Sunvil has introduced a brand-new luxury Galápagos cruise vessel, MV Theory, to its Latin America programme. MV Theory and its sister ship MV Origin (also offered by Sunvil) are the only two ships in the Galápagos to have been awarded a Relais & Châteaux certification.
The Royal Palm Hotel, Galapagos, has announced the appointment of a new general manager, Diego Andrade Murtinho.
On its 65th anniversary, Metropolitan Touring, Ecuador’s leading travel company and the pioneer of Galápagos Islands expeditions, has announced a fresh new makeover for Yacht Isabela II.
For the first time in cruise industry history a female seafarer will navigate the rich archipelago of the Galapagos as captain. A native of Ecuador, Nathaly Albán, will command the ultra-exclusive Celebrity Xploration; as captain of the recently revitalised catamaran.
The leading eco-hotel in the Galápagos Islands, Finch Bay, is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment spearheaded by Ecuador’s most renowned interior designer, Julio Vinueza. Due for completion by November 2015, the hotel’s new look is inspired by an “expedition chic” ethos designed to complement its position in one of the world’s most extraordinary locations.
Ecuador has confirmed a new set of regulations will be implemented for cruise routes and frequencies to and around the Galapagos Islands. Tour operators have until February 2012 to incorporate the Galapagos National Park Authority’s new regulations, which are designed to protect the local animal and plant life, into their travel programs.