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The journey of Eduardo and Dolores Diez with Quasar Cruise Line spans the entire transformation of Galapagos tourism. From a time when the islands were only reachable by Navy cargo ship, and lacked both guides and trails, to the modern age of plentiful Galapagos travel options, Quasar Cruises and its founders have seen it all. The fleet tries to bridge the best of the past and present by preserving an explorer attitude, getting off the beaten path, and focusing on each individual traveler. Since 2007, Quasar has expanded into terrestrial-based tours in Patagonia, Ecuador, and Peru, offering transformative travel opportunities to experience the environmental and social richness of other South American destinations.

Why Book a Quasar Expeditions Cruise

The long history of Quasar Expeditions Cruise Line Fleet speaks for itself. The cruise line has been in operation for more than thirty years and has collected an impressive number of prizes from travel magazines, as well as recommendations from celebrity nature advocates, researchers, and presenters. If you are looking for the feeling of traveling instead of tourism, this family business prides itself on offering “the best week of your life.” Quasar Expeditions markets itself as a passion-driven enterprise, wherein the guest’s experience means more to the staff than the booking fee. Quasar tries to foster the feeling of traveling with like-minded individuals who want to connect deeply to the Galapagos. To accomplish this goal, Quasar keeps the cruise expeditions at intimate numbers, chooses off-the-beaten track locations, prioritizes wildlife encounters, and handpicks its naturalist guides, catering staff, and vessel staff with care. In fact, most of the guides are locals who have developed their own deep passion for the Galapagos over many years, which adds a special feeling to the knowledge they share with guests. If you want a specialized tour focusing on photography or family experiences, Quasar promises to welcome your inquiries.

When you book a Quasar Expeditions Cruise in the Galapagos, you can feel proud of contributing positively to the preservation of the archipelago for current and future generations of people, plants, and wildlife. Quasar takes its environmental and social responsibilities seriously. The fleet has banned single-use plastics like packaged soaps, plastic straws, and various food items. They offset their carbon emissions and choose their engines carefully to maximize efficiency. They also maintain various partnerships with initiatives and organizations working on health, environmental issues, and schooling in the Galapagos and surrounding countries. For more information on their partner initiatives and general mission, visit their exhaustive website and browse through the photo and video documentation available.

Quasar Expeditions Cruise Fleet of Small Cruise Ships

Onboard a Quasar Expeditions vessel, there’s no feeling of bland, mass-produced modern luxury; both boats in the fleet have a distinctive style to their interior decoration and layout. Amenities are luxurious nonetheless. The fleet offers hot tubs, sunbeds, ample outdoor space for lounging and dining, additional indoor lounges and dining rooms, and the options of kayaking, snorkeling, and dinghy rides. There are various suites, master suites, and staterooms with different bed sizes and arrangements, in order to accommodate couples, individuals, friends, and families.

The M/Y Grace carries the weight of an illustrious history. It was built in the 1920s, served in World War Two, and gained fame by becoming a gift for Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco in 1956! Restored in the original style of the Roaring Twenties, M/Y Grace accommodates eighteen guests.

The M/V Evolution retraces the steps of legendary scientist Charles Darwin, for whom the Galapagos inspired the theory of evolution. It accommodated thirty-two guests in sixteen cabins.

Areas the Quasar Expeditions Cruise Line Fleet Covers

The Quasar Expeditions Cruise Line Fleet plies the waters of the Galapagos Islands, focusing on the landmasses in the central and southern parts of the archipelago. Each vessel offers two itineraries with some overlapping and some unique destinations. This comes to a total of four tours with slightly different flavours.

Some of the key destinations on all tours are San Cristobal Island, Floreana Island, Santa Fe Island, Isla Lobos, South Plazas Island, Baltra Island, North Seymour Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Genovesa Island. Additional destinations include Daphne Major Island, Isabela Island, Fernandina Island, Punta Espinoza, and Bartolome Island. All tours are endowed with the Galapagos’ trademark richness of wildlife sightings. Birdlife is plentiful, and in the water, you may encounter sea lions, turtles, tortoises, iguanas, whales and dolphins, to name a few. The scenery around, under, and above you includes volcanoes, rocky cliffs and islets jutting up from the deep, uninhabited beaches (if you don’t count the resident sea lion colonies), and underwater scenes reminiscent of the oceans in a time before humans. The Galapagos is truly one of the last destinations on Earth where travelers can feel the presence of nature as the ruler she once was. Quasar Expeditions Cruise Line Fleet is an excellent option for visiting this paradise without contributing to its degradation.

