Xavier III Galapagos

Former name: Lobo de Mar III

Specifications of Xavier III Galapagos

Year of build1996  /  Age: 28
Flag state Ecuador
BuilderGuayaquil Shipyards (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
ClassMotor Yacht
Speed10 kn / 19 km/h / 12 mph
Length (LOA)25 m / 82 ft
Beam (width)7 m / 23 ft
Gross Tonnage162 gt
Passengers16 - 16
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2009
Sister-shipsEstrella del Mar
Former namesLobo de Mar III
OwnerG Adventures
OperatorG Adventures Galapagos

Xavier III Galapagos Review

Review of Xavier III Galapagos

The 1996-built (as "Lobo de Mar III") and 2007-rebuilt Xavier III cruise ship is owned by G Adventures. This beautiful, mid-range motor yacht is specifically designed for travel vacations in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.

The vessel (IMO number 8979013) is currently Ecuador-flagged (MMSI 735057526) and registered in Guayaquil.

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 cruise ship Xavier III is a boutique yacht (sistership to Estrella del Mar) with roomy outdoor spaces, comfortable cabins, cosy common areas, onboard naturalist guide.

Xavier III cruise ship (Galapagos)

Galapagos Itineraries

MV Xavier III itinerary program is based on Galapagos Islands cruises sailing out of Baltra Island and Quito / flight to San Cristobal Island.

Cabins, shipboard facilities and amenities

The boat has 9 cabins (7 double and 2 singles), all with private views, air-conditioned, wood-paneled, carpeted and spacious.

Ship's comfortable Dining Room offers fresh and tasty international and local cuisine. Since January 2019, G Adventures banned single-use plastics on the 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.

Featuring a large porch, comfortable lounge area with HDTV for briefings and relaxation, and a bar, the common spaces on Xavier III are as roomy as her staterooms. The social areas also include a Bar, Small Boutique and three Solariums. Wetsuits are available for rent. Beach towels and snorkeling equipment are included at no extra charge. Water toys and Jet skis are prohibited in the Galapagos. 

With 7 dedicated crew members and 1 naturalist guide familiar with local flora and fauna and certified by Galápagos National Park Service, there is always someone available to answer guests' questions.

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