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Advice on selection of galapagos cruise

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Sorry , Fodorites! I am resubmitting because made a mistake in tagging. Somehow the Ecuador tag did not come out.

Our family is planning a trip to Galapagos and Peru from late July/ early August 2012. My husband and I are about 60, but the other three are fit 20/30 year olds!

We would love to do a cruise-based trip in Galapagos, but have some concerns, as detailed below:

I have some mobility issues, ie a weak knee and unstable ankle, so am quite anxious as to whether I can handle the wet and dry landings, and walking on rocky surfaces. I can climb 2-3 flights of stairs and walk on level ground for about 5 kilometers. Would really appreciate advice as to whether there are provisions for helping me get on and off the "pangas". Also my husband and I have never snorkelled, but would really love to try it out if amateurs can routinely handle it. Do the cruises provide flotation devices that can be used to help poor swimmers snorkel? It just seems to be a shame to make the effort to visit the Galapagos, and not be able to join in the trekking, and snorkelling which takes place every day on the cruises.

Also, I do not want to be a drag on the younger members of my group, so I wonder whether there are provisions for different activity levels for tourists with different physical abilities on the cruises.

Would appreciate advice from anyone with experience regarding the above issues especially regarding selection of cruise. Thanks

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