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Galapagos - Seaman II

Sydney, Australia
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Hi

We are booking a cruise onboard the Seaman II. Is the week long cruise too long?

What are your recommendations??

Thanks

Kiawah Island...
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A week will definitely not be too long on any boat!!! Most of us wish it wasn't over so soon!!!

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Thank you

Have you done the cruise?

Do you know the boat?

Raleigh, North...
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Fantastic trip, awesome boat! We could have stayed on indefinitely... you will have a terrific time. Here's a link to my trip report from last year:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294310-i6637-k2868861-l18708805-Seaman_II_Trip_Report-Galapagos_Islands.html#18708805

Happy travels! =)

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I think into the itineraries of these boats you can see Fernandina and Isabela, Fernandina is definetely one of the most interesting spots in Galapagos. This is the only island never touched by human beans, no one had ever live there so this is what makes it interesting. These two islands are the only ones that still have active volcanoes,consequently they are higher (in land altitude) than the rest of the archipelago peaks.

Fernandina has an interesting specie of marine iguana. If you go there in July you wil witness the flightless cormorants nesting around, and also whales on the west side of Isabela.

Regards,

Mathea

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We did the 8 day Seaman II cruise last September and we're so glad we did. At first we thought 4 days would be enough but all the islands are just so different there are none I would have wanted to miss. For two day we never saw another boat which was great. The crew and boat were first class. Wish we were going again, have a great time.

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My wife and I did the Seaman II about 2 years ago and we did the 4 night cruise. It was wonderful but we could sure have used a few more days. The seaman was great, couldnt have asked for a better trip. It is one of the few that actually goes to the western Galapagos, which in my opinion was the best part. We went 2 days without seeing another boat, which is quite amazing.

Ottawa, Canada
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Though receiving good reviews, I learned that just last week, Seaman II bumped 7 clients off a sailing in February 2011 - a sailing that had been booked for 3 months already, for no apparent reason. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable, and puts in doubt the professionalism of those who manage this ship.

Warmest regards,

Heather Blenkiron

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This unfortunately seems a relatively frequent occurrence for the Seaman II - although I cannot honestly attest to whether this practice continues as I subsequently decided not to deal with this boat (although physically it is a nice one). This occurred with passengers I dealt with who had booked, paid and confirmed months in advance and at last minute, the operator claimed to have made a "reservation error" and bumped off the clients. What actually occurred was that there was an opportunity to fill the boat with a charter group and bumping individuals off apparently was more feasible.

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Hi. What a shame about those passengers getting bumped! My understanding is that Galacruises, who sell Seaman II, are dispersing all of their confirmed 2011 passengers to other boats in the Galapagos! What a pity.

With regards to Laramy’s question about one week being perhaps a lengthy time period: Not at all! You will find that a week just flies by! Each island offers something unique and special, so you will never get bored! Your days will be filled with snorkeling, walking, learning, experiencing, becoming one with nature. In fact, the proposed 15 day itinerary for Galapagos was approved last year! Not only will the ecosystem get preserved more efficiently, but passengers will enjoy the islands even more thoroughly. You can find more info about the 15 day schedules at: http://www.galapagosislands.com/newsletter/archive/15-day-itinerary.html

Hope this is helpful,

Chris

Quito, Ecuador
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Interesting. This usually occurs when either the cruise 'operator' cannot renew their operating license, the boat will be taken out of commission or that another entity will be taking over the operations of the boat in question.

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