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We had a wonderful time. I cannot think of a thing to change. Everything was fantastic -- naturalist Carlos, tours, crew, food, other guests, etc. They had a nice celebration for Tony's birthday too. The only sort of mishap was our ceiling leaking onto the bed one night, but the crew worked hard to get that fixed. That boat gets a lot of work I'm sure.
Your service was great. Thank you again for arranging a perfect trip and for changing our pick up point when we came a day earlier. We very much appreciated the nights in the Swissotel as well. It was a really lovely place to stay while we saw Quito, and everyone at that hotel was extremely nice.
Best Cruise Ever, Newest Ship, Incredible Crew and Guide
Linda and I were on the ship Petrel for 7 days in February 2017 from Haugan Cruises. Everything was perfect. The friendly crew, food, sights. The guide, Harry, had worked for decades and knew everything. The cabins were enormous. Only 16 passengers. Veronica Darquea at Haugan Cruises handled everything and answered questions instantly. All the bus and connections were waiting for us on all the islands and the airport. We have been on many cruises and this was the best.
Dear Haugan Cruises,
Seamless travel from start to finish! Friendly, fun staff, kept busy enough but not too busy. Exceeded all expectations.
Joe and Lisa
Thanks so much for assisting our family on one of the BEST vacations we have ever had! You were attentive, available and very informative.
We really appreciate your work on the passports and getting Tony able to meet us for the rest of the trip.
I do not know who your supervisor is, but I would like his email, as I would like to send a letter of recommendation about your excellent attention to detail, availability and hard work.
We have traveled globally and have yet to have a travel advisor as excellent as you!
All the best!
I found out from Eduardo the Barman on the Cormorant the day after the match. He was very excited about the win. Sorry I haven't emailed you earlier but we only just got back home as we extended our stay in Hawaii by 5 days.
For some reason the wifi on my tablet stopped working after the Galapagos. I have been using my work email after our gmail account got hacked last year and as I can access my organisation's server through Citrix to get to my email account the security is really high. The server wouldn't allow any of the hotel computers or anyone else's tablets to access the email account until I got back to my home computer.
Even though we have only just returned, Peru and Ecuador seem so long ago. The Galapagos were amazing. We would have stayed on the Cormorant for another week if it had been possible. We would return in a heartbeat if we were offered the chance. The scenery and the wildlife were stunning and the snorkeling was great although we had some poor visibility some times due to some large swells.
I had no further health issues after my day in Cuzco which made Debbie happy. We both really liked what we saw of Ecuador and have put it on our list to return. We must thank you again for putting our holiday together and for the time and meal with Elena and yourself and for your wonderful gifts. We didn't take them to the Galapagos for fear off them being blown away but they looked very stylish in Florida, California and Hawaii.
I had better close off now as unfortunately, due to losing my wifi and not monitoring my emails, I had over 1000 emails to read and I start straight back to work tomorrow.
Debbie & Garry ??
Vero,We are back in Quito after a fantastic week in the Galapagos. The crew of the Cormorant were fabulous and it was an incredible week for all of us. Thanks again for your help in putting it all together.?
Everything was outstanding Christian. In particular, our guide Harry did a great job of patiently answering the barrage of questions that came his way. And the chef was excellent. What great food!
It was also nice to be greeted in country by our driver. It's a good feeling when you arrive at midnight in a strange country to find someone waiting for you.
It all went off without a hitch!
This is a quick email to express our appreciation for the wonderful experience we had in the Galapagos. The Cormorant was the ideal ship for our trip, and the crew were at all times helpful and professional. The cabins were much bigger than hotel rooms, the food was first class, and all the staff made us feel very welcome.
The island visits were quite fascinating, and the guide Gustavo helped everyone to understand the geological and historical development of the islands and their birds and animals. We saw so much in four nights and five days that was so new and different. The activities were a good balance, with walking and snorkelling allowing us to get up close to the land and marine creatures.
Your organisation was also very effective, with all the arrangements working smoothly and making our lives much more relaxed as travellers in a foreign country (our driver back at Quito airport turned up shortly after I phoned you and was most apologetic; he was also a good driver). La Casona de la Ronda was a charming hotel in Quito and ideally located for visiting the historic parts of the city.
