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Deal alert: 40% off and free international airfare for last-minute Galapagos cruises

Aug. 10, 2022
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Every so often I share a deal that’s so good, it’s hard to pass up. As an adventure and expeditions fan, this is one of these deals.

Quasar Expeditions, which offers small yacht cruises around the Galapagos Islands, currently has a deal for 40% off the cost of a cruise for fast-approaching dates in August and September. Quasar will also cover the cost of international round-trip airfare for select departures.

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I'm especially fond of this deal because I took advantage of a similar offer last summer to bring my family on Quasar's Evolution ship.

The trade-off for the great price on what is definitely a bucket list journey? The need to be super spontaneous for a trip that most people plan a year (or more) in advance.

I wish I had a little more time to prepare for my cruise. However, I was still thrilled to be able to bring my husband and son with me for an epic adventure that cost us nearly half of what it would have set us back had we planned farther in advance.

Related: 9 things I wish I had known before taking a Galapagos cruise

Quasar offers two small ships for safari-style adventures around the Galapagos. The larger, the Evolution, holds a maximum of 32 people. The Grace, which Grace Kelly sailed on for her honeymoon, accommodates just 16 people.

All meals and snacks are included in your cruise (alcoholic beverages cost extra), but more importantly, all activities and explorations are part of the price. This means kayaking with sea lions, snorkeling with sharks and exploring remote islands to see endemic bird life such as blue-footed boobies with some of the best guides in the Galapagos are all part of your up-front cost.

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Related: How I saved thousands of dollars by DIY-ing an island-hopping trip in the Galapagos

If visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is something you've been dreaming about, it may be worth checking out these small expedition ships while they're heavily discounted. See below for details.

(Photo by Andrew Peacock/Getty Images)

Deal basics

Cruise line: Quasar Expeditions.
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
How to book: Book directly through the company's online call center.
Travel dates: 2022 Evolution cruise dates, including airfare: Aug. 20-27, Aug. 27-Sept. 3, Sept. 10-17 and Sept. 17-24, 2022, (additional 2022 Evolution cruise dates, not including airfare: Sept. 24-Oct. 3, 2022); Grace cruise dates, not including airfare: Aug. 16-23, 2022.

(Image courtesy of Quasar Expeditions)

Important deal notes

For this deal, you will need to speak with a Quasar specialist directly. We noticed that the 40% off offer is on the website, but the free airfare is not.

When we checked, Quasar said the international airfare offer was only sent as part of an email communication. We're including an image here for reference, but be sure to sign up for email communications prior to calling and booking.

(Photo by Melissa Klurman for The Points Guy)

Bottom line

If you're flexible, spontaneous and interested in exploring the marine wonderland of the Galapagos Islands, where you can dive with sharks, swim with sea turtles and explore remote islands filled with endemic avian life — including the iconic blue-footed booby — then this deal may be the answer to your Galapagos bucket list dreams.

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