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Metropolitan Touring Cruise Highlights


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Galapagos experts since 1953

Level III naturalists (the best) bring islands to life

Family programming

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Metropolitan Touring Overview

With more than 60 years' experience in the Galapagos, Ecuador-based Metropolitan Touring is one of the pioneers of Galapagos cruise tourism. The company owns and operates three expedition ships based year-round in the Galapagos Islands; all straddle the line between the necessity of an expedition cruise and the need for comfort.

Who goes on Metropolitan Touring cruise ships?

From September through May, Metropolitan Touring attracts an extremely well-traveled, well-educated baby boomer and older crowd. Passengers are sociable and have an obvious affinity for nature. During the summer months, families materialize.

Two of the line's ships cater predominantly to English-speaking passengers drawn from the U.S., Australia and the U.K., though there may be a mix of multilingual Europeans. The larger ship attracts a more international crowd, including Spanish and Ecuadorians, and is the only ship with special family programming (kids' meal times, dedicated shore excursions and a kids' room).

Do I have to dress up on a Metropolitan Touring cruise?

No. The ships maintain a relaxed onboard atmosphere; there is no dress code and no need to dress for dinner. Comfortable and casual is the order of the day, and passengers are just asked to wear dry clothes in the restaurant. Instead of packing for dinner, pack for the expedition-style activities and for the weather.

What are Metropolitan Touring cruises' most popular activities?

With some of the most unusual wildlife in the world, shore excursions and up-close wildlife spotting are the unforgettable highlights of a Galapagos cruise. Onboard, passengers fill the lounge for briefings given by naturalists or showings of BBC documentaries. Otherwise, when not ashore, people tend to relax and chat in the lounge or on the sun deck.

Is everything free on Metropolitan Touring?

No. Meals, soft drinks, excursions and the use of snorkelling equipment are included. Extra costs include alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, wet suit rental and tips.