We will recommend your company to our friends in Australia when we get home on Sunday. Thanks once again for making our visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos so memorable.
Jim (and Lorraine)
This email is to thank you for helping me with the trip of a lifetime! My trip was like having a front row seat on the best nature show on earth.
Ocean Spray was a really comfortable ship and everything went as expected. The crew under Alex worked tirelessly to make sure we were always comfortable and often took special care of me being a lady traveling solo.The guide, Morris Garcia, made the trip fun, exciting and educational. His in depth knowledge is beyond impressive and passion for nature and animals contagious. I liked Galapagos so much that I may be going back!
Thank you again,
Hi Veronica, thank you!
We had a great time and many friends and relatives LOVE the pics we took on our trip!
Thanks for organizing the fabulous trip for us - we look back fondly on the wonderful memories!
Vero, We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of Ecuador, mainly due to a good and balanced itinerary. I can only recommend your beautiful country and people to whoever is interested in South America. Thank you H.
We all had a wonderful time in Quito and the Galapagos Islands. The Ocean Spray was beautiful! Thank you! Karen
We have had the most amazing holiday, thank you so much for all your help.
Again thank you so much for your expert help with our wonderful holiday. Also many thanks to the wonderful Ricardo for his most helpful and friendly assistance.
We are safely home and everything was fantastic! Thank you so much. Everyone agreed that it was the best trip they'd ever been on. Quito is so beautiful that is my new favorite city, and I hope we can come more often. We will definitely ask for your assistance in planning when we do!
Thank you again!Wendy
Vero, I just wanted to write and thank you for all your help in setting up our trip to Ecuador which was absolutely perfect. It was flawless! Our cruise....all I can say is WOW! The crew was wonderful, the food delightful, our fellow passengers were a delight and our guide, Vanessa, was absolutely fantastic. She couldn't have been more enthusiastic and knowledgable. Her love for her home islands was evident. It was also fun because she liked to be spontaneous which we all loved as we raced off in the pangas to chase orcas or to catch up with dolphins to swim with them. A special thanks to you as well for setting up our trip to the cloud forest and spa. We had a very special day. Martha and Greg
The holiday went without a hitch..... From day 1 in Quito where Raoul made the day informative and fun and we learned a little about your Capital. The Swissotel was wonderful and everyone so helpful and kind. Our room was always quiet and in fact we were upgraded on our last night.
The Galapagos was magical and everything from the transfers, to the accommodation, the crew, the food, Xavier the guide not to mention the islands were outstanding.
Lastly but not least we must mention you Vero, you have been so organised, thoughtful regarding our needs and always patient. Without your help we would never have had such a great time. Even making sure that Alan had his birthday cake for his 60th birthday. Well done.
We have never done this before and we have travelled extensively over the las 25 years. You should be very proud.
It was wonderful!!!! Can't say enough about the Ocean Spray. The ship and crew were top notch. The food was amazing and our guide was superb.The islands we visited were all unique and we enjoyed the variety of excursions from hiking to snorkelling to dinghy ride. We are in good shape and managed all the activities but there was no pressure to do everything as some folks on the trip were older and couldn't do all the activities.
Overall trip: A wonderful experience! The Galapagos cruise aboard the Ocean Spray far surpassed our expectations. The animals we saw were so numerous. The two excursions each day were varied and the snorkeling was phenomenal. Even got to snorkel with sea lions, thanks to our exceptional guide Harry Jimenez.
Just back from 8 day cruise aboard the Ocean Spray. A wonderful nature adventure, only 8 cabins aboard this new catamaran. Wonderful bilingual guide, Harry, who took us on three different adventures each day: hiking, snorkeling, panga (boat) rides. Saw marine iguanas, sea turtles, flightless cormorants, land tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, sharks, sea horses, all kinds of creatures. They are not afraid of man so you can get close for great pictures. Great food on the Ocean Spray, attentive crew, large cabins with private balconies. A wonderful time I booked with Haugan Cruises.
Dear Haugen Cruises,
I would like to send you my thanks and kudos for your guide Morris Garcia and for the Cormorant crew. We had a lovely time on your ship, and I can't say enough good things about how Morris handled the wildlife tours and his evening science briefings. He was very strong in his knowledge, his enthusiasm, and his skill in making connections between facts on the ground and common cultural touchpoints. Morris's English skills were first rate, as well.
