Updated on March 18, 2016
Ecoventura, a leader in sustainable cruising through the Galapagos Islands, has launched off its newest premium class vessel, MV Origin.
MV Origin’s maiden voyage departed from San Cristobal Island on February 28, 2016. The newest and only vessel of its kind, MV Origin is positioned to redefine the cruising experience by combining modern sophistication with environmental responsibility, alternating between seven-night A & B itineraries to reduce the impact of visits to the islands’ most popular sites.
On February 28, 2016, MV Origin joined Ecoventura’s existing fleet on the B itinerary through the northwestern route. Its maiden voyage on the A itinerary departed on March 6, 2016, taking guests around the southern central route through the islands. Both itineraries include daily, personalized excursions with optional snorkel and kayak tours led by two onboard, certified naturalists.
Itinerary A Highlights:
- Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome
- All three boobies (Nazca, Blue, and Red Footed)
- Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds
- Snorkel with Galapagos penguins
- Giant tortoises in the highlands
- Waived Albatross on Espanola
- Kayak and swim with sea lions at Cerro Brujo and Gardner Bay
Itinerary B Highlights
- Galapagos Tortoises in the highlands
- Red Footed and Nazca Booby at Genovesa (Tower)
- Snorkeling with penguins on Isabela
- Volcanic formations of Fernandina
- Flightless Cormorant
- Kayak at Darwin Bay and Tagus Cove
- Whale and dolphin sightings
The 20-passenger mega-yacht will feature 10 deluxe staterooms distributed throughout one deck and a variety of onboard amenities designed especially for the discerning traveler. These will include locally inspired gourmet cuisine and recreational equipment such as a Jacuzzi and fitness center. MV Origin will also feature expansive indoor and outdoor social and observation areas allowing for easy and comfortable viewing of the islands’ unique scenery and topography.
Rates for 2016 start at $6,500 per person based on double occupancy and include all meals and snacks, Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail, all alcoholic beverages, guided shore excursions, snorkel equipment and sea kayaks, as well as transfers in the islands between the airport and dock.
For a full list of 2016 departures and corresponding itineraries, please visit http://www.origingalapagos.com/departures.
To make a reservation, visit www.ecoventura.com using the “Book Now” form, email Galapagos Network at email@example.com, or call 800-633-7972.
An award-winning leader in sustainable travel, Ecoventura offers an adventure cruising experience aboard its fleet of expedition yachts. Two unique seven-night itineraries depart every Sunday, visiting more than a dozen exclusive visitor sites in the Galapagos National Park for up-close experiences with wildlife, many endemic to the archipelago. Ecoventura also operates the luxury dive liveaboard, MV Galapagos Sky. Joining the fleet in January 2016, MV Origin will build on this indulgent guest experience with the additions of panoramic-view accommodations, gourmet cuisine, open bar, and a variety of other amenities ushering an evolution to the onboard experience.
For more information, visit www.ecoventura.com and www.origingalapagos.com. Follow them on Twitter at @GalapagosYacht and Facebook at www.facebook.com/EcoventuraYachts.
Written by: Eugene Smith