international dishes are enjoyed, a well-stocked bar and a lounge. The last incorporates a conference area with flat screen TV, DVD player and library. The interiors are of polished teak wood with shiny brass fittings. Picture windows on the upper two decks offer panoramic views. Outside is a spacious sundeck equipped with comfortable sun loungers. The boats carry snorkelling equipment, wet suits and kayaks for guest use.
We regard these yachts very highly, as they have obtained the 'Smart Voyager' certificate for excellence in conservation and environmental responsibility, and they are small yet have two very good naturalist guides on board.
Operate: All year.
Specifications: Eric and Letty are 3 identical 83 foot motor yachts with a cruising speed of 8-10 knots.
Cabins: Eric and Letty have 10 spacious cabins over 3 decks accommodating a maximum of 20 passengers. All have private bathroom, toiletries, air conditioning and window or porthole.
Facilities & Crew: Eric and Letty all have a dining room, bar, conference area with flatscreen TV and library. House wine and local beer are included with dinner, and all soft drinks are included during the cruise. Board games are provided in the lounge. Outside they have partially shaded sundecks, observation areas and sun loungers. There is small boutique. They carry snorkelling equipment, wet suits and sea kayaks, free for passenger use. The yachts are refurbished every year. Eric and Letty each has a crew of 10 including 2 naturalist guides.
Itineraries: Eric and Letty offer 8-day itineraries.
Children: Children of 12 years and over are welcome on all cruises. Children of 7 years and over are welcome on the special family departures.
Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
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Place of Interest
UNESCO heritage site
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Rainforest and Galapagos
15 days from £4355 pp
A wildlife adventure in two dramatically different environments. A true treat for nature lovers.
These Galapagos yachts have taken the trouble to adopt a program of environmental and social sustainability that is certified by the Smart Voyager initiative which was set up by Conservacion & Desarrollo with Rainforest Alliance. They have gone the extra mile to implement these strict standards in order to conserve the environment and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, and also benefit the islands communities.
20 reviews from
Mrs. Georgina Hay
"We loved Letty. We took the last available cabin (10) on the bottom deck (Iguana). I was worried this might be small and noisy but it actually turned out to be much more spacious than the cabins on the top deck. We had bunks and a single bed which meant we could use the top bunk for storage. it wasn't too noisy but again I'd recommend earplugs.
All the staff and the two naturalists (Freddie & Pepe who were very knowledgeable and obviously loved their roles) were delightful and the food plentiful and delicious.
The organised activities i.e. visiting islands, snorkelling, kayaking, which were optional, were just the right mix and there was plenty of time for r & r after lunch. We were always split into two groups (random) so never more than 10 with each naturalist.
We understand both Eric and Letty are going to be replaced either at the end of this year or next.
A word of warning - no credit card facilities for paying the bar bill.Reply from Tribes: There are currently no plans to replace the Letty. The vessel does have credit card facilities however internet services in the Galapagos are unreliable. It was unfortunate that the internet was inoperative at the time it was needed."
"As I am sure you will guess this was absolutely superb! The boat (flamingo) was just the right size. Food, crew and guides were all very good. Wildlife exceptional."
"We were upgraded to 2 cabins on Dolphin deck of Eric which meant we had great views and fresh air. There were only 14 passengers which gave us very small groups with our 2 guides Ivan and Karina. These guides were outstanding, full of enthusiasm, very knowledgeable and contributed immensely to a wonderfully fun atmosphere. The chefs produced delicious food and we were greeted with a different snack by Hugo after every activity when we came back on board. The Captain showed us the Bridge after dinner as we crossed the Equator and we saw the GPS at 0,00.000. The cabins were so well looked after with plenty of towels made into different animal shapes each day."
"Food and staff on yacht were excellent. We were able to borrow snorkelling gear rather than have to hire it. We did have a very noisy cabin near to engine room and kitchen which made it difficult to sleep when sailing. We did think the level of tip they suggested was excessive due to the average local wage."
"It was great and fit for purpose. The cabins are necessarily small but comfortable. The sun deck could do with more furniture. I had not realised that I had booked the 'worst' cabins (Iguana Deck) with virtually not view out and bunks rather than beds.
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