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Sea lions bask in the sun on the beach

Eastern Islands

7 Day Itinerary aboard Santa Cruz II
  • Visit Cerro Colorado
  • Observe friendly sea lions
  • Admire South Plaza's natural beauty
  • Snorkel & kayak at Gardner Bay
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Start this incredible Galapagos adventure in Baltra. Stop at the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Centre and be introduced to the beauty of the famous Galapagos giant tortoise and to the important scientific work that continues to be performed on the islands. Visit the world-famous Charles Darwin …
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Sea lion coming in from a swim

Northern Islands

5 Day Itinerary aboard Santa Cruz II
  • See the iconic Galapagos tortoises
  • Visit famous Pinnacle rock
  • Cruise to Buccaneer Cove
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
On this voyage, you will explore fascinating sites on Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove, home to a number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms, and Puerto Egas, with its great walk-along pools, snorkelling and swimming. The next day you will visit the red-sand beach of Rabida Island, …
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The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby

Western Islands

5 Day Itinerary aboard Santa Cruz II
  • Walk across Dragon Hill
  • Explore Champion Islet
  • Snorkel along Punta Vicente Roca
  • Visit the Darwin Research Station
Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Spend 5 incredible days exploring the Galapagos Islands and its human history and stunning wildlife. Sail towards Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island for an interesting hike through palo santo forests full of famed land iguanas. Cruise around the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island to two great visitor …
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Passengers: 90
Ship Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

The recently remodeled 90 passenger Santa Cruz II, built exclusively for Galapagos Islands, offers her guests the best of amenities and resources to be an educational delight. The Santa Cruz II replaces its legendary predecessor, the MV Santa Cruz. Remodeled in 2015 the 50-cabin luxury expedition ship brings a chic new way to explore the wonders of the Galápagos Islands in style and comfort. The new boat will offer guests the unrivaled guiding, while ensuring the utmost care is taken to preserve the islands’ delicate ecosystem via the latest in sustainable sailing technologies.

On Board Facilities and Amenities
• Bar & Lounge
• Restaurant
• Al fresco dining-BBQ
• Gift shop
• Fitness Room
• 24h Coffee station (free coffee, tea, and water)
• Satellite telephone
• WiFi hotspot (intermittent/ low bandwidth)
• PA system
• Snorkelling equipment
• Hair dryer
• iPod/MP3 docking station
• Safe deposit box (in cabin)
• 2 Jacuzzis
• Reading room and natural history library
• Multiple purpose room
• Air conditioned throughout
• Wetsuit rental
• Glass bottom boat
• Kayaks

Cabin Details
The Santa Cruz II’s Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. The ship has 50 cabins for 90 guests, 36 of which can be interconnected,offering flexibility for guests from single travelers to families.

Explorer Cabins
43 Double Explorer cabins are located on the Expedition, Horizon, and Panorama Decks, each measuring 163.2 sq ft. Two Explorer Triple cabins are located on the Horizon Deck, each measuring 191.9 sq ft. Two Voyager Single cabins are located on the Horizon Deck, each measuring 127.0 sq ft.

Cabin amenities:
- Air conditioning
- Picture window
- Hair dryer
- iPod/MP3 docking station
- Numerous electrical outlets
- Public address system
- In-room safe
- Reading lights

*Beds in most Explorer Cabins can be joined from twins to doubles. Also, most cabins can be interconnected to accommodate families.

Darwin Suites
Three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, each measuring 325 sq ft with double picture windows, will provide superb comfort and deluxe amenities for more discerning guests. Additionally, they can be interconnected with an Explorer double cabin to increase space by another 163 sq ft.

Suite amenities:
- Inset tablet in each suite
- Toiletries and bathrobes
- Special edition take-home coffee table book
- Air conditioning
- Large picture windows
- Hair dryer
- iPod/MP3 docking station
- Numerous electrical outlets
- Public address system
- In-room safe
- Reading lights
- Free Internet access (some restrictions apply)
- Wetsuit usage included
- Turn-down service delicacy
- Expedition photos and videos on CD

Lounges and Deck Spaces
On the Sky Deck, guests can relax and enjoy the sun at the sun deck/Solarium or exercise in the fitness room outfitted with treadmills.

On the Panorama Deck, guests can relish the equatorial outdoors on the aft terrace, which doubles as an area for barbecues and al-fresco dining. The large bar/lounge offers a relaxing area to unwind amid the Santa Cruz’s legendary convivial atmosphere. On the same deck, guests are also welcome to visit them modern bridge.

On the Expedition Deck, you are welcome relax in the ample reading room and peruse the natural history library, with up-to-date technology for presentations on the geology, biology, and history. Facing the prow, it’s a fantastic, calm place to view the beauty of the archipelago in a climate-controlled environment. An open multi-purpose room on the deck’s starboard side is available for children’s programs and other events. The aft features twin Jacuzzis.

On the Horizon Deck, along with the Explorer cabins, you will find the gift shop, reception area and the infirmary, where a medical doctor is on call 24/7 (consultations are free of charge).

The Beagle Restaurant is located to the aft on the Ocean Deck.

Santa Cruz II Accommodations
The Santa Cruz II accommodates her 90 passengers in 50 cabins, with a variety of accommodations, all meeting the same high standard for comfort and style.

Two master suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and a private balcony, and two junior suites with twin beds (plus a sofa bed for a child). Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds. Family guests have ample choice among single, double and triple accommodations.

All cabins feature private bath facilities with hairdryers. Cabins also have individual controlled A/C and safety deposit boxes.

Galapagos Wildlife
The emphasis on the undersea realm will also be reflected through the added technological appliances that the ship has acquired as improved underwater cameras to capture aquatic encounters, as well as improved spotting scopes for viewing above the water.

In order for guests to get closer and understand more about the islands' marine world, the ship now has a hydrophone for listening to the calls of dolphins and whales, as well as a ‘splashcam' video camera which will let the crew film these creatures in action underwater from the pangas. To record guests' fun in the water, the high-quality staff camera has an underwater housing - and photos of the expeditions are always shown on the last night before disembarking. On board, take advantage of the telescope as well as top notch binoculars for improved wildlife observation.

Underwater Discovery
Discover the wonders of the Galapagos Marine Reserve at your own rhythm, an experience every bit as important to the experience of the archipelago as the land visits. Exclusive to the Santa Cruz ship's crew is a Specialist Underwater Naturalist, as well as a range of swimming aids. As your guides lead you guests by the hand during swimming and snorkeling activities, everyone onboard will feel confident and safe at all times in the water and all can marvel at this marine world.

Families and the Galapagos
The Santa Cruz II is a family-friendly ship par excellence and the ship's crew has a commitment to providing the best environments and activities for families to share, explore, learn and have fun together. Shore excursions and aquatic activities are tailored for families; games, trivias and a kids’ kit are provided; as well as visits to the bridge and special children’s meals.
Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin
191.9 sq. ft. Two triple cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 23 twin cabins on the Horizon deck with picture windows.
Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin
127 sq. ft. Two Voyager single cabins on the Horizon deck one single bed. All have picture windows.
Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. 17 twin cabins on the Expedition deck with picture windows.
Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin
163.2 sq. ft. Three twin cabins on the Panorama deck with picture windows. All cabins can interconnect with Darwin Suites.
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite
325 sq. ft Three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, with one large double bed and double picture windows. Can be interconnected with an Explorer double cabin to increase space by another 163 sq ft.
Santa Cruz II deck plan
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