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M/S Alta Description

The Motor Sailor Alta is one of the most beautiful yachts cruising the Galapagos Islands; she is ideal for travelers who seek exclusivity and uniqueness. Alta is a Three Masted Staysail Schooner, a very stylish yacht that has that special charm of a sailing ship. She is 46 m / 140 ft long and capable of 10 knots under power and 14 knots under sail. Alta is fitted with 8 tastefully decorated cabins that accommodate up to 16 passengers. All cabins have ample hanging locker and drawer space. Each cabin has their private facilities with fresh, hot and cold water showers.

The main salon is very elegant and inviting. A curving banquet and coffee table stand opposite a cabinet holding the TV/Video system. At mealtimes, there are two alternatives: inside, in the dining salon, which seats sixteen in four tables, or "al fresco", on the foredeck. The gourmet galley is equipped to prepare the finest dishes.

Motor Sailor Alta offers many spots for relaxing or sunning, including a sundeck with lounge chairs just forward of the bridge, and another with cushions on the bow of the yacht. When the conditions are appropriate, the sails will be hoisted and Alta will become the most beautiful yacht in the Galapagos.

M/S Alta Specifications

Type Motor Sailer, Ketch rigged
Length 140 feet / 46 meters
Beam 21 feet / 6.8 meters
Draft 10.5 feet / 3.4 meters
Speed 9 knots under power
Engines 4 cylinder Alpha Diesel, 280 BHP: one 1500 pound thrust Arcturus bow thruster

Generators Two 35 KW 120/240 Volt Ac single phase and Two 5 KW inverters: 24V.DC to 120/240 V.A.C

Builder Titleness, Norway
Safety to SOLAS requirements

Navigation Equipment Sperry Gyrocompass, Furuno 21 mile Si-tex radar, Robertson AP 7 autopilot, knot log, wind speed and direction indicator, Raytheon Loran C, Si-tex, GPS Satellite Navigator, forward looking echo Sounder, NVI (Night Vision Instruments, depthfinders, Decca Navigator, Si-tex video sonar, Furuno weatherfax, Taiyo RDF Simrad watch receiver, two VHF radios.

Safety Equipment EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), life jackets, flares and signals, 2 x 18 man life floats. In short, safety equipment on board either meets or exceeds USA Coast Guard Regulations.

Comfort Equipment 1200 gal/day watermaker, air-conditioning throughout, icemaker, stereo, TV, VCR

Communication Equipment: Furuno single sideband radio, VHF radio, SSB radio

Electricity: 110 volts ACl60 Hz

Accommodations 8 cabins for up to 16 passengers with private facilities. Cabins -1 Superior Cabin; 4 Deluxe Cabins; 3 Standard Cabins

Crew 8 plus 1 naturalist guide

M/S Alta Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday
Morning: Arrival to San Cristobal Island
Afternoon: San Cristobal: Playa Ochoa and Kicker Rock

Day 2: Sunday
Morning: Tower (Genovesa) Island: Prince Phillip's Steps
Afternoon: Tower: Darwin Bay

Day 3: Monday
Morning: Fernandina (Narborough) Island: Punta Espinosa
Afternoon: Isabela (Albemarle) Island: Tagus Cove

Day 4: Tuesday
Morning: Isabela (Albemarle) Island: Urbina Bay
Afternoon: Isabela (Albemarle) Island: Punta Vicente Roca

Day 5: Wednesday
Morning: Bartolome (Bartholomew) Island: Pinnacle Rock & Overlook
Afternoon: Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island: Black Turtle Cove

Day 6: Thursday
Morning: Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island: Highlands
Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

Day 7: Friday
Morning: Hood (Española) Island: Punta Suarez
Afternoon: Hood (Española) Island: Gardner Bay

Day 8: Saturday
Early Morning: San Cristobal: Interpretation Centre
Late Morning: Depart for Mainland Ecuador

* Please contact us to request a detailed itinerary of this trip.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON ITINERARIES: Quasar Expeditions' itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

M/S Alta Flight Information

Quito to Guayaquil AEROGAL Flight 2K36 ETD 9:09AM ETA 10:30AM

Guayaquil to San Cristobal AEROGAL Flight 2K34 ETD 10:30AM ETA 11:15AM

San Cristobal to Guayaquil: AEROGAL Flight 2K37 ETD 12:15PM ETA 15:00PM

Guayaquil to Quito: AEROGAL Flight 2K37 ETD 15:00PM ETA 16:30PM

One checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on are allowed per passenger. Because flight schedules and arrival departure port are always subject to change, please inform your clients to check with our office in Ecuador upon arrival to verify the correct flight times and to reconfirm their flight. If they arrive late at night, they should check at the hotel for a message from EcuadorToursOnline.com regarding any possible change to the schedule shown here. We suggest you avoid making international connections the same day as the flight may be delayed or changed to an alternate flight.

HIGH SEASON AIRFARE:

DATES: JANUARY 1-30 APRIL, JUNE 15 –14 SEP, NOV 1-31 DEC
QUITO/GALAPAGOS/ QUITO $ 395.00
QUITO/ GALAPAGOS/ GUAYAQUIL $ 373.00
GUAYAQUIL/ GALAPAGOS/ GUAYAQUIL $ 348.00
GUAYAQUIL/ GALAPAGOS/ QUITO $ 370.00

LOW SEASON AIRFARE:

DATES: MAY 1 – 14 JUNE, SEPTEMBER 15 – 31 OCTOBER
QUITO/GALAPAGOS/ QUITO $ 339.00
QUITO/ GALAPAGOS/ GUAYAQUIL $ 323.00
GUAYAQUIL/ GALAPAGOS/ GUAYAQUIL $ 302.00
GUAYAQUIL/ GALAPAGOS/ QUITO $ 325.00

Rates

TARIFAS DE BARCOS
M/S ALTA
PREPAID 2008 RATED
NATURALIST 8 DAYS CRUISE
CABIN GROSS RATE USD         REBATED OFFER USD CHECK AVAILABILITY BOOK IT
Cabins: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 3.950,00 198
  ACTIVE 8 DAYS CRUISE                                                                                 
Cabins: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 4.100,00 205


PRICES PER PERSON

PRICES INCLUDE:


- Accomodation in dbl share cabin
- All meals on board
- Excursions to the islands with a naturalist bilingual guide english and spanish

PRICES DON'T INCLUDE:

- USD $ 410,00 * Air tickets to and from the Galapagos Islands
- USD $ 100,00 Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
- USD $ 10,00 Inmigration Card
- Alcoholic or extra drinks on board, tips and personal expenses
- Snorkelling equipment (available for rental on board)

*Fuel surcharge (cost depends on length and date of cruise and on cruiseship)


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