I just wanted to post some tips for those of you going on a cruise to Galapagos.
1)Bring good shoes for hiking on rocks, flip flops etc for the boat. Not everyone seemed to understand that they would be hiking on rocky trails etc.
2) Bring and use sunscreen - even if you believe you will tan quickly after a burn, this is the equator, the sun is stronger. We had several burned passengers all week who refused to use sunscreen for the first few days.
3)Please follow your guide's directions. You will get plenty close to the animals without going off the trails. If you get too close you can scare mothers off nests abandoning babies to die. Also, I did not know this until we were on the trip, but your guide can be financially penalized and or their license revoked if their visitors do not follow the rules. (Average income for Ecuadorians is @2000 dollars per year - please respect the locals)
Remember, if you are over the age of 15, you should be responsible enough to follow some basic rules and should not have to be constantly told the rules or reprimanded by your guide.
4)Bring a flashlight or headlight - comes in handy on the boat at night.
5)If your are cold natured, bring a wetsuit (shorty at least) or make sure your boat actually has one available before leaving the first port. You can also rent one in Puerto Ayora on the first day and return on last day of trip (ck with local stores on Santa Cruz).
6)If you truly want to see the best sites, you should go on the smaller 16 passenger or less boats. The larger ships do not go to the remote islands. However, you need to be in fairly good shape to do this as the trails are rougher and more difficult to traverse.
7)Take a water camera with you for snorkeling. You will see so much and clearly.
Have fun, stay safe, respect nature!