The 32-passenger Evolution of Quasar Expeditions is a small expedition yacht perfectly designed for sailing the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America. The cabins are larger than normal for a yacht-like ship, and the common areas are comfortable and casual. A small ship like the Quasar Expeditions' Evolution is the best way to tour the Galapagos since each island can be very different. Many of the islands are small and do not have hotels. Therefore, unless travelers are sleeping on a ship, they might spend a large part of each day on a boat traveling from one of the larger islands to each of several small ones.
These photos provide an overview of the M/V Evolution.
Galapagos days are book-ended by amazing sunrises and sunsets. Guests on the M/V Evolution get up early to see as much wildlife as possible.
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Some of the cabins on the M/V Evolution are large enough for two beds.
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Window in Cabin D1
This tiny window shows one of the reasons why most people stay outside as much as possible.
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Closet and Stool in Cabin D1
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Closet and Desk in Cabin D3
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Bathroom in Cabin D3
The bathrooms on the Evolution cabins have a good-sized counter top and lots of storage.
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Some guests on the M/V Evolution liked to sit in the sun. Others, like me, preferred the Sky Deck, which was covered and shady. Both decks had nice breezes.
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View of Beagle Deck and Forecastle
The hot tube was always filled with hot water when we returned from snorkeling or hiking and could be filled at other times when we were onboard.
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Clothes Hanging Out to Dry
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Lounge Chairs and Hot Tub on the Beagle Deck
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M/V Evolution and Genovesa
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Wetsuits Hanging Out to Dry
We rinsed and hung out the wet suits every time we used them.
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Boarding from the Panga
You have to be nimble-footed and have good balance to get into and out of a panga.
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Returning to the Evolution after Kayaking
Sometimes guests kayaked directly from the Evolution; other times they rode the panga into a quiet harbor before boarding the kayaks. This group is returning to the ship after a kayaking expedition.
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Kayaking near Isla Santa Fe
Kayaking is only one of the activities guests can enjoy from the Evolution. This group is kayaking off the island of Santa Fe.
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Sky Lounge Bar
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I loved sitting in the shade on the top deck of the M/V Evolution. The drinks were good, too.
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Doesn't this look like a great place to sit and watch the birds and the Galapagos Islands?
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This indoor (air-conditioned) lounge on the M/V Evolution was used for daily briefings and educational lectures.
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Charles Darwin Statue
This statue of famous scientist Charles Darwin is in the lounge of the Evolution.
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This nice reference library was used a lot to check out the wildlife we were seeing in the Galapagos Islands.
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Boutique Gift Shop
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This photo shows the covered outdoor Sky Lounge on the top deck and the al fresco dining area on the middle deck of the M/V Evolution.
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Tuna Salad Lunch Dish
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Ceviche for Lunch
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Lobster Night on the Evolution
We enjoyed delicious lobster tails at our farewell dinner on our Quasar Galapagos cruise.
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Cheese Tray and Lunch Salads
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Cheese Tray and Fruit/Vegetable Decoration
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This nice coffee/tea/snacks set up is in a corner of the Evolution dining room. It has coffee, tea, drinking water, and pre-packeaged snacks like cookies and candy bars.
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Human Version of Blue-Footed Booby
Wish I had thought of this! Blue-footed boobies are one of the most famous birds that live in the Galapagos. This guest on the ship decided to emulate them. Good idea for those planning a trip to the islands.