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Elegance afloat

A small ship bringing serious style to expedition cruising

This all-suites ship is an idyllic vessel on which to explore the waters surrounding the astonishing Galápagos Islands. After spending days on land, meeting blue-footed boobies and sea lions and giant tortoises, you’ll be able to return to relax in your spacious bedroom complete with balcony and writing desk. 

Life on board is dreamy, with an open-air lounge, an outdoor hot tub and a sun terrace to keep you occupied, and for those seeking a little more adventure, there’s snorkelling gear to borrow as you swim around the boat. Alternatively, take to the water in your own vessel with one of the on-board kayaks, which will help you get closer to the islands’ incredible and wild coastlines. 

Families are well looked after on board, too, with a TV room for when you’re cruising between islands, and special kids’ meals prepared for younger travellers. The crew are experts in their field, with naturalists and wildlife guides to school you on the region’s incredible flora and fauna, and the chefs prepare fantastic food to please all palates.


Intimate expedition ship

Kayaking & snorkelling from the boat

Outdoor hot tub & sundeck

Suites all have balconies

Indoor & outdoor dining options

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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Sea lions lazing on the golden sands of Santa Fe in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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