Just wanted to let you know that clients Morf loved their cruise with you.
They said the ship was very nice and the crew as well. They felt like in a luxury hotel J
So thanks a lot to you and the whole crew!
Que tengas un lindo fin de semana!
Just wanted to let you know the Cass party really enjoyed the Ocean Spray, the guides and the tour. Please pass along the praise to everyone involved.
I second everything my daughter Jennifer said in her email to you. I made a few additions and have a request. Would you please forward my email to your supervisor, the owner of the Ocean Spray and the manager of the Grande Plaza Hotel
RE: Our trip to Quito and cruise on the Ocean Spray July 6 -July 13, 2013
We met our quide at the airport; we were very happy that he had on your company's shirt! The shirt made him easy to find with all of the other people that were there.
Thank you for an amazing experience! Francisco, our tour guide on Monday to Mindo, was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. The driver, Romero, was very safe! These two worked very well together! The Orchid and Butterfly Gardens were excellent.
The people at the Grand Plaza Hotel were wonderful! They were very helpful and accommodating in every way! They helped us book taxis, negotiated the cost of the taxi for us, explain a ritual that was involved in a certain dessert, and worked to make us feel safe and welcome! The room was very large and the 3rd bed was extremely comfortable.
The cruise was above and beyond our wildest dreams! The ship and crew members of the OceanSpray were amazing! They were helpful, friendly, and willing to help. The ship was clean, and their process with the snorkeling gear was great! I was thrilled with how they had a hanger for each wetsuit with the room number and a bag for each person in each room, so that I was ensured to get my gear each day! I also got to watch them clean the gear at the end of the day!
Harry Jimenez was a terrific tour guide! His love of the islands and the wildlife was evident! He had a great sense of humor and was willing to answer any and all questions! He made himself available at all times and was very gracious. He was able to explain our food allergies to the chef and work with them, even though he was unaware of Jennifer's allergies until our first day.
My daughters and I had a wonderful time! We will recommend you, your company, the ship, tour guides and the entire experience! It was a wonderful trip of a lifetime!
ps I really appreciated everyone on the trip trying to explain things in English as we did not speak Spanish. My daughter Kim did speak some Spanish and was able to explain a few things for us. I really appreciate Harry as he would interpret for us to the crew if they did not understand what we were asking. Every crew member really tried to understand and to help. I have visited so many places where I did not speak their language and know how difficult it is to understand others. Haugen Cruises can be commended for making people of different countries and cultures as comfortable as possible.
Ship was very good and personal atmoshpere. They would definitley recommend it. Oh and I forgot, the guide they had at Selva Lodge was very very good :-) So talks a lot to you and your team!! Saludos Marina
I have just returned from an 8 day cruise aboard the Ocean Spray Catamaran. I want to tell you that it was absolutely amazing! Your Captain and his staff are professional, knowledgeable and courteous. We are all seasoned travelers and have traveled all over the world. It was my first time to the Galapagos Islands and I did not know what to expect. This trip exceeded our expectations in every way possible!! Harry Jiminez, our Naturalist Guide, made learning about the animals, birds and fish so interesting. His vast knowledge and great sense of humor was a welcome relief to the stuffy guides I have had on past eco trips. It is refreshing to have someone who encourages us to ask questions and to feel comfortable interacting with nature. Harry even helped me get over my fear of being in the same water as sharks!!! Juan Pablo was a doll! He was able to fulfil every request within his means with a smile. Juan Carlos was friendly and always made sure we had lots of fresh vegetables and fruits with our meals. His assistant, Ariel, was one of the nicest people I have met. We really enjoyed seeing him with fresh squeezed juices and cookies after every outing! The Captain was accommodating and friendly as was all of his crew. Thank you so much. We were a group of 14 with two random add-ons at the end. The 14 of us had the best trip ever and some of us are already looking at our calendars to plan a trip to see the other half of the Islands. We will book Ocean Spray again and hope that the same crew and Guide, Harry, will be there to greet us. Shannon
Please send me your brochure for 2014. Thanks again!!! Keep up the great work!!
