The MV Origin welcomes families with children ages 7 and up throughout the year. Families with children ages five and up can travel on any of our designated family departures. These departures, including Family Teen departures and Family College departures, are geared towards families who prefer to travel with other families with similarly aged children. On the ORIGIN, we offer children age 11 and under 25% discount, and age 12-17 with 15% discount off our cruise rates. New for 2017, we are offering college age students 18-21 a 10% discount. All discounts exclude holiday weeks.
Designated family departures are offered over school breaks and feature activities tailored to the ages and number of children on board. Our talented naturalists are skilled at balancing learning with fun for all ages, and know how to make your Galapagos voyage an amazing experience the whole family will never forget.
2017 Family and Family teen departures on the ORIGIN:
|MAR 19-26-A||JUN 04-11-B||JUL 09-16-A|
|MAR 26-02 APR-B||JUN 11-18-A||JUL 16-23-B||AUG 20-27-A|
|APR 09-16-B||JUN 18-25-B||JUL 23-30-A||NOV 19-26-B|
|JUN 25-02 JUL-A||JUL 30-06 AUG-B||DEC 17-24-B|
|AUG 06-13-A||AUG 13-20-B||DEC 24-31-A||DEC 31-07 JAN-B|
Family departures are ideal for families traveling with children ages 7 to 17 – and up
These trips will be more physically active than most and move at a faster pace. Our guides will optimize the longest trails and all kayaking and snorkeling opportunities, with less down time mid-day. You will be in the company of other families with children of similar ages. If there is sufficient demand, we may have two yachts with families on board make every effort to assign similar ages of children together on the same yacht. At the time of booking, you can inquire to the ages of the children already confirmed.
Activities on board family departures for children and teenagers
Kids can visit the bridge and learn about navigational charts and tie nautical knots with our Captain. Special parties include games with prizes, drawing contests, talent shows and ice cream social sundaes. On itinerary B, we celebrate crossing the equator with a King Neptune costume party. We also have board games, books and DVDs on board that are suitable for children and teenagers. There are masks, fins, wet suits and life vests in child sizes available. A separate briefing geared toward the younger ones and kid-friendly menus are offered on family departures (in addition to the regular menu for adults: See “our cuisine” for sample menus.
Terms & Conditions for Child/teen discounts:
Children age 11 years and younger at the time of sailing are entitled to a 25% discount off the cruise rate and also 50% discount off the airfare and park tax with photocopy of the child’s passport showing date of birth.
Children ages 12-17 years are entitled to a 15% discount off the cruise rate only.
No child discounts are permitted on “Holiday departures” (Christmas, New Year & Easter).
Age restrictions: Children under 7 years of age are not accepted unless the parents or legal guardians sign a hold harmless release. Children age 11 and younger are permitted only on a designated family departure. Children under the age of 5 are only permitted on exclusive charter basis.
Other conditions: We allow one child discount to be given per every adult fare paid. And, Ecoventura may limit the number of child discounts permitted on any one departure. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over age 21.