2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The other reviews tell almost all you need to know. I just wanted to add a couple of comments. 1. There are not locks on cabins doors when you are not in the room, it’s company policy and was very strange to me. 2. The showers are ... Read More
The other reviews tell almost all you need to know. I just wanted to add a couple of comments. 1. There are not locks on cabins doors when you are not in the room, it’s company policy and was very strange to me. 2. The showers are huge compared to other ships that are much larger. 3. There were only 20 guests on our cruise and we had a lot of space, I would guess when you get 40+ people the ship will seem small. 4. The naturalists were well spoken and answered all questions at any time. 5. Food was fine, not sure how you could do better in the Galapagos. 6. December is not the correct time to come for snorkeling, water is pretty rough and cloudy. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
We found the ship to be an ideal size 24 rooms each with a large window, 48 passengers and a total of 32 ish crew (including crew members and naturalists). The food was very good, the staff accommodating, the naturalists ranged from ... Read More
We found the ship to be an ideal size 24 rooms each with a large window, 48 passengers and a total of 32 ish crew (including crew members and naturalists). The food was very good, the staff accommodating, the naturalists ranged from passionate to capable. Safety - of the passengers and the wildlife - seemed of the utmost concern to every member of the team. Excursions were many and varied and we recommend you take as many as you are able. Initially, we'd had some reservations about the level of activity that would be required of us. The spirit of adventure captured and transformed us into hiking, snorkeling, kayaking Grandma and Grandpa to no ill effect. There was one daily event that was awkwardly timed: Regrettably, the educational talk given in the bar area at the top of the gently rocking ship came after a physically active morning and a full meal at lunch. Even those eager for the information often lapsed. We did not take our grand-kids - unsure at what age a child might maximize his/her experience. In our limited observation (and acknowledging there are exceptions) the 10-18 range seemed optimal. Any younger and they might not have the focus or ability to enjoy some of the activities, any older and they seemed to be focused on more urbane interests. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We had the most amazing trip on Yacht La Pinta in February 2017. To say it was spectacular was an understatement, Galapagos was everything we expected and Yacht La Pinta was absolutely the perfect way to experience it. When we arrived on ... Read More
We had the most amazing trip on Yacht La Pinta in February 2017. To say it was spectacular was an understatement, Galapagos was everything we expected and Yacht La Pinta was absolutely the perfect way to experience it. When we arrived on board the expedition leader told us this was not a cruise but an "expedition" and he was right! To our great pleasure the activities were endless - we kept busy from our 7am wakeup call right through to our 7pm de-briefing every night. We were in the water snorkelling nearly every day, sometimes twice a day! We snorkelled with a wide range of animals, from turtles and sealions to penguins, flightless cormorants, sea iguanas and even hammerhead sharks. The yacht is small, only 24 cabins which is a nice number to get to know your fellow travellers. The food was superb, set menu with options some nights and delicious buffet on other nights. The guides were excellent, friendly passionate and knowledgeable. We booked two consecutive cruises together, 4 day Northern followed directly by the 6 day Western itinerary. A special thanks to Grace for looking after us so well in the transition between cruises. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Yacht La Pinta and crew for a memorable experience of Galapagos Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Just back from a wonderful week in the Galapagos Islands aboard La Pinta. It was a wonderful trip. The ship is perfect sized - large enough to accommodate more passengers (most ships this size do) but they keep it feeling small and ... Read More
Just back from a wonderful week in the Galapagos Islands aboard La Pinta. It was a wonderful trip. The ship is perfect sized - large enough to accommodate more passengers (most ships this size do) but they keep it feeling small and intimate. The cabins were much bigger than I (as a first time cruiser) expected and were very comfortable. The common spaces were generous and there were three separate spaces on board where all the passengers could meet at once (bar/lounge, the outside dining area and the inside dining area). Linens were clean, comfortable and plentiful. The ship itself was terrific. If the ship was terrific, the staff was even better. The staff to passenger ration was very high and we were pampered at every turn. Every time you were away for a meal or an excursion, you would come back to a tidy cabin. The wait staff was wonderful and Lois did an outstanding job watching over us with our many food allergies. Finally, the itinerary was perfect. We saw great sights and the naturalists were fantastic (especially Carlos). All five that we had exposure to on the trip were exceptionally knowledgeable and caring and flawlessly bi-lingual. The trip was everything we wanted and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend La Pinta. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
There were many unfortunate incidences on this trip, but also some very good moments also. The first day got off to a frustrating start. After a long day traveling to get to the ship we were already pretty tired and late afternoon we ... Read More
