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This Luxe 157-Foot Catamaran Lets You Discover the Galápagos With a Butler on Hand 24/7

This Luxe 157-Foot Catamaran Lets You Discover the Galápagos With a Butler on Hand 24/7

A few superyachts and expedition vessels are already cruising the Galápagos, but travel specialist Via Natura is introducing a new ultra-luxurious catamaran to the islands.

The 157-foot Hermes—no relation to Hermès, but in a similar exclusive vein—was designed to meet the needs of high-net-worth travelers. It will become the second-largest leisure cat in the world and the biggest in the South American archipelago, Via Natura says.

Despite its size, Hermes will host a maximum of 20 guests at a time to retain a feeling of exclusivity. The crew-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1 ensures each seafarer receives the finest five-star service. A 24/7 butler will also be at your whim on each adventure.

The Salon.

Via Natura

Hermes features 12 spacious convertible suites across the main and upper decks. (Ten are doubles and two are singles.) Each suite sports floor-to-ceiling windows, a walk-in closet, a private bathroom, a minibar, and a scenic private balcony with a Jacuzzi. The premium beverage menu is complimentary, so you can sip on something tasty while enjoying the views.

Beyond the suites, Hermes showcases several upscale social areas indoors and out. The compact multihull offers amenities akin to a larger cruise ship, too. The large welcome area leads to a contemporary interior with two plush lounges, a fully stocked library, and a spa with a Hammam overlooking the ocean. The exterior is home to an aperitif lounge and a spacious sundeck with an alfresco dining area, an observation zone, and a Jacuzzi flanked by sunbeds.

Hermes Catamaran sundeck

The sundeck.

Gourmands will also be catered to on the cruise. A renowned Ecuadorian chef has prepared a signature menu highlighting the fascinating flavors of Ecuadorian cuisine. In addition, seafarers can try their hands at delicious local dishes and morish tipples via cooking lessons and cocktail classes.

As for exploration, the itineraries range from three to 14 nights and include stops at amazing far-flung destinations. Highlights include Gardner Bay, Black Turtle Cove, Santa Fe Island, and Buccaneer Cove. Two experienced naturalist guides will be on hand to share their knowledge during hikes, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.

Hermes Catamaran King Suite

The King Suite.

Via Natura

As the Galápagos is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hermes has opted for a propulsion system that is more fuel-efficient than the conventional setups to help curb pollution. Although not fully electric, it’s slightly less damaging to the environment. “We could not go further because of the infrastructure limitation that the islands pose and the restriction on battery use,” Via Natura CEO Esteban Velásquez told Robb Report via email. He adds that the company is also launching a reforestation program to replant an endangered native tree of the Galapagos (the Scalesia) on 9 hectares of private land in the region. “Not only will the cruise bookings help the reforestation efforts, but also guests themselves,” he adds. “If the itinerary allows, they can come with us to plant Scalesias themselves.”

Rates for a three-night adventure start at $6,195 for a double or single suite and $117,705 for a private charter. You can find more information at the Via Natura website.

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Source: Robb Report

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