State-of-the-art expedition vessel evinces the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. 6 and 5 day cruises.

The Santa Cruz II replaced its predecessor, on October 10, 2015. This 50-cabin vessel provides guests with an elegant new way to experience the glories of the Galapagos Archipelago in both style and comfort. 

With five spacious desks and gorgeous chic interiors designed by the distinguished ship designer, Richard Nilsson, the Santa Cruz II offers tours that are better than ever. Based on the principle of stylish simplicity, the new vessel guarantees its guests a luxurious ambience from which they can appreciate the breath-taking views of the enchanted islands.

The three decks of Santa Cruz II host 90 guests throughout 50 modern cabins. Guests may choose from a variety of options, which include single, double and family cabins. However, if you desire something more lavish, choose an exclusive Darwin Suite, which meets an exceptional standard of accommodation on the boat’s Panorama Deck. These suites provide guests with enhanced service, as well as particularly selected details such as a take-home Galapagos coffee table book and a tablet loan for each cabin.

When they are not exploring the islands’ treasures, guests can kick back in the elegantly designed communal spaces or viewing platforms. These include indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge bar, complete library, two sumptuous hot tubs overlooking the ocean and a gym.

In total there are 50 different accommodations for up to 90 passengers. There are three different decks where accommodations are located, Panorama, Expedition, and Horizon.

Explorer Cabins & Explorer Family Cabins

Designed with a Swedish touch and the most modern cruise styles.  There are 43 Explorer Cabins: On the Horizon (23), Expedition (17) and Panorama Decks (3).

Amenities & Features:

Air conditioning Picture window Hair dryer iPod/MP3 docking station Numerous electrical outlets Public address system In-room safe Reading lights 43 Explorer Cabins(163.2 sq ft / 15.2 m2) 2 Explorer Family Cabins(191.9 sq ft / 17.8m2) 2 Voyager Cabins(127.0 sqft / 11.8m2)

  • Air conditioning
  • Picture window
  • Hair dryer
  • iPod/MP3 docking station
  • Numerous electrical outlets
  • Public address system
  • In-room safe
  • Reading lights
  • 43 Explorer Cabins(163.2 sq ft / 15.2 m2)
  • 2 Explorer Family Cabins(191.9 sq ft / 17.8m2)
  • 2 Voyager Cabins(127.0 sqft / 11.8m2)

Darwin Suites

On the Panorama Deck, the Santa Cruz has three Darwin Suites that measure 30 m2 or 325 sq. ft. Each has double picture windows, sumptuous comfort and luxurious facilities for more discerning guests.

These may also be interconnected with an Explorer Cabin, to provide an additional 15 m2 or 163 sq. ft. of space.

Suite amenities & Features:

  • Inset tablet in each suite
  • L’Occitane-en-Provence amenities in bathrooms
  • Bathrobes
  • Deluxe extre pillows
  • 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 in ship’s hot-spots (one access code per room)*
  • Wetsuit usage included
  • Turn-down service delicacy
  • In-cabin national & international magazines
  • Expedition photos and videos on CD

* WiFi and internet access (intermittent and low–bandwidth)

Itinerary

Monday

Morning: Baltra Island
Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

Evening: Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach
A swimming beach and one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos.

Tuesday

Morning: Santiago Island - Buccaneer Cove
Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago was once a refuge for British buccaneers.

Evening: Santiago Island - Puerto Egas
Puerto Egas, with its black sand beaches, was the site of small salt mining industry in the 1960s.

Wednesday

Morning: Rabida Island
A bird-watcher's delight. Species includes Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans.

Evening: Bartholomew Island
Bartholomew is home of the Pinnacle Rock, the most famous view in the Galapagos, and a beautiful white-sanded beach.

Thursday

Morning: Genovesa Island - Prince Phillip's Steps
An extraordinary, steep path leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25m high. 

Evening: Genovesa Island - Darwin Bay
A coral beach where a 750 mt. trail takes you through more seabird colonies.

Friday

Morning: San Cristobal Island - La Galapaguera
Learn about the giant tortoise breeding programme established by the National Park.
San Cristobal
Transfer to the Airport.

