The Mary Anne
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
In legendary square-rigger tradition, the Mary Anne offers the truly romantic ambiance of a tall sailing ship combined with the comforts of a modern motor yacht. With her elegant design, she is one of the most beautiful yachts in the islands. The Mary Anne features deck space for relaxing outdoors and enjoying the incredible island views. Welcoming just 16 guests, you’ll have a wonderfully personal experience of the Galápagos. The inviting wood-paneled lounge features a bar, a library stocked with great books on the history and wildlife of the islands, and an entertainment center. Dining is either in the salon or al fresco on deck—a delightful experience, and also a great place to enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset or looking at the stars. The top-notch crew—most of whom are from these islands—provides great service (a 2:1 passenger-to-crew ratio).
Air-Conditioned Cabins: The comfortable cabins all have individual climate control, porthole windows, and a variety of upper and lower berth configurations. The cabins include private bathrooms with hot showers, and there is daily cleaning service. Single cabins can be booked at no extra charge (call for availability and details).
Cuisine: Renowned for her excellent chefs, the Mary Anne’s on-board cuisine is fresh and beautifully prepared, offering wonderful variety. Many of our ingredients are locally sourced: our bread comes from a women’s cooperative bakery on the islands, vegetables are grown on an organic farm on Santa Cruz Island, juices are from locally grown fruits, and even the ice cream comes from the Galápagos Cooking School! The delightful menus include local specialties, from fresh ceviche to crispy, golden llapingachos, a special dish of Ecuador.
Exploring the Galápagos from aboard the Mary Anne: From the Mary Anne’s open deck space, we have the possibility of sighting whales or dolphins off the bow and magnificent frigatebirds soaring in the sky. Our “go-anywhere” Zodiacs take us to shore for our nature walks, and we also use them to explore hidden lagoons. Sea kayaks (comfortable sit-on-top types) are another treat—they are easy to paddle and tremendous fun. Snorkeling gear and shorty wetsuits are available on board for your complimentary use. You are welcome to help with raising the sails, take a turn at the wheel, or join the Captain on the bridge to observe navigation—cruising the islands on the beautiful Mary Anne is an active and unforgettable experience.
Safety, Comfort, and Environmental Certification: The design of the Mary Anne makes a big difference in your comfort. Her steel hull and deep keel make her extremely safe and stable in the water. Her environmentally friendly design is certified by Smart Voyager, recognizing that all operations meet a strict set of conservation standards.