National Geographic Endeavour II
A well-equipped expedition ship accommodating up to 96 passengers, with light and spacious social areas, a library, spa and gym, and sundeck.
Prices from: £5,120pp for 10 days
Cruise the Galapagos in style aboard Endeavour II. Refitted in 2016, she includes a large lounge with panoramic windows, a library with reference books, novels and games, a spa and a gym with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a sunny observation deck.
The atmosphere on board is relaxed, with casual attire welcome. The restaurant seats all passengers together in one sitting and there are no allocated tables so you can sit where you please at each meal. Breakfast and lunch are usually served as buffets, with dinner an a la carte meal or, occasionally, a barbecue on the observation deck. The shop operates an open bridge policy, with passengers welcome to spend time on the bridge.
Cabins and suites have plenty of storage space and are equipped with temperature control. The accommodation is flexible, with most cabins able to configured as twins or doubles, some triples and a number of interconnecting rooms. Suites offer greater space and have larger bathrooms. All cabins and suites have large windows.
During the cruise you have shore excursions to a number of the islands led by naturalist guides, opportunities to explore by panga (inflatable boat) including one glass-bottomed vessel, and chances to go kayaking, standup paddleboarding and snorkelling. Families are welcome and the National Geographic Global Explorer programme provides varied activities for children.
- Spacious cabins, some interconnecting
- Lounge with panoramic views
- Ride in a glass bottom boat
- SUPs, kayaks and snorkelling gear
- Spa, gym and library
- Buy a DVD of the cruise as a souvenir
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Itinerary – 9 nights / 10 days
- FRI: Arrive in Quito, overnight Hilton Colon
- SAT: Fly to the Galapagos and begin cruise
- SUN: Cruising in the Galapagos Islands
- MON: Cruising in the Galapagos Islands
- TUE: Cruising in the Galapagos Islands
- WED: Cruising in the Galapagos Islands
- THU: Cruising in the Galapagos Islands
- FRI: Cruising in the Galapagos Islands
- SAT: Fly to Guayaquil, overnight Hilton Colon
- SUN: Depart Guayaquil
Islands you may visit during your cruise include Bartolome, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana and Espanola. The itinerary is flexible and can be varied according to wildlife sightings and weather conditions.
There are 25 cabins on the upper deck. 18 can be made up as doubles, including 2 sets of interconnecting cabins and 2 cabins that have a 3rd fold-down bed, the other 7 have queen size beds.
The lounge deck has 16 cabins and 1 suite. 2 of the cabins have queen beds, the other 14 can be configured as twins or doubles, 2 have a fold-down bed for triple occupancy and there are 3 sets of interconnecting cabins including one that connect with the suite. The suite is more spacious and has a larger bathroom.
There are 7 cabins and 3 suites on the bridge deck. All cabins can be twins or doubles, and there are 2 sets that interconnect. 2 of the suites are larger and have roomier bathrooms, and the 3rd suite is the largest on the ship and has its own sitting area.
Every cabin has an en-suite shower room with shower gel, shampoo and a hairdryer.
|Year of construction:||2005, refitted 2016|
|Type:||Large cruise ship|
|Accommodation:||52 outside cabins and suites, comprising 25 on the upper deck, 17 on the lounge deck and 10 on the bridge deck. Most are twin cabins can also be configured as doubles with queen size beds some of which are interconnecting, and there are some dedicated double cabins, 4 cabins with an extra fold-down bed to sleep a 3rd person, and the 4 suites, the largest of which has a sitting area and sofabed. All have a large window or windows, rather than portholes, climate control, a wardrobe or wardrobes, desk and chair, hairdryer, bathrobes and an en-suite shower room with a supply of toiletries.|
|On Board:||The dining room is located on the main deck and accommodates all passengers in a single sitting. There’s a large lounge with windows and facilities for presentation and self-service drink stations, which leads to an open deck. The bar is on this deck. The library is located on the bridge deck and has a selection of reference books, fiction, games and help yourself drink stations. This deck also houses the spa, gym and gallery-cum-shop. There is an observation deck with a large open area. There is Wi-Fi internet access in public areas and within cabin at extra charge. The ship has facilities for viewing and organising photos. All indoor areas are air conditioned. The ship offers a laundry service, payable locally. Endeavour II has snorkelling equipment and wetsuits, kayaks, standup paddleboards, 8 pangas (zodiacs), 1 glass bottom panga, an underwater camera and video microscope.|
|Cruising speed:||12 knots|
|Crew:||Includes an Ecuadorian captain, an expedition leader, 7 bilingual naturalist guides, an undersea specialist and a video chronicler. There is a doctor on board, available 24 hour a day free of charge|
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