The Beluga: the most amazing trip of my life! I highly recommend this tour. I went for 7 nights and never wanted it to end. The snorkeling is fabulous-so much sea life to see up close, barrel rolling with sea lions the best experience of my.. life. The nature walks and hikes were just spectacular. Everyday was better than the next. The staff were fabulous, personable and a great team, and went out of their way at accommodating everyone’s special needs or wants. Sixteen passengers is about the right to explore the islands and share the experience; it was a mixed bag of ages, personalities, and nationalities yet fun and cohesive. Darwin, our guide, was so informative and patient. Although he must have done this 100’s of times, he seemed to enjoy the flora and fauna as much as we did. I thought this was a once and done trip, but after this experience I cannot wait to return.Read full review
I am not sure where to begin. The ship was beautiful. I loved the public space. Plenty of it. Jacuzzi was a little bit of luxury. On the top deck it would had been good if there had been more shade for the sunbeds. It got a bit hot on deck...
The food was excellent with plenty of choice. The crew worked nonstop. They were friendly, helpful and provided a first class service. The crew certainly made my birthday a very special occasion which will be a birthday I will never forget. The cabins were small on the lower deck but cabin number 5 is the largest and we were certainly grateful for that.
We were a little bit disappointed about the lack of information on their website. No idea if water was free (it was) they served juices which were also inclusive. It would have been handy to know that the boat supplied a hairdryer and some idea of the cost of drinks and tips.
We did have windows on the lower deck just too high to see out! The window sill was useful as an additional shelf for personal possessions and clothes. Not a lot of space to store two suitcases. You can just about get them under the bed, just little bit of additional information proves very useful. The guide on board was extremely knowledgeable and flexible. We never felt rushed and he did his utmost to ensure that we fully benefited from each and every trip.
The itinerary for each day was clearly laid out on a white board with what to wear and take. So well organized so we didn't waste any time. The islands visited gave us an excellent opportunity to see a wide range of sea life and birds. It was all so close and made taking photos so easy. It was amazing to wake up every morning to a different view and a new adventure waiting for us. The other thing we would have liked to have done on Santa Cruz was to spend a little more time shopping and a bit of time in the evening there to enjoy the street life and live music.
We felt seven day trip was spot on. I am so pleased we didn't do a shorter trip as we got to see so much more and never once felt we had had enough. To travel so far, and to such a unique place I am pleased we made the most of it and did a full week.Read full review
Now it's more than a week when we returned from the cruise on Reina Silvia. We got some time to get the impressions from the trip settled a little bit. We want to thank you, for this super trip. The Reina Silvia, the Crew the guide, everyth..ing was matching or exceeding our expectations. On top of this the support before and after the trip on the airport Quito whelped us a lot.Read full review
We had a wonderful trip on the Cachalote with David Paez as our guide. He is an excellent guide, very informative and knowledgeable as well as being patient and polite. It is impossible for me to pick out highlights of the trip as every day.. was different and full of interest, different islands different wildlife, more surprises. There was a great atmosphere on the Cachalote too with a small group who bonded well though most of us did not know the others before the trip and we had 4 nationalities altogether.Read full review