La Pinta Review and Specifications
Specifications of La Pinta
|Year built||1982 / Age : 37|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||64 m / 210 ft|
|Beam (width)||12 m / 39 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||1438 gt|
|Passengers||24 - 48|
|Decks with cabins||2|
Review of La Pinta
La Pinta is a year-round Galapagos-based expedition cruise ship. This luxury yacht exceeds all basic travel requirements to introduce well-off, pretense-free cruisers to sea turtles and sea lions.
Touches like Wi-Fi, a glass-bottom boat and in-cabin showers, are welcome inclusions. After a long day trekking under equatorial sun or peeking under the Pacific, guests can chat in the top-ship hot tub or have fun before dinner in the lounge as they swap pictures and stories.
The luxurious yacht La Pinta was built in 1982 as Bahamas-based casino ship. In 2008, the vessel was rebuilt and fulfills her duty as a modern expedition ship. Some of the amenities include outdoor shower heads, public-use dryer, goodie basket of Dramamine, snorkel gear (wet suit, snorkel, mask, fin), sea kayaks, glass-bottom boat, briefing room with A-V equipment as well as a crane delivering a trio of pangas to sea (inflatable water taxis which shuttle passengers to uninhabited islets).
The overall experience on La Pinta Galapagos cruise tours is almost military-like and highly structured. In an effort to maximize time spent on land, scheduling is precise. If guests participate in every activity, they have to expect 2 hours of down time tops and to be charmed but a little bit exhausted by debarkation day. A good idea is to have something more casual post-cruise (a beach stay, for example), as a counterpoint to hyper-scheduled pace and to spend time in a place which starts to feel like a dream the moment of returning to civilization.
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