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Nina Catamaran

General Description: Nina is the first of the brand new first class catamaran and is the most modern vessel in the Galapagos Islands. Its speed, comfort, luxurious interiors and excellent itinerary make Nina perfect for your Galapagos Cruise Adventure.

All cabins boast the luxury of a private balcony and the new stability system ensures the smoothest of rides. The new design of the MC Nina surpasses all rivals. It is the fastest, sleekest, longest and most stable catamaran cruising the islands.

Characteristics: Nina is the first of the brand new Kat-700 luxury catamaran series and is the most modern vessel in the Galapagos Islands.

Her speed, comfort, luxurious interiors and excellent itinerary make Nina perfect for your Galapagos Cruise Adventure. Nina was commissioned following the stunning sell-out success of her sister ship, the luxury catamaran Athala II.

All cabins boast the luxury of a private balcony and the new stability system ensures the smoothest of rides.

Nina Catamaran Technical Specifications

Type: First Class
Length: 31.45 m
Speed: 13 knots
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 10 + 1 naturalist guide
Cabins: 8 double cabins with private bathroom

Itinerary Overview

Tuesday: Island San Cristobal - Galapaguera
Wednesday: Española Island – Gardener Bay - Suarez Point
Thursday: Island Floreana – Cormorant Point – Devils Crown - Post Office Bay
Friday: Island Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station / Island South Plazas
Saturday: Island North Seymour / Island Bartolome
Sunday: Island Fernandina – Punta Espinoza / Island Isabela – Punta Vicente Roca
Monday: Island Santiago – Puerto Egas / Island Rabida
Tuesday: Island San Cristobal – Isla Lobos – return flight

Detailed Itinerary:

Tuesday: Island San Cristobal - Galapaguera
In the morning you will fly to the Galapágos Island San Cristobal from which you will start your cruise. After paying the National Park Entrance Fee, a crew member will accompany you to your yacht which anchors at Baquerizo Moreno harbour. After arrival on board, check- in and explanations in general, lunch will be served. Afterwards you will start with your first excursion. You will go through the highlands of San Cristobal where you will visit San Cristobal breeding centre, called “La Galapaguera”, where you will have the possibility to get to know more about the Giant tortoises breeding efforts of the National Park; especially of the endemic species: Geochelone elephantopus Chatamensis. -/L/D

Wednesday: Española Island – Gardener Bay - Suarez Point
Española is the southernmost and oldest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Because of its isolated position you can explore a lot of endemic wildlife. Gardener Bay is on the eastern shore with turquoise shot coloured water and a magnificent beach. Around the small islets nearby, snorkelers will find lots of fish and sometimes turtles and sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of sea lions which like to swim with you. Birds, like the endemic Hood-Mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. In the afternoon you will have an excursion to Point Suarez which is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago, with a long list of species found along its cliffs and sand or pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds there are the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds, Galapagos doves and Galapagos hawks. Several types of reptiles, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard, are unique to this island. When heavy swells are running, Point Suarez is also the site of a spectacular blowhole, with thundering spray shooting 30 yards into the air. The walkabout on a stony path is about 2km (duration about 3 hours). B/L/D

Thursday: Island Floreana – Cormorant Point – Devils Crown - Post Office Bay
Floreana Island is perceived as one of the most exotic Island of the archipelago. At Cormorant Point you land on a green olivine sand beach. Following a 100 m long path you will soon reach a lagoon with flamingoes, white-checked pintail ducks and other shorebirds. In the afternoon you will reach Devils Crown (Corona del Diablo), a broken volcanic cone, which is one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling on Galápagos Island. You can dive or swim between riff sharks, star fishes, marine turtles, sea lions and many tropical ornamental fishes. Afterwards you will visit the famous Post Office Bay which keeps the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to post their mail in. Nowadays you can leave a letter and hope that it will make its destination via another.tourist. B/L/D

Friday: Island Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station / Island South Plazas
Today you anchor at the harbour of Puerto Ayora on Island Santa Cruz. Beside its rank as homestay for sea lions and pelicans, the marina is a popular starting point for round-the-world-yachtsman. The island itself has come to be both touristic and scientific center of the archipeleago. The Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park offices are based here as well. The station encompasses an information centre, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. Here you will have an opportunity to visit some of the best scientists of the Galápagos. Park rangers and park managers among others, who make huge efforts to preserve this Unesco World Heritage Site, conduct the conservation of the islands. In the tortoise breeding and rearing centre you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably Lonesome George. He is the only survivor of his specific turtle species. In the past all approaches to find a partner for him failed. But in July 2008 the scientists found a carved nest wit nine eggs from a female tortoise. Three of them could be saved and now accordingly to strict instructions they are incubated syntheticly. Later you will explore South Plaza Island, the more southernly island of the both Plaza Island, located in the east of Island Santa Cruz. On this island so full of life you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. On the steep banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls. But most of all, enjoying the beautiful view from atop the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cactus and red coral bushes grow here and the vegetation changes colour according to the seasons of the year. B/L/D