"The Ocean Spray has to be the best boat in the Galapagos and the crew was great, very nice and very competent. We liked them all, from the engine room crew to the captain. Harry Jimenez, the naturalist, really made the trip for us. He was excellent and we have had experience with very good naturalists on our first trip. Any of us would highly recommend them again."
We know Angela and Keith have told you just how much they enjoyed the holiday. The 5 days on the 'Cormorant' could not have been better, the service was 200% and we were lucky to have such a good mix of travelling companions on board. Peru was just amazing, with Macchupichu as the final highlight of the whole tour.
Thank you all for your work in putting our trip to the Galapagos and Quito together. The trip was a wonderful and unforgettable for Lisa, my brother and me. The people you work with in Quito were wonderful , kind and very knowledgable. Please pass on out thanks to them especially Maria Alexandra and Patricio. They increased our knowledge and appreciation for their unique country and people. The Ocean Spray experiance could not have been better. The entire crew especislly our guide Harry Jimenez were superb. Thank you all again for all you did to create a unique and memorable experiance for us all.Cheers, John
Como estas? Just talked to Mrs Aisslinger, they loved it :-) Ship was very good and personal atmoshpere. They would definitley recommend it. Oh and I forgot, the guide they had at Selva Lodge was very very good :-) So talks a lot to you and your team!!
I just want to tell you how wonderful our trip was! I can't believe all the connections ran so smoothly. We could not have had a better time. The Haugan cruise was truly amazing! Our guides at both Isabella and the cruise were terrific as well. I want to put a special word in for Memeno, Alfred Bolorioh, our guide at Casa Marita. He would definitely be a good addition to your staff if you ned someone in Isabella. He has so much passion for his island and the wildlife. Thank you again for arranging everything for us.
I hope that you are well. Yesterday I finally managed to catch up with clients Christine Harris & William Holland. They have a brilliant time in the Galapagos and thought that the Ocean Spray was fantastic! The cabins really impressed them and what really stood out for them was the food. Christine mentioned that it was the best food they had and there was just so much variety. The itinerary was perfect and each stop/island they went to was completely different each day. She would have enjoyed the option of different activities being offered, such as more exerted exploratory walks where possible but she was advised onboard and now appreciates that these are offered on bigger boats to cater for the slightly larger groups, whereas on the smaller boats the focus is on snorkelling and more gentle walks.
They highly recommended the boat and entire itinerary and I also in turn will not hesitate to promote it on to future clients.
Thank you again for all of your assistance with the booking and I really do hope to send more clients there too!
Sue and I would like to thank you for recommending the Galapagos as a destination and using Haugan Cruises vessel Cormorant . Our experience will remain with us forever as one of the great times we have had. On board the crew were fantastic and our guide Luis was not only a great guy but was so knowledgeable on everything Galapagos and this added greatly to our experience. I am happy to be a reference should you ever need someone to relate their experience with Haugan and the Cormorant
After spending a week in the Galapagos Islands, I feel compelled to write to you personally about my experience on the Cormorant from April 28-May 6. In short, the trip, with Harry Jimenez as our guide, was an unmitigated success.
While the accommodations, crew and passenger complement contributed to this success, the key reason was Harry himself. He possesses a great knowledge of the Islands and excellent command of the information ? one should expect nothing less.
What makes Harry unique is his ability to project his passion for and love of the Galapagos to those around him. From our first briefing to the last ? whether on the boat, hiking, or snorkeling - it was clear that Harry wanted each of us to experience, learn and understand as much as possible in so short a time. A patient, enthusiastic and talented teacher, with a great sense of humor, Harry also managed to balance the challenge of responding to the needs of individuals while leading the group. He never missed an opportunity to locate one more adventure, bird, flower, fish or iguana to enthrall us and add to our emersion and excitement.
I gained more on this adventure than I imagined possible ? in large part due to this exceptional guidance. Joining in this feeling is the wonderful group of people ? no longer strangers ? who found themselves together on this voyage.
Thank you for making this possible.
Me and my husband disembarked the Comorant yesterday after an absolutely exceptional experience!!!
Everything was top notch and we couldn't have had a better crew. Always there for us when we needed them - with a smile.
We would like to send a special thank you to all the crew members.
We are already looking at our calenders to see when we can come back and do the other half of the Galapagos on the Ocean Spray!
