Santa Cruz II Cruise

Luxury Class Motor Vessel

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.

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  • Large Stable New Motor Vessel
  • Ample Sundecks & Social Areas
  • Personalized Service, Doctor on board
  • Expert Naturalist Guide & Small Groups
  • Jacuzzi & Pool; Family Friendly
  • Large Cabins & Luxury Ammenities
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  • Large Stable New Motor Vessel
  • Ample Sundecks & Social Areas
  • Expert Naturalist Guide & Small Groups
  • Jacuzzi & Pool; Family Friendly
  • Personalized Service, Doctor on board
  • Large Cabins & Luxury amenities

Santa Cruz Information

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5 days – Northen Itinerary
5 days – 4 nights

Day 1 Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & Bachas Beach
Day 2 Santiago Island – Bucanero Cove & Puerto Egas
Day 3 Rabida & Bartolome Islands
Day 4 Genovesa Island – Prince Philip’s Steps & Darwin Bay
Day 5 Tortoise Reserve – Baltra airport
Day 1: Santa Cruz Island – Baltra & Bachas Beach
Bachas Beach Galapagos Islands

We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where we receive a…

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… welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, and lunch.

Bachas Beach is a site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming and or snorkeling at this beach too. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

Day 2: Santiago Island – Bucanero Cove & Puerto Egas
Egas Port Galapagos Islands

After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and…

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… recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. Opportunity for snorkeling, and a ride on the panga or glass-bottom boat.

Once we disembark at the beach in Puerto Egas, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. After the visit, we had some time for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 3:  Rabida & Bartolome Islands
Rabida Island Galapagos Cruise

Some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rabida Island’s red…

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…colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, we can sometimes spot dolphins!

Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach to this famous island “Bartolome”, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkeling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, we split into two group: the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms, and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap so that each one experiences the full beauty of this island.

Day 4:  Genovesa Island – Prince Philip’s Steps & Darwin Bay
Darwin-Bay-Galapagos

The morning starts following the Prince Philip Steps, first a steep climb (only 90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky

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plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Kayaking is optional.

In the afternoon, we land at Darwin Bay and its beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Opportunity for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming.

 

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Day 5:  Tortoise Reserve – Baltra airport
Santa Cruz Highlands Galapagos Cruise

We start our last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport…

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… while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit we will transfer directly to Baltra airport. Farewell to Galapagos.

Itinerary 5 days Northen▲

 Itinerary 5 days Western ▼

Itinerary 7 days▼

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5 days – Western Itinerary
5 days – 4 nights

Day 1 Baltra Island – Dragon Hill
Day 2 Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point & Espinoza Point
Day 3 Charles Darwin Research Station & Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point
Day 5 Baltra Island – Departure
Day 1:  Baltra Island – Dragon Hill
dragon-hill

We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome…

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… introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill). The first part of our walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and American flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

Day 2:  Isabela Island – Vicente Roca Point & Espinoza Point
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After breakfast, we explore the Vicente Roca coast by panga, while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the…

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… area, a nesting place for several Galapagos highlights: flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, boobies, etc. Depending on weather conditions, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola).
The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina and its Espinoza Point, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

Day 3:  Charles Darwin Research Station & Santa Cruz Island
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing followed by a brief bus ride) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research…

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… Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation, and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. Options include beach walks, kayaks, walks along the tortoise reserve, etc. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 4:  Floreana Island – Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point
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After breakfast, panga ride along the maze of channels on Floreana’s north shore can be enjoyed. We follow this visit by…

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…continuing to Baroness Cove with its breathtaking views of Floreana. We land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries and where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. Snorkelling off the beach. We then head back on board for lunch.

Following lunch and a siesta, we take the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Punta Cormorant, beginning with a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where bird species such as American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. We continue our walk over to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

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Day 5:  Baltra Island – Departure
Bachas Beach Galapagos Islands

In the morning you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors’ site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa…

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…Cruz Island and consists of a 1,600 m long trail that runs through three different environments. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of the typical intertidal zone and dry zone.

The afternoon visit Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

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7 days  Itinerary
7 days – 6 nights

Day 1 Baltra Island – Mosquera Islet
Day 2 San Cristobal – Colorado Hill & Punta Pitt
Day 3 Santa Fe and South Plazas Islands
Day 4 Charles Darwin Station and Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 Española Island – Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay
Day 6 Eden Islet & North Seymour Island
Day 7 Baltra Island – Departure
Day 1: Baltra Island – Mosquera Islet
Mosquera-Islet-Galapagos-Islands

We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome…

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… introductory briefing and lunch.

After lunch and your introductory briefing on board, Santa Cruz II will relocate only four nautical miles from Baltra, next to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs. Our groups will approach the island from its western shore, a long shallow reef, the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, our guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred metres of flat sandy dunes. This will also be a great opportunity for an introduction to snorkelling.

Day 2:  San Cristobal – Colorado Hill & Punta Pitt
Punta Pitt Galapagos Islands

After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal), the island’s capital, and drive 40…

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… minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

…In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.

Day 3:  Santa Fe and South Plazas Islands
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After breakfast, we take the dinghy over Santa Fe Island and its idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet…

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…landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkelling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. Opportunity for kayaking.
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in South Plazas Island, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.

Day 4: Charles Darwin Station and Santa Cruz Island
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding…

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… Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 5:  Española Island – Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay
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In Punta Suarez you will have an exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique seabird colonies, including…

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… Galapagos albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area. Opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.

 Day 6:  Eden Islet & North Seymour Island
North Seymour Island Galapagos Islands

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe…

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… blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.

Day 7:  Baltra Island – Departure
Baltra Islands, Galapagos

On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.

Technical Specification

  • Refurbishment: 2015
  • Construction:  2002
  • Gross Tonnage: 2664 tonnes
  • Passenger Space Ratio:  29.6
  • Type of Vessel:  Expedition Vessel
  • Capacity:   90 guests / 50 cabins
  • Length:   71.8 m / 235 ft
  • Beam:  13.4 ms / 43 ft
  • 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 (For 27 passengers each)
  • Landing Boats:   6
  • Owner  ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING)
  • Decks:    5
  • Crew:     60
  • Naturalist Guides:     8 (Includes Expedition Leader)
  • Guest-Crew Ratio:    3:2 (3 guests per 2 crew members)
  • Medial Officer:  Permanently on board
  • Certifications:     ABS, SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL
  • Panorama Deck:     3 Darwin Suites, 3 Explorer Cabins
  • Expedition Deck:    17 Explorer Cabins
  • Horizon Deck:  2 Voyager Cabins, 2 Explorer Family Cabins, 23 Explorer Cabins, infirmary.

Deck Plans

Horizon Deck

Ocean Deck

Panorama Deck

Sky Deck

All rates are referential, please contact us to find the best available offers with this incredible Cruise.

Type of Cabin  Capacity 5 days – Northern 7 days Eastern 5 days – Western
Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin 3 $3.664 $5.358 $3.664
Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin 2 $3.896 $5.700 $3.896
Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin 1 $4.496 $6.576 $4.496
Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin 2 $4.056 $5.928 $4.056
Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin 2 $4.172 $6.102 $4.172
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite 2 $4.728 $6.818 $4.728

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