Saturday: Island North Seymour / Island Bartolome
After a dry landing, you will have a short walk along the coast of the northernmost island of Seymour. Guests will encounter swallow tailed gulls, sea lions and cliff crabs. This site is also known for being a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies, and the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird, a species different to the great frigate bird. You can also spot both endemic species of iguanas, the marine iguanas and land iguanas. You will enjoy this relaxing hike around the nesting sites. Arriving at Bartolomé in the afternoon you will ascend a lookout point from where you can admire the spectacular panorama of the Sullivan Bay and the famous needle shaped rock, the so called Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of the Pinnacle Rock boast some fine snorkeling spots from which you can discover the marvelous underwater world with a good chance to encounter penguins or the softly gliding turtles. B/L/D

Sunday: Island Fernandina – Punta Espinoza / Island Isabela – Punta Vicente Roca
In the morning you will visit Fernandina Island which is not only the westernmost but also the youngest and most pristine Island found in Galapagos. The last eruption of the volcano La Cumbre in 2005 created huge interesting fields of lava. Punta Espinoza, one of Fernandina’s visit points, is situated within a fascinating lava scenery with Lava-Cactuses and on the surface of the lava growing mangroves. Beside this unique scenery you will come in contact with numerous animals here. The highlights are sea lions, penguins, the flightless cormorant (especially in spring and summer) and one of the biggest iguana colonies of Galápagos. Do not miss a snorkeling trip during which you have the possibility to explore the beautiful underwater world. This afternoon will lead you to the largest island of the archipelago, Island Isabela. With a surface of 4588 sq.km the isle engages more than the half of the land area of whole Galápagos. Located at the ‘mouth’ of the head of the sea horse, which forms the northern part of the Isabela, is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay well protected from the ocean swells. With good luck you can observe penguins in the deep blue sea. Masked and blue-footed boobies and pelicans sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. B/L/D

Monday: Island Santiago – Puerto Egas / Island Rabida
In the morning you will land at Santiago Island, also known as James, or San Salvador Island, which is the fourth largest island in the archipelago. The influences of the former salt mine workers and their imported animals are still alive on the island. The last tries to populate Santiago Island were given up forty years ago.In the afternoon you will make an excursion to the small volcano island Rábida with its dark red beach. A small path there leads you to the little lagoon, which is often visited by flamingos. On your way to this lagoon you will pass nesting pelicans and other sea birds. The beach of Rábida Island is considered as one of the most beautiful places to go snorkeling. Because of a huge richness of fishes you can also observe a lot of sea lions there. B/L/D

Tuesday: Island San Cristobal – Isla Lobos – return flight
In the morning you will visit Lobos Island, which is located in front of San Cristobal Island. It is a seasonal nesting location for the blue footed booby and frigate birds. You also should enjoy swimming and snorkelling with sea lions in this calm bay. Around midday you will fly back to the mainland of Ecuador. Enjoy the last view back to the enchanting islands; a unique paradise with its fascinating nature. B

B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner

Prices per person for 2014

Double cabin per person: USD 4.390.-
Charter USD 62.950.-

Supplement for Single cabin: 30 %
Price for child under 12 years: 50 %

Fuel surcharge per person: USD 270.-

In the price included: All transfers in Galapagos, 8 day cruise on board of the NINA in double accommodation with all facilities, naturalist guide, purified water free to drink.

Not included in the price: Flights mainland to/from Galápagos (e.g. Quito – Galapagos – Quito USD 420.- per person), entrance fee to Galapagos National Park USD 100.- per person, migration card USD 10.- per person, beverages, tips, personal items, insurance.

NB Itinerary is subject to change without previous notice, due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authorities advice, or Captain´s decision for passengers’ security.

NET RATE FOR THE FLIGHT TICKETS TO GALAPAGOS
ROUTE ADT CHD
Quito - Galápagos - Quito

420.00

216.00

Quito - Galápagos - Guayaquil

396.00

205.00

Guayaquil - Galápagos - Guayaquil

369.00

195.00

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