Again, your company provided an exceptional experience for us!
Some feedback I'm sure you'll enjoy from Rossettin pax!
We all have our favourite places and experiences but we all agree the cruise on the Comorant was outstanding.
After so much discussion regarding what boat we would go on we made the right decision. Being on a small boat was much more intimate, the food, staff and our guide Fausto Rodriguez were outstanding.
We made many friends on the cruise who I am sure we will keep in contact with including the Irish priest, the wild boys from USA and the other fun couples from NY, Tucson, and Australia.
Please see the trip evaluation below.
This was our first time on a cruise, so we don't have anything to compare it with, but we were very impressed with the size of the rooms, the luxurious towels (which were folded into different animals each day), the amount of storage, and quality and size of the showers. The private balcony was wonderful. The crew was very friendly and attentive.
Just wanted to let you know, what a wonderful trip our clients, John and Gail Willin had on the Cormorant!
They really enjoyed the experience and only had the highest regard for Haugan Cruises and the entire staff. Everything worked perfectly!!
Queria agradecerles por la oportunidad que me dieron para viajar y conocer Galapagos, la verdad los tripulantes del crucero se portaron excelentes y el guia fue muy profesional, el Yate era de lujo, la verdad no me esperaba algo asi sinceramente les agradezco por todo eso muchas gracias.
We have returned from an amazing 4 weeks in Ecuador, Peru and the Pantannal.
Many thanks, we absolutely loved the GPS and the Athala.
We had published a Photo in our national newspaper on Saturday 16 July: a booby bird tackling a tuna. It took the booby 25 minutes to eat the fish, then it managed to swim, exhausted, to safety.
Have a good day.
The boat was "gorgeous". The cabins were very comfortable, good guides and crew. We had a great trip, saw some amazing wildlife and the boat was worth the money.
I have only just spoken with Mr Rishani (as he has been away with business over the last few weeks)
Overall he had fantastic time. He thought the boat was lovely, the staff were kind and very helpful and the guiding was excellent. The whole family absolutely loved the Galapagos Islands.
Thank you os much for your help with this booking. it worked very well.
We are BACK from the Galapagos and it was as wonderful of an experience as I could have imagined.
Just got back from a cruise on the Athala - great boat, great people, great food...wish I was back there now! Seriously though, it's more expensive than a lot of options, but it's a superb boat with top class service. Be prepared for an active holiday (lots of snorkeling) if you want to make best use of the cruise. If you are up for it, the experience is magical. The naturalist guide on the boat (George) is awesome, and Javier, who is effectively the 'hotel' manager (cruise director) is excellent. I would really recommend this boat - and if it is anything to go on, the Nina is probably good too.
My friend and I just returned from eight magical days on the Athala II. The captain and crew were all friendly and fun. The ship was kept spotless and every effort was made to ensure the most enjoyment of the passengers. Our park guide was Harry Jimenez. His deep love and respect for the islands was contagious. He imparted his knowledge with passion and a wonderful sense of humor. I had hoped to be able to see the giant tortoises in their natural environment. This was not on our itinerary but Harry and the captain went out of their way to make this happen. Harry even threw in and extra treat by finding a Vermillion Flycatcher for me. This trip will remain in our hearts forever.
We had a wonderful trip to the Galapagos! Thanks so much.
The Hilton Colon is fine hotel, and they serve a very good breakfast on the executive floor. The catamaran Athala is first class all the way: The vessel, accommodations, crew, food and overall service. Our naturalist-guide, Jorge Garcia, was outstanding in all ways: personality, knowledge, interest in everyone's well being & excellent communication skills; we could not have had a better one. The trip was everything we hoped it would be.
I arrived back from my educational trip to Galapgos and Peru last week. It was a wonderful experience and especially my time on Galapagos was a very memorable one!
There was a very nice group on board (US, Australia, Canada and Denmark) and also the staff made me feel very much at home. The cabins are great and the best I have seen (after checking some other boats during my 1 free day at Puerto Ayora). They are so spacious! The staff paid so much attention to every details (my compliments to the person who folds the towels every day in a different shape ;-) The bathrooms are nice and modern too.
