Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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Flamingo I Galapagos Islands Reviews
Mar 21, 2010
We booked the Eric/Flamingo/Letty, which are 3 identical boats. We picked this boat company because they have family departures, so we knew that we would have other kids on the boat, and they have special guides and kid-friendly meals. They are 20 passenger boats and only have 8-day itineraries (no stopping to pick up/drop off passengers halfway through, which is nice).
On our boat, the Flamingo, there are 4 decks. Our cabin was on the bottom deck (Iguana), the dining area, lounge, kitchen, and a couple of cabins were on the next deck (Boobie), the nicest rooms and the bridge were on the higher deck (Dolphin), and then there was a sun deck up top.
Our cabin was a triple, so it had 2 lower bunks and 1 upper bunk. There were only 2 small windows in the cabin (by the upper bunk, so my son immediately chose his bunk!), and 1 small window in the bathroom. There was a closet, 3 drawers under the lower bunks, and an overhead storage area. I felt like there was quite a bit of room for everything considering the tight quarters.
The cabins on the upper decks had large picture windows, but otherwise didn’t seem much bigger. The cabins on the Boobie deck only had 1 bed for 2 people, but it was not even a double bed size.
The bathroom was not a bad size for on a boat. The showers had a shampoo/conditioner/soap dispenser as well as a mirror and a clothes line. The bathroom also had a hair dryer. They gave us 3 bathroom towels (white) and 3 beach towels (green). On the boat, no paper products get flushed down the toilet – yes, that means toilet paper, which goes into a special trash can next to the toilet.
The lounge has a library of Galapagos books, reading books, games, TV, and DVD’s.
There was a full bar, which also had drinking water and a selection of candies. Our margarita tasted a little strange, so we stuck to Chilean wine after that.
There was cell coverage in certain areas of the islands. The crew can tell you where. There was Internet coverage in the bay at San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.
Part of the Family Trip to Galapagos and Ecuador 2010 travel blog
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