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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

  • The Galapagos tour was our highlight because of the proximity and abundance of the wildlife.

    AB, St Neots
  • Highlight?: Probably a sea lion playing underneath me and showing off whilst I was snorkelling.  Beautiful.  

    DD, Uxbridge
  • The range of wildlife to be seen in the Galapagos stood out but there were so many highlights.

    TH, Colchester
  • The attention to environmental concerns on the Galápagos was first rate.  The national park is a pristine environment and every effort is being made to keep it that way.

    PT, Peterborough
  • The highlight was always going to be the Galápagos and it lived up to our expectations. It is a unique place and unlike our last visit we came away with…

    NW, Wells
  • So many (highlights) it's hard to single some out. The Galapagos are a joy from start to finish.

    JC, Littlehampton
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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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