Food was excellent and the chef and his assistants made every meal special and very tasty. Especially I liked the day we had a barbecue (wat great seafood!) on the bar-deck outside.
Our tour-leader was Ruli and he was a very knowledgable about a lot of things. He really blended very well with the group and could talk about a lot of things (‘outside’ the Galapagos as well). The tours were very nice and I really wished that I could have seen more islands. So a good reason to come back some other time.
We were on the eight day Athala trip in April. It was fantastic. My wife is putting together a "book" with pictures and text, to show other people.Would it be possible to get a full page Itinerary of the trip.
We want to thank you for a once in a lifetime trip. The Nina and her crew were absolutely the best and I would highly recommend them to anyone going to the Galapagos. Our naturalist III guide, Juan Carlos, was the best guide we have ever had. He knew his wildlife, the history of the islands and it was great getting to know him.
Thanks again for a wonderful trip,
I am writing as a follow up to a recent cruise my wife and I arranged through Columbus Travel. We went to Galapagos Island on an 8 day, 7 night cruise on the Athala. The cruise started on February 27 and ran until March. 6.
My purpose in writing is to express how much we thought of the Athala's crew the naturalist on our trip. In short, the crew headed by Captain Pedro Rocafuerte was terrific. They were very professional and very helpful. My wife and i could not be more pleased with their performance.
The naturalist Harry Jimenez was fabulous. He not only had exceptionally broad knowledge about the plants and wildlife, but he had a terrific sense of humor. He was delightful and we learned a great deal listening to him in the evening briefings and walking with him on the islands. We both felt that Harry must be one of the top naturalists in Galapagos.Both Harry and the crew made our trip one that we will remember the rest of our lives. Also, your agent Diego Andrade was particularly helpful in making the reservation for our trip. If you want to use my comments in any advertising please feel free to do so.
How are you doing? Hope all is well. Today I had a long conversation with clients Delehey/McDougald. All went well on Athala for them. They loved Jorge Garcia the guide, he was perfect of course-I know him from years ago on another boat. A real highlight for them was that the crew went snorkeling with them sometimes. They really liked this. The ice machine was broken onboard but it was not a big deal for them. This was a pretty easygoing group I think. They also really liked that the crew wanted to learn more English and that the crew was interacting with them alot. They went snorkeling 2x per day and this was also great for them.Kind Regards,
I just wanted to tell you that clients Miller x 2 were very happy with their time on Nina. The cruise director was great, the guide was great, the birthday celebration was PERFECT, cabin was great and they loved the boat.
Thanks for all of your help with these clients. You are great to work with.Sincerely,
Hope your day is a good one! How are you doing? Great news that there are no more power shortages in Quito at the moment!
I have been wanting to email you about a really nice comment that I received from clients Miller on Nina. They were SO happy about the celebration for Jeff Miller's birthday onboard. The cabin had chocolates all over the bed and the towels were made in the shape of a birthday cake and the room was decorated and I can't remember if he mentioned there was a cake but I think that they also made him a cake at the dinner. That was SO nice of the crew. Jeff felt really special :). Please can you tell them how happy clients were? Thank you so much. He told me it was his best birthday in all of his life. WOW!!!THANKS very much for your help Isabel. Many hugs and kind regards,
we just returned from our 2+ weeks in Galapagos/Peru and wanted to send you a thank you for a trip well planned and organized. We really enjoyed both destinations, but I think the Galapagos was my favorite. Both of the guides (George in Galapagos and Mariella in Peru) were fabulous.
Thanks again, and I would certainly recommend Columbus Travel to anyone interested in a journey south of the border.
Thank you so much for all the arrangements you made on our behalf. The trip was great, and all the connections went smoothly. The drivers were on time, helpful and courteous, and the staff on the boat was great. Thanks again.
Now that we - unfortunately - have left Ecuador behind us, I wanted to thank you again for the complete service provided by you and your company! I want to let you know personally. I have already forwarded your email address to a friend of mine who will visit Ecuador at the beginning of September.
And by the way: we very much enjoyed the hotel and diner invitation - the restaurant was absolutely beautiful and food and service excellent!
Thank you very much again
I just wanted to share with you a post that we put on tripadvisor regarding our recent tour on the Nina. We had the best time on the tour and I wanted to thank you for making the trip possible. Below is a response to another traveler's inquiry about the Nina. You can find it on tripadvisor.com. Thank you again for a wonderful trip.