There were many unfortunate incidences on this trip, but also some very good moments also. The first day got off to a frustrating start. After a long day traveling to get to the ship we were already pretty tired and late afternoon we drove about 40 minutes to a giant tortoise reproduction center. We saw the giant tortoises on the flat ground and then we began to climb up and up to see a few baby tortoises in cages at the top of the hill. Our naturalist walked very fast as he was used to it and when coming down he completely left 3 people behind, one that had an injury to her knee. When we arrived at the dock to board the zodiacs to return to the ship, the naturalists came running up to us and chastised us for not staying with him. I don't know why he was so upset; he hadn't seemed concerned with us up to that point,. Food on board was acceptable, but not as exceptional as I had anticipated. Most of the crew was friendly; however, the bar server treated some of the passengers like children. When a friend went up to the bar to ask for a drink, she was told to "sit down" and you will be served. Seemed a bit rude. Two other major concerns: (1)when those that were snorkeling were told to "buddy up", no one actually did and all the divers went in the water alone. There was no accounting for who actually had returned from the water. 2) A similar thing happened on the last day as we were were boarding a bus to go to the airport. The bus was over crowded with people standing in the aisle. The naturalist that accompanied us never even counted to see if we all actually made it onto the bus. All the other people trying to get on were pushing and shoving and easily one of us could have been left behind. When we got to the airport, he had not told us where to pick up our luggage. So when I got into the airport, I didn't have my luggage and had to go back and get it. It just seemed a bit disorganized. I am used to the person who is in charge always keeping an eye on everyone and making sure all are accounted for. The naturalist that was assigned to us always walked very fast and could be easily 1 block ahead of his group and he never even looked back to see if we were following. I guess my major complaint had to do with this one staff member. Otherwise, the trip would have been a wonderful experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
La Pinta is a good ship with a friendly captain and crew eager to please. The food is good but not as good as Delfin on the Amazon which preceeded our trip. Day 1 flight good from Guaquil old bus panga to ship, lunch, drill, very long ... Read More
La Pinta is a good ship with a friendly captain and crew eager to please. The food is good but not as good as Delfin on the Amazon which preceeded our trip. Day 1 flight good from Guaquil old bus panga to ship, lunch, drill, very long presentation, back on panga and old bus and hurried climb up to see baby tortoises back to ship feeling tired and wondering why we had done all that walking to see so little! Day 2 Pitt point told it was a diffult hike to see wildlife so opted for panga ride and saw a lot. Day 3 2 km over boulders definitely beyond both of us and no alternative so 4 stayed on ship and we visited the bridge. Library good and so was the doctor. My wife developed back trouble earlier on the trip and we are both active and reasonably fit but others confirmed we would have not managed well. Even the beach walks were hard in the sand! Did not feel that the naturalists were that concerned about our difficulties! Never felt safe on the panga although there was plenty of help getting on and off. The websites are misleading talking of easy walks. This is clearly untrue. On the final evening we saw photos of the cruise and we had missed a lot of wildlife. We did not visit the Charles Darwin centre on the final day which was disappointing as we have visited Down house and read a lot about him. It is clear that the Galapagos is only for the really fit and had we known this we would not have booked at all! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2013
I researched 7 different agencies that cruised the Galapagos. I narrowed it down to four, and went with La Pinta. We chose the La Pinta because it gave us 7 nights of cruising and we could have a couple of days before embarkation to ... Read More
I researched 7 different agencies that cruised the Galapagos. I narrowed it down to four, and went with La Pinta. We chose the La Pinta because it gave us 7 nights of cruising and we could have a couple of days before embarkation to explore Quito and we managed to add on a post-cruise adventure. The La Pintaaa is everything we expected. The ship is small, intimate and a nice size (46 passengers - they rarely use the last cabin to make it 48 passengers). We ended up with a triple cabin which was nice - it has a sofa to stretch out on besides the 2 easy chairs. The walk-in shower is a big plus - no stepping over a tub edge. Plenty of bath gel, shampoo and conditioner in the on wall dispensers. There is a nice big picture window - we saw whales right outside the window! The crew is fantastic; the "hotel manager" (Xavier) is ready to solve any problem should one occur; the ship's doctor is ready with the needed antibiotic (I did get a bit of TD early in the trip); the bartender is ready with your favorite beverage. The naturalists are the ones who make this FANTASTIC. It is so evident that they love what they are doing; that they love the Galapagos experience; that they have a passion for their work and expertise. They state facts as if it's the first time they've mentioned them. Everything comes out fresh and with such enthusiasm and expertise. WOW - to love a job as much as they do is very special. The breakfast and lunches were buffet - and very good. No complaints here at all. Dinner is a sit-down affair - you choose your entree for the evening at lunch. There is a basic selection - nothing to rave about. Also, they no longer charge for wet-suits or the internet (nice touch). Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2013
