Ecoventura welcomes families with children ages twelve and up on all expedition vessels throughout the year. Families with children ages five and up can travel on any of our designated Family Departures. Family departures, including Family TEEN departures and Family College departure are geared towards families who prefer to travel with other families with similar aged children. Designated family departures are offered over school breaks and feature age-appropriate activities depending on the ages and number of children on board. Our naturalists know how to bring these Islands they love to life and to balance learning with fun for the entire family.
2016 Family and Family teen departures on the Eric or Letty:
|NOV 06-13-B||NOV 20-27-B||DEC 18-25-B||DEC 25-01 JAN-A|
2017 Family and Family teen departures on the Eric or Letty:
|JAN 01-08-B||APR 09-16-B||JUL 02-09-B||AUG 13-20-B|
|FEB 19-26-B||JUL 09-16-A||AUG 20-27-A|
|MAR 12-19-B||JUL 16-23-B||NOV 19-26-B|
|MAR 19-26-A||JUN 11-18-A||JUL 23-30-A||DEC 17-24-B|
|MAR 26-02 APR-B||JUN 18-25-B||JUL 30-06 AUG-B||DEC 24-31-A|
|APR 02-09-A||JUN 25-02 JUL-A||AUG 06-13-A||DEC 31-07 JAN-B|
Family departures are ideal for families traveling with children ages 7 to 17 – and up
MOST of our family departures are families with teenage children age 12 to 17 (and even college age and early twenties). 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.
Family teen departures with cultural exchange with EPI students
We are offering a cultural exchange and/or scientific project with local students from Galapagos through Ecology Project International (EPI) on our itinerary A. Our 2016 Summer EPI departures sold out early. We are offering these weeks in 2017: June 25-02 July, July 9-16, July 23-30, August 6-13. The scientific project is offered at the EPI camp “Reserva Parajo Brujo” followed by lunch. The cultural exchange is a tour given by the EPI Eology Club students in the afternoon offering a unique perspective of the town of Puerto Ayora.
Family- College Departures
Thanks to a growing trend on the Ecoventura yachts, we sometimes designate a few departures on one of the yachts for families traveling with College age 18-25 children; please inquire for departure dates.
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.
Child discounts are applied to cabins on the iguana deck unless not otherwise available. 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 only 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. Children under 12 cannot be confirmed on Booby deck cabins. Families who want to be on the same deck as their children need to book both cabins on the dolphin deck. On Family departures, iguana deck cabins are used to confirm children and triples only, not adults, unless dolphin and booby are sold out. When children are accommodated in a triple cabin, the discount is calculated from the double iguana deck rate.