A private yacht is the best way to explore the Galapagos. This refurbished one has a 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio and contributes to the conservation group WildAid.
They're not always comfortable, but they're certainly memorable. These 7 light-adventure cruises are the only way to explore some of the best places on earth.
Celebrity introduces another small ship in which to cruise the Galapagos. Like the Xpedition, the new Celebrity Flora will carry 100 passengers.
Periodically, I long for the tranquility of unspoiled nature. Two ecolodges recently gave me the perfect excuse to decamp to Ecuador.
Discerning visitors to the Galapagos Islands currently have a choice between upscale expedition ships such as the 48-passenger M.V. Eclipse and a yacht or catamaran. But now there is the prospect of a genuinely luxurious small cruise ship plying these waters.
Most visitors to the Galapagos experience the islands from ships. Until recently, the chief exceptions have been scientists or those traveling on modest budgets.