Galaven I Returns to Service

August 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Last week the Galapagos National Park announced that it was suspending the permits of the yacht Galaven for 90 days due to 14 different violations including the unauthorized change of itinerary.  The suspension set off a dispute in the press between the owner of the yacht who originally claimed the action was politically motivated.

Mr. Ortiz, the owner now says  “For 30 years my family has two tourist boats. One was punished by the Galapagos National Park suspended 90 days to change an itinerary, but put a protective action with precautionary measures. ” Ortiz further stated the sanctions were lifted Saturday afternoon and had no political motivation.

The Galapagos National Park confirms that the Galaven has returned to service.  While they did not make the terms in which the yacht was able to return to service we do hope the owners will operate within the constrains of the park regulations in the future.  The park regulations are established primarily to protect and conserve the islands and the wildlife that lives there.

Passengers confirmed a Galapagos Cruises on the Galaven for August, September and October can enjoy their trip as originally planned.

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