Elite

capacity
16
year built
2019
crew members
12
length
123 feet
beam
44.3 feet
draft
6.2 feet
cruising speed
12 knots
flag
Ecuador

The M/C Elite in Galapagos is a contemporary, upscale catamaran ready to indulge her guests. Like her sister ship Endemic, Elite’s 8 spacious and stylish suites are split across two decks and offer ultimate relaxation while inviting the archipelago in. Each suite’s wall of windows is part sliding glass door, opening on to a private balcony. Plentiful indoor and open air common areas invite guests to mingle, with options for private moments as well. The M/C Elite Galapagos ship sparkles with a mix of teak, wood, glass and marble.

Elite Ship Review

The following cruise ship review includes a detailed description of this topnotch catamaran including the deck plan, photo gallery and video. Our small ship cruise experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in the Galapagos Islands. Find the detailed ship description and deck plan below. Then contact our experts to compare this Galapagos catamaran with other small cruise ships, yachts and catamarans offering Galapagos cruises.

Choose the Elite catamaran in Galapagos for some of the largest passenger cabins available, plus amazing views from anywhere on board. Her chic style, modern construction and generous ratio of nearly 1:1 crew members to guests create an extravagant experience where no detail is missed.

Design

The outdoors are welcomed in on board the M/C Elite in Galapagos, thanks to her wall-to-ceiling windows in each suite, plus generous view windows in all indoor common areas. Her private guest bathrooms even feature frosted glass walls, bringing in natural light. Private balconies offer respite while various al fresco dining and lounge areas encourage guests to get acquainted. Finally, sleek dual hulls are designed for speed and stability while cruising aboard the Elite catamaran in Galapagos. The Upper Deck is safely accessed by an internal staircase in addition to an external stairwell that accesses all three passenger decks.

Onboard Facilities

Designed by Golden Galapagos Cruises, an Ecuadorian operator with over two decades in the Ecuador and Galapagos travel industry, the 2019-built M/C Elite in Galapagos features a stunning panoramic concept. Guests can spot wildlife from almost anywhere on board, ensuring a superior experience aboard this trendsetting mega yacht.

Briefing Area

A top bilingual naturalist guide offers daily briefings and select lectures on board the M/C Elite in Galapagos. A bright, open Main Deck lounge plays host to these information sessions. Here, find shelves lined with reference books, dual flat screen TVs with cutting-edge sound, plenty of view windows and generous seating for all 16 guests.

Dining, Bars & Lounge

A vibrant art deco dining room and bar share space with a nautical-themed living room on board the Elite catamaran in Galapagos. Comfortable couches circle around a flat screen TV, hemmed in by a wall of glass. Two long dining tables seat all guests for each indoor meal, beside a small buffet. Breakfast and lunch are typically served from the buffet while dinner is plated. The Elite’s chef prepares Ecuadorian and international dishes, and is happy to accommodate a selection of special diets with advance notice.

Activities & Expeditions

The M/C Elite Galapagos ship is equipped for both relaxation and daily activity. Guests are treated to regular opportunities to swim, snorkel, paddle, hike, photograph amazing wildlife and explore marine habitat by inflatable pangas. An excursion bag, wetsuit and snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) are assigned to each guest for the duration of the cruise. Water bottles are yours to keep. Special two-person see-through kayaks make spotting Galapagos marine wildlife even easier, and stand-up paddleboards offer a unique solo paddling option.

Crew & Guide

With a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, the Elite catamaran in Galapagos ensures her guests are happy. Her crew of 11 includes a cruise service officer who acts like a hotel manager. And the Elite’s naturalist guide acts as a walking reference book, ready to answer questions about the archipelago’s unique history, geology, wildlife and more.

Cabins & Elite Deck Plan

The M/C Elite in Galapagos offers 8 Golden Panoramic Suites, with 4 on the Main Deck and 4 on the Upper Deck. These suites are some of the largest in the Galapagos, with open floor space in addition to a bed(s), desk, sitting area with sofa bed, closet and drawers. Every suite is convertible between either one matrimonial king-size bed or two twin beds. Private ensuite bathrooms bathed in natural light are equipped with toiletries and hot and cold water. Each suite also offers its own temperature controls, a safe, 110- and 220-volt electrical outlets, a wall of windows and a private balcony. One single cabin on the Upper Deck is also available, without a single supplement, for odd-numbered families or small groups.