16 guests
year built
crew members
11 crew members
115 feet
41 feet
5.4 feet
cruising speed
10 knots

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The luxury 16-guest Petrel catamaran offers a first-class way to cruise the magical archipelago. Named after a seabird common to the Galapagos, the Petrel is much like her namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. Her catamaran design offers comfort and stability, as well as spacious cabins (each with a private balcony), a comfortable lounge and a Jacuzzi.

Petrel Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Petrel review includes a deck plan, photos and detailed description of the small ship. Our Galapagos experts have been aboard the Petrel firsthand. Please read our Petrel review below then contact our Galapagos cruise experts to compare the Petrel with other small cruise ships, yachts and catamarans offering Galapagos cruises, including private Galapagos yacht charters.

Choose the Petrel if you are seeking skilled guides who are knowledgeable about biology and ecology in addition to having excellent language skills and emphasize the remarkable Natural History of Galapagos. This yacht is designed with a stable hull for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge and Jacuzzi.

Sustainability Aboard Petrel

All guests aboard Petrel travel knowing their carbon emissions are offset through CanopyCo, an Ecuador-based organization managed by local and European professionals dedicated to reforesting Ecuador’s native forests for the benefit of the climate, the local community and, of course, Ecuador’s phenomenal flora and fauna. Petrel’s entire operation has been included in the offsets, from the fuel used by the engines on board the trimaran to the bus rides her crew and guides take to work. Aboard Petrel, rest assured that from arrival in the Galapagos Islands to the point of departure, the carbon footprint will be a net zero.

Petrel is also one of the main supporters of the Simon Bolivar Volunteer Program, which helps to find and place volunteers into worthy projects throughout Ecuador and Galapagos. The charitable projects are varied and include: health programs, child welfare, environmental projects, animal welfare, agricultural education and professional internships.

Common Areas Aboard Petrel

The Main Deck features a lounge at the bow, with the dining room and living area at the stern along with a porch. On the Upper Deck, find the bridge, captain’s cabin and outdoor bar. The top Sun Deck is an excellent place to unwind and take in the views, while sitting in lounge chairs or in the Jacuzzi. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling gear and wetsuits are all available aboard.

Activities Aboard Petrel

Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are available for use aboard Petrel, as are kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for further exploring the Galapagos Islands up close, off ship. Daily excursions with naturalist guides include hikes to view points and beaches.

Crew & Guides Aboard Petrel

The Petrel is staffed by a captain, a bilingual Galapagos National Park naturalist guide, a quality control manager and 8 other crew (first mate, second mate, chef, sous chef, engineer, assistant engineer, barman, housekeeper). The entire crew emphasizes the remarkable natural history of the Galapagos. Expect well-trained guides knowledgeable in biology and ecology, in addition to having excellent language skills and client reviews.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Petrel

The Main Deck features 2 Suites and 2 Double Staterooms, with 4 Double Staterooms and 1 Single Stateroom on the Upper Deck. In addition, there is 1 single cabin of 151 square feet on the Upper Deck, which is is available to a solo traveler. Each cabin features a private balcony (included in square footage listed below).