Hello. I did a 7 night small yacht cruise, around the Galapagos Islands, with Gap Adventures, a tour company in Canada. We flew on Continental, from Phoenix-Houston-Quito. Joined the tour group in Quito. Anyways, my husband and I absolutely LOVED the Galapagos. We went late july-early august of this year. It is a different type of vacation. If you do the shore excursions, they are pretty active. You either have a "wet landing", where you hop out of the dingy into the water, and walk to shore. Or, you have a "dry" landing, where you hop from the dingy to a landing zone (usually a bunch of big flat rocks). You basically walk along a "trail", that is usually VERY rocky, and uneven. You see all the wonderful scenery as you walk along the trail. We saw green, red, WHITE, and black sand beaches.
We saw all the usual animals, the islands are known for. The summer is there dry season, so lots of the trees were dormant. There were several places to snorkel at. Snorkeling was great, saw lots of black tipped sharks, and puffer fish. Also the sea lions played with us, and got VERY close to us. You could often touch them. The younger kids we saw, seemed to be enjoying themselves. We saw dolphins and some killer whales, that were surfing at the bow of you tiny yacht. Check out Celebrity Xpedition, she looked beautiful. We saw her in a port, she was the biggest ship I saw down there. If you have any questions about the Galapagos Islands, I'd be happy to answer them. Hope this helps.