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Thankful In The Galapagos Islands

Our yachts in 2009

Throughout history, the act of thanksgiving has been celebrated one way or another in every culture, either through religion or society. It is the act of coming together as a family or community to give thanks for something that you feel blessed and fortunate to have. It can be something personal such as a wedding or Mother’s Day. Or it can be something grander, like the American Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Facts

In the U.K. any day that experienced an act of special providence became a ‘day of blessing’ – most notable and unusual of all being Guy Fawkes Day on November 5th, which gives thanks that the 1605 plot to blow up Houses of Parliament was uncovered and stopped.

In Canada and the United States of America, Thanksgiving started as a day of gratitude for that year’s harvest, and sacrifice for a prosperous year ahead. Today, it has become more synonymous with large family dinners, pumpkin pie, and being grateful for the things you have in life.

Similar celebrations are also observed in Australia, Germany and Japan during different times of the year.

Thankful in the Galapagos Islands

Though there are no specific days of thanksgiving in Ecuador, and the November holiday is not widely celebrated here, we at Haugan Cruises do want to take this opportunity to look at our blessings and give thanks for what we have achieved so far.

In 2005, Haugan Cruises was merely a thought. We love Ecuador and the Galapagos, but at that time there were no options for luxury travel in and around this region. So we put our dream to work, and for the past 14 years, we’ve been building our fleet, refining our products and redefining Galapagos cruises.

With the support of the people of Ecuador, we have built an experience unlike anything else. Our ships elude a luxury and comfort you would expect in a top hotel, and our itineraries are designed to fit around you and your desires.

What we have achieved is truly transcendental, and we are so thankful to those who have supported us and allowed us to grow.

We are also super grateful for every guest that stayed with us; for every piece of feedback, for every review you have made, and for every person you told your adventure to. Without you, we would not be here. The Galapagos Islands are uniquely special, but you are what makes our cruises so magical.

Thankful for the Future

And so, as we reflect on the things we are grateful for, we also look to the future, because that too is something to be thankful for.

We will, of course, continue to promote Ecuadorian culture through our products, our food and our experienced employees. But we will also turn our attention to ecotourism. If there is one thing that the beauty and purity of the Enchanted Islands have taught us, it is that we (as a civilisation) need to focus more on unity and sustainability.

The Locals Are Actively Involved In Sustainability

Travel is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. It enriches our minds, diversifies our thoughts and recharges our Spirits. The idea of ecotravel is not to make you feel guilty about your travel choices, but to make you more conscious of them (and we have a great guide to ecotravel here).

On your island excursions, our tour guides will explain how this little ecosystem works, how wildlife thrives, and how preservation is vital. You will meet animals that you have never seen before, and you will discover a whole different side of nature. You will be so mesmerised by what you saw that when you board your flight back home, you’ll have a renewed sense of love and appreciation for the world in which we all live.

A trip to the Galapagos truely is a detox for the soul.

And so, we once again want to thank everyone who has joined us on our adventure so far. It has been such a pleasure sharing the unparalleled beauty of the Galapagos Islands with you, and we look forward to sharing it with many more. I’m sure you will agree with us when we say it is a trip of a lifetime and one that will leave a lasting impression.

So, for those that are celebrating, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, and we hope to have you on board soon.

What are you thankful for this year? Head on over to our Instagram page and let us know.