Small ship cruise Evolution anchored off the shore in the Galapagos.
Al fresco lounge on Evolution Galapagos yacht with teak wood decking & wood captain's chairs with blue pillows at sunset.
Hot tub, lounge chairs and kayaks off to the side on the bow deck of the small ship Evolution.
Lounge area on the Evolution with banquette seating, chairs and small tables with portholes.
Evolution Master Suite with king bed, chair, dresser with desk and windows.
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32 guests
year built
crew members
21 crew members
192 feet
29 feet
cruising speed
10-12 knots

The 32-passenger motor yacht Evolution is a luxury expedition vessel featuring modern staterooms and suites as well as attentive service and up-close interaction with the environment. This small ship cruising in the Galapagos accommodates 32 passengers. Her artful combination of size and amenities results in a yacht that offers excellent service, accommodations and attention to detail, while causing minimal impact on the environment.

Evolution Ship Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Evolution review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our expedition cruise experts have been aboard nearly every first-class Galapagos cruise ship. Please read our Evolution review below then contact our experts to compare the Evolution with other small cruise ships, yachts and catamarans offering Galapagos cruises.

Choose the Evolution if you are seeking an upscale Galapagos vessel with spacious accommodations that offers Galapagos luxury cruises. The food, service and guides aboard the Evolution receive especially high praise from the ship’s travelers. This unique small ship has all the modern amenities and loving attention to detail in its design yet retains the adventurous atmosphere of a smaller boat. A complete 2017 refurbishment renewed Evolution’s cabins, from floors to drapes, paint and walls, to furniture and bathrooms. A new noise insulation system was added to the engine and generator rooms as well.

Evolution is also an ideal ship for Galapagos family cruises, with special family departures that feature Kids Club activities like stargazing and movie nights, plus child-oriented guides.

Common Areas Aboard Evolution

Evolution features a lounge with a bar and facilities for lectures, slideshows and films. The lounge also contains a library with a wide range of books, movies and board games, including a Sony Playstation system and a 60″ TV. The yacht features both inside and al-fresco dining areas and a sky deck lounge on the Albatross Deck with a bar and nautical-themed furniture. The bow of the yacht features the hot tub with lounge chairs for sunbathing and wildlife viewing and ample outside deck space.

There is a boutique on board for purchasing amenities and souvenirs and a reception area where the cruise director can always be found. The yacht features a fully-equipped infirmary with a doctor on board at all times. 

Sustainability Aboard Evolution

The Evolution is plastic free thanks to her state-of-the-art water filtering system; no more plastic bottles. She boasts a complete wastewater treatment plant on board as well as an oil-filtering system geared towards making a positive difference regarding waste.

Dining Aboard Evolution

All meals are served in either the inside dining room or the equally elegant al-fresco dining area at the stern of the yacht. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is served a-la-carte, all prepared by specially trained chefs. Meals are served in healthy quantities and in a variety of menus with tropical exotic fruits always available. Vegetarian, lacto-ovo-intolerant and other special menus are available upon request. On family-oriented departures, special children’s menus are also offered. Hors d’oeuvres are normally served along with local juices as a welcome treat twice a day upon return to Evolution following daily Galapagos Island visits and snorkeling outings.

Water (sparkling or still), soft drinks, juices, and non-premium wine, beer and signature cocktails are available free of charge. A self-service coffee and tea station is open between 6:30am and 11:00pm. Cookies, crackers, chocolates and instant coffee are available 24 hours a day. 

Activities Aboard Evolution

Sea kayaks, snorkeling gear and shortie wetsuits are available on board free of charge. A professional crew of 18 plus three naturalist guides, one doctor and one cruise director ensure attentive service. The three onboard dinghies can accommodate all 32 guests at once. The aft Boarding Deck enables easy loading and unloading for off-vessel adventures via the dinghies. 

For family cruises, the Evolution offers a Kids Club with activities like stargazing and movie nights. On these departures, child-oriented guides organize learning activities and provide children with a kids expedition journal for their entertainment.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Evolution

Evolution’s staterooms and suites all feature a private bathroom with walk-in shower, vanity kit, hair dryer and biodegradable shampoo, conditioner and soap; air conditioning; safe box; telephone for internal communications; ample space for clothing and luggage; 2-4 USB charging sockets; and 3-4 electrical outlets of 110 volts, 60 cycles (USA Standard 2- or 3-prong flat), plus 2 in every bathroom.

Evolution deluxe stateroom with king bed, dresser with desk and porthole.
Deluxe Staterooms

There are four Deluxe Staterooms D1-D4 with portholes on the Darwin Deck. D1 has twin beds and is 161 square feet. D2 has a queen bed and is 172 square feet. D3 has a king bed and is 200 square feet. D4 has twin beds and is 172 square feet.

Evolution Premium Stateroom with twin beds, nightstand, desk and porthole.
Premium Staterooms

Nine Premium Staterooms with portholes are on the Cormorant Deck. Two twin beds or one queen bed: C1 (194 sq ft), C2 (183 sq ft), C3 (188 sq ft), C6 (166 sq ft), C7 (188 sq ft), C8 (161 sq ft) & C9 (198 sq ft). One queen bed: C4 (140 sq ft) & C5 (145 sq ft). Triple accommodation available: C1-C2, C6-C7 & C9.

Evolution Suite with king bed, chair, dresser with desk and windows.

Suites A2 and A3 are located on the Albatross Deck and feature view windows. Suite A2 has twin beds that can be converted into a king bed and is 194 square feet. Suite A3 has a queen bed and is 202 square feet.

Evolution Master Suite with king bed, seating area, nightstands, reading lights, dresser and desk with windows.
Master Suite

Master Suite A1 is located on the Albatross Deck and is 263 square feet. The Master Suite features a king bed, view windows and a reading area. Triple accommodation available.

Evolution small ship 4 floor deck plan for Galapagos Island cruise
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