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Galapagos Islands Cruises
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Let our bright and insightful crew be your guide to a Galapagos Islands cruise. We offer the confidence of booking with a licensed, insured and award-winning US-based company that understands your questions, concerns and needs. We can handle all aspects of your cruise, from permits, flights and hotels to transfers and add-on tours, creating a seamless vacation for you and your loved ones. Need more reasons to book your Galapagos cruise with AdventureSmith?

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Work with one USA-based specialist to research, purchase & prepare for your Galapagos cruise.

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We offer an unmatched selection of small Galapagos cruises aboard more than 25 expedition ships.

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Our team travels firsthand on Galapagos cruises to pass along our personal expertise to you.

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Secure deals with our insight & partnerships. We’re here to help you save on your Galapagos Island cruise.

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What You Need to Know to Cruise the Galapagos Now

AdventureSmith Explorations sends hundreds of passengers on Galapagos Islands cruises each year. And our company founder, Todd Smith, is an elected board member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association. Let our team be your clear, efficient & trusted resource throughout the selection, booking and trip preparation process. In changing and challenging times, we have the experience you need and the logistics down to a science.

Find everything about the latest Galapagos entry requirements, or read all about planning Galapagos cruises 2023 & 2024, including what’s new and noteworthy for this & upcoming years. Our team is known for our unbiased knowledge and personal experience aboard small ship Galapagos Island cruises. Trust us to take you there.

Book a Private Cruise to Galapagos

All eyes on you! Let every encounter be a private one with exclusively your family and friends by chartering a cruise to Galapagos. A Galapagos Islands yacht charter can help groups of travelers save money, have an intimate Galapagos cruise experience and customize their trip. View our curated list of the best ships available for charter in the archipelago. Our experts can then help your group select the Galapagos Islands cruise that best fits your travel needs and handle all the logistics.

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Penguins, giant tortoises & the beloved blue-footed booby await on small ship Galapagos cruises.

Galapagos Cruise Essentials

So you want to visit the Galapagos Islands and you’ve decided to go via cruise. Nice choice! A Galapagos Island cruise is the most effective and immersive way to see the remarkable archipelago. Now it’s time for trip planning and you’re in the right spot because AdventureSmith Explorations is your go-to Galapagos cruising guide.

What is the best length of itinerary? Which islands should to visit? To plan and choose your own perfect Galapagos Islands cruise, start with our primer on how to choose the best Galapagos cruise. You will learn what to expect from daily shore excursions and naturalist guides, and all about the decision factors that go into choosing the right ship. Or, browse our selection of Galapagos Island cruises aboard ships carrying up to 100 guests. Let our Adventure Specialists be your ultimate guide to planning a cruise to Galapagos.

Go with Our Tips & Tricks

Booked on a Galapagos small ship cruise and ready to pack? If you’re curious what the weather’s like, or what Galapagos Islands animals you will come face to face with, we’ve got you covered too. For fun insights and must-do’s before and during your trip, check out our Galapagos travel tips. You can make the most of your trip by taking Galapagos Island cruise information straight from our well-traveled crew. 

5-Star Galapagos Island Cruises

For discerning travelers seeking the highest level of comfort and service, we’ve curated this list of Galapagos luxury cruises. Consult this page for the newest, most upscale ships sailing Galapagos Islands cruises today. Find spacious, beautifully designed suites, large windows or private balconies, fine dining and upscale amenities. Plus, our full-service Galapagos Islands cruise packages and Ecuador boutique hotel and hacienda accommodations pair seamlessly for an every-detail-accounted-for vacation.

Bringing the Whole Family?

With decades of combined experience planning, selling and taking Galapagos Islands cruises—and experience being parents of young travelers—AdventureSmith shares our expertise and favorite trips for Galapagos family cruises. Kids love a Galapagos adventure cruise for the up-close animal spotting, active in-the-water time and hands-on education. Use this dedicated page as a hub for planning a cruise to Galapagos with children and teenagers.


Galapagos Cruises

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 84 86 88 86 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
Avg. Low (F) 70 74 77 72 72 68 66 64 62 64 66 68
Avg. Water Temp (F) 74 76 76 76 74 74 72 66 68 70 72 74
Avg. Rainfall (Inches) 1.6 1.9 2.2 3.0 1.7 0.9 0.5 1.1 2.2 2.1 2.7 1.5

Cruise Galapagos Year-Round

At the equator, weather is perfect for small ship Galapagos Islands cruises year-round. The climate of Ecuador’s Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands are almost entirely influenced by the ocean currents, with the warm Panama current arriving from the north December through May and the cool Humboldt and Peru currents descending June through November. Interested in which seasons are best to cruise the Galapagos Islands? Hint: they are ALL amazing, but there are benefits to each month. Get a grasp of the seasonal variations, from wildlife occurrences to water temperature, by reading our Galapagos Climate page and Best Time to Visit Galapagos. Learn more about planning your Galapagos cruise around the weather and wildlife diversity that each season brings.

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