Cruise tips you can trust
To give you an approximate idea of the cost of a Galapagos cruise, I list below the realistic average high-season, double-occupancy per-person rates for a ship's standard cabins. (For their low season rates, subtract roughly 10%.)
Luxury class boat - $500 per day
Deluxe class boat - $400 per day
First class boat - $300 per day
Tourist class boat - $200 per day
This means an 8-day (7-night) Galapagos cruise will set you back roughly $1,600 for tourist, $2,400 for first class, $3,200 for deluxe, and $4,000 for luxury level. Those figures include accommodations, meals and shore excursions. They normally do not include air transportation, park fees, port surcharges, tips, beverages, laundry, shopping, and communication charges.
Not the time
Book the best Galapagos cruise you can afford. The $800 per week difference between deluxe and luxury (and between first class and deluxe) is not much when you consider the level of service and facilities you will enjoy - and the memories you will forever cherish.
You get what
you pay for
Quality cruise ships charge more because they pay more for the crew, naturalists, food, and the cost of constructing and furnishing the ship (which translates into a finer, more comfortable cruise). Low-quality yachts pay considerably less in these expense categories.
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