We wanted to experience the beauty of the flora and fauna in the Galapagos. Always wanted to see a blue footed booby. The experience was unbelievable. Each day we would be at a different island. Each island had different characteristics. The beauty of the animals in their own habitats was a memory I will never forget. Our guide was a biologist and had the experience of being a guide to National Geographic photographers. He guided us with patience, pride and vast amount of information regarding each living thing in the Galapagos. He spoke of how the stability of the environment in one area of the world made a difference in the Galapagos and its future. The boat and staff itself were wonderful. The gourmet level of healthy food was once of the best we ever had. I would highly recommend this ship and also the Galapagos Legend as well. The nights on the ship were quiet, serene. Their were several honeymooners on the ship and one family with children the ages about 10 years old. Mostly it was middle aged couples.
The cabin was spacious, clean and airy. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was a bit larger than on a regualr cruise ship. I know iat may seem a little pricey, but the experience was worth the money.
You can reach Colon by going to Quito, Ecuador and flying I believe to Baltra. this is the easiest way. It is best to stay a few days in Quito visting the sites. The equatorial line monument can be reached by bus or cab in about 25 minutes outside of Quito, epending on traffic. The churches in Quito and museums are easy to get to.So is Otovalo where there are outdoor markets on certain weekdays and Saturdays.