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Alya

  • ROYAL GALAPAGOS ©
  • ROYAL GALAPAGOS ©
  • ROYAL GALAPAGOS ©
  • Alia Deck Plan
  • ROYAL GALAPAGOS ©
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MC Alya is a small, first class motor catamaran offering wildlife cruises in the Galapagos Islands.

Alya is a sleek, purpose built catamaran designed to offer first class comforts, cuisine and excursions on cruises around the Galápagos Islands. Family owned, she carries a crew and naturalist guide fully committed to delivering a superior experience for her guests, pampered by large rooms furnished with huge wardrobes, a choice of bed size and modern hotel amenities such as hairdryer, safe and USB sockets.

The design is contemporary and plenty of bright natural light permeates the vessel with blonde wood and creams offset with cheerful splashes of colour in the décor and artwork. There are just 9 cabins accommodating a maximum of 16 guests, so you are guaranteed a personalised service from your guide and crew and will soon get to know your fellow passengers.

Meals are taken in the stylish restaurant, with a buffet breakfast and lunch complemented by an à la carte dinner. There is plenty of space and shade in which to relax over the three decks, the upper one of which offers sunbeds and a Jacuzzi. Snorkelling gear, wetsuits and a kayaking excursion are complimentary.

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What our clients say

  • Snorkelling with penguins, turtles, sea lions and marine iguanas. Unbeatable.

    DJ, Saltash
  • The Galápagos were above expectation – the best thing we have done.

    DL, Dulwich
  • Most Memorable Moment?: The obvious answer is the whole thing!  If I had to choose, I'd say the experience of arriving at the top of the Prince Phillip Steps on…

    DM, Nottingham
  • A couple of days in the Galapagos when we didn't see any other people. Intimacy of swimming with sealions, turtles & being chased in the water by a flightless cormorant!

    TC, St Albans
  • The cabin upgrade was definitely worth the extra money, much more space and good sized windows!  

    LF, Alderley Edge
  • The Galápagos trip was very sympathetic to the environment and local habitat.

    AD, Dublin
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Our Expert's Opinion

Stepping aboard the Alya it immediately struck me that no expense has been spared in designing the boat and everything has been thought of to make it a perfect choice for a Galapagos adventure. The boat is bright and airy from top to bottom but I’d recommend a lower deck cabin as they are a touch more spacious and have a third window to let in even more light (and views).

Kathryn
Kathryn Rhodes Travel Expert Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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