The Origin, a new 20-passenger luxury mega-yacht, has started sailing in the Galapagos Islands. Operated by the cruise company Ecoventura, the 10-stateroom yacht sails weeklong voyages throughout the pristine island archipelago.
Featuring locally inspired gourmet cuisine, an open bar policy, a Jacuzzi and fitness center, the yacht also has spacious outdoor social and observation areas, allowing for easy and comfortable viewing of the islands’ unique scenery and topography. The vessel is also being marketed for family travel, offering connecting cabins and triple cabins.
Cruises alternate between two seven-night itineraries, A and B, to reduce the impact of visits to the islands’ most popular sites. On February 28, MV Origin joined Ecoventura’s existing fleet on the B itinerary through the northwestern route. Its maiden voyage on the A itinerary departs March 6, 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 certified onboard naturalists.
According to Ecoventura, the yacht was designed as one of the most environmentally friendly vessels in the Galapagos, reducing fossil fuel consumption by over 30 percent from similar yachts in the archipelago.
“In addition to being 50 percent more spacious than the existing vessels, the bow is designed to cut through the waves for smoother sailing, allowing the cruising speed to be 30 percent faster than the rest of the fleet,” says the company.
Rates for 2016 start at $6,500 per person based on double occupancy, and include all meals, beverages and snacks, captain’s welcome and farewell social gatherings, an open bar policy including wine and spirits, guided shore excursions, snorkel equipment and multiple sea kayaks, as well as transfers in the islands between the airport and dock.
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