Rating: Prestige Price from: £5,775pp for 8 days
Origin entered service in February 2016 and is one of the most fuel efficient vessels in the Galapagos. She is an elegant motor yacht providing comfortable accommodation for up to 20 passengers in spacious staterooms and has a dedicated crew of 14 including 2 naturalist guides. Origin operates 2 alternating 7 night cruise itineraries, each visiting several islands, and carries snorkelling equipment, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, so you can explore by water and on land during your cruise.
Social areas on board include a large lounge and bar that spans the width of the vessel, an indoor dining area and a deck for outdoor meals, all on the Darwin Deck. From here steps lead up to the Sundeck with an open air lounge with chairs, daybeds and hammocks, a grill for barbecues and a bar, At the stern of Beagle Deck there is a jacuzzi. Throughout there is a great feeling of space.
The 10 staterooms are on Beagle Deck. Large windows fill the rooms with light and have the benefit of climate control so you can maintain the exact temperature you wish. The impressive facilities include a TV with pre-loaded films, espresso coffee and tea maker, safe and battery charging points, and there is ample space for storing belongings. Each stateroom has a well designed en-suite shower room supplied with toiletries, as well as a bathrobe and slippers to make you feel at home.
Operates: All year
Specifications: Origin is a 142 foot motor yacht with a cruising speed of 12 knots.
Cabins: The 10 staterooms include twins, doubles and 2 triples and are all on Beagle Deck. They have air conditioning, large windows and en-suite shower rooms. Average cabins size is 13.5 square metres. Maximum passenger capacity is 20.
Facilities & Crew: The sundeck has open and shaded areas for sunbathing and sitting, a bar and a BBQ. The large lounge and dining room are on Darwin Deck, which also has some outside seating. There is a small library on Beagle Deck plus an outdoor deck and Jacuzzi, and the gym is on Finch Deck. Origin carries snorkelling gear, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, and a glass bottom boat, free for passengers to use. The crew of 14 comprises a captain, concierge, 2 chefs, a waiter, barman, cabin steward, chief engineer, electrician, 1st, 2nd and 3rd mates and 2 naturalist guides.
Itineraries: Origin offers 2 alternating 7-day itineraries, one taking in the southern and central islands and the other western and northern. Both cruise itineraries start and end in San Cristobal.
Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome on standard cruises. Origin offers family cruises during the school holidays with special activities and guides for children aged 7 and upwards.
Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access at present though there are plans to introduce Wi-Fi (charges will apply).