"My husband and I just got back from a an 8 day cruise on the Nina and it was amazing. We are in our early 30s and about half of the people on the tour were as well. The other half were couples in their mid 50s-60s. I can't say enough great things about the tour. The service was great, the cabin was luxury and the crew was beyond helpful. We did ALOT of snorkeling (like twice a day). Some of it was in deep water and some beach snorkeling but totally safe as zodiacs follow you along the whole way. The wildlife was accessible through the land walks we did everyday. It was a tour for active people but you also had plenty of time to rest and enjoy the beautiful boat. The food on board was delicious with the chef cooking up gourmet 3 course meals for every meal. Our guide Gabriel was knowledgable and also very entertaining. I highly recommend this tour. The days start early, so there wasn't much partying on the boat but I guess it depends on who is on the tour the week you are going. It was a once in a lifetime trip!".
We were going to send you an email. The cruise on Nina was FANTASTIC!! Everything was excellent. Harry, the guide, and Gabi the hostess were terrific.
The food was sensational, in fact there was nothing bad about it.
Thank you so much, everything was so professional and we would definitely recommend you to any of our friends.
Thank you for your follow up email.
We too are sorry we didn't get to see you after our cruise. And like you, we were both ill with a cold on our return from the cruise. It didn't stop us from visiting any of the islands and seeing the wildlife, but it did stop us from snorkling a few times.
We had a great time with Santiago during the tour to Otavalo and the Quito cultural center tour.
Please keep Melanie's and my email to contact us if you are visiting the US. Melanie was serious about you visiting her in Palm Springs during the Grand Champions tennis tournament. You and your wife would have a wonderful visit with her.
Thank you again my friend for all you did for us to make our visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos so memorable. We all had a wonderful time.
Con un fuerte abrazo y agradecimiento a todo el personal que han hecho posible mi viaje a Galapagos en compania de mi padre asi haciendo su sueno realidad.
Le comento que ya lo hicimos en la fecha del 19 al 26 de Mayo en el yate "catamaran" NINA.
Lo pasamos de maravilla, todo el personal era muy amable, la atencion personalizada. Mi padre se sintio mimado en todo el grupo, les felicito de manera personal
Con el barco ni que decir estabamos tan comodos, felices y defino en esta palabra que ese viaje fue inolvidable!Mil gracias, y estaremos en contacto.
First of all, I want to tell you what a fabulous trip we had to Ecuador. Your country and people are wonderful and Pat and I enjoyed ourselves greatly.
Evan's guiding was also great. He really helped us to understand the country and culture and was a great help.Thank you again for all your help!
First of all, I want to tell you what a fabulous trip we had to Ecuador. Your country and people are wonderful and Pat and I enjoyed ourselves greatly.
Evan's guiding was also great. He really helped us to understand the country and culture and was a great help.Thank you again for all your help!
About the nina:
It was a great ship. Nice staff. Large clean cabins. Good beds We had a knowlegdable guide and every day we went hiking or snorkling. So well arranged. For dinner we had soup, maincourse in buffet and dessert. So we got big!
We enjoyed every minute on the island ...in paradise.Warm greetings
We had a wonderful time. Everyone was friendly. Food and Boat were great. Islands beautiful.
I want to thank you for the most wonderful week - as the fabulous Guide Harry would say - "You are in Paradise---- The Galapagos Islands." The "Nina" was a beautiful boat, the crew were delightful pleasant and efficient. I might just have to steal your chef from you - the food was delicious fresh and far too tempting.
I had read a lot about the Islands but I was amazed delighted and surprised by the diversity, and also the difference from Island to Island. Harry was so knowledgeable about the marine and land animals, the birds and the volcanoes we were very lucky to have him. My son had the best time also and thank you for giving him five young girls to entertain!!! It was a very happy week and the rest of the passengers delightful I had a great time.
The hotel in Quito was delightful and tres chic, and the wonderful meal at Theatrum was an unexpected surprise Thank you for everything I will tell everybodyWith kind regards
I wanted to send you a note earlier, but hustle and bustle of travelling and getting back into work was taking the time. I do apologise for that.
