Intrepid Group’s premium tour operator Peregrine Adventures has launched its first custom-built expedition vessel in the Galapagos.
The 16-passenger Grand Queen Beatriz, named after the matriarch of the Galapagueno family who built and own the vessel, departed on its maiden voyage from Puerto Baquerizo Morena in San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos on July 1.
The 98-foot vessel has nine outward-facing cabins with windows and ensuite bathrooms; there are private balcony rooms on the upper deck. The public areas include a dining room; two bars; a lounge and TV area; and a sun deck with a hot tub.
The Grand Queen Beatriz was built with sustainability in mind, featuring solar panels to offset some of the energy needed onboard, and fuel-efficient technology. Additionally, Peregrine banned single-use plastics onboard its adventure cruises this year, and passengers will be given reusable water bottles to fill using drinking water available on the ship.
There will be eight crew who travel onboard, offering a ratio of one crew member to every two guests.
Grand Queen Beatriz is sailing a combination of six-, 10-, 13- and 17-day Galapagos itineraries departing from Quito, Ecuador, with the six-day Galapagos Encounter Central Islands priced from $2,844 per person, based on double occupancy. The trips feature local trip leaders, onboard kayaks, all transfers and excursions, as well as most meals.
Peregrine Adventures’ small-ship adventure cruising program has grown 35% year to date.