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Galapagos - Cruises


A shimmering ship

Cruise in style on a golden catamaran

Solo travellers and couples alike are welcomed onto the Elite, a superb small ship that sails the waters of the Galápagos Islands. With either double suites or single cabins, you will sleep on supremely comfortable beds and wake to views of the ocean through the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead onto a private balcony. 

This stylish vessel with its gold-painted hull has myriad communal areas for socialising with fellow guests and enjoying the views of the ocean and islands beyond. Sun yourself on the Sky Deck, where there’s a hot tub and loungers for relaxing and a small dining area for al fresco lunches, or head down to the bar and lounge to find quiet time with a book on the sofa. 

Your onboard crew is made up of real experts, from chefs who prioritise island-grown ingredients to guides and naturalists who will make the magic of the Galapagos come alive as you explore.


Single, twin and double suites with balconies

Generous outdoor decks for wildlife watching

Al fresco dining areas

On-deck hot tub & lounge area

Onboard experts at your service

The impact of your stay:

  • They actively support local communities by sourcing products locally and participating in the Women in Sustainability Entrepreneurship (WISE) project in the Galapagos. Their commitment to gender equality is evident with 64% of staff being women, and their policies promote inclusion. Over 80% of their suppliers are local eco-friendly providers, and 95% of our crew members are native Galapagueños, contributing to the islands’ economy.
  • Endemic & Elite stand out as responsible cruise operators in the Galapagos, actively contributing to the protection of the oceans. Through a strategic partnership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust, they are dedicated to combating overfishing, illegal fishing, and plastic pollution.
  • Endemic & Elite proudly supports the Charles Darwin Foundation ‘Adopt a Species’ programme, contributing to crucial research and monitoring efforts in the Galápagos Islands. By backing this initiative, the cruise operator actively participates in the conservation of diverse species, underscoring their commitment to preserving the unique biodiversity of this iconic archipelago.
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Places to combine with the Elite


The Cloud Forests

Mashpi Lodge
Set into one of the planet’s most important bio-regions, the futuristic Mashpi Lodge powered with 100% hydroelectricity really is a ‘contemporary cocoon in the clouds’. Praised for its ecological and contemporary design by being nominated for the likes of Wallpaper’s Design Awards, Mashpi’s steel and glass creation sits amongst 3,200 acres of pristine rainforest on a bluff that commands stunning views over the lush valleys, cloud forests and hills of the Tumbez-Choco-Darien bio-region (otherwise known as the Chocó) in Ecuador. The 20 rooms and three suites are spacious and simply modern in decoration, with floor to ceiling windows that keep your attention on what’s outside rather than what’s in. The restaurant has been thoughtfully constructed with two-storey high ceilings and windows for walls so again you feel constantly in touch with the forest, whilst dining on local produce from exotic fruits blended with more savoury dishes and organic ingredients to home made chocolate. There is also a terrace with pergola roof for incredible views over the jungle canopy, perhaps spotting one or two of its creatures. Daily wildlife expeditions and nature excursions are led by the lodge’s team of Ecuadorian biologists and things like wellington boots and rain ponchos are provided. The aerial tram from the lodge allow for deeper daily explorations into the forest, and comes with an observation tower and Life Centre which has butterfly farms and terrariums for a really close up look to these species. Hikes, bathing in waterfalls and rivers are very much part of the Mashpi experience too.