Cruising on the Galapagos Islands is perhaps the most popular way to visit the islands; you will be able to choose among four classes of cruise ships: first class, tourist superior class, tourist class and diving cruises
First Class cruises: Choosing this class will guarantee unparalleled comfort for Galapagos standards, you will enjoy of spacious cabins with low beds, private bathroom with hot/cold water, air conditioning and broad social areas, the crew will be highly experienced and the naturalist guide will hold a level III.
(There are three levels of guides based on their experience: I-II-III, being level III the highest level).
Tourist Superior Class cruises: this class will offer you good comfort with cabins slightly smaller than a first class, the beds can either be low beds or berths, you will enjoy of cabins with private bathroom with hot/cold water, air conditioning and social areas, the guide will most likely be level II, and the crew will be helpful and reliable.
Tourist Class: this class will offer you comfort on small but charming cabins, the accommodation will be on berths, you will have private bathroom with hot/cold water and social areas to relax, the guide will most likely be level I and the crew will be helpful and reliable.
Diving cruises: this class is for passengers with diving experience, having a diving license is required; the immersions will take place with qualified diving guides certified by the Galapagos national Park. These boats will have all the facilities of first and tourist superior boats.
There could be infrastructural differences among cruise classes but keep in mind that each yacht has its own charm and the beauty of the islands will always be perceived in the same way.