Rating: Luxury Price from: From £4560pp for 8 days
If you're looking for a high level of luxury and service, Passion is the yacht for you. Whether you're relaxing in your spacious stateroom or socialising in the sky lounge you can't help but be impressed by your stylish surroundings. Previously a private family yacht she has been meticulously converted for cruising in the Galapagos Islands.
There are five staterooms and two suites, accommodating up to 14 guests, giviing the yacht an exclusive feel. Each has an en-suite bathroom finished in Italian marble with both a bath and a shower., adn all are air condiitioned. The magnificent VIP and master suites have two bathrooms each for an extra touch of opulence.
There is a lot of communal space and you can always find somewhere to sit and admire the views as you travel from island to island. The lovely sky lounge has windows along both sides and plush sofas and armchairs where you can enjoy the company of other guests and presentations from the resident naturalist. There are open deck areas with seating and a bar, plus the expansive sundeck with its loungers and jacuzzi.
Days are busy with shore excursions and time for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. You are back on board to enjoy tasty cuisine served in the dining room and out on deck, with a mixture of buffet and a la carte meals. The delicious food is completely in line with the overall quality of a cruise on Passion.
Operates: All year.
Specifications: Passion is a small motor yacht with a maximum speed of 10 knots.
Cabins: Passion has five staterooms and two suites, all with private bathroom with a bath and shower. The maximum capacity is 14 passengers.
Facilities & Crew: The dining room and lounge are on the main deck, with the sky lounge and bar on the upper deck. There is a sundeck and a seating area, sunbeds and a jacuzzi. Interiors are air conditioned. Kayaks, snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are available for passengers at not extra charge. She has a crew of nine plus the bilingual naturalist guide.
Itineraries: Passion offers a choice of two eight-day itineraries.
Children: Children are welcome.
Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
"I can't speak highly enough about The Passion. Firstly from what we learned the live aboard boat is by far the best (only) way to see the Galapagos. The Passion is, from what I saw, the best boat doing the tour. Great facilities, fantastic crew (1 to 1 ratio crew to passengers) and a superb guide. Two chefs on board so food was terrific and they cater for all tastes / allergies / etc etc. The facilities and space on board are exceptional - the closest you'll get to having your own yacht."