Galaxy Orion Cruise Ship, Galapagos

Excellent diving and guidance

“The boat was well equipped, the food was good, and the crew was really nice. What really stood out is that we were THE ONLY dive b…”

Laurie T, United States United States
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  • Renewed in 2022
  • Naturalist itineraries

The Galaxy Orion is a 29-meter/96-ft small-ship cruise offering naturalist itineraries in the Galapagos. Fully renewed in 2022, it can accommodate up to 12 guests in 8 comfortable cabins, all with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The Galaxy Orion offers naturalist itineraries. On the upper deck, guests can enjoy the ocean views from their large windows; on the lower deck, there are porthole views.

The Galapagos are famous for their biodiversity and are one of the best places in the world for seeing unique ecosystems and endemic species such as giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Cruising in the Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Water temperatures fluctuate through the year, usually warmer on the north island and cooler in the western, southern, and central Galapagos islands. This type of cruise in the Galapagos emphasizes conservation and responsible tourism, ensuring that the islands' natural wonders are preserved for generations to come.

Book your next small ship cruise to the Galapagos aboard the Galaxy Orion today.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | snorkelling only


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

Required Extras: Domestic Flight Non-Issuance Fee (60 USD per trip), National Park Fees (100-200 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks.

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
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Welcome Cocktails

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 and Spanish.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year renovated 2022
  • Length 29 meters
  • Beam 6.6 meters
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Max guests 12
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 9

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Galaxy Orion Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Laurie T
  • United States United States
Galapagos Adventure

The boat was well equipped, the food was good, and the crew was really nice. What really stood out is that we were THE ONLY dive boat at all our dive sites except for one day which we overlapped with one other boat (but we didn't see the divers under water). This was amazing!! We had some absolutely spectacular dives that weren't over-crowded. I would definitely recommend this was spectacular. Our dive guides were very knowledgeable and in addition to giving great dive briefings, we also had naturalist talks. For the last day we went ashore and were able to see the Galapagos turtles since we couldn't dive before flying out. One note: the boat's dive prep area is pretty small. It felt cramped for the first day of diving before I got to know the other divers. After the first day, the space was still small but everyone was comfortable with the close quarters because we knew each other. Our dive guides were Jorge and William and both were really great. The boat requires a minimum of 50 dives and I would recommend this. The dive guides assume you know what you're doing for the most part (they don't babysit you but are always there to help if needed) and it was nice to be diving with more experienced divers. Can't wait to go back!

Recommended for
The dives-the school of hammer head sharks (!), the penguin (!), the dive guides, the lack of other boats at the dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mary M
  • United States United States
Trip of a lifetime and we loved our ship (Galaxy Diver) crew, and Naturalist guide, Renny!

Snorkeling with sea turtles, penguins, stingrays, and reef shark. Seeing the giant tortoises, the blue footed boobies, and penguins. Learning the history and culture of the Galápagos Islands. New and exciting adventures and treasures each day.

Recommended for
Snorkeling, all the animals, fish, birds and naturalist guide & crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Greg P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing sightings with amazing crew and guests

The marine life was incredible while the boat experience itself was excellent - professional but fun

Recommended for
Wildlife, guides, food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Michael O
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Good liveaboard with areas of improvement

Positives: The destination and wildlife were very unique and beautiful. The food was simply excellent and the staff was very helpful. One of the dive guides was really sweet and made sure everyone enjoyed the dives in a safe way. Areas for improvement: One engine failed early on the trip, causing two day dives to be lost, one in Darwin. While the crew did their best, we still lost the two morning dives where you typically have better visibility and activity. The dives were worth hundreds of dollars yet no monetary compensation was provided. We wanted to extend our stay and not even a rebooking of flight was covered when asked, nor effective support to rebook at our own cost. Additionally, while one guide was great, the younger one was arrogant and didn’t communicate clearly underwater, nor ensure that the group was able to stay together during the dives. He made rude comments to both guests and the other guide when there were misalignments. Being on the pricey end of liveaboards, the rental dive gear, the boat/crew capabilities and professionalism of the one guide could be improved. While we still had a great time, however I would prefer another company for a second time in Galapagos. Feedback is a valuable gift and I hope future customers have an improved experience.

Recommended for
The wildlife, the food, the destination.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ekkehard S
  • Germany Germany
Great week in Galagaos

Wolf Island, Hammerheads, Seelions

Recommended for
Food, crew, other divers
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Allyson W
  • Ireland Ireland
Fantastic experience-

Once in a lifetime trip made all the more special by crew and diving that exceeded expectations.

Recommended for
Staff and guides were excellent, fabulous diving, safety
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tamyko Y
  • Spain Spain
Nice experience in Galapagos. Bad luck with animals sightings this time

Wolf and Darwin

Recommended for
Crew, hospitality, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eli A
  • Israel Israel
An excellent experience that I will remember for many years

Amazing dives, an excellent team that helps with everything, and makes sure that the divers have maximum enjoyment. A cook of a very high standard. Who prepared gourmet meals. An excellent experience for many years.

Recommended for
Dives, staff, chef
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Stephen P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing Experience

Highlights were Darwin & Wolf islands, seeing Scalloped Hammerheads, Whale Shark, Tiger Shark, Manta Rays, Sea Lions and so much more! Great crew and guides, the food was outstanding and the whole crew so helpful

Recommended for
Diving, Food, Crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Agueda M
  • Argentina Argentina
Amazing Experience from Start to End

We saw absolutely every marine creature there was to see. We loved it. The food was delicious and the service from the crew too good. 100% recommend.

Recommended for
Food, Staff, and Diving