Seeing the Galapagos on the Xpedition turned out to be better than one could imagine. The boat is really first class in every aspect. A tour of the engine room and explanation of the working of the ship was a real experience too. This must be one of the most Eco friendly ship afloat.
The tour starts with a two night stay at the J.W. Marriott in Quito, a tour of Quito with an excellent guide and a chance to visit the equator (a real kick to take a picture with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern). The next day off to Baltra and arrive on the Xpedition.
The ship takes normally 90+ passengers with a crew of 60+. As this was "low" season we had only 43 passengers and we were treated like royalty. Amazing that you experience a day that you feel was an experience of a life time only to be blown away the next day by what seemed a even more memorable experience. Snorkeling with sea lion pups, thought, was probably the highlight. The crew was super friendly and the guides, one couldn't say enough about their excellence.