Discover the Galapagos Islands on board the 48-passenger Eclipse, the finest boutique cruise ship available in the Galapagos Islands. The Eclipse allows the more discerning traveler to experience one of the world’s greatest natural treasures in the comfort of an elegant and unique expedition vessel. The Eclipse is unique in offering the generous accommodation of a larger vessel, while preserving the atmosphere and exclusivity of a smaller yacht.
AdventureSmith has reviewed the Eclipse first hand and we are happy to provide you with our personal Eclipse ship review. Contact us to compare this vessel with others cruising in the Galapagos. Ever since her arrival in Ecuador, the Eclipse has surpassed the other options available, offering unparalleled levels of comfort and service. She was converted specifically for upscale cruising in the islands, and was designed to meet the exacting demands of luxury travel. Ships the size of the Eclipse (210 feet) would normally accommodate many more passengers, but her layout is designed compromise on cabin numbers in order to provide passengers with unrivaled cabin space and ample social areas.
Eclipse is a Conde Nast Top Small Ship and a 2012 Andrew Harper Signature Tour of the Galapagos Islands. She also has certification under the Rainforest Alliance "Smart Voyager" program. After a detailed audit on the environmental, social and safety aspects of the M/V Eclipse, Smart Voyager certification was granted to the vessel on November 5, 2007. This certification allows passengers to travel with the full knowledge that they have chosen a vessel that prides itself on the highest standards of management practices in an environmentally sensitive destination such as the Galapagos Islands. Whether you are snorkeling with sea lions, watching a blue-footed booby feed its young, or following a giant tortoise through the forest, the Galapagos Islands will surpass all expectations. And there is no better way to enjoy the wonders of the islands, than on board the Eclipse.
Common Areas Aboard Eclipse
The small ship Eclipse preserves a small boat atmosphere and offers features such as a spacious dining room and shaded al fresco dining area, international cuisine, a naturalist guide for every 12 passengers, lounge, library/video room, dip pool, jacuzzi, deck bar, souvenir shop, topside sun deck and an infirmary with a medical doctor on board at all times. Eclipse is also stocked with snorkel equipment and kayaks for further exploration. Exceptional service is provided by 31 crew and 4 naturalist guides. There is a well-equipped lounge for relaxation and for the nightly briefings on the day's discoveries and the following day's activities. New satellite internet service allows guests access to WiFi in all the ship's social areas (additional charge, except for passengers staying in Deluxe Staterooms, service is intermittent due to remote location). In addition to the elegant indoor dining room, there is an al fresco dining area located around the pool, where you can enjoy the islands' spectacular scenery over a delicious lunch. Eclipse also has a well-stocked library for quiet study and reading. One of the favorite areas on board the Eclipse is the observation/sun deck, ideal for stargazing, whale watching or simply relaxing in the comfortable sun loungers. The ship also has a bar, pool bar and a boutique for the purchase of an exclusive range of souvenirs and Eclipse apparel. All meals are served as a buffet style with all soft drinks included.
Cabins Aboard Eclipse
The Eclipse’s 24 large cabins have either a queen or twin bed arrangement with either picture windows or large portholes, providing a view of the surrounding waters. All the ship’s twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request. There are two dedicated cabins for single travelers, a rare option in the Galapagos. Each cabin is fully air conditioned and has a large closet, writing table, individual climate control and spacious, well-appointed bathroom with hairdryer, fresh towels dailly and the complimentary use of bathrobes. Deluxe Staterooms include complimentary access to satellite internet, though this Wi-Fi is only available in social areas and service is intermittent due to the remote location.
Cabins 17-20 with picture windows on the Boat Deck. 210 square feet. Queen beds. Triple accommodation may be available.
Cabins 21-28 with picture windows on the Boat Deck. 170 square feet. Twin beds. Cabins 24 and 26 can be interconnected.
Cabins 3-15 with portholes on the Main Deck. 170 square feet. Queen or twin beds; twins can convert to a king bed upon request. Cabins 8 and 10 can be interconnected.
Cabins 3-10 with portholes on the Main Deck. 170 square feet. Queen or twin beds; twins can convert to a king bed upon request. Cabins 8 and 10 can be interconnected.
Standard Staterooms 2014
Cabins 11, 12, 14, 15 with portholes on the Main Deck. 170 square feet. Queen or twin beds; twins can convert to a king bed upon request.
Cabins 1-2 with portholes on the Main Deck. 110 square feet. Single bed.
Eclipse Deck Plan