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, which launched in 2016 and 2019 respectively, 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.
The Galapagos Islands are spectacular and we are so glad we had the time to visit. After a busy four days onboard La Pinta it was good to have a days break at Finch Bay. It was certainly a well needed rest for us both.EK, Saltash
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
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
A holiday in the Ecuador and the Galápagos is a once in a lifetime 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.LF
Truly a unique lifetime experience, especially snorkelling for the first time with playful sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, rays and ‘tame’ wildlife.SD, Rochester
A truly wonderful and privileged experience!RD, Ashford
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
Without a doubt, the Galapagos Islands were amazing. We feel very privileged.SM, South Croydon
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
Impossible to choose between the Galápagos and Easter Island - both are magical, special places.SM, Wandsworth
The Galápagos were above expectation – the best thing we have done.DL, Dulwich
No-one should consider a Galápagos cruise of less then 8 days. We both had a holiday of a lifetime.LF
Highlight of your trip?: Snorkeling in the Galapagos
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
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 Galápagos cruise was just so good. I don't think I can remember enjoying a recent trip so much.NJ, London
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
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
The Galápagos Islands were something else- quite outstanding for the wonderful wildlife and abundant sea life while snorkelling.CP
How close we could get to the wildlife in the Galápagos.DG, Neston
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
Isolation on the Islands a feeling of being in the Galapagos by invitation of the inhabitants - the wildlife. A truly wonderful and privileged experience.SD, Rochester
The Galápagos Islands were out of this world.DJ, Chesterfield
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 are a wonderland. If I say that of all places I have visited in the world only the Grand Canyon is their equal in impact and living up to expectation you will have an idea of how they affected both of us.DW Lingfield
Visiting the Galápagos islands and coming so close to so many special species of animals and birds was a memorable experience.JB, Chiswick
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
Highlight?: Probably a sea lion playing underneath me and showing off whilst I was snorkelling. Beautiful.DD, Uxbridge
The Galapagos blew me away. was even better than I expected. it never felt crowded and the guides and crew made us feel as thought we were special., Surbiton
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