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Western Galapagos aboard Santa Cruz II


DURATION:5 Days/ 4 NightsREGION:South & Central AmericaSHIP:Santa Cruz II

Spend five days exploring the best of the western Galapagos Islands aboard the stylish small ship Santa Cruz II. The journey begins at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island, home to Galapagos land iguanas. The next day is spent at Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca) and Fernandina Island, the pristine jewel of the national park. From there, it's on to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station and its 

captive tortoise breeding program. Floreana Island’s Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant round off the trip with insights into human presence on the islands. Aboard the Santa Cruz II you will discover the Galapagos Islands in style, with swimming, snorkelling, hiking and wildlife viewing, all in the company of eight naturalist guides.

Ship Details

Santa Cruz II

Santa Cruz II

Operated by: Metropolitan Touring

Conceived for operations in remote areas, the state-of-the-art expedition vessel Santa Cruz II promises the perfect base from which to explore the Galapagos Islands. Carrying its crew’s heritage of decades of experience working in the islands and just over 70 metres long, the generous, five-deck small ship offers just 50 cabins for 90 guests and features ample, luxury-sized social areas indoors and out that allow guests to make the most of their Galapagos cruise experience.

Santa Cruz II’s modern, generous social areas, laid out with choice contemporary materials, feature prominently on four of its five decks. With an intelligent layout, including wide hallways and broad stairwells, guests will immediately know their way around. From dining areas indoors and out, the fitness room and hot tubs, to the elegant bar and lounge, not to forget the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity. Each guest will find their own special space as the ship offers one of the top 5 guest-space ratios of all Galapagos passenger vessels.

Key Facts

South American
235 Feet / 71.80 Metres
43 Feet
10.50 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

Your cruise price includes:

  • Transportation to/from the airport in Baltra to the ship
  • 4 nights accommodation in selected room grade
  • All meals while on board
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Conferences and lectures
  • Island excursions and activities + optional activities on Santa Cruz Island
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Use of kayaks
  • Glass bottom boat tours


Your cruise price does not include:

  • Airfare to /from the Galapagos islands (Baltra)
  • Pre & post cruise accommodation
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (approx USD $100 per person) and immigration control card (approx USD $20 per person)
  • Beverages and tips
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Internet service (due to the remote location, Internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth)
  • Travel Insurance (Save 20% when purchased with your expedition)


*** Please note, Santa Cruz II  charges guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of US$ 25+taxes.
**** Internet connections onboard consist in computer stations and WiFi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.