Ecoventura, an award-winning leader in sustainable cruising through the Galapagos Islands, will be launching a 20-passenger mega-yacht, featuring ten premium cabins, jacuzzi tub, and exclusive experiences later this year.
The newest vessel to join Ecoventura’s fleet hails the name MV Theory, named after Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and marks one of the greenest yachts in the archipelago. Inspired by the Galapagos’ calming nature, designer Cindy Muirragui adopts a minimalistic-chic interior, incorporating a sophisticated neutral color palette of silvers, and dusty grey tones to compliment crisp white linens.
The versatile cabins located on the beagle deck feature twin beds that can combine into a king-size bed, with storage space for two large suitcases. Interconnecting rooms and triple cabins are also available. Each cabin features large, three-panel panoramic windows, connecting guests with the Galapagos’ rare wildlife, private bathroom including a rainfall shower, hairdryers, plush towels, and eco-friendly biodegradable soaps and shampoos.
On board, the MV Theory features similar amenities to its predecessor the MV Origin including, wifi, a full-time concierge, fitness center, sundeck with loungers and daybeds, open-bar policy and a jacuzzi. The fitness center is equipped with a treadmill, elliptical, free weights, yoga mats and more. Guests will dine on locally inspired Ecuadorian cuisine in the ship’s dining room, or can opt-in for al-fresco style on the sundeck. There will also be the option for sustainable, plant-based vegetarian and gluten-free meals to cater for a variety of food preferences. There is a library that contains a selection of publications, some rare, dedicated to the Galapagos and Charles Darwin.
The MV Theory will rotate between two a and b seven-night itineraries, which can be combined into a comprehensive two-week excursion. Itinerary a will take guests around a southern central route, whereas itinerary b will follow a northern western route. Both routes will include daily excursions on shore, optional snorkel or glass-bottom boat and kayaking and stand-up paddleboard tours.
Guests will come face-to-face with the Galapagos’ free wondering wildlife, including sea lions, blue-footed boobies, penguin, tortoises and more. There is expected specialty or themed departures that will be offered in the fall and may include health and wellness with a yoga instructor hosted departures with a scientist, photography oriented and culinary cruise with a local chef.
In addition to offering a favorable naturalist-to-passenger ratio in the region, with 10 guests per excursion, the MV Theory will also favor passenger-to-crew ratio with only 14 crewmembers. However, the MV Theory maintains its eco-friendly status, with reusable bottles, ecological toilets and an advanced water treatment plan that prevents untreated greywater or blackwater from being disposed into the ocean—reduces fossil fuel consumption by more than 30%.
Rates for 2019 will start at $7,850 per person based on double occupancy and will include all meals, beverages and snacks, social gatherings, open-bar policy, guided shore excursions, snorkel, and other water sports equipment as well as transfers in the islands between the airport and dock.
For those who want to take the level of luxury a step further, there is a private moments package ideal for a big celebration, honeymoon or milestone. The package includes your own naturalist guide for the week, a private zodiac ride with the captain at sunset, a bottle of red wine and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Charles Darwin station.
There will also be a welcome package with Ecuadorian chocolates, local fruit, MV Theory -branded item from the onboard boutique, an intimate four-course dinner, VIP airport transfers and an upgrade to business class tickets to the Galapagos. The package costs an additional $2,000 for two guests.
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