If you’re seeking to cruise the Galapagos in 2022, or are planning ahead to book Galapagos 2023, 2024 or beyond, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for a detailed report of Galapagos cruises 2022, 2023 and 2024, or head straight to the listings to filter trips by your preferred travel dates or price range.
Planning Galapagos cruises over the past two years has presented unique, unprecedented challenges as borders reopened amid safety, testing and vaccination protocols. We’ve done the groundwork and are here to help. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our expert team of travel specialists helped clients navigate the logistics required to reach the Galapagos Islands. Let us be your trusted source for the most up-to-date information during changing times.
The 2022 Galapagos Cruise Landscape
2022 Galapagos cruises are operating, with ships and yachts having fully returned to service. The Galapagos Islands were the first province in Ecuador to be immunized against COVID-19, with nearly the entire adult population of 30,000+ receiving both doses of the Pfizer vaccine by May 2021. Thus, despite the multiple flights required to reach the islands, the remote destination has persevered for international travel.
Learn more about any current Galapagos travel restrictions in our comprehensive and continually updated post on the topic: Ecuador & Galapagos Travel Restrictions: 12 Things to Know Now. There, we detail flights, additional operational adjustments, the latest biosecurity policies and more.
So what is it like on a 2022 Galapagos cruise? Guides and locals report that taking a 2022 Galapagos cruise is like visiting 30 years ago. With the pandemic pausing tourism for a portion of 2020 and slowing it significantly in 2021, Galapagos wildlife responded by taking over trails and towns even more. This has made already spectacular wildlife interactions even more exceptional.
With less visitors though, the Galapagos has been at risk. Tourism funds not only the locals who work on the ships and at the hotels, but also scientific research, invasive species eradication and important monitoring of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The 2022 Galapagos cruise industry is starting to see an increase in visitors again, and thus more funding to support these endeavors.
And early 2022 Galapagos saw a victory for ocean conservation: the expansion of the Galápagos Marine Reserve by 43%. On January 14, 2022, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso signed a decree to expand the boundaries of the Galápagos Marine Reserve, connecting it to protected Costa Rican waters. As part of a unified effort with Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia to all expand their respective marine protected areas (MPAs), the Galápagos Marine Reserve now links into the newly formed Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor, one of the largest protected seascapes in the world.
The momentum created by this event is far and wide for conservation. The Galápagos Conservancy subsequently then vowed to launch more marine-focused programs than ever before in 2022. They have already awarded a number of targeted impact grants and are supporting projects to protect the Reserve from illegal fishing, restore coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems, identify shark breeding zones and combat threats to seabirds and sea mammals. It will be an exciting time to cruise Galapagos amid all the positive changes and burgeoning extra conservation efforts.
Galapagos 2022 cruises are also seeing some exciting new ships and changes for the year. Aqua Mare, the Galapagos’s first superyacht, sets sail on its inaugural voyage in May; see all her sailing dates at Aqua Mare Galapagos Cruises. This 16-guest ship ups the luxury for the Galapagos with her 1-to-1 crew to guest ratio, 30% more indoor volume than most yachts her size and the largest suite in the Galapagos Islands, complete with exclusive steward service. Also look for the National Geographic Islander II launching starting with summer 2022 Galapagos cruises.
Stay tuned to this page and sign up for AdventureSmith’s email newsletter for more updates for Galapagos 2022, including news of a new eco-luxury Cormorant II yacht expected to launch later in the year. And Evolve, set to launch for Galapagos 2023 cruises.
Planning Your Galapagos Cruise 2023
If you are dreaming of a 2023 Galapagos cruise, now is the time to plan. With pent-up demand leaving more travelers than ever seeking to reach the enchanted archipelago, 2023 dates will sell out faster.
Most Galapagos 2023 cruise rates and dates have been released since late 2021, so some are already filling up for prime 2023 dates. Especially amid the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, space on these departures will be even more in demand.
Galapagos Cruises for 2024 & Beyond
Select ships have already released 2024 Galapagos cruise departures. Stay tuned to this page for details on 2024 Galapagos cruises as they become available. Early-booking Galapagos cruise deals will also be updated for these departures, but contact us for Galapagos charter cruise inquiries or other questions about booking 2024 Galapagos cruise dates early.
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Use the filters below to search by your travel dates and price range. Or simply contact our team for a personalized recommendation of the best itineraries and ships available for when you want to travel. Your options for Galapagos Island cruises 2022 will be plentiful, while 2024 dates may still be limited. This page will be updated as more 2023 and 2024 Galapagos cruise itineraries are released.