On board the Ecoventura yachts, we offer Designated Family departures – including Family TEEN departures and Family College departure that 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. Families with children age seven and up can travel on any of our designated Family Departures.
2018-2019 Family departures available on the Eric or Letty (family departures that have sold out may not be shown here)
|JUNE 17-24-B||JULY 08-15-A||AUG 05-12-A||AUG 12-19-B|
|AUG 19-26-A||NOV 18-25-B||DEC 16-23-B|
|FEB 17-24- A||MAR 10-17-B||MAR 17-24-A||MAR 24-01 APR-B|
|MAR 31-07 APR-A||APRIL 14-21-A||JUN 02-09-B||JUN 09-16-A|
|JUN 16-23-B||JUN 23-30-A||JULY 07-14-A||JULY 14-21-B|
|JULY 21-28-A||JULY 28-04 AUG-B||AUG 11-18-B||AUG 18-25-A|
|AUG 25-01 SEP-B||DEC 22-29-A||DEC 29-05 Jan-B|
Family teen 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 others 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. 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. We do make every effort so that you will be in the company of other families with children of similar ages.
Article from our blog: https://www.ecoventura.com/what-to-expect-on-a-family-departure-and-how-is-this-different-from-a-regular-departure/
Family teen departures with cultural exchange with EPI students
We offer a cultural exchange and/or scientific project with local students from Galapagos through Ecology Project International (EPI) on our itinerary A only on a few selected departures in 2018: July 22-29, August 5-12 and August 19-26. The scientific project is offered at the EPI camp “Reserva Parajo Brujo” . 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, Santa Cruz.
Article from our blog://www.ecoventura.com/summer-family-teen-departures-with-epi-activity/
Family- College Departures
We do 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
Activities may vary depending on the itinerary (A or B), the ages and involvement level and weather conditions. Kids can visit the bridge and learn about navigational charts and tie nautical knots with our Captain. Our chefs will organize an ice cream social, pizza making, cake decoration or chocolate fondue activities with the kids. Our guides offer games with prizes, drawing contests, talent shows and the very popular King Neptune or Pirate Party. On itinerary B, we celebrate crossing the equator with a King Neptune costume party. On itinerary A, we have a pirate themed party on board. 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 with earlier dinner time are offered on family departures (in addition to the regular menu for adults).
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 %50 park fee and and 30% discount off the airfare 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 6 years of age are not accepted unless the parents or legal guardians sign a hold harmless release. It is highly recommended that children age 11 and younger confirm 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 or occupy a cabin by themselves as a single. 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.