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Cruising the Galapagos Islands
with AdventureSmith

Set along the equator, some 600 miles off the South American coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a crown jewel of the natural world. A visit to this enchanted archipelago lives up to dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual worries of the world. Let AdventureSmith Explorations’ experts be your guide to all the options. Why book your cruise with us?

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Work with one Adventure Specialist to research, purchase & prepare for your Galapagos cruise.

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We offer an unmatched selection of Galapagos cruises aboard more than 25 expedition ships.

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Our team travels to the Galapagos multiple times a year to pass along our firsthand expertise.

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Secure Galapagos cruise deals with our insight & partnerships. We’re here to help you save.

The tip of a kayak approachers other kayakers and a mangrove shore in the Galapagos

Galapagos Cruise FAQs

AdventureSmith sends hundreds of passengers aboard small ships to the Galapagos Islands each year; let our team be your clear and efficient resource throughout the selection, booking and trip preparation process. What questions do we get asked the most about Galapagos cruises? We’ll answer one of our most frequently asked questions here, but browse our Galapagos Cruise Guides to research more.

Which is the right itinerary to see the “best” of the Galapagos? The Galapagos National Park dictates sailing schedules and landing sites over a 15-day circuit to protect this treasured, pristine archipelago. Thus, among your choice of ship itineraries you will find some of the same sites visited, just in different patterns. AdventureSmith highly recommends choosing at least an 8-day cruise to experience a wide range of habitats and species. Most 8-day routes will have a bit of it all! For the most comprehensive Galapagos cruise, choose a 15-day itinerary. 

Galapagos Family Cruises

With decades of combined experience planning, selling and taking Galapagos cruises—and experience being parents of young travelers—AdventureSmith shares our expertise and favorite trips for Galapagos family vacations. Use this dedicated page as a hub for planning to visit the Galapagos with children and teenagers.

Luxury Galapagos Cruises

For discerning travelers seeking the highest level of comfort and service, we’ve curated this list of Galapagos luxury cruises. Consult this page for the newest, most upscale ships available today in the Galapagos Islands. Find spacious, beautifully designed suites, large windows or private balconies, fine dining and upscale amenities. Plus, our full-service Galapagos travel packages pair seamlessly with your luxury Galapagos cruise for an every-detail-accounted-for vacation.

An iguana basks on rocks in front of a Galapagos masted sailing ship

Galapagos Yacht Charters

Explore the iconic landscape and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands exclusively with your family and friends aboard a private yacht charter. A Galapagos charter cruise can help groups of travelers save money, have an intimate cruise experience and customize their trip. View our curated list of the best ships available for charter in the archipelago. Our experts can then help your group select the best vessel for your travel needs and handle all the logistics.

Penguins, marine iguanas, giant tortoises and the beloved blue-footed booby await on this enchanted archipelago.


Galapagos Cruises

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg High 84 86 88 86 82 78 76 74 76 77 78 80
Avg Low 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70 70
Water Temp 74 74 74 74 74 74 74 74 74 74 74 74
Rainfall 1.6 1.9 2.2 3.0 1.7 0.9 0.5 1.1 2.2 2.1 2.7 1.5

Currents Affect Weather & Wildlife

Weather in the Galapagos Islands is perfect for small ship cruising year-round. The climate of Ecuador’s Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands are almost entirely influenced by the ocean currents, with the warm Panama current arriving from the north December through May and the cool Humboldt and Peru currents descending June through November.

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