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Galapagos! This should be in your top 10 cruise list!

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Travelkat19

10+ Cruises • Age 50s

You go through Quito/Guayaquil Ecuador to Baltra or San Cristbol to catch the boat. This is not a luxury cruise. It’s an adventure cruise. Evolution was a leap of fate as finding specific reviews of individual boats was lacking & after a 1 ½ yrs of research I ran across a review that said the staff & guides are what’s important in Galapagos and it was 100% right. The Naturalists and the ...

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Galapagos Perfection - x2, I booked twice in the same year!

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juliette1417

2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

I went on the same boat last October and booked again because every single aspect of the trip exceeded my expectations. The itinerary and staff ratio led me to book the first time, but the food, accommodations, and crew made it an easy choice for trip #2. The islands are wildly different depending on the season, I definitely recommend going more than once! The guides are excellent and the small ...

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Exceeded expectations

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racheandbill

First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

My husband and I just finished the Footsteps in Time itinerary on the Evolution, and we could not be happier. The ship is lovely; it's modern and super clean, but it has a very classic look which sets it apart a bit from most of the others we saw. The crew was very friendly and helpful, the service was fantastic, and the food was amazing; we're not really 'cruise people' so maybe we should've ...

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The Trip of a Lifetime!

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miulieru

6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

This was the most amazing trip - the adventure of a lifetime that I was dreaming of since childhood! The guides were so generous, taking us on explorations that catered to everyone's fitness level, and immersing us in fascinating lectures of history and science of the Galapagos Islands which made us a part of the evolution of the Universe as well as a part of Darwin's journey through the islands ...

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Sail Date: September 2018


Cruise of a Lifetime

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Carolmdanielson

2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Quasar Expedition’s Evolution is a 16 cabin luxury yacht. We had the opportunity to spend 7 nights on this boat cruising the eastern Galápagos Islands. Every day brought new and different experiences, while hiking and snorkeling, which were explained by superb naturalists expert on the history, conditions and intricacies of the different islands in the Galápagos Archipiélago. The yacht was ...

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Sail Date: September 2018


Great cruise on M/V Evolution

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TheDuck99

6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

I choose this cruise mainly for being able to put 3 people in one cabin. Myself, my son, and my 19 year old grandson. And we did fit...mostly. The staff was great. Our guides were Samuel and Alex. Both were extremely knowledgeable and had a love of their topics, Steve was our tour director and wore many, many hats. He was a very funny and friendly young man, YES I would I go again and ...

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Sail Date: September 2018


Loved the m/v Evolution!

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LiveNSF

10+ Cruises • Age 50s

My wife and I spent a wonderful week in the Galapagos on the M/V Evolution in May 2018. We chose it because it looked like a stately boat with nice finishes. The price was in line with the Nat'l Geo ship (maybe cheaper) but smaller and looked nicer to us. The ship had been recently renovated and it looked great. The room was beautiful and spacious. The bathroom was good sized as well. The common ...

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Fantastic Galapagos experience on Quasar M/V Evolution

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shellihh

2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We chose Quasar M/V Evolution because of their reputation and the size of the ship. Our cruise was everything we could have imagined and more. If you are looking for an activity centric vacation with a focus on nature and wildlife combined with an attentive crew, I would highly recommend Quasar. The ship itself was luxurious without being overdone. Our cabin was spacious, updated and quiet. The ...

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It does NOT get any better than this...

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blamoureux

6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

From the moment we arrived in Ecuador, the team at Quasar had us covered like it was a state visit. Every detail was coordinated for us, and we found ourselves in the magical Galapagos Islands in no time. Stepping onto the Evolution was everything we hoped for as it was in excellent condition, clean and frankly looked like a 5-star floating boutique hotel (including a modern 'front desk'). The ...

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Sail Date: January 2018

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Galapagos, outstanding guides, 5 star service, footprints evidence of our visit.

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hcftim

First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

Richard Dawkins the evolutionary biologist was the fly paper that had me turn up on this my first ever cruise. Fantastic to be in the company of Richard and those interested in the same while spending a week visiting the Galapagos on the Evolution a ship owned and run by Quasar Expeditions. The trip exceeded all my expectations. The ship was a perfect size for the group number and never ...

