South America Galapagos Islands Cruise

Monserrat Galapagos Cruises

The 20-guest Monserrat yacht offers an affordable Galapagos experience, with clean and comfortable spaces and an uncommon 10:1 guest-to-guide ratio. The no-frills Monserrat Galapagos cruise is an engaging experience with daily off-ship experiences and inviting indoor and outdoor spaces to relax in between activities.

Monserrat offers a large selection of itinerary combinations, from 4-day options up to 15-day options. AdventureSmith recommends the two 8-day options listed here, for a Monserrat cruise in Galapagos that accesses a variety of islands and wildlife. Also listed here are the two 5-day itineraries, for travelers seeking a shorter Monserrat Galapagos cruise.

The 5-day Monserrat Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise operates from Baltra to San Cristobal, with visits to the eastern and central islands. This itinerary comprises the first 5 days of the 8-day East route and highlights the red-sand Rabida Island; Bartolomé’s dramatic volcanic features, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock; South Plaza’s red-billed tropicbirds, indigenous swallow-tailed gulls and large population of endemic land iguanas; and Santa Fe’s forest of giant prickly pear cacti (Opuntia).

The 5-day Monserrat Western Galapagos Islands Cruise operates round-trip from Baltra, with visits to the western and central islands. This itinerary comprises the final 5 days of the 8-day West route and visits the popular western islands of Isabela and Fernandina. On Isabela, encounter flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins, with possible opportunities to spy woodpecker finches, the Galapagos hawk, the yellow warbler or a large-billed flycatcher. Snorkeling here reveals marine iguanas feeding underwater, and cruising the western Galapagos features the Bolívar Channel, which boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos.

The 8-day Monserrat Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise operates round-trip from Baltra, with visits to the eastern, central and southern islands. Unique to this itinerary are the southern islands of Espanola and Floreana. Espanola’s Punta Suárez is one of most rich wildlife landing sites in the Galápagos, and is known for its amazing bird colonies including the waved albatross (April and December). Floreana offers both green- and white-sand beaches, plus the infamous postcard barrel at Post Office Bay, where you may leave a postcard and take any that may reasonably be hand delivered to someone in your hometown.

The 8-day Monserrat Western Galapagos Islands Cruise operates round-trip from Baltra, with visits to the western, central and northern islands. Unique to this itinerary is the birders’ paradise of Genovesa. Experience some of the estimated 200,000 red-footed booby birds that live on Genovesa, and spot for Nazca boobies, mockingbirds, finches, wedge-rumped storm petrels, short-eared owls, swallow-tailed and lava gulls, yellow-crowned night and lava herons, Galapagos doves, yellow warblers and great frigatebirds.

Read on for details about our recommended Monserrat Galapagos cruise routes, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises and Galapagos trips.