AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
AUTHOR Juan Bastidas
2018 brought with it special experiences for us at Ecoventura and those joining us on our Galapagos Islands departures. We participated in sustainability programs alongside the Charles Darwin Foundation, supported multiple initiatives through Ecology Project International, and, as always, encouraged guests to Pack for a Purpose.
Yet as rewarding as the past year has been, 2019 is forecasted to be our most exciting year yet – not least from the anticipation of the maiden voyage of our newest luxury expedition yacht, the MV Theory, upon which work has been ongoing this year.
The MV Theory, the identical sister yacht to the MV Origin, is slated to cast off for the very first cruise in March, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Cruises and specialty departures aboard the MV Theory will be just as memorable as those on her sister ship. As we prepare to ring in a new year and welcome a new expedition yacht to the Ecoventura family, we take a moment to share our favorite aspects of our vessels, their technology, and the dedicated crew who make these experiences possible year-round. Read on to learn more!
The MV Theory will operate in the Galapagos starting in 2019 as the sister yacht to the MV Origin – offering a combination of eco-friendly features, modern furnishings, and high-end amenities, coupled with remarkable performance and precision.
- Year Built – 2018
- Overall Length – 142 feet/43.5 meters
- Beam – 27.5 feet/8.5 meters
- Cruising Speed – 12-14 knots
- Capacity – 20 guests
- Crew – 13 including two naturalists
The MV Origin and MV Theory combine stylish décor, world-class service, and luxurious amenities – all built with naval steel and designed to minimize environmental impact.
Speed, Balanced with Comfort
Traveling at a speed of 12-14 knots allows more time for exploration. The curved bow of our vessels cuts through waves for smooth sailing and less drag, which reduces RPMs and ultimately demands less fuel.
The MV Theory will offer many of the same features as her sister vessel – all ten spacious deluxe staterooms are featured on deck with wide ocean views and two twin beds that convert to a King.
Cabin amenities include ample sectional closets, nightstands, modern décor, fine linens and towels, climate control, Apple TV with pre-loaded movies, a universal docking station, Espresso and tea set up, a vanity with a lighted mirror, and a safe deposit box. You’ll sleep like a baby sea lion amidst the luxurious linens, memory-foam mattresses, and soft pillows that await your arrival.
Private bathrooms include a modern rainfall shower, dual-flush toilet, sink, hairdryer, waffle bathrobe, slippers, plush towels, biodegradable soaps, and shampoos.
- Spacious sundeck
- Lounge for special gatherings and fellowship
- Fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights
- Boutique with local handicrafts and clothing
- Library with a selection of books dedicated to Galapagos and Charles Darwin
- Jacuzzi for up to six guests
- Satellite communications and WiFi (One PIN per cabin)
- Laundry service
Our chic dining room will offer table configurations accommodating from two up to eight guests seated together. Guests enjoy a generous open bar policy and each meal is carefully prepared, with a beautifully plated four-course dinner menu with Ecuadorian and International specialties. Your meals will be creatively prepared by our culinary school trained chefs using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients.
Travel in the company of knowledgeable naturalist guides in small groups – never more than ten per guide – creating an in-depth and intimate learning environment. There are plenty of activities planned to keep guests entertained; nature walks, beach strolls, zodiac jaunts, snorkel excursions, kayaking, and stand up paddle-boarding.
Activities: Twice-daily guided shore excursions with optional water activities and exploration by Zodiac or glass-bottom boat. Sports equipment such as paddle boards, fins, and snorkels are provided at no extra charge.
Family Departures: Designated departure dates for families traveling with children age seven to 17 and up are available on school breaks.
Specialty/Themed Departures: Offered in fall: Health & Wellness with a yoga instructor, hosted departures with scientist, photography departures, and culinary cruise with local chefs.
As we reflect on what a special year 2018 has been, we look forward to sharing the Galapagos with you and your companions aboard our new MV Theory.
Email us if you are interested in learning how you can join us aboard the MV Theory in 2019 and stay tuned for specialty themed and hosted departures!