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Angelito cruise review

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Angelito cruise review

I just returned from a week cruise in the Galapagos aboard the yacht Angelito. To be helpful, I thought I'd share our experiences.

The Galapagos are fabulous. We swam with sea lions, saw orcas feeding, saw penguins, boobies, iguanas, albatross, topic birds and more.

Strengths of the Angelito included a great guide (Diego), very service oriented crew, excellent food including vegetarian choices, clean well maintained ship, adequate bunks, lots of snorkeling, free masks and fins. One problem was the rough seas on the long passages that had some passengers seasick, including my daughters.

The itinerary included Genovesa and Espanola which I gather is unusual so we saw both nesting blue footed boobies and waved albatrosses. We did not see Fernandina or Isabella, nor did we see the large tortoises in the wild (we did see them at Darwin Station). We were there at a time of year to see the albatross which was great. However, the mating season of the blue footed booby, when you can see the famous mating dance, is spring, so we missed that -- a trade-off.

I booked through a broker, Guide2Galapagos. I had anxiety about wiring all that money and receiving essentially nothing to guarantee the trip in return, but is was all fine in the end. However, G2G provided minimal assistance and I'd recommend booking directly with the owner, Cometa. They have a web page. When I contacted them, they seemed helpful and others on my yacht had used them and thought them excellent too.

Overall a great experience and I would recommend the Angelito to others.

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Thanks for this post. I send clients on Angelito from time to time, because I've heard it was well run by its owner operator (and sometimes guide) Maja from Switzerland. It's a sturdy ship and your comments reflect my understanding of this reasonably priced tourist superior class ship. There are other ships in this class I would not touch with a 10 foot pole. Glad you had a great time!

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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Hnbenkiron,

Can you please name those "Other Ships".

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Dear res0b5f5,

Thanks for your post. We are travelling to the Galapagos in February 2009 and have booked passage on the Angelito. With regards to the seasickness, was this a daily problem and if so, was it whenever you were moving or just on certain routes? We are also travelling with a child and I'm wanting to ensure we bring ample medication, bracelets, etc. Also, did the accomodations offer a double lower bunk and single upper or two singles. Our child will in all likelyhood want to sleep close to us and I'm wondering if I need to bring a sleeping bag for the floor in case there's not room in the bunk.

Last question, how long were the hikes during the day? Did your girls do alright with the level of the hikes?

Thanks in advance for your help. ~3irishvikings

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The seas are a problem mainly going to and from Genovesa overnight. Although the guide minimized the seas, and by his standards I am sure he was correct, it still was uncomfortable. I'd recommend just taking seasickness meds an hour before retiring.

I'm not sure the permit more than two to a cabin. I had asked about that and was told no. There is a wider lower bunk but not really a double. An adult and small child probably could sleep together but it would be tight. You might check with Cometa. If you google "Angelito Cometa" you'll find their web page.

Have fun. It's great. Dave

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Thanks Dave for the info!

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August 8 - as for "other ships", basically all those going at the cheapest rate. If you're paying less than $1,500 for an 8 day cruise you have to start asking questions, and doing some research.

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Heather Blenkiron

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We have just taken a 5-day trip on the Angelito and we had a wonderful time. As mentioned above, the guide was excellent: he was very good at spotting animals, and seemed to know the best places to see them (he's also quite funny!). We *did* see giant tortoises in the wild, for example, and an owl which none of us would ever have spotted. The crew were very friendly, helpful, and organised. The food was great (and they provide treats whenever you return to the boat from an expedition, which was lovely!). We also swam and snorkeled once or twice a day, which turned out to be the highlight of my trip: swimming with penguins, iguanas, sea turtles, and sea lions.

The only downside was 1 long day-time sea crossing, and my Dad was a bit seasick, but then he wasn't able to take any pills for it. I guess any boat is subject to this.

Thanks to Diego, the crew, and Heather Blenkiron who helped us book the Angelito and our dream holiday in the Galapagos.

Jonny

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