Wednesday 20 August 2014

Galapagos Small-Ship Cruise Operator Launches Island's Newest Premium Class Vessel


Galapagos Small-Ship Cruise Operator, Ecoventura, To Launch the Islands' Newest Premium Class Vessel
MV Origin (supplied)
 The 20-Passenger, Eco-Friendly MV ORIGIN Combines Modern Sophistication with High Touch Service

Ecoventura ( that operates an environmentally friendly fleet of small expedition yachts in the Galapagos Islands plans to debut the region's newest ship in early 2016.
While construction of the new motor vessel is underway at the shipyard in Guayaquil, Ecuador Ecoventura is now taking bookings for MV Origin's inaugural cruise Jan. 3, 2016. When launched she will be the newest and most comfortable 20-passenger yacht operating in Galapagos. The vessel will be owned by Ecoventura, a leader in social and environmental responsibility with over two decades of experience in sustainable tourism.
Ecoventura founder and owner Santiago Dunn has a vision for his company's newest addition. “We are exploring ways to make the Origin the most comfortable and environmentally efficient yacht in Galapagos. Our first goal is to reduce fossil fuel consumption by 45% (from 1800 gallons to 1000 gallons per week),”  he explains. “This is no simple achievement when you consider our plans to sail at 12 knots on two engines so that guests can spend as much time as possible at each visitor site.”
MV Origin, designed for guests with a highly evolved lifestyle, will combine modern sophistication and a high level of comfort and service, with quality guided land excursions in small groups, gastronomical experiences, exciting physical activities and a dose of intellectual science for a life enriching experience. A veteran crew supervised by a master-level captain, two expert naturalist guides and a concierge will be at the beck and call of guests. Social areas offer private moments on board with a library, boutique, computer station, lounge areas, dining room, bar, Jacuzzi, sun deck, recliners and wet bar.  See:

Guests aboard Origin will enjoy locally sourced, healthy, gourmet-style menus designed by top local chefs and creatively prepared by Ecoventura's culinary school trained chefs. Some lunches will be served on deck al-fresco style. Passengers will have an open bar policy, including wine and local beer. See:
The vessel will feature ten deluxe staterooms all located on the main deck with panoramic windows and private bathroom. Each stateroom is 140 square feet, with two twin beds that convert to a king, two connecting cabins, two triples, fine linens, bathrobes, satellite TV, and more.
Guests wishing to stay in shape will enjoy a fitness center with cardio equipment. The services of a professional masseuse can also be arranged at an additional charge on private charters only. Twice daily cabin cleanings are provided. Laundry service is also available. Guide lectures, Cooking demonstrations and yoga will be part of the on-ship fun. See:
Ecoventura's Director of Sales & Marketing, Doris Welsh, explained that MV Origin  rates that reflect a premium class vessel will be higher than those on its three existing first class vessels, the Eric, Flamingo and Letty.  A per person double rate for an eight-day all-inclusive cruise will be $6,500. Rates include cabin accommodation, all meals and snacks, all beverages including open bar, Captain's welcome and farewell party, guided shore excursions, services of a concierge, use of wet suits, snorkelling equipment, stand-up paddle boards and sea kayaks, and transfers in the islands between the airport and dock.
There are weekly, year-round departures offering two distinct itineraries, departing from the island of San Cristobal on Sundays and visiting the most spectacular visitor sites of the archipelago; western/northern and central/southern.

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