Samba Cruise Ship, Galapagos

Excellent food and drinks

“The number one highlight was snorkeling with the penguins. Also jumping in and swimming with the dolphins. Kayaking between the sp…”

Terry K, United States United States
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  • Two distinct seven-night adventure itineraries
  • Marvelous wildlife and land excursions

Constructed in 1966 as a luxury yacht, the Samba Galapagos has been fully converted into a high-class small ship cruise vessel with all modern amenities, safety features, and a sense of class. She has just seven cabins, catering to up to 14 guests per trip. The en suite cabins are air-conditioned and have a window or a port hole. Some have twin bunks rather than side-by-side beds. When it comes to chilling out and mingling, a variety of options await; lie back on a sun lounger on the sun deck, sit and enjoy the sights of nature from the observation deck, or enjoy a drink from the onboard bar. The indoor dining room doubles as an air-conditioned lounge and an al fresco dining area. The boat has a TV, DVD player, a video and book library, and kayaks. A naturalist guide sails with you to accompany your group on excursions and teach you more about the local flora and fauna.

The Samba Galapagos offers two different seven-night adventures around the spectacular Galapagos. Beginning and ending on Baltra Island, your cruise package includes airport pickups. Sail around the islands to the north and west of the group, with highlights that include Darwin Bay, El Barranco, Marchena Island’s Black Beach, Urbina Bay, Elizabeth Bay, and Floreana Island. The central and eastern islands itinerary includes the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, the La Baronesa Lookout on Floreana Island, Gardner Rock, Kicker Rock, Barrington Bay, Sullivan Bay, and islands like Bartholeme and Rabida. Whichever route you choose, you will see a marvelous array of wildlife and have the chance to partake in varied land excursions and water-based activities.

The welcoming staff members of the Samba Galapagos will do their best to ensure you have a fabulous vacation to cherish. Book online to secure your chosen sailing dates.

Choose your departure date adventure cruise | no scuba diving


Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100-200 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (5 USD per trip), Hotel Transfer, 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
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Budget Friendly Cruise
  • Family Friendly Cruise

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Cuisine
  • 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.

Gear Rental

There is equipment available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan


Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1966
  • Length 24m/78ft
  • Beam 5.5m/18ft
  • Cruising speed 8.5 Knots
  • Engines Very efficient Twin DAV diesel engines 280 HP-CUMMINS that only use a remarkable 6 gallons of diesel every hour!
  • Max guests 14
  • Number of cabins 7
  • Number of bathrooms 7
  • Water capacity 1.500 gallons and water maker

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
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Samba Reviews

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Terry K
  • United States United States
A Totally Magical Experience!

The number one highlight was snorkeling with the penguins. Also jumping in and swimming with the dolphins. Kayaking between the split rock was absolutely amazing. Our guide, Harry, made each day a new learning experience. His ability to calm even the most nervous snorkler (me) was unbelievable.

Recommended for
The time allowed for snorkeling, the ability to be spontaneous, the quality and variety of the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Melvin E
  • Australia Australia
Once in a lifetime

I have no words to describe the experience aboard the Samba , from the crew, food and cocktails to the daily unlimited fun packed excursions. We swam with sharks, dolphins, seals, turtles, and saw iguanas, flamingos, boobies, flightless Cormorants and the list goes on. Samba by far the best cruise.

Recommended for
Everything, absolutely everything, and then again
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maria Mercedes P
  • Colombia Colombia
100% Nature contemplation.

Whale sharks! Rays!! Dolphins!!!

Recommended for
Captain guide route
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Gun L
  • Sweden Sweden
A great memory for life!

Snorkeling in a cave with sealions playing around us. The gigant turtouise in the hihlands of Santa Cruise. The excellent guide and crew who made all then could for us!

Recommended for
The crew, the activities an of course the wildlife and nature!