I had the incredible privilege of experiencing a Galapagos Islands tour aboard the Letty March 25th through April 1st of 2018. Since I was provided with your contact, I would like to take a few moments and share feedback regarding outstanding points of mention.
I chose a trip to the Galapagos due to the symbolism, education and the wildlife photography opportunities it offered. In a world where human comfort and convenience have led to the careless destruction of habitat and species, my soul appreciates positive examples of conservation as well as like minds. Combined with the theory’s of Darwin, this is the ultimate trip for anyone interested in the origin of species and the future for wildlife. Visiting these islands has given me hope that with proper education and support through regulations, wildlife can peacefully exist despite human interference.
While I have taken many cruises, this was my first attempt at a ship of this size. I wasn’t certain I would care for the more intimate nature of a small passenger boat. The most surprising and unexpected outcome from the trip was the relationships I formed, and how much I enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and hearing their stories. It was more difficult to say goodbye to new friends than I ever dreamed it would be! The people (staff included) made the trip even more special. I will most definitely seek out similar options when considering cruises in the future.
The boat was clean and comfortable. The quality and selection of food were excellent. The itinerary was perfectly varied and offered non-stop land and sea adventure. Everything ran on time with razor-sharp precision. We were well informed how to prepare for each day. The map provided on departure was also I nice bonus—it will take me a while to fully absorb all of the places I’ve been in the past several days! Without a doubt, this was a very well-oiled operation from excited beginning to sad end. That coordination made for a very smooth and enjoyable experience.
Regarding your staff; I am sure you are aware, any company or organization is only as good as the staff they employ. I can assure you, your company is well represented and in very good hands. Every employee I encountered was professional, friendly and accommodating on every level. Claudia, Luis and Jorge—all fantastic. So many other staff members were ghostly invisible, and although their names aren’t listed here, their hard work to ensure our safe and comfortable travels didn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. Everyone was truly top-notch.
A special mention for your Naturalists, Jose and Fabricio. I can’t possibly say enough about this well-matched team. They functioned with utmost patience and professionalism to ensure all travelers remained on schedule as possible. Clearly respected, even by other guides in the field, I feel we were blessed with the very best when we received their assignment. They were enthusiastic, fun, customer-focused, and SO knowledgeable! They turned vacation into an experience. Like walking text books, they literally brought learning to life. Their passion for wildlife and the Galapagos environment /history is catching, and their message is so important for the future of Galapagos and similar wildlife environments. I feel tremendous gratitude for their sacrifices and tireless dedication to such a significant cause. You are beyond fortunate to call these individuals ‘yours’.
In closing, I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to everyone involved in the creation of memories that will last my lifetime. Even though I’m back at my desk, I’ve had a hard time thinking about anything else since I left. I’m hopeful this communication will help me gain some closure so I can get back to work! Without a doubt, Galapagos is a special, indescribable, magical place that touched my heart.
I’ll be back!