We did the 8 day trip on La Pinta – western itinerary. We researched a ton of boats and opted for a large one. A couple of pluses of a big boat…space! My husband is 6’5” and it sure was nice having a large bed and lots of room on board. Also, internet – we didn’t have it the first couple of days on the western side of Isabella, but after that the signal was good.
There were 37 passengers onboard and there was not one single outing in which everyone participated. The snorkeling trips would have less than 20 of us in two pangas. Even if the boat was full, La Pinta is big enough that I can’t imagine it feeling crowded.
Library – great selection of Galapagos books, board games, puzzles, computers, and movies to watch on the flat screen – even new releases!
There were 3 very well behaved kids onboard and their parents seemed very happy with the kids club, which kept the kids entertained and fed, while their parents had dinner.
No issues, with waiting for pangas or overcrowding which seems to be a concern with bigger boats. If you take the last panga, you generally get the smallest group.
Guides –Our trip included 3 guides, they really are top notch, and their knowledge is amazing. They were also quite funny and personable.
Doctor – I hadn’t put much thought into to this beforehand, but it sure was nice when I arrived on board with a stomach bug from Quito to have a doctor who was able cure me with some meds. Other passenger alignments treated during the week included seasickness and twisted ankles, I imagine they were all happy to have a Dr also.
Gym – even with 2-3 activities a day, it was nice to get in a quick run or ride the stationary bike. Also mats for stretching.
Housekeeping - Truffles magically appear in your room every night; they clean your room at least 3 times a day.
Ipod docker – loved being able to blare our tunes and look out our HUGE window. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap, hair dryer and safe provided
Food was generally good and plentiful, always a vegetarian option.
A note on the kayaking, we had the option kayak OR snorkel, so that was a bit of a bummer, as we wanted to do both. The trip exceeded our expectations, definitely one of our best adventures ever!