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Reviewed January 11, 2018

Hard to describe the Galapagos, turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, beautiful scenery, and extraordinary wildlife but the experience was made even more special by the team at La Pinta. From the arrival at the airport to the departure everything was so well coordinated and managed so professionally. The ship is very comfortable , food amazing, and staff determined to make sure you have a wonderful experience, from the captain and officers, hotel manager, waiters, barmen, cleaners, and the tireless zodiac drivers. All the naturalists were knowledgeable, friendly, and reassuring and made sure we got the most out of the trip, but that we all were safe during each expedition. This really is a bucket list location to go and visit, and we can certainly strongly recommend La Pinta strongly but be prepared for active days and early starts to get the most out of your trip.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank FryMB
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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2018

Dear guest,

Thank you for choosing our La Pinta Yacht, and for taking the time to write this great review! We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your accommodations, as well as the food and staff on board. Our company aims to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our country in the future.

Best regards,

Metropolitan Touring

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! From arrival at the Airport in the Galapagos. I can not describe enough how much I was overwhelmed with the whole experience- the crew were delightful, food sublime (amazing chef) and fundamentally the guides were beyond words with their extensive knowledge, kindness and professionalism. The Animals and Birds; spectacular, humbling.....much much more than any BBC David Attenborough documentary. The trip of the Central Islands on Monday 11th December 2017 with a group of 12 will be one I will forever remember. Thank you to all those lovely individuals on the ship who made this 5 days so special. Best wishes to all and perhaps one day I shall return to the Isabella 2 family .Little Claire

Date of experience: December 2017
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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for this great review! We really appreciate your fabulous comments about our Isabela Yacht and this unique destination in the world.

Thank you for the kind words about the crew, the food, and for mentioning about the knowledge and professionalism of our the guides. It makes us really proud to know that your trip was wonderful and that you were overwhelmed with the whole experience.

For all of us at Metropolitan Touring, it is a large pleasure to hear about our guest experiences and being part of your stay, we would love to see you come back on a future vacation, always ready to welcome you!

Best regards,

Metropolitan Touring

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

We cruised on La Pinta 4 night Northern islands. Phenomenal!!!

We reserved (cruise and Galapagos flights) through Carolina at Metropolitan. Lots of emails back and forth - they are very responsive. Do not be surprised by lack of boarding documents for both - as promised they were delivered at hotel (Guayaquil) pick up time. A little unnerving, but that's the business practice here. All went very smoothly.

First the boat. It is clean and very well kept up. Food is tasty and fresh - not your big cruise fare. Seems to have minimum to no preservatives. Rooms are roomy for a ship cabin with decent size shower stalls. Evenings are quiet as there is no TV / entertainment but the early turn-in helps with early morning tours. Public areas have WiFi but as one might suspect in the middle of the ocean - it is slow. Library has 3 PCs - same speed. Star gazing was conducted on two nights - surprisingly quite a few stars are visible given the marine humidity. We did not experience much in the way of motion discomfort.

Trips and crew. Fantastic. Unforgettable. Panga rides were well managed - crew is very careful and patient with passenger transfer to/from pangas. Two trips per day, one usually involves snorkeling or glass bottom boat. Second a land walk. Guides are very knowledgeable - we had four, each with 15-25 years of experience. All local (Galapagenos) with full working knowledge of English. They would gladly (and expertly) answer questions, but the presentations could benefit if a fuller overview was provided in addition to the wealth of details and specifics on each animal.

Overall, would come back in a heartbeat. Galapagos is magical and La Pinta provides a stress-free way to experience it.

Date of experience: December 2017
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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Dear guest,

Thank you for your review about your Ecuador & Galapagos journey. We are delighted to know you had a great time with us and your feedback will certainly guide future travelers to a great experience as well. As a local DMC-Destination Management Company, we are committed to show our guests the best of our destinations and our Guides play a detrimental role in providing memorable experiences.

Glad to hear your enjoyed the food, as expedition cuisine can be a challenge when operating in a remote area like the Galapagos, and also an area with many import restrictions, quarantine programs, etc.

Thank you for recommending our vessel to other travelers. We hope you are able to come back in the future, we would be waiting to welcome and pamper you once again!

Best regards,

Metropolitan Touring

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Reviewed December 29, 2017

My friend and I booked a last minute deal for a 6 day/5 night Galápagos cruise round the Western islands. Fantastic boat (Santa Cruz II) complete with large cabins, good hot showers, hot tubs on deck and excellent food. The scuba gear and wetsuits were also good. It was the staff, however, who made our trip as fantastic and memorable as it transpired to be. The nature guides were incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic, as well as speaking perfect English (a particular shout out to Mari!). The coordinator (Desiree) ensured that everything ran like clockwork, and Felix the photographer ensured we had some brilliant mementos. We were genuinely close to tears when we had to depart, as we had enjoyed such a great trip and met some fantastic people.

Date of experience: November 2017
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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post this excellent feedback about your trip in the Galapagos. We are pleased to know that you had a great experience and that you enjoyed our facilities, the food, and specially the service of our staff on board our Santa Cruz II. Our prime goal is to continue making a difference and providing top services to our guests.

Thank you for your kind words about our staff, and for mentioning about the photographer that we have on board to capture memorable moments. We strive every day to offer the best quality of service with warmth and professionalism for our guests.

If you decide to come back in another occasion, please do not hesitate to contact us, it will be a pleasure to assist you again!

Best regards,

Metropolitan Touring

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Reviewed December 28, 2017

Excellent cruise !
Very friendly & helpfull staff (all of them!)
Good dokter on board.
Ask if you need anything : they will help if the can.
good guides.
perfect cruise !!!
rooms not large but anything you need is present. clean !

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Dirk C
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801bernardah, Public Relations Manager at Metropolitan Touring, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your comments with other travelers. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed your trip to Galapagos on our La Pinta Yacht.

It's good to know that you were satisfied with our doctor on board, safety is one of our top priorities, which is why we provide a doctor on board available 24 hours. Be assured we will share your motivating words with our staff and they will certainly be proud to know they assisted in making your vacation truly memorable.

We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Ecuador!

Best regards,

Metropolitan Touring

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