Small but beautifully formed, the MV Samba is rustic yet charming 78 ft. steel-hulled motor sailor.
Originally built as a luxury private yacht in Holland, the Samba has been completely refurbished to cater to Galapagos cruises and is surprisingly stable owing to her unique design.
There are just 7 cosy, air-conditioned en-suite cabins for a maximum of 14 passengers. Six are on the lower deck with double lower and single upper bunks which overlook the sparkling water through portholes. On the upper deck, there is a small double cabin which features a larger picture window.
There are snug communal areas throughout from the restaurant/lounge which spills onto an al-fresco dining area and teak decks.
The Samba offers two 7 night itineraries which circumnavigate the islands. Daily excursions include nature walks, swimming, snorkelling and panga rides and are led by the resident naturalist guide. On board, guests can take advantage of the lounge’s small reference library and flat-screen TV and DVD player or simply bask in the sun out on deck watching the world float by.
The MV Samba has limited space and the cabins certainly cosy yet she is one of our favourite budget options in the Galapagos. Feedback is consistently excellent, the guides very good and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.