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Galapagos! This should be in your top 10 cruise list!

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Travelkat19

10+ Cruises • Age 50s

You go through Quito/Guayaquil Ecuador to Baltra or San Cristbol to catch the boat. This is not a luxury cruise. It’s an adventure cruise. Evolution was a leap of fate as finding specific reviews of individual boats was lacking & after a 1 ½ yrs of research I ran across a review that said the staff & guides are what’s important in Galapagos and it was 100% right. The Naturalists and the ...

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Sail Date: April 2021

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Galapagos Perfection - x2, I booked twice in the same year!

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juliette1417

2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

I went on the same boat last October and booked again because every single aspect of the trip exceeded my expectations. The itinerary and staff ratio led me to book the first time, but the food, accommodations, and crew made it an easy choice for trip #2. The islands are wildly different depending on the season, I definitely recommend going more than once! The guides are excellent and the small ...

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Outstanding Intimate Trip

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yeoguard

2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We loved almost everything about this trip. The naturalists were invaluable. Rafa has passion and an encyclopedic knowledge of plant and animal life which makes the long walks really interesting. Carolina is tremendously passionate and brings a positive and youthful energy to her work. Both took endless video and photos of our excursions and generously presented us with the photos and a ...

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Exceeded expectations

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racheandbill

First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

My husband and I just finished the Footsteps in Time itinerary on the Evolution, and we could not be happier. The ship is lovely; it's modern and super clean, but it has a very classic look which sets it apart a bit from most of the others we saw. The crew was very friendly and helpful, the service was fantastic, and the food was amazing; we're not really 'cruise people' so maybe we should've ...

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Quasar small luxury yachts and staff are unmatched

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3527Crestmont

2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

My husband, myself and 16 of our friends were guests in the Galapagos on the Grace, starting on Feb 9. The Quasar team also handled our ground plans in Quito, and a trip to Mashpi before and after we left Galapagos. What an amazing experience we have had. The Quasar team created an experience that all 18 of us agree, is one of the most memorable, and impactful of our lives. Planning the ...

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Best Crew Ever

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tomas4

6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

My siblings and I along with our spouses cruised on the M/Y Grace at the end of January 2019. The ship was great, the food wonderful, and the crew amazing. Ever one of the crew members was personable and made it clear they were there to serve. The captain took time to snorkel on several days with members of our group who were not experienced snorkelers. He worked with them each day to improve ...

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The Trip of a Lifetime!

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miulieru

6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

This was the most amazing trip - the adventure of a lifetime that I was dreaming of since childhood! The guides were so generous, taking us on explorations that catered to everyone's fitness level, and immersing us in fascinating lectures of history and science of the Galapagos Islands which made us a part of the evolution of the Universe as well as a part of Darwin's journey through the islands ...

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Sail Date: September 2018


Cruise of a Lifetime

Review for Evolution to Galapagos

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Carolmdanielson

2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Quasar Expedition’s Evolution is a 16 cabin luxury yacht. We had the opportunity to spend 7 nights on this boat cruising the eastern Galápagos Islands. Every day brought new and different experiences, while hiking and snorkeling, which were explained by superb naturalists expert on the history, conditions and intricacies of the different islands in the Galápagos Archipiélago. The yacht was ...

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Sail Date: September 2018


Great cruise on M/V Evolution

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TheDuck99

6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

I choose this cruise mainly for being able to put 3 people in one cabin. Myself, my son, and my 19 year old grandson. And we did fit...mostly. The staff was great. Our guides were Samuel and Alex. Both were extremely knowledgeable and had a love of their topics, Steve was our tour director and wore many, many hats. He was a very funny and friendly young man, YES I would I go again and ...

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Sail Date: September 2018


Our stay aboard the Grace surpassed our expectations.

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coljavh

2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

Galapagos certainly has its magic, and it goes without saying that our expectations for this trip were very high. Our week on the Grace was outstanding and has surpassed the initial expectation, leaving us with a life-changing experience and fabulous memories. What made the difference is that the crew and our naturalist guides (Rafa and Sam), made everything possible to make us feel alone on ...

