Combining sophisticated design with world-class service and amenities, the award-winning Galapagos cruises on Origin and Theory provide understated luxury that is as appealing as the enchanting islands they explore.
Origin and Theory are two identical sister ships which take luxury cruising in the Galapagos Islands to the next level. They are the only two Relais & Chateaux yachts in the islands. Sleek, stylish and modern spaces make you feel like you are on board a luxury boutique hotel. Every element of the yacht has been designed for comfort, safety and sustainability. From spacious staterooms with panoramic windows to world-class cuisine, the Origin and the Theory are dream boats, blending the best of tasteful design and décor, luxury amenities, and environmental sustainability. The yachts offer an unforgettable cruising experience matched only by the incomparable nature of the islands they visit. The experienced 14-member Ecuadorian crew includes a high-level Captain, a full-time concierge, and two naturalist guides (one for every ten guests) – the lowest guide to guest ratio in Galapagos. The outstanding naturalists delight in sharing their knowledge and passion of the islands and with just 20 guests aboard each boat, there is nothing to get in the way of your personal experience of one of the most memorable places on Earth!
Every day in the Galapagos brings intriguing opportunities to explore on land, from guided walks along pristine beaches or hikes on volcanic rock and through tunnels or lush vegetation. Observe the marine environment with excursions by Zodiac, glass-bottom boat, snorkelling, stand up paddle board or kayak. The itineraries highlight the very best of the Galapagos: the amazing wildlife, striking landscapes, magnificent marine environment and fascinating history.
Boasting large windows providing expansive ocean views, the ten deluxe staterooms are roomy and inviting, with individual climate control, plush bedding, private modern bathrooms, plenty of storage space and other luxury amenities. Cabins are cleaned twice daily and laundry service is available for an additional charge. There are ten deluxe staterooms, all located on the main deck that are spacious and inviting, tastefully designed with stylish modern décor and a private bathroom with luxury amenities. In each room, the fine bed linens, climate controls and memory foam pillows ensure a comfortable night’s sleep aboard these luxurious vessels.
There are two twin beds in each cabin that can convert to a king-size bed. Nightstands and an ample sectional closet provide plenty of space for storing personal items. Cabin amenities include a vanity book with a stool and lighted mirror, a flat screen TV with pre-loaded movies, universal docking station and a safety deposit box. There is a personal Espresso machine and tea kettle set up in every cabin. All bathrooms have a modern rainfall shower, a modern sink and plush towels (for beach and bath), cosy bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers and bio-degradable hand soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner are also provided.
Dine on delicious Relais & Chateaux standard cuisine creatively prepared by expert chefs using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The elegant dining room features marble table tops, with configurations from two to ten guests for private or group dining. During the week, you will be delighted by a cooking demonstration or BBQ lunch served al fresco on the spacious sundeck. The sundeck is the ideal place to unwind between island excursions, the area offers shade with day beds, chaises lounges, hammocks, tables and chairs, a public restroom, outdoor shower, BBQ and a wet bar. Enjoy a generous open bar policy including wine, local beer and spirits. The intimate indoor bar is always open for specialty cocktails, wine, beer, sodas, juices, coffee, and tea.
Interior social areas include a comfortable lounge for evening briefings and enrichment lectures offered by the naturalists or to watch a movie on the flat screen televisions. Borrow a book from the cosy library stocked with publications on the Galapagos and Charles Darwin. You could also visit the boutique offering high-quality local handicrafts, sundries, and gift items. Relax in the Jacuzzi hot tub for up to six guests or work out in the fitness centre equipped with a treadmill, elliptical, free weights, yoga mats, and more. Satellite communication (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the vessel including in your cabin (additional charges apply) but service is limited to one PIN per cabin.
Origin and Theory have just two itineraries which highlight the very best Galapagos has to offer; the magnificent wildlife, stunning landscapes, rich marine environment, and fascinating history. Choose a comprehensive 7-night itinerary to different islands, or combine both for a two-week exploration of the entire archipelago.