We did the 8 day trip on La Pinta – western itinerary. We researched a ton of boats and opted for a large one. A couple of pluses of a big boat…space! My husband is 6’5” and it sure was nice having a large bed and lots of room on ... Read More
We did the 8 day trip on La Pinta – western itinerary. We researched a ton of boats and opted for a large one. A couple of pluses of a big boat…space! My husband is 6’5” and it sure was nice having a large bed and lots of room on board. Also, internet – we didn’t have it the first couple of days on the western side of Isabella, but after that the signal was good. There were 37 passengers onboard and there was not one single outing in which everyone participated. The snorkeling trips would have less than 20 of us in two pangas. Even if the boat was full, La Pinta is big enough that I can’t imagine it feeling crowded. Library – great selection of Galapagos books, board games, puzzles, computers, and movies to watch on the flat screen – even new releases! There were 3 very well behaved kids onboard and their parents seemed very happy with the kids club, which kept the kids entertained and fed, while their parents had dinner. No issues, with waiting for pangas or overcrowding which seems to be a concern with bigger boats. If you take the last panga, you generally get the smallest group. Guides –Our trip included 3 guides, they really are top notch, and their knowledge is amazing. They were also quite funny and personable. Doctor – I hadn’t put much thought into to this beforehand, but it sure was nice when I arrived on board with a stomach bug from Quito to have a doctor who was able cure me with some meds. Other passenger alignments treated during the week included seasickness and twisted ankles, I imagine they were all happy to have a Dr also. Gym – even with 2-3 activities a day, it was nice to get in a quick run or ride the stationary bike. Also mats for stretching. Housekeeping - Truffles magically appear in your room every night; they clean your room at least 3 times a day. Ipod docker – loved being able to blare our tunes and look out our HUGE window. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap, hair dryer and safe provided Food was generally good and plentiful, always a vegetarian option. A note on the kayaking, we had the option kayak OR snorkel, so that was a bit of a bummer, as we wanted to do both. The trip exceeded our expectations, definitely one of our best adventures ever!   Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2012
I sailed on Yacht La Pinta in April 2012. I had always wanted to go to the Galapagos but the high single supplement made it impossible. By chance, an Australian travel agent had chartered the boat as part of a longer, more in depth trip ... Read More
I sailed on Yacht La Pinta in April 2012. I had always wanted to go to the Galapagos but the high single supplement made it impossible. By chance, an Australian travel agent had chartered the boat as part of a longer, more in depth trip around South America. When this trip hadn’t filled up, they advertised the Galapagos cruise at a discounted rate. I jumped at the opportunity and found myself in the Galapagos, on the trip of a lifetime. Yacht La Pinta is small, holding around 48 passengers and is one of 3 vessels owned by Metropolitan Touring in Ecuador. We had approximately 40 people from Australia and New Zealand. After a couple of little problems were sorted out at the beginning of the cruise, all drinks, WIFI and wetsuits were included. The food was buffet for breakfast and lunch. Dinner was a 3/4 course meal. Tables were generally four or six people so it was a communal affair and very social after a fantastic day of touring. I really enjoyed the buffet lunches out on the back deck. It wasn’t gourmet food, but it was very nice nevertheless. There was also a tea room where you could make tea/coffee/hot chocolate 24/7. I really liked the boat, my cabin was spacious with a floor to ceiling window and a good size bathroom for a small boat. There were no keys but the cabins could be locked from inside. The guides (or naturalists) were very knowledgeable and proud of these amazing islands. There were briefings about what to expect each day and during the 7 days of the cruise, the BBC series “Galapagos End of the World” TV show was screened in the lounge area. When there was a choice of activities (walking, snorkelling, kayaking), passengers were asked to add their name to a signup sheet in the lobby. After each excursion, waiting for us on the back landing, was an icy cold freshly squeezed juice and some finger food. It was always appreciated as it was brutally hot out on land. When you are in the Galapagos, it’s full on. Breakfast early then into the panga (zodiac) for your morning activity – either a walk to see the animals or a snorkel to see the animals. Let’s face it, a trip to the Galapagos is ONLY about the animals and it’s fantastic. Stepping over thousands of marine iguanas, seeing blue-footed boobies doing their dance, huge land iguanas sun-baking, giant turtles slowly shuffling along and of course, swimming with the seals. It is surreal being up close and personal with these animals. This was truly an outstanding trip - the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
La Pinta Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 3.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 5.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

Find a Cruise

Email me when prices drop