The Galapagos Elite Luxury Yacht

Finally…a modern luxury catamaran in the Galapagos. Elite is a sleek and spacious vessel that wouldn’t look out of place in a Mediterranean superyacht harbour. Very high levels of comfort and on-board service.

Stay at The Galapagos Elite Luxury Yacht

When exploring nature you want the best possible view. So open the curtains and gaze across the Galapagos archipelago through floor-to-ceiling windows. Watch dolphins from your private outdoor balcony. Take breakfast on the semi-covered sky deck. Cruise these lost islands in comfort, on a new catamaran that makes a sharp change from typical expedition vessels. Elite is as comfortable as you can be when cruising this lost archipelago, but it’s not as strong in terms of the wildlife experience, guiding and immersive itineraries.


Elite has a fixed weekly schedule around central and southeastern Galapagos, divided into three- and four-night itineraries, or done together over seven nights. In comparison to more established Galapagos cruise companies like Quasar and Metropolitan Touring, Golden Galapagos Cruises doesn’t have the most interesting itineraries, although you can still do a range of activities.


These are the most spacious rooms and suites we know in the Galapagos and the modern catamaran style is a clean break from portholes and stuffy design. For gentle cruising it’s a wonderful vessel and the different social areas mean ample space to watch dolphins, whales and more.

Who is it for

The best choice when onboard comfort is top of your priority list. Children are royally welcomed and suites can be combined for families. The overall wildlife experience could be stronger though.

Facilities & activities

You’ll have the opportunity to paddle board, kayak, snorkel, walk and explore in a dinghy. However, we find the three-night itinerary to be too short for a real sense of these islands, so only consider it in combination with a land-based stay. The guiding is good but on other vessels it’s exceptional. Still, the on-board service is at an extremely high level, in keeping with our view that this is more like a luxury Mediterranean yacht exploring the Galapagos.

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