In 2018, the Galapagos Islands welcomed the first premium luxury vessel to their shores with panoramic French-balcony style accommodations, further immersing guests in the immense beauty of this world-renowned archipelago. Although comparatively new to the tourism world, French-balcony style rooms have quickly gained popularity around the world. Now, available in the Galapagos Archipelago, visitors are offered a new way of experiencing these rich shores and their astoundingly unique life. After the hustle and bustle of island adventuring and marine exploration, take some time to yourself or with those you love, and open your cabin to the sweeping views of the archipelago at your own leisure.
What is a French-Balcony Style Accommodation?
French-balcony style accommodations have become increasingly popular over the last decade, as they offer guests a unique twist on appreciating the scenery and nature while aboard a cruise vessel. Accommodations on luxury vessels generally only offer a small window to the outdoor world, but in a land as unique as the Galapagos Islands, this can be fairly inhibiting. French-balcony style rooms offer guests floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that open up to private balconies. In essence, this extends the size of the room without taking any floor space from the suite itself. Guests can easily open their room to the outdoor world, while a sturdy handrail provides the necessary safety.
French-Balcony Style Rooms in the Galapagos Islands
With its golden sunsets and shorelines teeming with some of the most unique life known to science, the Galapagos Archipelago is the perfect place to take advantage of this new style of accommodations. This private window into the islands provides tourists with a first-hand look at two of the most important Galapagos habitat zones: the shore zone and the marine zone. Dozens of bird species have formed their nesting grounds along the Galapagos coastlines, and guests can enjoy watching marine iguanas soak up the sun in between dives, sea lions swim playfully in shallow waters, and blue-footed boobies dive like bullets towards their prey. With approximately 97% of the Galapagos Islands consisting of the national park, some of the best views of Galapagos life can be found along these sandy beaches and rocky coastlines. On the other hand, as you move between islands at the end of the day, what could be better than gazing out across the open expanse of the Pacific Ocean to watch the day turn to dusk? Keep an eye out for fishing marine birds and, with a little luck, whales and dolphins. Sometimes guests can even see manta rays leaping out of the water! With these new accommodations, guests have the opportunity to more intimately experience the peace and beauty of this archipelago.
Whether or not you choose a French-balcony style room will depend on the experience you are looking for, but it is remarkably difficult to find a reason against these luxurious accommodations. A Galapagos cruise makes the most of your time by moving between islands at night. This means that from the moment you return to your vessel from an afternoon excursion to when you wake up in the morning, you will have an unobstructed view of the planet´s most renowned islands, along with the majestic Pacific Ocean. Furthermore, while itineraries are carefully planned to take full advantage of your time in the islands, evenings will be your own to enjoy. Take some time to yourself and those you are with to relax, watching as the scenery unfolds before you and the last rays of sunlight dance across the ocean before the fading light gives way to a starry night sky. The stunning landscapes and fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos Islands await.