The exclusive Galapagos Island archipelago, off the coast of Ecuador, is one of the most expensive destinations for cruising, but is without-a-doubt an unforgettable experience. Only small ships following very strict rules can sail to these islands, which means that the costs are very high. The itineraries are offered almost always with the departure and return directly from the islands, or, more rarely, from the Ecuadorian coast. Many famous expedition companies and luxury cruise companies have some ships located here, sometimes designed specifically for the archipelago. Other cruises are offered by local companies, using small and simple ships.