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M/Y Grace History: A Cruise to the Galapagos with Quasar

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Quasar Expeditions resides at the top of the charts with its stellar reputation for operating well-run, well-guided, one-week Galapagos itineraries away from the crowds, using two traditional-looking yachts that take just 16 and 32 passengers.

The cruises have operated exclusively within the Galapagos archipelago for over three decades, while the land itineraries use lodges along the Amazon in Ecuador, treks in the high Peruvian Andes, and overland journeys in super scenic Patagonia.

These land-based options may be added to the one-week cruises. As an alternative, the firm also offers shorter hotel stays in the Galapagos with exploration on foot and in small boats.

Quasar Expeditions Seals

The gorgeous beaches and seals of Espanola Island. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Ship, Year Delivered & Passengers

The yacht Grace was first built before WWII and patronized by nobility in Europe and by Grace Kelly on her honeymoon with the Prince of Monaco. (16 passengers).

Quasar Expeditions' 18-passenger Grace

Quasar Expeditions’ 16-passenger Grace was the honeymoon of choice for Grace Kelly and the Prince of Monaco.

The yacht Evolution was completed in 2005 with an attractive traditional design (32 passengers).

Quasar Expeditions' 32-passenger Evolution

The 32-passenger Evolution. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Both vessels are available for full charters.

Passenger Decks

Both vessels have four decks and no elevators.

Passenger Profile

International but emphasizing English speakers; all ages. Most of the crew speaks Spanish and English and are Ecuadoran locals. A doctor is carried and may accompany passengers on excursions.

Iguana and child in the Galapagos

Galapagos cruises are great experiences for families. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Price

$$$

Itineraries

Both yachts both operate a pair of distinctive one-week itineraries embarking in San Cristobal or Baltra. Sailings take place year-round. You may want to study the differences, but you can’t go wrong with whichever itinerary you choose.

Bartolome Island in the Galapagos

The panoramic views overlooking the island of Bartolome. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Included Features

Excursions in Zodiacs, walks and hikes ashore, kayaking, and snorkeling. Extras include gratuities to guides and crew (guidelines given on website and aboard), alcoholic beverages, and scuba diving.

WhyGo?

The Galapagos is nature at its best, with abundant birdlife, land animals and sea creatures seen up close. Many species are found nowhere else, having adapted to this particular island chain pretty much in isolation.

Blue-Footed Booby birds in the galapagos

The famed Blue-Footed Booby birds of the Galapagos. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

When to Go?  

Cruises operate year-round. The climate is subtropical, and the water temperatures are affected by the islands’ proximity to both the cold Humboldt and the warmer El Nino currents.

January to June is warm season with rain, and it’s the ideal period for ocean activities; July to December is cooler and dry.

Sea turtle in the Galapagos

Snorkeling and diving in the Galapagos will be life changing. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Cabins

Both vessels have comfortable all-outside cabins, most with windows, and a few with portholes and a variety of layouts — single beds, queen-size and king-size.

Completed in 2005, Evolution takes 32 passengers in double, queen and twin-bedded cabins that range in size from 140 to 263 sq. ft.

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The Double A1 Suite aboard the 32-passenger Evolution. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Grace takes just 16 and the Grace Kelly suite is particularly spacious and in a quiet isolated location forward.

The Grace Suite aboard the 18-passenger Grace of Quasar Expeditions

The Grace suite aboard the 16-passenger Grace. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

PublicRooms

The 32-passenger expedition vessel Evolution is noted for its roomy public spaces, indoor/outdoor dining, open decks with outdoor bar and a hot tub forward on a lower deck. The lounges are enclosed and covered, yet can be open to the sides, with deck space out of doors and a small tub at the bow. The observation deck is canopied covered and has a bar for relaxing at the end of the day’s activities ashore or in the water.

The outdoor lounge aboard Quasar Expeditions' Evolution

The al fresco lounge aboard the Evolution. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

The Grace ha an interior lounge and al-fresco dining aft and under cover. At the stern, a small lounge offers views aft. A second covered lounge and bar are aft of the cabins. A sunbathing deck is atop the ship, and a Jacuzzi is forward. Both vessels have wraparound decks for strolling and watching the wildlife.

Quasar Expeditions' Grace's outdoor dining

The Grace’s outdoor dining. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Dining

Meals offer both Ecuadoran and Continental choices at one open seating for everyone.

