- year built
- crew members
- 115 feet
- 24 feet
- cruising speed
- 12 knots
The 16-guest Calipso yacht in Galapagos is a ship that truly offers it all: dedicated liveaboard dive departures and dedicated naturalist cruises. This bright, airy and nautical ship offers comfortable accommodations, views throughout the ship, and a plush Sundeck featuring a Jacuzzi with 360-degree views.
Calipso Yacht Galapagos Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Calipso review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our small ship cruise experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in the Galapagos Islands. Please read our Calipso review below then contact our small ship cruise experts to compare the Calipso with other small cruise ships and yachts offering private Galapagos yacht charters.
Choose the Calipso yacht in Galapagos for her superior guest-to-crew ratio, with 11 crew members to only 16 guests making for a service-oriented experience with attention to detail. Also choose this ship for the chance to explore the underwater world of Galapagos, whether diving on a dedicated liveaboard departure, snorkeling and a half-day dive opportunity on a classic naturalist cruise, or experiencing both via back-to-back departures.
The Calipso yacht in Galapagos offers various indoor and outdoor spaces in which to both relax and prepare for exciting off-ship adventures. Guest comfort is prioritized with amenities including a top-deck Jacuzzi; al fresco bar, dining and chaise loungers; a well-stocked indoor bar and lounge; and protected interior stairwells. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the ship.
Dining, Bars & Lounge
Mealtimes invite guests to get to know each other better in an open seating arrangement. Indoors, the nautical decor and rows of windows accompanying the dining room ensure that the vistas never end. Outdoors on the Sundeck, a modern bar and adjoining long, family-style table welcome guests to not only take in the vistas but also experience them with all the senses. Cozy couches offer a welcoming space to rest and learn about the next day’s adventures. And a coffee and tea station is always available.
The spacious outdoor dive platform acts as an adventure-preparation zone for both naturalist departures and dive-focused departures. Wetsuits, fins and dive vests can hang dry; masks and snorkels can be stored in a dedicated cubby; oxygen tanks sit snugly in rows; and steel benches afford each guest space to put gear on and off.
Activities & Expeditions
When cruising aboard the Calipso yacht in Galapagos, expect action-packed days.
Her naturalist cruises offer frequent opportunities to swim, snorkel, kayak, hike, explore by panga and practice photography with amazing wildlife as your subjects. A wetsuit and snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) are assigned to each guest for the duration of the cruise. Four double kayaks are available for exploring under your own power.
On her dedicated dive departures, Calipso acts as a liveaboard dive vessel. On these dive-focused departures, Calipso offers complimentary weights, weight belts and oxygen tanks, as well as safety gear including: Dive Alert, SMB, Nautilus Lifeline and a safety noisemaker.
Crew & Guide
Aboard the Calipso yacht in Galapagos, the almost 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio translates into an elevated level of service. Her crew of 11 includes a naturalist guide (naturalist cruise departures) or 1 certified dive guide per 8 divers (dedicated dive departures). Your guide is ready to educate and reveal the wonders of Galapagos, both above and below the waterline.
Cabins & Calipso Deck Plan
Calipso offers 8 guest cabins spread across the Upper and Main decks (a 9th cabin, not pictured, is available to a single traveler). Each cabin measures 120, 130 or 140 square feet and features air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, a flat-screen TV, storage space and a private en suite bathroom with hot water. Main and Upper Deck cabins (used on most departures) can be configured with one matrimonial bed or two twin beds; two additional, Lower Deck cabins offer twin beds only.