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M/V Eclipse description

The MV Eclipse offers a new level in comfort and elegance for Galapagos Islands travelers and will accommodate up to 48 passengers. This is half the normal number of passengers for ships of her size. The M/V Eclipse maintains the smaller boat atmosphere with a great attention to detail. The staterooms on this ship are large and spacious by Galapagos standards. Each stateroom sports an ocean view. Fully air conditioned, the spacious cabins offer either a double and/or twin bed arrangement, well appointed bathrooms complete with hairdryer etc. Service, staff, and cuisine aboard the M/V Eclipse have an unexcelled reputation for one of the finest Galapagos cruise experiences.

In addition, the Eclipse offers a well equipped lounge for leisure and a base for the nightly briefings for today's discoveries and tomorrows' activities. There is a well equipped library, and beyond, the indoor dining room, there is an al-fresco dining area surrounding the pool, where you can enjoy the the islands' fabulous scenery while dining on a delicious lunch or barbeque. One of the most popular areas onboard is the observation deck. Here you can watch for whales or dolphins, or just relax on the comfortable lounge chairs. This ship also has a pool, boutique, and pool bar. Use of snorkeling equipment is complimentary, and wetsuits are available for a small rental fee.

M/V Eclipse Specifications

TYPE OF VESSEL: Passenger ship
L.O.A.: 210 ft.
BEAM: 41 ft.
DEPTH: 23 ft.
DRAFT: 11 ft.
BUILDER: Astilleros Construcciones VIGO, Spain.
Construction started in 1982 and is being finished in 1998.
ENGINES: 2 DEUTZ 1175 BHP
GENERATORS: 2 x 380 KVA DEUTZ
SPEED: 14.5 Knots Cruising
WATERMAKER: 2 x 4000 gals. / day watermakers
CREW: 23, plus 4 Naturalist guides
POOL
EXTENSIVE DECK AREAS
INSIDE & "AL FRESCO" DINING AREAS
OBSERVATION DECK
AIR CONDITIONING THROUGHOUT
AIR RENEWAL
VIDEO ROOM
RECEPTION AREA
SHOP
INFIRMARY (MD ON BOARD)
SEVERAL SOCIAL AREAS

M/V Eclipse Itinerary

M/V Eclipse: 7 Night Itinerary

Day #1

Saturday Morning: Arrive at Baltra Airport – Galapagos Islands

The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos Islands takes approximately 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, you will be met by your guides, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized dinghies, known locally as “pangas” will transport you to the Eclipse, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard. After departure there will be a briefing, lunch and a safety drill.

Saturday Afternoon: Las Bachas Beach – Santa Cruz Island

Las Bachas Beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.

Type of landing: Wet
Water activities: Brief swim


Day #2

Sunday Morning: Puerto Egas – Santiago Island

Puerto Egas (James Bay) is located on the northwest side of Santiago. The landing is on a black beach with eroded rock formations in the background. The trail crosses the dry interior, where the remains of a salt mining enterprise can still be seen, and then continues along the coast. Tidal pools are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. The trail leads to the Fur Seals Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where they can be seen. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish and maybe some turtles and reef sharks.

Type of landing: Wet
Water activities: Swimming and snorkeling

Sunday Afternoon: Bartolomé Island

Bartolomé is a small island that has two visitor sites. At the first site, you can swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. Back on board for a quick change of clothes and then it is a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up, you will encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow and lava tubes. From the summit you will have a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay.

Type of landing: Wet at first site and dry at second site
Water activities: Swimming and snorkeling

Day #3

Monday Morning: Cerro Dragón – Santa Cruz Island

The name Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) stems from the fact that it was one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a healthy population of land iguanas were found in 1975. After landing at a pier, a hike takes to you to a salt water lagoon behind the beach, frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go swimming after the walk.

Type of landing: Dry
Water activities: Swimming

Monday Afternoon: Rábida Island

Rábida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, and you will also have the opportunity to go kayaking.

Type of landing: Wet
Water activities: Swimming, snorkeling and kayaking

Day #4

Tuesday Morning: Tagus Cove – Isabela Island

Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden). Depending on the season, you will go hiking, snorkeling or kayaking. On the hike, the trail goes through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwinvolcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake.

The morning activity is followed by a panga ride, where you will have the opportunity to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, we sometimes encounter dolphins and whales.

Type of landing: Dry or wet, plus panga ride
Water activities: Snorkeling and kayaking (depending on the season)

Tuesday Afternoon: Elizabeth Bay – Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that we will visit on our cruise. A panga ride around two islets called the Marielas offers a wide variety of bird life, such as flightless cormorants, herons, and blue-footed boobies. Then we will enter a sheltered cove – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles and rays.

Panga ride only

Day #5

Wednesday Morning: Punta Espinoza – Fernandina Island

Fernandina last erupted in 1995. La Cumbre Volcano dominates the landscape, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Punta Espinosa is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.

Type of landing: Dry

Wednesday Afternoon: Punta Vicente Roca – Isabela Island

Punta Vicente Roca is a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. After the snorkeling you will go on a panga ride, which will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Panga ride only
Water activities: Snorkeling

Day #6

Thursday Morning: Charles Darwin Research Station – Santa Cruz Island

On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit you will have some free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora.

Type of landing: Dry

Thursday Afternoon: Santa Cruz Highlands – Santa Cruz Island

From Puerto Ayora you will travel by bus to the lush, green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. You will have the opportunity to walk through lava tunnels so take a flashlight if you have one. Optional activities such as biking, relaxing on the beach or just strolling in town are available.

Type of landing: Dry

Day #7

Friday Morning: Gardner Bay – Española Island

Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sandy beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions, and it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. After the beach time you will have a chance to deep water snorkel from the panga, or go kayaking.

Type of landing: Wet
Water activities: Swimming, snorkeling and kayaking

Friday Afternoon: Punta Suarez – Española Island

Punta Suarez is one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation from other islands, it has a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Española marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest almost on the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors and finches go about their business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Type of landing: Dry

Day #8

Saturday Morning: Black Turtle Cove – Santa Cruz Island

Black Turtle Cove is one of the most beautiful marine sites in Galapagos. It is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a resting site for sea turtles, rays and sharks. This site is only accessible by panga.

Panga ride only
Departure from Baltra Airport

M/V Eclipse Flight Information

Quito to Guayaquil AEROGAL Flight 2K34 ETD 9:30AM ETA 10:15AM

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

Baltra to Guayaquil: AEROGAL Flight 2K37 ETD 12:30PM ETA 15:00PM

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

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/V ECLIPSE
PREPAID 2008 RATED
8 DAYS CRUISE
CABIN GROSS RATE USD REBATED OFFER USD CHECK AVAILABILITY BOOK IT
Deluxe Staterooms(Boat deck, cabins 17 to 20 / queens and triples) 4.850,00 240
Superior Staterooms (Boat deck, cabins 21 to 28 / twins and doubles) 4.400,00 220
Staterooms ( Main deck, cabins 3 to 15 / twins and doubles) 4.000,00 200
Single Staterooms (Main deck, cabins 1 & 2) 4.200,00 210


PRICES PER PERSON

PRICES INCLUDE:


- All shore excursions
- All meals while onboard
- Complimentary house wine with meals, soft drinks and juices onboard
- VIP lounge on outbound flight from Galapagos
- Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment
- Complimentary use of wetsuits
- Complimentary, one-time, fully stocked minibar in Deluxe Staterooms


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
- Guide and crew gratuities
- Premium liquor, beer and cocktails onboard
*Subject to Change


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