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Flora Cruise Review
0.0 / 5.0
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Neither luxury nor adventure

Flora Cruise Review by turbobob

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2019
  • Destination: Galapagos

There are many moving parts on the Flora cruise. This is as concise as I can make it; rating on a 1-10 scale (10 being excellent)

Ground

Pre

Transfer: Airport to Hotel 10

Marriott 8 1) Double beds 2) same room# and Cabin #

Tour 8 Intinan Museum had cool demos

Lunch 8

Dinner 9

Transfer: hotel to airport 10

Flight 10 12 Business Class seats available @ $225 RT

Transfer: airport to ship 8 Transfer to ship was by cabin #, had to wait until everyone deplaned

Post

Transfer: Ship to airport 10

Airport to hotel 10

Marriott 8

Shopping tour 6

Dinner 5 Fish was good, beef did not meet US standards

Transfer: hotel to airport 10

Flora

Design: Public Space 10

Design: Cabins 8 The biggest flaw was limited space to dry bathing suits, etc

Design: Panga dock 5 Any sophomore engineer at GA Tech could design a better system. This is an ugly accident waiting to happen

Staff: Leadership 6-10 Hotel Director was on top of his game. Maitre d' was stretched too thin. Guide Leader could use some customer relations lessons

Staff: Dining Room 6* The staff worked very hard, there was only half as many as there should be

Staff: Lounge 10

Staff: Housekeeping 10 2 free loads of laundry, 20 piences, returned in 24 hours

Staff: Guest Services 1-10 Did not communicate birthday celebration, did call when pangas were loading

Staff: Guides 6-10 Seals don't have external ears….. Some were excellent

Staff: Boat drivers 10

Food: Breakfast 8 Lots of standard offerings

Food: Lunch 7

Food: Dinner 5 Quality of meats, other than chicken, was not high. Seafood was excellent

Food: Top deck 5 Same quality limitations as dining room with less skilled preparation

Tours

Gardner Bay - walk + snorkel 8 Good intro to sea lions& marine iguanas; snorkeling OK

Pta. Suarez - short walk 10* Take the long walk for better bird photos but short walk was excellent

Champion Island - snorkel 3 Starting the excursion on the windward side of the island cause 16% (6/35) of the people on the tour to drop out.

Post Office Bay walk + tender 5 Tender ride was good; Not worth the time, our guide knew lass than the 1 hour documentary available on-line

Pta Moreno - tender 10

Urbina Bay 8 First land iguanas, finches, not much else. Power walkers did not seem to be enjoying themselves

Pta Espinoza 10 Interesting landscape

Pta Vicente Roca 8

South Plaza 10 Long walk was excellent

Dragon Hill 4 Short tour with little to experience

Darwin Research Center 6

Scalesia planting 3 Planting trees in a bulldozed forest?

Giant Torotises 8

Recommendations

Check luggage at Marriott, only take cruise clothes to Baltra

Bring a rash shirt/suit, maybe your own wetsuit (theirs was adequate but…)

Bring long sleeve, long legs quick dry clothes

Good camera with long lens makes great photos


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