Passion

Luxury Cruise Ship Galapagos

The Ship

This new exclusive yacht boasts ample social areas, a panoramic sky lounge and bar (bridge deck), a separate dining room and immense sun decks, as well as a secluded sun deck with a Jacuzzi and lounge chairs on the top deck.

Each of the four ample staterooms has its own private bathroom, and the two VIP cabins are complete with two private bathrooms and a private lounge area. The other 4 stateroom each has bathtub with shower.

All six cabins on board are fully air-conditioned and incredibly spacious. Staterooms Bathroom features: hair dryers, High Definition TV system, 110 220 volts outlets, usb charger

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be served in the outside dining area BBQ area.

  • 12 passengers
  • Al Fresco Dining
  • Jacussy
  • VIP and Master Suites have two bathrooms each
  •  4-Deck Yacht for 12 passengers
  • Exclusive 159 Ft.(49 M)

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Passion Information

8 Days – Eastern Islands

8 Day -Western Islands▼

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8 days – Eastern Islands
8 days – 7 nights

Day 1 Baltra Island – Black Turtle Cove
Day 2 Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & El Barraco
Day 3 Bartolome Island & Chines Hat
Day 4 Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island – Cerro Dragon
Day 5 Santa Cruz Islands – Highlands & Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
Day 6 Plazas Sur & Santa Fe Islands
Day 7 Española Island – Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez
Day 8 Santa Cruz Islands – Twin Craters & Departure
Day 1: Baltra Island – Black Turtle Cove
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After arriving at Baltra airport we will be received by our a representative to the Passion Yacht and have lunch. After..

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…lunch we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island.  Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

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Day 2:   Genovesa Island – Darwin Bay & El Barraco
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We travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and soft‐haired…

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… prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.

At El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red‐footed boobies nest. We will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.

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Day 3:  Bartolome Island & Chines Hat
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Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breath‐taking …

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…panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.

Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat. The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason, it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava. Be amazed by the landscapes covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

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Day 4: Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island – Cerro Dragon
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Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin’s…

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… finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation. Given the right time of the year we may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.

We head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails. Further inland we find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

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Day 5: Santa Cruz Islands – Highlands & Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
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We will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights. We will have a dry landing at the dock of…

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… Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, haslush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.
We will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations.

This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

We will enjoy lunch at the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center.
Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi‐natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults.

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Day 6: Plazas Sur & Santa Fe Islands
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Dry landing on one of the oldest rocks of the archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep…

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… red Sesuvium, and coppery‐orange land iguanas. Impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be looking for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.

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Day 7: Española Island – Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez
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We will spend the day in fantastic Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea…

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… lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird. Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet. While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you. Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.

We will head to Punta Suarez The trail is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours. A geyser near the trail sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air. This is one of the most popular landing sites in Galapagos. The highlightsinclude:sea lions near the landing place,sometimesto be seen body‐surfing in the large breakers; large marine iguanas, with red‐coloured males in the breeding season; oystercatchers; blue‐footed and Nazca boobies; Galapagos hawk; Galapagos dove;swallow‐tailed gull; red billed tropicbirds in flight; and three species endemic to Española – waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.

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Day 8: Santa Cruz Islands – Twin Craters & Departure
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This is our last day in the islands. After breakfast, we will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take our transport to the Baltra…

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… airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters. The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.    These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island´s surface.
This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. Something worth mentioning is the contrast of the vegetation of the highlands with the arid coastal zones. After this visit we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

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8 Days Itinerary – Eastern Islands▲

8 Days Itinerary- Western Islands  ▼

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8 days – Western Islands
8 days – 7 nights

Day 1 Baltra Airport & Santa Cruz Island – Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
Day 2 Floreana Islands  – Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay
Day 3 Floreana Island – Black Beach & Asilo de La Paz
Day 4 Isabela Island Punta Moreno & Urbina Bay
Day 5 Isabela Island – Tagus Cove & Fernandina Island – Punta Espinosa
Day 6 Santiago Island – Puerto Egas, Buccaneer Cove & Espumilla beach
Day 7 Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay & North Seymour Island
Day 8 Mosquera Islet & Departure
Day 1:  Baltra Airport & Santa Cruz Island – Fausto
Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center
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After arriving at Baltra airport you will meet a Cruises representative and then board a bus that will take us to Puerto Ayora…

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… for the first visit on the islands: the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center. Here, we will see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi natural
pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be “repatriated”), and adults.
Afterwards we will head back to Puerto Ayora, where we will have some time to explore the town and shops by ourselves before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5:00 p.m. Once on board, we will be welcomed by the crew and captain, have a short security drill and enjoy dinner and the briefing for the next day´s activities.

