The M/S Mary Anne (2013)

Boat Description

Operated by Angermeyer Cruises and first launched in 1997, the Mary Anne is a 3-masted barquentine angermeyerwith 16 sails—almost 10,000 square feet of sails!  (A barquentine is a sailboat with 3 or more masts and square-rigged sails only on the foremast—the mast closest to the bow or front.)   Stretching 172 feet (216 feet, if you count the bowsprit!), she can travel, by our captain’s report, at a maximum of 8 knots (9.2 m.p.h.) under sail or motor.  Our group occupied Cabins 1 – 10, although the Web site says that she has 12 cabins.   The Mary Anne used to sail with 24 passengers but now carries only 16, leaving extra cabins that the Angermeyers offer to single travelers for no single supplement.  (A single supplement is a surcharge that a single traveler pays for occupying a cabin that would otherwise carry 2 passengers.  Single supplements can at times be very steep—up to 75% or 80% on some boats!)  Our group had 2 single travelers, in Cabins 2 and 3.  On the Andando Tours site, you can see the deck plans; if you roll your mouse over the cabins and public areas, thumbnail photos will pop up.  Note that the photos of the fore and aft areas on the sundeck (labeled “deck area” and “deck area 2”) are simply duplicates of photos from the main deck.  From the sun deck, you’d be looking down on those areas—they’re not distinct spots on the sundeck.

andando_logoThe Mary Anne is booked through Andando Tours, which offers tourism services both in the Galápagos Islands and on mainland Ecuador.

You may want to read through this entire article from beginning to end, which you can do by clicking on the page numbers at the bottom of each page.  But if you’d rather read about specific topics, you can skip through the article to specific pages.

  • Common areas, p. 2
  • Cabins, p. 3
  • Transportation to landings and snorkeling, p. 4
  • Water activities, p. 4
  • Services, p. 5 – 7
  • Cleaning, p. 5
  • Food & drink, p. 6
  • Hot water, p. 6
  • The crew, p. 7
  • Sailing, p. 8

9 Responses to The M/S Mary Anne (2013)

  1. Jo says:

    Anyone with experience on the Isabella 2 ? I will be going with TAUCK in may 2015!

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  2. Tom says:

    Hi Tina

    I thought you may like an update on the Mary Anne. I just returned from a 7 night western cruise with my 18 year old nephew. We picked the ship before I found your review and this site, your review did easy our minds about our choice. Everything is still the same as you describe except the bar man is now Hiram. We we very lucky and had Carolina as our naturalist guide. We had a very diverse group of 16, 4 couples and 6 singles, ranging in age from 18 to late 60’s, with 8 people in their 30’s. I really can’t imagine that there is a better choice out there. Hopefully some day I will get to go back and try the eastern itinerary.

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    • Tina says:

      Hi, Tom–

      Thanks so much for the update. I’m sure folks who read this and are considering the Mary Anne will be glad to hear she’s still lovely. And how lucky for you that you got to go with Carolina!

      Tina

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  3. sandra says:

    Thank you so much for all the information. I didn’t consider a smaller boat because of the motion sickness issue but I shall look up the Mary Anne pronto. Of course, my daughter says she will go on anything that stocks diet coke!!!

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    • Tina says:

      Funny! If she’s even a little bit serious about Diet Coke, you might want to check on that for any boat you choose. I checked with our friend who traveled with us (who also really likes Diet Coke) and she was pretty sure the Mary Anne didn’t have Diet Coke. Perhaps they could arrange to have a special stash on board, if you let them know in advance. (It’s probably a bit expensive, since nothing is bottled in the archipelago–it would have to come from the mainland.) Perhaps the larger boats stock it routinely–so that could be an important consideration!

      Tina

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  4. sandra says:

    Hi. Just beginning to plan (very late, I know) for a trip in January 2014 for my husband, young adult daughter and myself. Cost is not a major issue. Comfort is!! (I am prone to seasickness and am quite anxious to choose the ship that is most comfortable. That being said, of course we are interested in the touring itself and want to make certain we are with qualified guides. We were thinking of the National Geographic tours but I am intrigued by your trip.. Suggestions, please!!!

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    • Tina says:

      Hi, Sandra–

      Most folks who go with NatGeo enjoy their trips, so you probably can’t go wrong with them. The major downside I see with them is that the boats they travel in are large, compared to most of the boats working the waters of the archipelago. (The Islander carries 48 pax; the Endeavour, 96). The intimacy of a smaller boat (e.g., 16 to 32 passengers) is in itself a marvelous experience–intimacy not only with the wildlife but with the crew and your fellow passengers. If you choose one of these 2 boats, I’d vote for the Islander, just for its smaller size. But I’m pretty prejudiced. 😉

      I understand your concern about motion sickness, but consider 2 things. First, Jan. is the beginning of the calm-water season. Of course there are no guarantees–you’re in the ocean, after all!–but Jan. – April have the lowest probabilities for rough water. Even our trip in mid-May had extraordinarily calm waters. So you’ve chosen a month with the least concern for choppy seas. Second, you might consider the Mary Anne, which–as a full-keel sailing craft–will also be extremely stable. (If you haven’t already read it, check out this comment on the home page: https://galapagos2009.wordpress.com/#comment-9892 . My husband, who is a lifelong sailor, spelled out for me his reasons for believing that the Mary Anne is likely more stable than all but the largest boats in the Galápagos. So you can have your cake (stability) and eat it (enjoy a small boat) too. And although she was built to carry 24 passengers, she now carries only 16–lots of common space and places to hang out. Cabins 9 and 10 are especially large–and our bathroom was shockingly large (for a sailboat, that is). She’s a stunning boat run by a reputable long-time-local family–and the family maintains the boat themselves. Many of their crew work only on the Mary Anne (including the delightful barman/head server and our naturalist guide), which tells me that the company finds good people and signs them to long-term contracts–not very common in the archipelago. Pride of ownership shows through on every inch! Of course, it’s getting late for reservations and the Mary Anne may already be full. But Jan. isn’t one of the busiest season, so you might get lucky.

      Don’t hesitate if you have any other questions I might be able to help with.

      Tina

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  5. trialsinfood says:

    Hi there. Just wondering from your experience, did you prefer Mary Anne or Tip Top II? Thank-you!

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    • Tina says:

      Both boats are wonderful. I think the Mary Anne is a bit more expensive than the Tip Top fleet. But if you have the money, I’d vote for the Mary Anne. Since she was built to carry 24 passengers, but now carries only 16, she is much roomier than the TTII. Her common areas are many, large, and comfortable–easy places to chat with fellow passengers or just find a quiet corner. Cabins 9 and 10 are quite large–much larger than the cabin we had on the TTII (Cabin 4). And the bathroom seemed gigantic (for a boat, that is). She’s a beautiful, stunning ship that catches your eye and takes your breath away any time you spot her when you’re on a landing. And, at least on our trip, the captain put up the sails and we sailed under wind power 3 different times–much to my surprise! (Common talk is that sail boats in the archipelago only put up their sails for photo ops. Not so for our trip!) The captain even let my lifelong sailor husband take the “reins” and pilot this gorgeous boat for more than an hour completely under wind power. A true highlight on a trip that was full of highlights.

      The TTII is a lovely boat, no doubt about that. But the Mary Anne was more comfortable and more majestic. Having written that, you can’t go wrong with either one, I’d say.

      Tina

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