- year built
- crew members
- 83 feet
- 24 feet
- 6 feet
- cruising speed
- 8 knots
The M/Y Letty (formerly sister ships Eric & Letty) is custom designed for Galapagos cruising. Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, this superior first-class yacht accommodates 20 guests. The Letty features three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings.
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Letty review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our Galapagos experts have been aboard the Letty firsthand. Please read our Letty review below then contact our experts to compare the Letty with other small cruise ships, yachts and catamarans offering Galapagos cruises and private Galapagos yacht charters.
The Letty is one of our favorite yachts in the Galapagos, especially for Galapagos family cruises. She consistently receives high marks from our travelers for service, guides, itinerary, food and value. An experienced crew attends to the details of your Galapagos cruise aboard the Letty. Because shore groups in the Galapagos are limited to 16 guests the Letty often has groups of only 10, providing a high guest-to-guide ratio which is important in the Galapagos Islands. Each naturalist takes a group of no more than 10 passengers on all shore excursions and shares extensive insights into the Islands’ diverse wildlife and natural history. Guests are free to use the wetsuits, snorkel gear, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks on board at no extra cost.
Sustainability Aboard Letty
The Letty was one of the first recipients of SmartVoyager, a voluntary environmental program requiring ships to meet strict conservation and social standards designed by scientists, conservation experts and tour operators all to conserve natural ecosystems, reduce negative impacts on the environment, ensure fair treatment of workers, and provide safe and smart waste management and emission control. The Letty produces her own fresh water through reverse osmosis desalinization units, she is free of R-12 gas and her carbon emissions are offset. This Galapagos small ship also uses only four-stroke engines for pangas and biodegradable soaps for cleaning. This motor yacht is also Rainforest Alliance certified.
Family Cruises Aboard Letty
The Letty welcomes families with children ages twelve and up on all expeditions throughout the year. Families with children ages seven and up can travel on any of our designated Family Departures. Family departures, including Family Teen departures and Family College departures, are geared towards families who prefer to travel with other families with other similar-aged children. Designated family departures are offered over school breaks and feature age-appropriate activities depending on the ages and number of children on board. Onboard naturalists know how to bring the Galapagos Islands to life and to balance learning with fun for the entire family.
Dining Aboard Letty
The Letty yacht offers locally sourced, healthy and gourmet-style menus. Lunch buffets and dinner entrees offer creatively prepared chicken, fish, seafood, beef, pork or vegetarian selections. Lunches featuring local fish and ceviches are occasionally served with music on the deck. Favorite first courses include sushi rolls, salmon carpaccio and seafood bouillabaisse with crostini and Pernod. Salads range from Caesar to avocado with hearts of palm. Seafood lovers enjoy grilled langostinos (giant prawns) in garlic and a pistachio-encrusted mahi mahi with wild rice, among others. Other signature dishes are chicken cordon bleu and beef tenderloin in red wine. Ecuadorian and Mexican specialties are also on the menu. Desserts run the gamut from crème brulee to passion fruit mousse. House wine (red or white Chilean) and local beer (Pilsner) are served during dinner with no limit and at no additional charge. There are also child-friendly menu items as well as foods accommodating vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and low sodium/ low fat requirements.
Letty chefs source locally grown ingredients including organic fruit and produce. A full 60 percent of the yacht’s produce comes from the Galapagos, with fruits and vegetables from San Cristobal and meat and dairy from Santa Cruz. Only 30 percent of food products are shipped from mainland Ecuador.
Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Letty
Accommodations aboard the Letty include ten fully air-conditioned, outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, private bath (hot and cold water showers), soap/shampoo dispensers, hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for comfort.