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Day 2:   Floreana Islands  – Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay
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We spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Wet…

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… landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant we will be seeking Greater Flamingos on our way to another special beach with the finest sand you’ll set foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly.  We end the outing with a short panga ride to Devil’s Crown, a key snorkeling site.
After lunch we will visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago and select cards to hand deliver when you return home

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Day 3:  Floreana Island – Black Beach & Asilo de La Paz
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This morning we will visit Floreana Island´s Black Beach to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and…

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…its first inhabitants. Floreana was the first island in the archipelago to be inhabited since it has one of the very few freshwater sources.  We will visit this fresh water source known as Asilo de La Paz, as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first Galapegueño was born, according to the stories of Floreana, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers who mysteriously began to disappear after settling on the island.

After our visit, we will have the best opportunity for a not‐so‐common yet well-beloved activity in the archipelago, a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins. The waters of the Galapagos form the second largest marine reserve in the world very rich in wildlife.  The biggest representatives of the underwater fauna are the different species of whales and dolphins found here. We will navigate from Floreana to Isabela Island while looking for these fascinating creatures, which are commonly seen in this area.  This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.

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Day 4: Isabela Island Punta Moreno & Urbina Bay
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We arrive at Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos. After breakfast, we step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing)…

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…onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active! From here we will do a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present.

We disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for green sea turtles. We take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands.  At the beach, we will admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils and if the sea conditions and time are on our side, we will also snorkel in these waters.

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Day 5:  Isabela Island – Tagus Cove & Fernandina Island – Punta Espinosa
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Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the…

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… cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.

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Day 6:  Santiago Island – Puerto Egas, Buccaneer Cove & Espumilla beach
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At Puerto Egas (wet landing) we disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human…

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…settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as “grottos”. Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.

At Buccaneer Cove we will take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline. This place got its name due to the fact that used to be a refuge for British Buccaneers during the time they would anchor here to collect supplies and clean their ships among other activities.  The cove is very scenic with views of the cliffs and a dark beach. Do not forget to look for two unusual rock
formations known as ‘the monk’ and ‘elephant rock’.
We head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a golden‐colored sand green sea turtle nesting site. A forest trail will take us through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the amazing Galapagos flycatcher and  Darwin finches

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Day 7: Santiago Island – Sullivan Bay & North Seymour Island
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We head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe…

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… lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, we may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

We disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, where we will walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigate birds, blue‐footed boobies and swallow‐ tailed gulls, and experience, depending on season, spectacular mating ritual displays.

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Day 8:  Mosquera Islet & Departure
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Dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the…

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… cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt‐water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone.

We cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoilt sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, we will be on the lookout for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty‐colored marine iguanas and bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.

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Technical Specification

Yacht Name:   Passion

Category:         First Class

Capacity:          15 Passengers

Operation:       Baltra

Number Of Cabins:          6 Cabins

Length:  159 Feet (48,5 Meters)

Beam (Width):   28 Feet (8,64 Meters)

Draft:     10 Feet (3 Meters)

Speed:   10 Knots (18 Km/H)

Type of Vessel: Motor Yacht

Rebuild: 1989 (Dania Yacht Design)

Gross Tons:    459 Tons

Range:   4000 Miles

Stabilizers:   Electronic Vosper Stabilizers

Electric Power Supply:    240 V – 50hz 120v – 60 Hz

Deck Plans

Upper Deck

Main Deck

Sun Deck

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Staterooms 4.590 5.921
VIP Mater Suites 5.490 7.046
Charter 49.999 73.522
Diamont Charter 62.910 88.020

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