Main thing is we had a wonderful time going round Quito and of cause Galapagos. We want to turn round and go back. The boat 'Nina' was vary comfortable and all crew and guide were excellent. Also the group of travellers was nice and friendly and that made for good time. We were taken around some beautiful place with magic scenery and loveable animals. There were four snorkelling sessions, which gave us chance to admire underwater life - full of colourful fish, playful sea lions, even sharks and feeding iguanas. All will be lasting memory.
I want to thank you very much for arranging it for us, having patience with payments and all the questioning from me. You made it very friendly and comfortable for us. It also made us to yearn to return to Ecuador and explore more of its countryside.Look after yourself and many regards.
This letter is in response to the trip scheduled with your company on April 19, 2009. Please accept my sincere thanks for making the trip all that I expected and more! Our trip started with our departing flight being canceled which threw the whole schedule off immediately. Your company took charge of the situation and even though we arrived 12 hours later, we didn't miss a thing. You scheduled our tour of Quito at a convenient time regardless of our late arrival, we enjoyed a lovely late lunch and a wonderful dinner when we returned to Quito.
Your group made sure that we got what we paid for. The tour guide in Quito was excellent and tried very hard to get all the sightseeing in even though we got a late start. The person meeting us at the airport was punctual and efficient, and the Nina and all her staff were top of the line. Please pass this email along to everyone involved with my heartfelt thanks for making this such a wonderful trip.Regards,
Don't know if Helen was in touch with you, but I wanted you to know that we all loved out trip to Galapagos. Everything was great. The Nina and its crew, the guide and the food was superb. (I've tried cooking Ecudorian food since returning home, but not having much success.)Also, I wanted you to know that we we were very happy with the service that your agency gave us. The arrangements you made for us at the the Finch Bay hotel, transport from the Nina and then later to the plane, were excellent. We wouldn't have changed anything. Also, of course, thanks for all the prompt communication prior to our trip and also when I was alone in Quito, during Helen's hectic time in Houston.
"The boat tour itself was excellent. The Nina is an excellent ship and the accommodations were fully satisfactory. The naturalist Javier was excellent for the group we had--a rather active group. So we had a lovely 7 days on the boat."
I just got back to London yesterday. It was the most memorable experience in my life during the cruise on Nina. Everything was superb!! Also it was lovely to see you at your office the other day.
Just wanted to thank you again to arrange my fantastic time in Ecuador. Probably I should start thinking about next holiday to Amazon forest next then!
Hope you are well,Regards,
We would like to say a big Thank you for a superbly organized trip to the Gallapagos. From the moment that we touched down in Quito until the end of our Galapagos trip, everything was excellent, The hotels were extremely comfortable and the guides excellent.We would like to make a special commendation to the Athala which we found wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew and our guide (Yvonne) was fantastic with a wide knowledge of the islands and an amazing enthusiasm for the environment there. We cannot recommend Athala enough and feel we were extremely fortunate to have experienced a week on such a beautiful boat. We would be very happy to be a reference for any future holiday makers and thank you again for your excellent professional organization.
I'm sorry we never got a chance to meet. I just wanted to say thank you for an absolutely wonderful trip! The Nina was amazing and the crew absolutely superb. And thank you so much for arranging the trip to the museum yesterday. That was wonderful too. The kids had a great time and it was really very interesting!Kind regards,
Thank you very much for arranging our Ecuadorian trip. We had a wonderful time. Swissotel was good and we adored Patio Andaluz. Everyone at Columbus Travel had been very helpful. Ivan was a great guide and Javier was a solid professional.Warmest regards,
Hope all is well. My wife, Emily and I wanted to share our appreciation and thank you and the team at Columbus Travel. We had such an amazing and unforgettable time. We truly were unexpected at the level of service and value we received.
The Athala II is a wonderful yacht. Clean, spacious and very friendly staff. Not to mention, the food was delicious and plentiful. Our Naturalist, Enrique was fun, energetic and very knowledgable. He was very passionate about his job and the well being of the islands. We saw so many animals and marine life. We will always remember.
Thank you for a wonderful vacation and I will definately recommend Columbus Travel to any of my friends and family. Please share this email with Xavier Proano and the rest of the team that served us.Sincere Regards,