Activities & Entertainment

Talks aboard and off the ship, guided hikes and walks to lava flows, along cliffsides and on the beach, snorkeling, and zodiacs trips. Two kayaks are available for passenger use, and the bridge has an open policy most of the time. Scuba diving is available at an extra expense.

Seals on the beach

The entertainment, of course, IS the natural beauty of the Galapagos. * Photo: Quasar Expeditions

Special Notes

The line prides itself on banning all single-use plastics such as straw, cups, and water bottles. Yay !!

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The higher-end operators with small capacity vessels.

Contact

Go to www.quasarex.com. US: 7855 NW 12 St. Ste 111, Doral, FL 33126 (1-888-502-9503, local 1-415-689-8509); UK: 0-800-883-967; Australia: 1-800-312-976.

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AdventureSmith Explorations founder Todd Smith has worked with Quasar Expeditions since before he founded AdventureSmith. AdventureSmith operated its first charter aboard the M/V Evolution in February 2004 and we consider Quasar Expeditions one of our most important partners. They are one of the most experienced operators in the Galapagos and their ships consistently rate among the top in service, experience and atmosphere. 

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In 1983, Eduardo Diez and Dolores Gangotena, a recently married Ecuadorian couple, set out on and adventurous voyage to the enchanted Galapagos Islands. Such was the impact of this unique destination on their lives that it would inspire them to create Quasar Expeditions, one of the most sought after names in high-end adventure travel in Latin America today. To this day, Quasar Expeditions continues to inspire adventurous travelers from all over the world with its incredible new destinations, including new pioneering journeys in Patagonia as well as unmatched adventures in Peru and Mainland Ecuador.

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Quasar’s unmatched Galapagos luxury cruises set the standard for excellence in service, accommodations, cuisine and guidance. Quasar is the second oldest tour operator in the Galapagos Islands, being the first operator to offer Galapagos luxury adventure cruises. This experience shows in consistently high-quality feedback from guests. Quasar was the first to provide professional Galapagos diving cruises in the islands.

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The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most remarkable destinations and every day is filled with bucket-list moments. Onboard our Galapagos tours everywhere you turn there are opportunities to see the thriving wildlife and nature and with each new encounter, your sense of awe increases. Looking beyond the sheer beauty of the islands lies the mass of culture and history; it was these islands that Darwin studied in great detail to develop his ‘Theory of Evolution’.

There are a number of ways to see the islands but the best way is onboard our Galapagos cruise. The large number of islands are best visited by boat as many are uninhabited and Quasar Expeditions; having won Travel and Leisures #1 Best small ship Cruise Company award for 3 years running, are an excellent choice. We focus on taking our guests’ experiences to the next level and turning an exceptional vacation into the trip of a lifetime.

Galapagos Islands Cruise

A cruise is the perfect way to explore the Galapagos Islands. With 360 degree views, the promise of visiting multiple islands, and the endless wildlife encounters; our Galapagos cruise tours are always in demand.

The current #1 Travel and Leisure small ship Cruise Company; Quasar Expeditions is an excellent choice for your Galapagos Islands cruise. Founded 35 years ago, we are the longest-running and most experienced Galapagos tour company and have amassed a wealth of five-star testimonials throughout our career. A family-run company from Ecuador, we have a great deal of local knowledge and a strong love for our second home; the islands.

All of our crew, staff and guides share the same passion and commitment to taking our guests on top quality cruises, really turning their vacation into a trip of a lifetime. We have the experience to know what works and what doesn’t to ensure we deliver the best Galapagos boat tour every time.

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Why tour the Galapagos with Quasar Expeditions?

Built on a young couple’s dream of showing the islands to the world, Quasar Expeditions was founded in 1986 and continues to be a family run company with thousands of success stories. We are the oldest and most experienced small luxury Galapagos island tour company in Galapagos and truly consider the islands to be a second home.

We focus on providing sustainable travel and are a Global Compact Partner and Zero Waste Project Partner. Our passion is to preserve the environment so future generations can enjoy the same experiences and Galapagos tours as us today.

Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise

The archipelago’s wildlife-rich islands are best accessible by boat as they are usually more remote and so booking a Galapagos luxury cruise is a good decision. Most of the islands remain uninhabited meaning that many of the sights that you will see are completely unspoiled. Dense forests, untouched beaches, and large groups of wildlife are all on the agenda! Having won awards for our small ship cruises and sustainable tours, it is clear that we have the knowledge and experience to really deliver the best luxury Galapagos cruise.

