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MV Santa Cruz II



Santa Cruz has a relaxed atmosphere and offers a wide range of accommodation spread over three decks, including family cabins.


Price from: £4215pp for 7 days

Santa Cruz II entered service in October 2015 and has a capacity of 90 passengers in 4 categories of cabins and can provide different shore excursions, tailored to passengers’ interests and physical abilities.

The yacht has five decks and ninety cabins and expansive indoor and outdoor areas for guests to enjoy onboard. Relax on the sundeck as you enjoy a refreshing drink or take a dip in the Jacuzzi as yous ail to your next destination. The observation platform is the place to be if you want to spot resident dolphins and whales as you take in the stunning scenery. The indoor lounge and bar areas are spacious and modern, there’s also a well-stocked library with plenty of information on this spectacular region. There are both indoor and outdoor dining locations where meals are served buffet style.

As far as eco-credentials are concerned, modern technology in the engine room equals lower fuel consumption. There’s a water desalination and treatment plant on board too. Recycling waste and using energy efficiently are all part and parcel of a cruise aboard Santa Cruz II.

MV Santa Cruz II key features

  • Accommodates 90 passengers
  • Large, well-designed cruise ship
  • Spacious indoor and outdoor areas
  • Opportunities for kayaking and glass-bottom boat rides
  • Choice of 4 types of cabins
  • Well-stock natural history library
  • Full lecture programme

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Itinerary – Eastern Galapagos 6 nights / 7 days

  1. FRI: Fly to Baltra. Mosquera
  2. SAT: San Cristobal: Puerto Baquerizo tortoise breeding centre, Punta Pitt
  3. SUN: Santa Fe. South Plaza
  4. MON: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station, optional activities including hiking, kayaking and biking
  5. TUE: Espanola: Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay/Osborn Islet
  6. WED: Espanola: Santa Cruz: Eden Islet. North Seymour
  7. THU: Depart Baltra

Itinerary – Western Galapagos 4 nights / 5 days

  1. THU: Fly to Baltra. Santa Cruz: Cerro Dragon
  2. FRI: Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca. Fernandina: Punta Espinosa
  3. SAT: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station, optional activities including hiking, kayaking and biking
  4. SUN: Floreana: Baroness Lookout/Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant/Champion Islet
  5. MON: Depart Baltra

Itinerary – Northern Galapagos 4 nights / 5 days

  1. MON: Fly to Baltra. Santa Cruz: Las Bachas
  2. TUE: Santiago: Buccaneer Cove, Puerto Egas
  3. WED: Rabida: Red Beach. Bartolome
  4. THU: Genovesa: Prince Philips Steps, Darwin Bay
  5. FRI: Santa Cruz: Tortoise reserve, depart Baltra

Please note that, although unlikely, the yacht itinerary could be subject to change, even at short notice, for various reasons.

Please note the following are not included in the cruise price:

The Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee $100 and Transit Card $20 – payable locally in US dollars Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos – currently about £400 – £450 Personal expenses and bar consumption Hire of wetsuits

There are two suites (A & B) of 38 square metres on the main deck each with a sofabed, TV, DVD player, double bed and a window, shower room with hot and cold running water and a window and a balcony with a table and chairs.

The 50 suites and cabins, all en-suite, are arranged over 3 decks. They are divided into 4 categories.

There are 3 Darwin suites on panorama deck (no.s 311, 314 & 315), each covering 30 square metres. They have 2 picture windows each, a sitting area with 2 easy chairs and a table, iPod/MP3 dock, PA system, safe, reading lights, hairdryer and air conditioning. The en-suite shower rooms are stocked with toiletries and bathrobes are provided. Additional amenities include free internet access (with some restrictions), national and international magazines, expedition photos and videos on CD and a take-home coffee table book. Each Darwin suite can interconnect with an explorer double cabin.

The 43 explorer double cabins are on panorama deck (3, no.s 312, 313 & 317), expedition deck (17, no.s 211-222 & 224 – 228) and horizon deck (23, no.s 101 – 101, 111 – 116, 119 – 122 & 128 – 130). They measure 15.2 square metres and have 2 twins or 1 double bed. All have a window, iPod/MP3 dock, power points, safe, PA system, reading lights, hairdryer and private shower room with full running water. All are air conditioned. Many cabins are interconnecting.

There are 2 explorer triple cabins on horizon deck (no.s 126 & 127). They have 3 berths each, a window, iPod/MP3 dock, PA system, power points, safe, reading lights, hairdryer, private shower room with hot and cold running water and air conditioning. They measure 17.8 square metres.

The 2 voyager single cabins are on horizon deck (no.s 124 & 125), measuring 11.8 square metres each. They have a window, air conditioning, iPod/MP3 dock, safe, PA system, hairdryer, reading lights, hairdryer and en-suite shower room with hot and cold running water.

There are four staterooms (no.s 3-6) of 28 square metres on the upper deck, all with a window, shower room with hot and cold running water and a window, and a balcony with table and chairs. These comprise two sets of interconnecting cabins. Each can be configured as a twin or double.

Technical Specifications

Year of construction:2002. She was refurbished and entered service in the Galapagos in 2015
Type:First class cruise ship
Capacity:90 passengers
Accommodation:Single, twin, double and triple cabins, all en-suite bathrooms with hot water and air conditioning
On Board:Santa Cruz has 5 decks. Indoor spaces includes the panorama lounge and bar, expedition lounge and library, discovery room, gym, restaurant, reception, gift shop, infirmary, iPod/MP3 docking station and 24-hour tea and coffee station. Outside there is a sunbathing area, panorama veranda, dining deck and 2 jacuzzis. Passengers have free use of snorkelling equipment, kayaks and the glass bottom boat. Wet suits can be hired.
Maximum speed:10.5 knots
Crew:50 plus 8 naturalist guides including the expedition leader

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