16 guests
year built
crew members
115 feet
41 feet
5.4 feet
cruising speed
10 knots

The luxury 16-guest Petrel catamaran offers a first-class way to cruise the magical archipelago. Named after a seabird common to the Galapagos, the Petrel is much like her namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. Her catamaran design offers comfort and stability, as well as spacious staterooms (each with a private balcony), a comfortable lounge and a Jacuzzi.

Petrel Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Petrel review includes a deck plan, photos and detailed description of the small ship. Our Galapagos experts have been aboard the Petrel firsthand. Please read our Petrel review below then contact our Galapagos cruise experts to compare the Petrel with other small cruise ships, yachts and catamarans offering Galapagos cruises, including private Galapagos yacht charters.

Choose the Petrel if you are seeking a skilled guide who is knowledgeable about biology and ecology in addition to having excellent language skills and who emphasizes the remarkable natural history of Galapagos. This yacht is designed with a stable hull for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious staterooms, a comfortable lounge and Jacuzzi.

Common Areas Aboard Petrel

The Main Deck features a lounge at the bow, with the dining room (offering buffet breakfast and lunch, and plated dinner) and living area at the stern along with a porch. On the Upper Deck, find the bridge, captain’s cabin and outdoor bar. The top Sky Deck is an excellent place to unwind and take in the views, while sitting in lounge chairs or in the Jacuzzi. Activity gear on board includes 6 double kayaks and 2 stand-up paddleboards, plus one pair of binoculars for each cabin, and snorkeling gear and wetsuits.

Activities Aboard Petrel

Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for use aboard Petrel, as are kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for further exploring the Galapagos Islands up close, off ship. Daily excursions with naturalist guides include hikes to view points and beaches.

Crew & Guide Aboard Petrel

The Petrel is staffed by a captain, a bilingual Galapagos National Park naturalist guide, a quality control manager and 8 other crew (first mate, second mate, chef, sous chef, engineer, assistant engineer, barman, housekeeper). The entire crew emphasizes the remarkable natural history of the Galapagos. Expect a well-trained guide knowledgeable in biology and ecology, in addition to having excellent language skills and client reviews.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Petrel

Every suite and stateroom aboard the Petrel catamaran in Galapagos features a private balcony (included in square footage) and air conditioning. The Main Deck features 2 Suites and 2 Double Staterooms, with 4 Double Staterooms on the Upper Deck. In addition, there is one single stateroom on the Upper Deck, which is is available to additional travelers who are part of odd-numbered groups and families (not available for solo passengers). Electrical outlets are 110/220v.