Why we have the best Galapagos Luxury Cruises & Island Tours

What better way to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature than cruising around one of the Earth’s most remarkable archipelagos? Quasar Expeditions offer luxury Galapagos tours on small ships cruises to ensure access to the more fragile islands that large ships are unable to visit.

Quasar Expeditions truly care about the experiences of our guests and provide high quality, luxury trips with world-class naturalist guides. Our company was built upon the desire to show the treasures of the Galapagos Islands to the world and we are committed to that on every trip. Key elements of our tours are;

Small ships - we know the difference that a small tour group can make. Being away from the crowds makes the trip a lot more personal and enables deeper connections to be made with the rest of the group and the Earth.

Plenty of wildlife encounters - everywhere you turn there are opportunities to encounter wildlife; sea lions, seals, flamingos, tortoises, and iguanas are regularly found roaming the islands. There are plenty of snorkel spots and whale watching opportunities on our cruises and large numbers of birds roam the skies.

World-class guides - our testimonials often refer to our guides as being one of the main factors in their success. All of our guides are friendly, passionate, and have a genuine love for the environment and their job. Our guests always comment that it’s our guides that make Quasar Expeditions one of the best Galapagos tour companies!

Enquire About Your Galapagos Cruise & Island Tours Today

Quasar Expeditions also specializes in Galapagos luxury charters, Galapagos honeymoon cruises as well as Galapagos Islands vacation packages. Awards and ratings do not lie; join our five-star success stories and speak with a consultant today to book one of our Galapagos island tours.

Galapagos Islands Air & Water Temperatures:

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MonthAverage LowAverage HighAvg. Water TemperatureAvg. Rainfall (In The Highlands Only)
JANUARY72°F / 22°C86°F / 30°C76°F / 24.5°C1.0 in / 2.5 cm
FEBRUARY75°F / 24°C86°F / 30°C77°F / 25°C1.0 in / 2.5 cm
MARCH75°F / 24°C88°F / 31°C77°F / 25°C2.0 in / 5.1 cm
APRIL75°F / 24°C88°F / 31°C77°F / 25°C1.5 in / 3.8 cm
MAY72°F / 22°C82°F / 28°C76°F / 24.5°C0.75 in / 1.9 cm
JUNE70°F / 21°C79°F / 26°C73°F / 23°C0.25 in / 0.6 cm
JULY68°F / 20°C79°F / 26°C72°F / 22°C0.5 in / 1.3 cm
AUGUST66°F / 19°C79°F / 26°C71°F / 21.5°C0.25 in / 0.6 cm
SEPTEMBER66°F / 19°C79°F / 26°C72°F / 22°C1.3 in / 2.5 cm
OCTOBER68°F / 20°C79°F / 26°C73°F / 22.5°C0.25 in / 0.6 cm
NOVEMBER70°F / 21°C79°F / 26°C73°F / 23°C0.5 in / 1.3 cm
DECEMBER72°F / 22°C81°F / 27°C73°F / 22.5°C0.5 in / 1.3 cm

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HOW MUCH DOES A GALAPAGOS CRUISE COST?

We often get asked what is the cost of a Galapagos Islands cruise and the answer really depends on the type of trip you are after.

For anyone interested in cruising the Galapagos, it is strongly recommended to add a minimum of 2 nights in Mainland Ecuador on the front end of your trip to accommodate for flight delays, cancellations or baggage issues. How much you spend in your travels on the mainland will depend on the type of hotel you stay at and if you choose to do any tours while in Ecuador.

Flights to Galapagos from the mainland range for adults from about $470 to about $530 ($360 - $400 for children), but this is constantly changing so it is best to always check with airlines like Latam and Avianca that currently have daily flights out to the islands. Children under 12 normally get an important discount on domestic air. You also need to pay a mandatory transit card (used to track visitors and make sure they don’t stay more than 3 months in the islands) and it costs $20 per person.

Once in Galapagos, non-Ecuadorians must pay a Park fee of $100 for adults and $50 for children under 12. There are discounts available for Ecuadorians and for some Andean countries that are members of Pacto Andino.

Regarding cruise prices, Galapagos is considered an expensive destination, regardless of the type of traveler you are. But as a general rule of thumb, you can find budget ships for as low as $250 per person, and luxury ships for as high as $1000 per person per day. Galapagos cruise deals are available from time to time.

