Expedition Highlights

  • Glass-bottom boat for people who don’t want to snorkel (only very few other operators have them).
  • Free use of sea kayaks
  • Free use of snorkelling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, snorkelling vest, and mesh bag) and wetsuits.
  • Pirates Aboard programme for children.
  • Galápagos Natural History lectures
  • Stargazing talks (weather depending)
  • Photo show at the end of every expedition, and all photos are uploaded to websites for sharing.

Cabin Highlights

  • 2 pairs of connecting cabins for families.
  • Cabins with sofas available for young children to share with parents.
  • All beds can be joined or separated.
  • Homogeneous cabins, all located on the same deck.
  • Central air-conditioning with individual controls in each cabin/room.
  • In-room safety deposit box.
  • Speakers for mobile music devices in all cabins.

Yacht Pluses

  • Comfortable observation deck towards the bow.
  • Al fresco buffet in the Outside Sky Bar Area in all our itineraries.
  • International-style cuisine with a great focus on Ecuadorian flavours, recipes and traditional food, all of which enhance cultural values.  Plus, special once-weekly Ecuadorian menu.
  • 24-hour free coffee and tea stations.
  • Indoor gym with cardiovascular equipment.
  • Satellite phone
  • Free computers with internetWiFi connections in social areas. Note connections are low-bandwidth and intermittent.
  • strong>Jacuzzi.
  • Sun deck & bar.
  • Well-stocked barlounge.
  • Boutique/gift shop
  • Natural History Library with a wide selection of books, DVDs, games.
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch with pre-established menu options for dinner on all vessels.
  • Disembarkation gangways are at sea level.

Yacht and Passenger Safety

  • Permanent doctor (MD Officer) on board, giving free consultations.
  • Latest generation GPS navigational and nautical safety systems on all vessels.
  • Closed-circuit television.

Safety

Our vessel undergoes a number of strict internal and external control inspections. They comply with both international and Ecuadorian regulations, ranging from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Safety Management Code (ISMC), the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS 74), the Ecuadorian Merchant Marine Office (DIRNEA), among others.

On all of Metropolitan Touring’s operations, the competence of crew members is verified, the quality and state of vessels’ equipment and materials checked, periodic maintenance and training performed, and safety procedures and equipment constantly monitored.

In 2013, all our Galápagos operations staff have received (additional) training in first aid from qualified personnel.

Ship

  • Electronically-controlled injection electricity generators.
  • Electronically-controlled injection electricity generators.
  • Water-treatment plant for sewage water.
  • 4-stroke outboard motors.
  • 4 Pumar rubber boats for ship to land transfers
  • Special outdoor deck lights to decrease inter-island insect dispersal.
  • Solid waste & inorganic refuse classification and recycling.
  • Burned oils and by-products: shipped back to the mainland aboard on our own cargo ship.
  • Maintenance: preventive environmental action as opposed to corrective environmental action.
  • Hull paint: we use environmentally-friendly tin-free paints.