You go through Quito/Guayaquil Ecuador to Baltra or San Cristbol to catch the boat.
This is not a luxury cruise. It’s an adventure cruise. Evolution was a leap of fate as finding specific reviews of individual boats was lacking & after a 1 ½ yrs of research I ran across a review that said the staff & guides are what’s important in Galapagos and it was 100% right. The Naturalists and the staff – 5 + stars! The staff went out of their way to tweak the schedule and stops based on the group. Going earlier to avoid the heat, extra beach time because of the 8 kids on board etc. Major benefit of being on a small boat. Steve, hotel manager, had his hands full w/ a group of 2 couples w/4 kids. They disregarded everyone on the boat – kids were wild, parents were rude and Steve was tasked with managing them. I would definitely ask for a list of passengers in advance so you are prepared if there are kids with Karen’s as parents. The naturalists were Galapagos encyclopedias and were clearly passionate about their jobs! We saw all of the animals you hope to see in Galapagos and then some! The room attendants were like fairies, we never saw them and poof our room was always straight and clean. The boat itself was very clean but you could tell was well used.
The food – was 3-3 ½ star. They provide 3 hot meals a day & there are packaged snacks out all day & Hors d'oeuvres available at the bar in the afternoon.
Accommodations – 4 stars C1 & C9 are large but the anchor is extremely loud – white noise machine couldn’t block it so be prepared to be woken up. Walls and floors are thin so if there are children you hear every running footstep and loud yell from them and parents. The A cabins seemed to be best location for noise. The water dispenser is outside C1 & C9 which is convenient if you are in these rooms. C1 can be a triple. C9 was not a King size bed. It was a queen. C 2 is twin or king and good size, C 3 was smallest room in our group. D cabins a couple complained about the fumes from the generator.