Sand is highly corrosive. Excursions in the Galapagos often begin or end on a beach head scattered with sea lions (and their scat). So the stern platform on the 48-passenger La Pinta it outfitted with a quartet of handheld showerheads. Just up the stairs, wetsuits and mesh snorkel bags hang to dry. In the small lobby, a goodie basket of Dramamine empties during choppy overnight stretches during a July cruise. For a ship based in the unforgiving Galapagos Islands, adaptation enables success. Still, it’s not all about survival on La Pinta. The one-time Bahamas-based casino boat also has amenities that any mega-ship cruiser would appreciate: roomy, 189-square-foot cabins with impressive tiled showers; Wi-Fi; a hot tub; and dense whicker loungers for enjoying a rare idle moment.
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