Let us take care of all of your needs during your cruise in the spectacular Galapagos Islands. Come aboard and cruise with our world-class crew. Our attentive staff will look after you when you are out exploring all the islands have to offer and will be there to help you relax and recharge back on our newest luxury vessel, the MV ORIGIN.
Below, we invite you to learn more about six of our 14 team members that will make your cruise in the Galapagos truly unforgettable – Enjoy and book your next adventure on board Ecoventura’s MV ORIGIN!
Captain: Israel Cruz
Captain Israel Cruz has been with MV ORIGIN since the beginning, helping make sure the ORIGIN was ready for her inaugural voyage on February 28th, 2016. Israel was also at the helm for ORIGIN’s first crossing from the shipyard in Guayaquil (GYE) where she was constructed to the Galapagos Islands.
Captain Cruz was born and raised in Ambato — a city in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. Israel is the First Mate of The Merchant Marine School of Ecuador and a Maritime Transport & Ports Administrator. He has worked on a variety of boats since 2004, including big tankers and large cruise ships in the Galapagos Islands. In the last eight years, Captain Israel Cruz has worked with National Geographic in the Galapagos.
He has been a member of our team since 2015 and has a passion for ensuring his passengers enjoy their stay under his command.
Executive Chef: Andres Torres
MV ORIGIN’s kitchen has the privilege to be managed by Executive Chef Andres Torres. We are proud to welcome him to the MV ORIGIN and talented team of chefs at Ecoventura.
Since Chef Torres was 16, he knew that he had a passion for cooking. He worked through the different kitchens levels gaining experience at the University of Espiritu Santo. During his studies, he participated in several cooking contests as junior chef and represented Ecuador as a kitchen assistant in the Global Chef Challenge 2012, Made in Canada.
In 2013 Chef Torres won first place in the Young Talent Ecuadorian Competition, and since has experienced both national and international recognition for his cuisine. During June 2014 he started an internship with the three Michelin star restaurant, Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Later he continued to work with the Roca brothers in Colombia with the Latin America Roca Tour.
Currently he leads a nomadic restaurant in Guayaquil.
Bartender: Christian Revelo
Christian Revelo has spent the last year working with Ecoventura on our first class yacht, the Flamingo. He has had the privilege of working in hospitality in the Galapagos since 2012, working as a bartender with other tour companies in the region. He is a natural in the industry with nearly a decade of experience.
Whether you are relaxing in one of our hammocks, laying out on the deck in one of our luxurious lounge chairs, gathering around a table with loved ones (or friends you have met onboard!), or indoors enjoying our panoramic windows and endless ocean views, Christian will be there to ensure your experience on MV ORIGIN is an enjoyable one, with a delicious drink in hand.
Concierge: María del Carmen Peralta
Having worked in the Hospitality industry for nearly a decade, María is a true asset on the yacht. Prior to joining Ecoventura, María was the Coordinator of Events and Banquets at the prestigious The Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel in Ecuador. She received her Masters in Business Administration from the Universidad Tecnológica Empresarial de Guayaquil and is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.
Within the Hospitality and Tourism industries, María’s is passionate about building her skills and expertise in Cruise Management – Having her on the ORIGIN is the perfect fit and we are honored to have her on our team!
Naturalist Guides: Cecibel Guerrero and Gustavo Andrade
Passengers are offered a variety of activities on MV ORIGIN including: guided nature walks, snorkeling, kayaking, standup paddle boarding and zodiac tours. Ecoventura provides one naturalist guide for every 10 passengers, the lowest ratio found in Galapagos, to ensure intimate, up-close wildlife encounters for our guests. Our naturalists will passionately share their knowledge and love for one of the world’s most unique and special places during your stay.
Ecuadorian born, Cecibel Guerrero spent 15 years living in Toronto, Canada, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After completing a training program with the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station, she obtained her naturalist guide license and guided for nine years, until 2001. She took a break to have two children but returned to work in the islands in 2008. Ceci’s favorite activity while guiding is snorkeling, but she also has a special interest in reptiles and is enthusiastic about sharing the Galapagos – the place she loves best – with our guests. “If you love wildlife, people and photography, this is the ideal job for you,” she says. “I feel blessed and honored to work in one of the most pristine places on Earth.”
Gustavo Andrade is part of the third generation of a local family from San Cristóbal, Gustavo was raised in Guayaquil but has always maintained close links to the Galapagos. His father worked as a tour boat captain, and Gustavo considers himself blessed to have been exposed to nature from the age of seven. An industrial engineer by training, Gustavo has been a naturalist guide for the Galapagos National Park since 2005 – one of the very best experiences of his life.
Interested in exploring the Galapagos Islands with our fabulous MV ORIGIN Crew? Book your cruise with us today! We have some excellent travel discounts on our Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 departures and they are booking up fast. Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime.