How fit do you have to be?
Galapagos Islands ship cruise requires some stamina, because you have an active schedule.
Here's a typical 24-hour day:
- Early breakfast
- Morning shore excursion lasting up to several hours
- Return to ship for lunch and (time permitting) snorkeling
- Cruise to next Galapagos site
- Afternoon shore excursion lasting up to several hours
- Return to ship for dinner
- After dinner meeting to discuss the next days plans
- Sleep while ship cruises to next Galapagos site
The walks ashore are not difficult or excessively hard but the surface is usually uneven and you must practice caution. Stops are made all along the way to view wildlife and for your guide to explain aspects of the island you are visiting.
Sturdy inflatable zodiacs ferry you between your cruise ship and the Galapagos shore. Some of your landings will be "dry", meaning you step out of the zodiac onto land. Other landings are "wet", meaning you step into shallow water (sometimes up to your knees) and wade to shore. Now and then your disembarkation point is rocky or slightly slippery.
A person with average mobility should not have any problems.