Galapagos Expeditions | Island to Isle on board the Santa Cruz II
The Santa Cruz II 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, our new vessel guarantees its guests a luxurious ambience from which they can appreciate the breath-taking views of the enchanted islands.
Santa Cruz II cruise expeditions in Galapagos
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, our 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 they desire something more lavish, we also offer the exclusive Darwin Suites, which meet 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.
Galapagos Santa Cruz photo gallery
|Gross Tonnage:||2664 tonnes|
|Passenger Space :||29.6|
|Type of Vesse:||Expedition Vessel|
|Capacity:||90 guests / 50 cabins|
|Lengh:||71.8 metres / 235 feet|
|Beam:||13.4 metres / 43 feet|
|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)|
|Owner:||ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING)|
|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.|
Santa Cruz II Itinerary
4 nights Northern Galapagos (Monday to Friday)
4 nights Eastern Galapagos (Saturday to Wednesday)
5 nights Western Galapagos (Wednesday to Monday)
5 nights Western Galapagos, Wednesday to Monday
AM: Baltra Island/North Seymour Island From the airport, visitors board the M/V Santa Cruz, where they are given an introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.
PM: North Seymour Island
This island, brimming with colonies of swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and two species of frigate birds, and also sea lions and marine iguanas, is the perfect introduction to the islands and the life they hold. BIG15: Frigatebirds, Sea Lions, Blue Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies
AM:Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)/Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
In the morning, guests learn about the island’s incredible geology as they travel the coast in pangas. Visitors are often thrilled to learn that this island is home to the nesting site of one of the Galapagos BIG 15: flightless cormorants. Later, if the weather allows, guests may snorkel around the cliffs, exploring the marvelous underwater life. Green sea turtles visit this area during certain seasons and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola) can also be found here. BIG15: Galapagos Fur Seals, flightless cormorants
PM:Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Later in the day, we head to Fernandina, the youngest island in the Galapagos. Because mammals have never been introduced to this island, it has an exceptional ecosystem with a large population of marine iguanas, sea lions, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants. (all off the list of BIG15)
AM:Tagus Cove/Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
This cove in northwest Isabela once served as a favorite anchorage point for whalers and pirates. Additionally, this volcano’s beautiful salt-water filled crater offers guests a breathtaking view. After walking up to the crater, we travel through the surrounding waters in a panga, on the look out for local flora and fauna. Guests may also partake in aquatic activities.
PM: Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
During the afternoon we explore Urbina Bay, where visitors can observe an uplifting of the ocean floor that occurred in 1954. The effect of this is quite remarkable, and it is possible to see corals, shells and other calcareous creatures that were exposed as a result. We then have the chance to swim with flightless cormorants and snorkel in the crystalline waters. Large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas also live on this island and we occasionally see giant tortoises, depending on the season. In the evening we plan for Saturday and enjoy dinner. BIG15 land iguana, Galapagos Hawk
AM:Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
After breakfast, we travel to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is surrounded by an enormous prickly-pear cactus forest and hundreds of land birds. This station is home to the Park’s scientific investigation, conservation and administration. We then embark towards the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz, the ecosystem of which is entirely distinct.
PM:Santa Cruz Island
In the afternoon, visitors can choose from hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay. Your excursion leader will explain these options in advance. We then return to Puerto Ayora to embark on the Santa Cruz. BIG15: giant tortoise
AM: Post Office Bay / Champion Islet and Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
The morning begins with a stroll to Post Office Bay, a famous point where, for decades, visitors and locals have left letters so that other travelers can pick them up and hand-deliver them to their destinations. The nearby northern shore of Floreana is filled with narrow channels brimming with life. After exploring this, we return to the ship to eat lunch.
PM: Champion Islet and Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
After a break, we head out in the glass-bottom boat and pangas to discover the marvels that the waters around Champion Islet hold. This island is an extinct shield volcano and is known to have one of the best snorkeling locations of all the islands. We then continue to the crystalline beach of Cormorant Point. Our walk takes us along a briny lagoon, where pintail ducks, herons, common stilts, greater flamingos and sandpipers frequently feed. From there we stroll to a sandy white beach, where visitors can see the trails of sea turtles as they head to the sands to nest (December-May). BIG15: American flamingos.
The expedition ends at Baltra Island so that guests may be transferred to the airport.
|M/V Santa Cruz II||NORTHERN MON / FRI 5D/4N||WESTERN WED / MON 6D/5N||EASTERN SAT/WED 5D / 4N|
|Horizon Deck Explorer Triple (2)||$3.195||$3.993||$3.195|
|Horizon Deck Explorer Twin/Double (23)||$3.401||$4.251||$3.401|
|Horizon Deck Voyager Single (2)||$4.637||$5.797||$4.637|
|Expedition Deck Explorer Twin/Double (17)||$3.538||$4.423||$3.538|
|Panorama Deck Explorer Twin/Double (3)||$3.641||$4.551||$3.641|
|Panorama Deck Darwin Twin/Double (3)||$4.126||$5.158||$4.126|