Finally, you should always consider some money for tips to guides and crew in your budget. Normally you can expect to pay about $10 per day for crew and for guides on budget ships and about $20 - $30 per day on the luxury ships.

So all in all, for 7 night Galapagos cruises (which is what we recommend), you can expect to pay within the ranges below for the different level of trip:

US$2,400 - $3,400 for a very rock bottom Galapagos cruise.

US$3,500 - $4,400 for a medium range Galapagos cruise.

US$4,500 - $9,000 or a high end Galapagos cruise.

You can also learn more on Galapagos travel in our Frequently Asked Questions on the Galapagos page.

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO GO TO GALAPAGOS?

Unlike many wildlife sanctuaries around the world, the Galapagos Islands are a great year-round destination and there really is no “better” or “worse” time to travel there. However, the high season for tourism tends to be from mid-December to January and from June to August, which coincides with the general holidays and vacation months of the Northern Hemisphere. If you are planning your Galapagos cruise during the "popular" holiday months, we recommend you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your desired travel date and when possible, even sooner.

If you are a passenger who is interested in cruising the islands, there is really no “off-season”. In part this is because the Galapagos are right on the equator so that air and water temperatures do not vary much. Learn all about when to visit the Galapagos Islands, including a detailed month by month weather and wildlife breakdown. In addition, because almost all of the animal species you will see on the Islands arrived because they floated there on logs or beds of plants, or they were blown in, they made the islands their permanent home and they do not migrate. This means that species like the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, marine iguana, land iguana, blue footed booby, Galapagos hawk, fur sea lion, California sea lion and many others spend the entire year in the Galapagos. The Waved Albatross is one of the few migratory exceptions and is best seen in tours during spring and summer.

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HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU NEED IN GALAPAGOS?

To answer this question, you must first understand how the Galapagos park handles cruise itineraries. Before 2012 Galapagos tour vessels all visited the same sites week in and week out. This led to environmental impact, with multiple boats visiting the same sites at the same time. Thankfully the Galapagos National Park came up with the idea of requiring all ships to wait 2 weeks before returning to the same site. This not only reduced environmental impact and dispersed boats evenly throughout the Islands, it reduced the amount of crossovers and passengers at each site.

Today all permitted Galapagos vessels navigate a two week voyage through the islands, which they divide up into different length itineraries that are 3, 4, 5, 8 and up to 15 days. This leads to the question: How many days should you plan for your Galapagos itinerary? If you have the time and wherewithal, you can stay on the same yacht for the full two weeks and see almost all there is to see in both land and sea. Most travelers can’t do that though, so here are the alternatives.

At the other end of the spectrum the chief mistake traveler’s should avoid is not allowing enough time to experience the islands. It’s a long way and a fair expense just to get there. Much of the first and last days of any itinerary are spent traveling between the mainland and Galapagos and once you arrive you’ll want to make sure you can get into the Park where all the animal action is. As an example, we refer to a 3-day Galapagos trip as ‘the airport tour’.

The reason to visit Galapagos isn’t airports or even port towns, it’s to encounter all those amazing animals inside the National Park. If you don’t leave enough time, just when you are beginning to relax and realize the wonderful wildlife experiences the islands have in store for you…you will have to leave!

Our 30 + years of cruising in the Enchanted Islands have shown us that an 8-day safari style yacht experience is ideal and gets great reviews. It provides plenty of opportunities for peak animal encounters and relaxation. For more information on this and related subjects read our blog: Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Galapagos Islands Cruise.

Private Charters

Private Charters

Travel to this natural wonderland as Darwin once did: personally and privately, but with the comfort and elegance of today. We invite you to be enchanted by the Galapagos Islands.

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Family Cruises

Family Cruises

Experience Galapagos in the company of your loved ones. Travelers of all ages enjoy incredible wildlife encounters, vibrant scenery, and excursions designed for family bonding.

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Photography Cruises

Photography Cruises

Relive your cruise of a lifetime for years to come. Photo departures give you insider access to top professionals, who will guide you in capturing the best of Galapagos from every angle.

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Honeymoon Cruises

Honeymoon Cruises

What better way to begin the story of your marriage than a bucket list trip with your soulmate? Experience a romantic island getaway, with tailor-made itineraries to fit your interests.

