Origin and Theory
MVs Origin and Theory are two of an ever-growing range of small luxury cruisers in the Galápagos islands.
These state-of-the-art, purpose-built luxury motor yachts set the bar high for luxury cruising. Indeed, they are listed in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux portfolio. Commissioned by a company with many years experience operating cruises in the Galápagos, they have been thoughtfully designed with guests’ comfort in mind, but without in any way neglecting their primary purpose: to offer a truly satisfying experience discovering the natural attractions of the islands. Indeed, there are two naturalist experts on board to guide and inform the 20 guests.
Accommodation on the 43m, environmentally-friendly yachts is in 10 double or twin staterooms, all located on the same deck, with a triple cabin and others with connecting doors for families. Cabins are provided with a good range of facilities, including guest-controlled air-conditioning, TV with pre-loaded films, Nespresso machine and personal safe. The cool décor is in the currently fashionable grey with pale blond wood, enlivened with local works of art. Facilities include a large sun deck with loungers and a Jacuzzi, and a small glass-bottomed boat. Kayaks, snorkelling gear and wetsuits are available on board. As is not always the case with Galápagos vessels, all services are included in the price so you don’t pay extra for wet suit hire, alcoholic drinks or WiFi (the internet is limited to one device per cabin to keep speeds consistant). Attention to detail is a priority and you will have the services of a concierge and gourmet chef to maximise your enjoyment of the cruise.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
No-one should consider a Galápagos cruise of less then 8 days. We both had a holiday of a lifetime.LF
A holiday in Ecuador/the Galapagos is a once in a life time experience. A four day cruise whilst being an excellent 'overview' is just not long enough. Encourage all your customers to take the longest possible cruise.DW, Lingfield
The wildlife on the islands (obviously the major reason for the trip) was spectacular and wonderful to experience. I’m please to have made the trip and would certainly recommend the Galápagos to anyone with similar interests and sufficient money.PM, Chesterfield
So many (highlights) it's hard to single some out. The Galapagos are a joy from start to finish.JC, Littlehampton
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 Genovesa to be confronted by a sea of roosting and nesting seabirds completely unfazed by our presence. Of course I'd read about it in advance but nothing really prepares you for experiencing it for yourself. Another key moment was going snorkelling for the first time at the age of 70 and immediately having underwater encounters with a sea lion and a green sea turtle. My prescience in investing in a GoPro camera ahead of the trip paid huge dividends in terms of lasting memories.DM, Nottingham
The close proximity of the wildlife in the Galapagos is amazing.DW, Stevenage
The Galápagos was so amazing - we were not at all disappointed even though we had looked forward to it so much. Every part of our cruise was special, and we loved the Athala and her itinerary.RJ, Kenilworth
Impossible to choose between the Galápagos and Easter Island - both are magical, special places.SM, Wandsworth
The Galápagos - just breathtaking - walking in woodland with wild giant tortoise grazing in clearings, watching wild land iguanas amble through long grasses, peering at eye level into the nests of red footed boobies, watching penguins and sea lions hunting fish whilst snorkelling, and as a finale, watching huge sharks circling in the boat lights during our final evening meal.JW, Newcastle
This was our holiday of a lifetime fulfilling a long held desire to visit the Galápagos Islands, and it lived up to all our expectations.SH, Aylesbury
One of us had not snorkelled for a very long time and was hesitant in deep water. Martin the Naturalist on MV Eclipse helped her overcome her fears and enabled her to accompany him resulting in amazing underwater views that she would not have had. The whole trip was memorable for both of us... We just loved the Galapagos.AL
It's very difficult to pick out one thing. Seeing the animals everywhere we went was amazing. We fell in love with the sea-lions. I loved the walk up to the view over Pinnacle Rock and then being on the beach by the rock afterwards. Seeing a white tipped shark from the beach was something I never expected.NR, Swindon
Our time on the Galápagos Islands was unique to us, the wildlife was fabulous, we enjoyed every minute of it.BT, Ware
The Galápagos Islands were fantastic and beyond our wildest expectations.AC
We loved snorkelling with marine iguanas, turtles, and the lovely playful sealions.FM, Manchester
The Galapagos tour was our highlight because of the proximity and abundance of the wildlife.AB, St Neots
The Galápagos Islands were out of this world.DJ, Chesterfield
The Galápagos trip was very sympathetic to the environment and local habitat.AD, Dublin
A truly wonderful and privileged experience!RD, Ashford
The sealions were brilliant fun and the pups so cute, and so close. All the wildlife was great and seeing it all up close as nothing is afraid of humans, was amazing.KH, Weybridge
The Galápagos were above expectation – the best thing we have done.DL, Dulwich
Highlights?: Snorkelling with green turtles sea lions and penguinsPW, Twickenham
Galapagos Islands wildlife, guide and boat. To be so close to birds and animals is a privilege and to see such pristine beaches and scenery is lovely.SJ, Winchelsea
The Galápagos Islands were something else- quite outstanding for the wonderful wildlife and abundant sea life while snorkelling.CP
I had wanted to travel to the Galápagos for many years. My husband did not want to go, so I arranged the trip by myself and had a memorable time, whilst feeling very well looked after by JLA.JG
Being able to visit the Galápagos with a reputable company was a highlight - the boat was fantastic and everything about the holiday was first rate.KF, Norfolk
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 hundreds of photographs to remind us of the trip.NW, Wells
The Galápagos Islands were out of this world.DJ, Chesterfield
The Galapagos animals, scenery and sea were out of this world, just fabulousCH, Epsom
A truly unique place on earth.KS, Southampton
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