Saturday

Morning: San Cristobal Island
Arrival in airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

Evening: San Cristobal Island - Pitt Point
Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies.

Sunday

Morning: Santa Fe Island
A volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of Opuntia and palo santo. Endemic land iguanas are often seen.

Evening: South Plaza Island
South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos.

Monday

Morning: Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station
An organization that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos.

Evening: Santa Cruz Island - Los Gemelos
Spanish for The Twins, they are two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz

Tuesday

Morning: Española Island - Suarez Point
Suarez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago.

Evening: Española Island - Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions.

Wednesday

Morning: Baltra Island
Transfer to the Airport.

Wednesday

Morning: Baltra Island
Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

Evening: North Seymour Island
Explore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds.

Thursday

Morning: Isabela Island - Vicente Roca Point
The remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells.

Evening: Fernandina Island - Espinosa Point
A narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks.

Friday

Morning: Rabida Island
A bird-watcher's delight. Species includes Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans.

Evening: Isabela Island - Urbina Bay
Its waters are a good place to see turtles and rays. Ashore you'll find a short trail leading to a coral reef.

Saturday

Morning: Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station
An organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos.

Evening: Santa Cruz Island - El Chato
A reserve in the highlands where you have the opportunity to observe the giant tortoise in the wild.

Sunday

Morning: Floreana Island - Post Office Bay
A white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel.
Floreana Island - Baroness' Observatory
This site shows a breath-taking view of La Loberia and the inland features of Floreana Island.

Evening: Floreana Island - Cormorant Point
Cormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favourite of flamingos.

Floreana Island - Devil's Crown
Arguably the best snorkeling site in the islands, Devil's Crown boasts an amazing variety of fish.

Monday

Morning: Baltra Island
Transfer to the Airport.

Friday

Morning: San Cristobal Island
Arrival in airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

Evening: San Cristobal Island - Interpretation Center
A series of interactive exhibits providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galapagos.

Saturday

Morning: San Cristobal Island - Cerro Brujo
A beautiful white-sand beach full of pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas.

Evening: San Cristobal Island - Pitt Point
Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies.

Sunday

Morning: Santa Fe Island
A volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of Opuntia and palo santo. Endemic land iguanas are often seen.

Evening: South Plaza Island
South Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos.

Monday

Morning: Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Station
An organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos.

Evening: Santa Cruz Island - Los Gemelos
Spanish for The Twins, they are two volcanic depressions on the highest part of Santa Cruz. 

Tuesday

Morning: Española Island: Suarez Point
Suarez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago.

Evening: Española Island - Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions.

Wednesday

Morning: Baltra Island
Transfer to the Airport.

Additional Information

Refurbishment  2015
Construction  2002
Gross Tonnage  2664 tonnes
Passenger Space Ratio  29.6
Type of Vessel  Expedition Vessel
Capacity  90 guests / 50 cabins 
Lengh  71.8 metres / 235 feet
Beam  13.4 metres / 43 feet
Speed  10.5 knots
Electricity  440V – 220V – 110V throughout ship
Engines  2 Cummins engines KTA 38 – MO of 850 HP each
Fire Detector  Fire detectors throughout
Life Jackets  In each cabin
Life Rafts  14 (27 passengers each)
Landing Boats  6
Owner  ETICA 
Decks  5
Crew  52
Naturalist Guides  8 (Includes Expedition Leader)
Guest-Crew Ratio  3 to 2
Medial Officer  Permanently on board
Certifications  ABS – SOLAS – ISM by resolution IMO A788(19)
Panorama Deck 3 Darwin Suites, 3 Explorer Double Cabins
Expedition Deck 17 Explorer  Double Cabins
Horizon Deck 2 Voyager Single Cabins, 2 Explorer Triple Cabins, 23 Explorer Double Cabins, infirmary.

Features

Category
Luxury
Type
Cruise Ship
Capacity
90
Departure day
Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday
Cruise Length
5 days 6 days
Rack Rate (6D/5N)
$ 3.990

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