On board all the Ecoventura yachts, we designate certain weeks just for families traveling with children, teens and young adults, created to cater to families with similar-aged children. They are offered during the major school breaks, and feature age appropriate activities. 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 6 and up can travel on any of our designated Family Departures.
2019 Family departures on Ecoventura yachts
|FEB 17-24- A||MARCH 10-17-B||MAR 17-24-A||MAR 24-01 APR-B|
|MAR 31-07 APR-A||APRIL 14-21-A||JUNE 02-09-B||JUNE 09-16-A|
|JUNE 16-23-B||JUNE 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. Expect longer hikes and more kayaking and snorkeling opportunities. We 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 offer a cultural exchange and/or scientific project with local students from Galapagos through Ecology Project International (EPI) on a few selected departures (itinerary A) in late July and August. The scientific project is offered at the EPI camp called “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.
See our blog posts for more information on EPI and our family departures!
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 or talent shows. 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.