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, fully refurbished in 2017, with the comforts and facilities associated with a cruise liner, but with a maximum passenger compliment of 100, she retains an intimate atmosphere.
There are 5 categories of cabin and suite arranged over 4 decks. These include triples and quadruples as well as interconnecting cabins, providing ideal family accommodation. 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, panorama lounge with full lenght windows, swimming pool, 2 sun terraces and a constellation deck - the highest viewing point on board the ship, 12 metres above sea level. 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 2 star gazing areas, plus an open lounge. 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), one of which has a glass bottom allowing you to see below the water's surface. All are led by one of Galapagos Legend's naturalist guides. There is snorkelling gear, 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 55 cabins accommodating a maximum of 100 passengers. These comprise 3 standard cabins (internal) all on earth deck, 7 standard plus (5 on sea deck and 2 on earth deck), 28 junior suites (all on earth deck), 16 balcony suites (8 on sky deck and 8 on moon deck), and 1 legend balcony suite on moon deck. 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 suites have picture windows, and balcony suites and the legend balcony suite have sliding glass doors leading out to private balconies. The legend balcony suite and balcony suites have minifridges and a welcome bottle of champagne. Standard and standard plus cabins are between 10 and 16sqm, junior suites range from 12 to 21sqm, balcony suites 21 ro 28sqm and the legend balcony suite is 43sqm. Suites are configured as twins or doubles and all have an extra bed. 4 of the junior suites are quadruples. Standard and standard plus cabins are twins or doubles. The largest standard cabin has an additional bed. There are some interconnecting cabins and suites.
Facilities & Crew: The Lonesome George Restaurant is on sea deck, and there is a outdoor dining and barbecue area on sky deck. Also on this deck is the Charles Darwin lounge and the fishermam bar, plus a sun terrace, swimming pool and an observation deck. Moon deck houses the open lounge and deck, and constellation deck has a sun deck and star gazing area. On earth deck there are hammocks and a jacuzzi, plus the gym, boutique, library and 24-hour coffee station, kid's corner and reception. The auditorium is on sea deck. Galapagos Legend carries snorkelling equipment, several pangas (motorised dinghies). and a glass-bottom dinghy. There is a crew of 80 plus up to 7 multilingual naturalist guides.
Itineraries: Galapagos Legend offers 4, 5, 8 and 15-day itineraries with departures on Mondays and Thursdays.
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!"