Rendering of Conservation Galapagos yacht with dark blue hull & white upper decks sitting beside large beige rocks at sunset.
Suite on Conservation Galapagos ship with 2 twin beds in white linens, beige accents, desk & floor-to-ceiling windows.
Suite on Conservation Galapagos ship with 1 double bed, divider to sink & vanity, beige accents, wood floor & large windows.
A rendering of a new Galapagos small ship, Conservation, emerging from behind a bush with a pink flamingo in the foreground
Blueprint of the new Galapagos ship, Conservation.
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cruising speed
16 knots

Setting the stage for the future of the Galapagos is the new Conservation yacht, expected to launch in late 2025 as a hybrid-electric ship. The vessel is currently under construction in Italy by shipbuilder Benetti. The yacht is being designed to celebrate the values, quality and innovation of upscale Galapagos travel while upholding and promoting sustainability, both socially and environmentally in the archipelago.

Conservation Yacht Review

AdventureSmith Explorations has our finger on the pulse of what’s new for Galapagos 2025 cruises, and will continue to update this page as more details, photos and a deck plan become available for this ship. Contact our Galapagos cruise experts to compare the Conservation with other small cruise ships, yachts and catamarans offering Galapagos cruises.

Choose the Conservation to know you’re supporting a forward-thinking small ship. With extra efforts like biodegradable amenities and an environmentally conscious crew, the Conservation yacht is dedicated to doing more to preserve the beauty of the Galapagos. Plus, with a cruising speed of 16 knots, the M/Y Conservation is designed to maximize time spent on visitor sites. Her agility allows guests to get off the beaten path to access and explore the best and most hard-to-reach places in the Galapagos.

Sustainability Aboard Conservation

Built and designed in Italy by one of the oldest builders of luxury motor yachts in the world, this Benetti yacht celebrates the future and pays tribute to the past, as its construction celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. M/Y Conservation is expected to be the most eco-friendly yachts sailing the Galapagos, built with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest ship technology.

Guests aboard will benefit from a carefully selected crew trained for and dedicated to environmentally conscious hospitality, along with biodegradable amenities and no single-use, disposable plastics aboard. Any carbon emissions will be offset through the Carbon Fund.

Research & Community Aboard Conservation

Conservation hosts two to three scientists, conservationists and volunteers on board, whose initiatives include conducting projects and engaging with guests to support their strategies. Using the tourism operating model, the Conservation yacht helps fund sustainable conservation initiatives by partnering with nonprofit organizations that implement strategic conservation projects in the Galapagos National Park. Together, they are setting the stage for future progress in research and sustainability.

Because developing and building awareness among the Galapagos community is crucial for long-term conservation efforts, the Conservation, along with her crew, captain and staff, advocate for economic, social and environmental conservation in the Galapagos. Her name implores her commitment to the Galapagos community, both human and animal alike. Collaborating with nonprofit partners and organizations deepens the impact and is key to protecting, conserving and restoring the Galapagos archipelago.

Common Areas Aboard Conservation

Conservation is expected to have four decks with wide open layouts, offering expansive per-guest space and exclusive accommodations. Two decks have unrivaled 360-degree outdoor corridors, allowing guests to immerse in the archipelago, observe wildlife and indulge in views of the geological formations at all times. With panoramic views through large deck and stateroom windows, Conservation offers unparalleled distribution of privacy, comfort and style. Interiors are designed by Enrique Concha, whose perfectionism, attention to detail and high regard for using sustainable materials is a perfect fit.

Dining Aboard Conservation

Five-star cultural cuisine is served in the dining room or in the spacious al fresco dining area. Never miss a moment to take in the natural surroundings while enjoying a meal in the Galapagos.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Conservation

Designed with ten exclusive suites for only 18 guests, Conservation yacht boasts private, upscale accommodations for all passengers.

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