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Cruising the Galapagos with Declan

28th May 2021 - 2:00pm

Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise

Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise

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Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise.

 

Although I have never heard it described that way, cruising the Galápagos Islands is like a safari. Instead of seeing the “Big 5” of lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo you will see giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sally lightfoot crabs and Darwin’s finches. We also saw sharks, penguins, sea lions, flamingos, mocking birds, lava lizards, flightless cormorants as well as countless birds and fish.

 

A cruise around the Galápagos Archipelago is like no other. It had been on my bucket list for many years and in 2017 I was lucky enough to spend 7 wonderful days onboard the Galápagos Legend, a cruise ship with capacity for 100 passengers, but our cruise only had 30 pax so it was like having your own private charter and was very easy to get to know the captain and his crew as well as the professional naturalist guides and fellow passengers.

 

The daily routine began with a breakfast buffet after which you were grouped into teams of ten, my team was called Albatross, and you donned a life jacket and boarded a Zodiac dingy to be brought to explore one of the islands. There were either dry landings or wet landings. A dry landing was when the dinghy was able to get you ashore without getting your feet wet and a wet landing was when you had to climb over the side of the dinghy into shallow water to wade ashore. A naturalist guide would accompany each group and give excellent commentary on the creatures encountered during the walkabout. Then back by dinghy to the “mother ship “ for a buffet lunch during which time the vessel sailed to another island in time for the afternoon expedition and the routine was repeated. Every night the ship sailed to a different island. Each island had its own uniqueness and population of exotic species which were unafraid of humans so you could generally get up close and personal while maintaining a respectful distance.

 

Snorkelling, diving trips, night-time star gazing and interesting lectures were included in the activities offered. In the evenings waiter served dinner was often themed to add a sense of occasion and bit of fun. Overall cruising the Galápagos Islands is a fascinating adventure which is not matched anywhere else in the world.

 

By the way Wi-Fi was available onboard the ship but was quite expensive so I didn’t opt for it which meant it was a great way to cut myself off from the world and get immersed in the unique Galápagos Islands safari experience.


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Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise
Our very own intrepid explorer Declan Mescall (Travelbiz Features Editor) relives his memorable Galapagos cruise

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