GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: G Adventures unveils new custom catamaran
Citing increased demand for upgraded vessel options, G Adventures has added its first custom-built catamaran to its fleet of vessels in the Galapagos this summer. The new Reina Silvia Voyager is designed to provide enhanced accommodation options with 10 spacious cabins split over two decks, including two dedicated solo cabins, making her one of the most comfortable vessels in her class sailing the archipelago.
Yves Marceau, global VP of product at G Adventures, says the addition of the Reina Silvia Voyager to the fleet enables G Adventures to cater to the rise in travellers seeking both bigger adventures and more activity during their holiday time.
“The pandemic has made travellers rethink how we holiday and we’re seeing high demand for once-in-a-lifetime adventures as travellers commit to booking trips they’ve long dreamt about. The Galapagos has ranked consistently among our top destinations as people continue to be drawn to the diverse wildlife, biodiversity, and remote landscapes of the Islands.”
He adds, “We’re also seeing a rise in travellers seeking solo cabin options, driven by there being more people travelling on their own, as well as those wanting their own personal space following the pandemic. The Reina Silvia Voyager is our first vessel to feature dedicated solo cabins, offering a much more affordable option for those wanting to room solo.”
Running across the central, east, and west islands, the 31-m. Reina Silvia Voyager offers four itineraries, ranging from eight to 10 days, including Quito, and will accommodate up to 16 passengers. Eight cabins accommodate twin or double stays, with two solo cabins catering to individual travellers. Eight rooms offer private balconies, while all rooms have panoramic windows for optimal ocean viewing, private bathrooms, bright, contemporary furnishings, artwork by local naturalist photographers and energy-saving LED lighting.
Common areas on board include an expansive third deck with lounge chairs for sunbathing, a covered cocktail bar, grill station and outdoor jacuzzi for relaxing under the sun or stars. An indoor, air-conditioned salon with a large video screen enables visual presentations from the trained naturalists who will guide each group’s tour, and help guests learn about the iconic wildlife and culture of the Galápagos Islands’ inhabitants.
Landings and exploration of the region’s remote ports and wild, rocky coasts will also be accessible to guests, thanks to the Reina Silvia Voyager’s eight on-board kayaks and two zodiacs for guests’ guided use. A crew of 10, including a dedicated chef and G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO), will serve guests daily.
First published at Travel Industry Today