Alya Cruise Ship, Galapagos


The beautiful Alya luxury catamaran offers year-round small-ship cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Social areas are tastefully decorated with inspiration from the Galapagos Islands to immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings. The large indoor lounge and fully-stocked bar are the perfect places to catch up with new friends after a day of adventuring or enjoy a drink while relaxing in the jacuzzi on the sundeck, which also has comfortable loungers. The onboard chef will prepare a variety of delicious fare of local and international cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, and dinner is table service with a choice of thoughtfully created dishes. Special dietary requirements can be catered to with advance notice.

The Alya catamaran has 9 comfortable cabins featuring modern amenities and comforts in your home away from home. All staterooms feature ocean views, private en-suite bathrooms, luxury toiletries, a safety deposit box, and charging ports. Most cabins also have a private balcony for added relaxation.

The Alya offers a choice of 4 different itineraries exploring the best areas of the Galapagos Islands. Days are filled with exploration, getting up close with the curious Galapagos wildlife, including penguins, turtles, sea lions, and a variety of extraordinary birds. Activities include hiking to stunning viewpoints, snorkeling, panga rides, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

The experienced crew and knowledgeable naturalist guide will help to create the trip of a lifetime. Call or book online today to reserve your space aboard the Alya luxury catamaran.

FLEXIBLE BOOKING TERMS - Learn more about what this means

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100 USD per trip), Local Flights.

Optional Extras: Domestic Flight Non-Issuance Fee (60 USD per trip), Gratuities, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Wine with Dinner.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Rooms with Balcony
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English, German, French, and Spanish.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2017
  • Year renovated 2019
  • Length 31.5 m
  • Deck area 23.8 m2
  • Beam 12.50 m
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 9
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Freshwater maker yes

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Alya Reviews

  • 9.4 Superb
  • 11 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Paul F
  • United States United States
We packed in a lot of great experiences, hikes guided by a knowledgeable and entertaining naturalist, snorkles, while meeting good new friends and eating great food.

Getting up close to sea lions, iguanas and rare birds.

Recommended for
Immaculate ship, excellent service and a varied and interesting itinerary.
  • 5.2 Review score
  • james S
  • United States United States

Loved what I saw of the Galapagos but feel like there is much more there that we didn't see.

Recommended for
Unfortunately our itinerary didn't cover much of the bio diversity of the Galapagos Islands, we felt like we were going to the same place three times over. The crew was very helpful but not very personable and our guide was more interested in flirting with the crew than interacting with the guests.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Julianna J
  • United States United States
Everything about the Alya was amazing!

Everything about our trip was amazing, and the Galapagos is nothing short of magical. I can't say enough good things about our crew and guide. I particularly want to emphasize how moved I was that the crew not only remembered the wedding anniversary that my husband and I were celebrating during our cruise, but staged a massive celebration! They decorated our cabin, baked us a cake, and put on the best dance party I've been to in years. I really cannot recommend this ship highly enough! Everyone was amazing, and the experience was perfect.

Recommended for
The wonderful guide and crew, getting to see so much of the Galapagos, and the family atmosphere on board the ship.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • michael H
  • United States United States
A Perfect Getaway!

Fantastic trip. Hiking with a tremendous guide everyday (usually twice a day - morning and afternoon). Snorkeling in beautiful, clear, sea-life-filled waters (watching a sealion chase two sharks out of a cove was the highlight). Three incredible meals each day - everything fresh and delicious. The crew was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful - always going the extra step (hot chocolate awaiting us after snorkeling was a great treat). The boat is beautiful and comfortable - small, but big enough. My fellow travelers were a delightful bunch - engaging, smart, funny and helpful. This was the perfect get away!

Recommended for
Location. Crew. People.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mathieu L
  • France France
Better than expected

Being so close to wildlife, very exclusive experience, high quality of the boat with a highly professional crew and guide, amazing and diverse landscape.

Recommended for
Itinerary, crew and guide, atmosphere
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lara D
  • Canada Canada
A true five star experience

Snorkeling with sea creatures was the highlight of our trip. The snacks, hot drinks and warm towels were very much appreciated after all water excursions. We truly appreciated the attention to all the little things on the boat.

Recommended for
Food, attentive crew and guide, accommodation
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kathy L
  • Canada Canada
Experience of a lifetime

We did the Itinerary A and had the most wonderful experience. We saw plenty of wildlife (even swam with penguins!) and our guide Fernanda was very knowledgeable. The days are packed with activities though the crew manage to make you feel like you’re still on vacation and not rushed at all. Talking about the crew, each and everyone of them is very professional, a very entertaining bunch and made everyone feel at home. At the end of the cruise, we all felt like a big family, crew and guests altogether. The food was excellent and varied. Lots of options for everyone’s taste. The boat in itself feels very new, modern and spacious. The view from the top deck is something special at sunset! There is never a dull moment and this is truly the experience of a lifetime! Thanks again to everyone for making our experience on board so special.

Recommended for
Great food and staff, great itinerary (A) and great installation
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maria S
  • Sweden Sweden
Fantastic Galapagos cruise

Completely jam packed experience with excursions as well as snorkeling on a daily basis. Great food and crew throughout

Recommended for
The proximity to the animals, the experience both on the boat as well as off the boat. the crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • stuart L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wonderful experience

Being so close to the animals. Being able to see different venues. I felt the lava experiences were too long, would have preferred more animal / bird / sea life contacts

Recommended for
Snorkel at Chinese hat. Birds on first day. Organisation
Origin: US