Cruising for a Cause

The 159-foot WildAid's Passion cruises for environmental conservation in the Galapagos Islands.

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The 159-foot luxury "conservation" yacht WildAid's Passion.Courtesy Andando Tours

Angermeyer Cruising and Andando Tours are collaborating with WildAid, a nonprofit, wildlife protection organization, to protect the Galapagos Island’s marine environment.

Angermeyer and Andando, sister companies, partnered with WildAid to create the Galapagos Conservation Fund. Angermeyer Cruising refit a 159-foot yacht, renamed her WildAid's Passion and now charters her in the Galapagos Islands, through Andando Tours. The group says $100 of every charter is donated to the Conservation Fund, plus Andando is donating a one-week charter to the live auction at WildAid's annual gala, held on November 11 in Los Angeles, California. Additionally, for every booking made through wildaid@andandotours.com, 22.5% of the profit goes to WildAid's Galapagos programs. For this reason, WildAid refers to WildAid's Passion as a "Conservation Yacht."

WildAid's Passion, Angermeyer, Andando, WildAid, Galapagos
WildAid's Passion's four decks are all teak.Courtesy Andando Tours
WildAid's Passion, Angermeyer, Andando, WildAid, Galapagos
Snorkeling is part of the Galapagos experience aboard WildAid's Passion.Courtesy Andando Tours

“We applaud Angermeyer Cruises and are delighted to partner with such a progressive operator who understands that investing in conservation equates to a win-win situation for both wildlife and tourism.”

- Peter Knights, WildAid CEO

Charter clients can cruise either the western or eastern Galapagos Islands, each voyage lasting 8 days. Rates begin at $5,980 per person, which includes all meals, snorkel gear and excursions ashore with certified naturalist guides.

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WildAid's Passion's sky lounge on her bridge deck. It also includes a wet bar.Courtesy Andando Tours

Amenities on board WildAid's Passion include a panoramic sky lounge with wet bar on the bridge deck, a sun deck with Jacuzzi tub, two heads in both the VIP and master suite, kayaks, wetsuits and massages upon request. Her original teak decks and rose-colored marble in the heads were kept during her recent refit. She accommodates 12 guests in 6 staterooms, each with an en suite head (or two), and crew-to-guest ratio is one-to-one.

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One of WildAid's Passion's 6 staterooms, each one has an en suite head. Some have two.Courtesy Andando Tours
WildAid's Passion, Angermeyer, Andando, WildAid, Galapagos
WildAid's Passion's topmost deck is a sun deck with Jacuzzi tub. With plenty of crew, every guest need is met.Courtesy Andando Tours