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A List of Top Places to Visit in the Galapagos Islands

top 9 places to visit in the Galapagos Islands

This is the year for you to finally take that Galapagos Islands trip-of-a-lifetime! Picturing yourself in Darwin's archipelago is the perfect way to start in planning your trip, but you need to make sure you see the very best these majestic islands have to offer. If you are not sure which Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary to choose, check out our top 9, traveler-tested, Quasar-approved visitor sites and make sure to visit as many of these as you can.

  1. 1Rabida Beach, Rabida Island
  2. 2 Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island
  3. 3 Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
  4. 4 Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
  5. 5 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island
  6. 6 Darwin Bay Beach, Genovesa Island
  7. 7 Punta Suarez, Española Island
  8. 8 Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
  9. 9 Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
Learn more about these Galapagos Visitor Sites

More about the islands

1 Rabida Beach, Rabida Island

A surprise among Galapagos’ pristine white sand beaches is a mesmerizing sight you simply can’t miss: the rusty-red sand beach on Rabida Island. At first glance, you may feel like you’re experiencing an optical illusion. How could a sandy beach be so vividly red? The iron content of Rabida Island’s volcanic rock is so high that the rock rusts when exposed to air, turning the beaches, soil, and rocky cliffs red.

2 Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island

This is one of our favorite visitor sites because of its abundance of wildlife. Wildlife regularly spotted on this unique point include Marine Iguanas dodging Racer Snakes, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, California Sea Lions, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Hawks, and 3 types of Herons.

3 Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

Some travelers say hiking Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island feels otherworldly, as if you’ve been transported to the face of the moon. While traversing the unique volcanic landscape, you will navigate lava formations and fissures that reshaped the island just over a century ago, with viewpoints that gleam like a giant obsidian sculpture in the equatorial sunshine.

4 Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay, a tranquil inlet on the east coast of Isabela Island, is one of the most beautiful sites designated for kayaking by the Galapagos National Park. Quasar guests of all ages enjoy zig-zagging through turquoise shores and wildlife-filled coves at a pace that allows for Kodak moments amidst unforgettable scenery.

5 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

Punta Vicente Roca, located on the northwestern tip of Isabela Island, is one of the archipelago’s most interesting and diverse snorkeling sites. The nutrient-rich waters and the upwelling of cold water currents here attract a diverse array of rare creatures, making it a Quasar traveler favorite.

6 Darwin Bay Beach, Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay Beach is found on Genovesa Island, which is also known as “Bird Island”. This bay, more than any other in the Galapagos, is truly a bird watcher’s delight. The bustling activity of Great Frigate Birds, Red-Footed Boobies, Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons, and Swallow-Tailed Gulls stands out against the bay’s white coral sands and calming ocean waves.

7 Punta Suarez, Española Island

One of the oldest of the Galapagos Islands, Española seems to be the choice gathering place for some of the world’s most rare creatures. On Quasar Expeditions’ photo safari cruises, travelers can interact with naturalists who guide the discovery of wildlife that includes tiny sea lion pups and red-and-turquoise-marked marine iguanas. Your camera memory cards will fill up in no time.

8 Post Office Bay, Floreana Island

Floreana Island is a traveler favorite not only for the beauty of unique lava caves and awe-inspiring beaches, but also for the bewildering presence of it's famous mail box and its history. To this day, the stampless system is quite effective.

9 Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island

While touring the six different vegetation zones of Santa Cruz Island, you will have the coveted opportunity to observe the out-of-this-world creatures and cosmic terrain that first captivated Charles Darwin, leading to studies that would change the course of evolutionary science forever.

  1. STEP 1

    Get in touch for a
    complimentary consultation

    • Call or email us
    • We will book you in for a 1 hour consultation
    • We can answer your general questions within 24hrs
    • We are available Monday - Friday from 9AM - 7PM EST
  2. STEP 2

    Work with a specialist to
    plan your perfect trip

    • During your consultation will go through a 20 minute presentation
    • We will discuss our Galapagos Itineraries in details
    • We will discuss your expectations and what you want to see
  3. STEP 3

    Enjoy the trip
    of a lifetime

    • We will meet your at the airport at Baltra or San Cristobal Island
    • Enjoy complimentary transfers to your hotel
    • Recommended private tours available in Ecuador
    • Ecuador travel during Covid-19

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