Specifications of Estrella del Mar Galapagos
|Year built||1990 / Age: 33|
|Builder||Guayaquil Shipyards (Guayaquil, Ecuador)|
|Speed||9 kn / 17 kph / 10 mph|
|Length (LOA)||23 m / 75 ft|
|Beam (width)||6.5 m / 21 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||150 gt|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Operator||G Adventures Galapagos|
Estrella del Mar Galapagos Review
Review of Estrella del Mar Galapagos
The 1990-built G Adventures' cruise ship Estrella del Mar is a motorized luxury yacht deployed year-round for cruise travel vacations in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.
History - construction and ownership
G Adventures (former "Gap Adventures") is a small group adventure travel cruise company headquartered in Toronto Canada. It offers environmentally and socially sensitive travel on small-sized vessels with some of the best passenger-to-staff ratios. G Adventures Galapagos fleet includes the boats Estrella del Mar, Monserrat, Queen of Galapagos, Xavier 3, Yolita 2. The 16-passenger boat Estrella del Mar (sistership to Xavier III) features roomy outdoor spaces, comfortable staterooms, cozy common areas, onboard naturalist guide.
Cruise itinerary program
The Estrella del Mar ship has 8 double cabins, all with a window, air conditioner and private bathroom with hot water.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Ship's comfortable Dining Room boasts fresh and tasty international and local cuisine, prepared fresh daily. All meals onboard are included.
Since January 2019, G Adventures banned single-use plastics on cruise line's Galapagos ships, offering its customers 1 complimentary reusable water bottle per voyage. The decision was made after Galapagos Conservancy announced that since March 2019, non-returnable bottles would be no longer allowed on Galapagos cruises. In May 2018, on all Galapagos ships were banned plastic straws and plastic bags.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The Estrella is not as big as some of the other cruise ships, but her public areas are deceptively roomy. Passengers can relax in Estrella del Mar’s air-conditioned, indoor social areas, or enjoy the sea breeze from one of her sun or shade decks. The yacht also offers a bar and TV/DVD use. The Estrella carries a team of 7 crewmembers and a naturalist guide who are all well-versed in the local wildlife, geology and vegetation of the islands, certified by Galapagos National Park Service. All shore excursions with the English speaking naturalist guide are price-included. Wetsuits are available for rent. Beach towels and snorkelling equipment are included at no extra charge.