M/Y San Jose was carefully designed for navigating the Galapagos archipelago, with the comfort of her guests in mind, though without excessive luxury. This innovative yacht has been built in 2003–2004 and is classified as Tourist Superior Class. It accommodates up to 16 passengers in 8 stretched and comfortable twin cabins on the quieter front half of the main and upper deck (as far as possible from the engine room). It is equipped with two powerful engines that give a cruising speed of 10 knots (ca. 18,5 km/h).
Because our yacht accommodates only 16 passengers, its design leaves ample room for a large sun and shaded deck, both with lounge chairs. This outside deck space is excellent for relaxing, enjoying panoramic views and wildlife observation.
The interior part of the main deck contains the cozy living/dining room with comfortable sofas, rectangular tables, a buffet bar and a coffee station where coffee, tea and water are available for free. In this lounge the on board naturalist guide also presents every night his (or her) previous briefings. It is facilitated as well with a flat screen home cinema, DVD-player and a small library.
San Jose’s eight twin cabins are very spacious and stretch from port to starboard. These measure about 2,50 x 5,80 m. (8 x 19 ft.), including the private bathroom with hot/cold water and a bright sea view window. All cabins are exterior facing and have windows and a seaside door (instead of dark cabins with just a small porthole, common on many yachts sailing in Galapagos). Both can be opened to let in daylight and fresh air, though each cabin has privately controlled air conditioning as well.
Thanks to the innovative design all cabins are located in the quieter upper front half of the yacht, and not directly above or next to the engine room, which is located beneath the dining room. This guarantees a better sleep during the mainly overnight passages, minimizing disturbance from engine noise in your cabin. Besides that our routes also contain some quiet nights with shorter passages and anchorages at relatively sheltered bays.
All cabins have regular twin beds, which are convertible in one double configuration if desired (no bunk beds!). There are also a nightstand and a small desk with an inspiring sea view (also ideal for photographers that want to backup and select their shots in the privacy of their cabin). There is a closet to store your luggage. Cabin and bathroom windows are equipped with roller blinds for your privacy.