Situated 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands offer a unique interaction with nature and their name is synonymous with the celebration of the diversity of species on Earth. The expedition vessel M.V Eclipse offers a truly memorable experience combining unique features such as al fresco dining with an unrivaled itinerary guided by enthusiastic naturalist guides. The M.V. Eclipse has 24 spacious fully air-conditioned staterooms. Every cabin boasts either picture windows or large portholes, providing a view of the waters surrounding you. The M.V. Eclipse accommodates 48 passengers – just half the number usually found on a ship this size. It is unique in offering the generous cabins of a larger vessel, while preserving the atmosphere and exclusivity of a smaller yacht. Features include a library, a boutique, a lounge and an infirmary, with a doctor on board at all times. While the M.V. Eclipse has an elegant indoor dining area, when weather conditions permit guests can take advantage of the al fresco dining area at the stern of the vessel for lunch – and occasionally for breakfast and dinner. Lunching on deck allows guests to enjoy the sunshine and sea breezes – and the view – while cruising from one island to the next. Few vessels in this category offer the opportunity for outdoor dining, accommodating all guests in one sitting. One of the most popular areas on board the M.V. Eclipse is the observation / sun deck, ideal for stargazing, whale watching, or simply lazing in the jacuzzi. The majority of the cruise is spent within the protected areas of the Galapagos National Park, allowing guests maximum interaction with the extraordinary flora and fauna. From albatross to tortoises, pelicans to iguanas, cormorants, sea lions, turtles, flamingos, sharks and whales, there is jaw-dropping wildlife in action at every turn. North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue footed boobies. Keep an eye out for land iguanas and sea lions too!