The 16 passenger Monserrat is owned and operated by and Ecuadorian family with strong Galapagos roots.  We consider it as among the highest end “tourist superior” ships out there, for its relative spaciousness (designed for 20 guests, but carrying only 16) and comfortable cabins.  It was constructed in 2005 and extensively refurbished in 2023. 

 

Because it has room for 20 guests and only accepts 16, there is added flexibility for families and solo travellers.   Two of the rooms are a triple (twin beds with a bunk) - perfect for a small family, or for an odd-numbered group of friends travelling together.  Few ships offer this kind of versatility. 

All cabins have a private bathroom and air conditioning. The 6 upper deck cabins all have large windows while our 4 lower deck cabins have portholes with great interior natural light. Rooms include ensuite bathrooms with hairdryers and necessary toiletries.

 

 

Public spaces include a smart dining area with individual tables seating four.

 

A simple but well appointed "drinks station":

 

A social area / lounge for evening presentations and informal gatherings:

Several outdoor decks for ocean observation / sunbathing / al fresco dining:

 

 

DECK PLANS  

A lower deck consisting of four cabins (two as triples - having twin beds and a bunk, and two with double beds).

 

The upper deck with six cabins:

 

 The main deck, with the dining area, lounge and drinks station:

 

The sun deck, with lounge chairs, and a covered area for al fresco dining. 

 

 

ZODIACS:  One underappreciated advantage found on the Monserrat is its large zodiacs.  They're extra large - built to carry 12 passengers (10 guests, a guide and a zodiac driver), we'll have a maximum 10 people on board - meaning a greater ease of moving about on the zodiac, swinging any camera gear around as you try to get that nice shot, and overall greater comfort.  They are also more stable at beach landings.   

 

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Many thanks to you for helping us plan and execute a truly marvelous trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.  We had a great time, no mishaps, no drama.  Everything went as planned. The accommodations, food and people everywhere were more than we expected.  Certainly our time on the Samba was the highlight of our trip.  The highlight of our stay on the Samba was that we were able to swim with a pod of dolphins, not only once, but twice.

 

Charlie MIlls
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