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“M/V Eclipse Galapagos Cruise” 4 of 5 stars
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Galapagos Experience
Av. 6 de Diciembre N30-105 | esquina de Alpallana, Edificio Gayal II 5to Piso, Oficina 503, Quito 170135, Ecuador
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Ranked #15 of 79 Activities in Quito
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Galapagos Experience specializes in top quality, established and tailor-made travel programs, combining high standard accommodation and personalized service with great natural, historical and cultural destinations. Our portfolio includes Galapagos cruises, diving, jungle tours, highlands and bird watching tours. We are the exclusive representatives of the M/Y Samba Galapagos which is a Tourist Superior Class yacht.
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“M/V Eclipse Galapagos Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We joined the M/V Eclipse cruise ship upon arrival in the Galapagos Islands on May 13, 2014 and stayed with this ship for 3 nights. The staff was generally pleasant, informative and well-organized. The cabin we had didn't have much of a view through round, sealed portholes, but we didn't spend much time looking out the window. The cabins are plain and not especially interesting or spacious. Usually 2 activities were planned after breakfast for the morning. This was followed by lunch, a rest period, then another activity in the afternoon. Swimming, hiking, snorkeling, flora and fauna descriptions and explanations by the staff are educational and usually well presented. The ship changes islands (at night or during lunch) for very different terrain and wildlife. The food was quite good and varied, but not exceptional. Due to rocking and a rough sea we really needed seasickness medicine which worked. The ship is about 30 years old and has been updated probably more than once, but is still showing its age. Overall we had a wonderful time and would do again. We agreed at the end that 3 days or 4 days would be sufficient to get a taste of the Galapagos and that a week or more might be too long.

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“Review of M/V Eclipse Galapagos Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We just cruised on M/V Eclipse from May 3 - May 10, 2014 in Galapagos. First the good: excellent guides (especially Martin); very will organized activities; good food; professional and accommodating passenger support staff (with one exception noted below). The Galapagos Islands are fascinating and beautiful.

Second, the bad: some of the cabins on the lowest deck have a serious noise problem that the cruise company has not been upfront in disclosing. There are two water treatment machines on the ship; one is under cabin 12 and the other is under cabin 11. One of the machines is running at all times and if it is under your cabin, it is similar to sharing your cabin with a fast-idling city bus. The cruise director handled the noise problem in a clumsy and offensive manner. Definitely do not book cabins 11 or 12 and it is possible other surrounding cabins on the lowest deck are also affected. The cruise company should be providing full disclosure about this issue to anyone who considers booking these cabins -- in fact, this problem is so bad they should get a written acknowledgement and consent to an excessively noisy cabin before selling these to anyone. It will be hard for you to enjoy all the good things this ship has to offer if you cannot get any sleep!
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Visited May 2014
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“Ideal South America is the way to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We booked a trip to the Galapagos Islands with another couple. We used Ideal South America and I cannot say enough good things about this company. Everyone was so professional, knowledgeable, responsive and just nice! Galapagos Islands are an incredible place and we enjoyed our stay on the Galapagos Legend. Ideal South America booked all aspects of our trip so all we had to do was to show up and enjoy! And we did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We first arrived in Quito, Ecuador and had a city tour then off to the Galapagos. The islands we visited and wildlife we saw were fascinating. Giant tortoises, blue footed boobies, fergatas, penquins, mockingbirds, sea lions, OH MY! Snorkling was enchanting and refreshing. This was truly a trip of a lifetime and Ideal South America helped to make everlasting memories!

Visited April 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Just to let you know…. We have just returned from the best trip ever on your Anahi… we did the 11 day 10 night trip and was so happy that we did. The itinerary was absolutely spectacular …. The boat was fantastic … we found the rooms to be roomy and comfortable. The food was remarkable .. the chef was Carlos and he did not cook he created. The meals were consistently different and delicious. We could not figure out how he did what he did in the small galley area. And the fact that our beds were made twice a day. Whenever we got back from an excursion the room was completely cleaned and beds made. The crew was polite and courteous to each every passenger. They were always there to help and make us as comfortable as possible.

In answer to your questions on your comment card:

Guide …. We had two guides (Roberto and Angel)… Roberto had an emergency and had to leave … Roberto was extremely knowledgeable and personable. We really enjoyed his talks and information. He was fun loving and extremely enthusiastic.

Yacht…. Everything was excellent. Cabin, bathroom, dining area, social area, comfort and cleanliness

Food… as stated previously spectacular…

Activities … could not have asked for more diversified and interesting…. Snorkeling equipment was great… never wore a wet suit before… crew helpful in getting us “into” one…

Crew … as stated spectacular….. service and hospitality fantastic…

Would highly recommend the boat to anyone…. I am sure the crew changes from time to time… but the crew we had made the trip extremely fun, exciting and enjoyable.

Thank you

Visited March 2014
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“Galapagos and machu picchu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Booked at trip on a boat in Galapagos islands for 5 days and then a week in Cusco and Machu Picchu. I booked through Columbus Travel in Ecuador with Vladimir Cruz. He was awesome! I gave him dates and he figured everything out and even put up with alot of questions from me. I highly recommend them. We went middle road as far as expenses go and he did a great job. Stayed on Tip Top 3 boat ( 16 passengers, 7 crew). Clean,and up to date boat. Very nice. Vladimir booked a tour for us in Peru and was perfect. I thought we were going to be in a group tour but no, it was us and a guide and driver for 3-4 days. This was awesome. Columbus travel took care of everything, they met us at airports, all transportation was arranged, and great accommodations. These two places are a must see!!!!!

Visited March 2014
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