Sanctuary Retreats' expedition ship, the M.V. Eclipse, accommodates just 48 people - half the number of passengers usually found on a ship this size. Only the most experienced naturalist guides are employed by Sanctuary to open up the Galapagos Islands' mysteries to visitors. The M.V. Eclipse has been awarded the Smart Voyager green seal of approval by the Rainforest Alliance. Most Galapagos cruises of a similar size carry 80 to 100 passengers. The Eclipse, however, hosts a maximum of 48 guests in 26 spacious, air-conditioned cabins, all with outside views. Every cabin boasts either picture windows or large portholes, providing a view of the surrounding waters. All the ship’s twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request. The M.V. Eclipse boasts features such as a library, a boutique, a lounge and an infirmary with a doctor on board at all times. While the M.V. Eclipse has an elegant indoor dining area, when weather conditions permit guests can take advantage of the al fresco dining area at the stern of the vessel for lunch – and occasionally for breakfast and dinner. Lunching on deck allows guests to enjoy the sunshine and sea breezes – and the view – while cruising from one island to the next. Few vessels in this category offer the opportunity for outdoor dining, accommodating all guests in one sitting.
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