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Santa Cruz II

Ship Overview

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.

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Key Facts

Crew
60
Officers
South American
Guests
90
Tonnage
2664
Length
235 Feet / 71.80 Metres
Width
43 Feet
Speed
10.50 Knots
Passenger Decks
5
Built
2002
Registry
Ecuador
Room Grades

Darwin Suite

SIZE:30m2 / 325sqftSLEEPS:2

The three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck, each with double picture windows and superb comfort and deluxe amenities for more discerning guests. Air-conditioned and with private en suite, highlights include a desk, small table and chairs, in-room safe, L’Occitane-en-Provence amenities in bathrooms, deluxe pillow and a souvenir 'take home' coffee table book. Choose from double or twin beds.

Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin

SIZE:15m2 / 163sqftSLEEPS:2

There are 3 Explorer Cabins located on the Panorama Deck. All are the same size, have the same size large windows, and beds that can convert from double to single. There's also aprivate en suite and in-room safe.

Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin

Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin

SIZE:15m2 / 163sqftSLEEPS:2

There are 17 Explorer Cabins located on the Expedition Deck. All are the same size, have the same size large windows, and beds that can convert from double to single. There's also aprivate en suite and in-room safe.

Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin

Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin

SIZE:15m2 / 163sqftSLEEPS:2

There are 23 Explorer Cabins located on the Horizon Deck. All are the same size, have the same size large windows, and beds that can convert from double to single. There's also aprivate en suite and in-room safe.

Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin

Horizon Deck Single Cabin

SIZE:12m2 / 127sqftSLEEPS:1

Santa Cruz II features two compact cabins specifically allocated for single travellers. Designed for comfort, they feature large windows a private en suite and in-room safe.

Horizon Deck Single Cabin
Dining

Santa Cruz II sources as much of their produce locally as possible – this means freshly caught fish and seafood and organically grown fresh vegetables and fruit, all prepared by a team passionate to provide sybaritic delights through Ecuadorean and international cuisine under the creative lead of the Gastronomic Director, a Le Cordon Bleu chef. Meals are served in the Beagle Dining Room and snacks are served after expeditions, whether in the bar, in the library or on the outdoor terrace, where you can take in the fabulous vistas and marine breezes of the Galapagos. A 24-hour coffee station located in the library provides free coffee, tea, and water.

 

Santa Cruz II galapagos dining room

Features

Indoors and out, the Santa Cruz II offers handsome facilities that make the most of the Galapagos, ensuring your stay on board will perfectly complement the day’s outings.

On the Sky Deck, guests can relax and enjoy the sun at the solarium/ sun deck or exercise in the fitness room outfitted with treadmills.

On the Panorama Deck, guests can relish the equatorial outdoors on the aft terrace, which doubles as an area for enjoying a barbeque snack. The large bar/lounge offers a relaxing area to unwind amid the Santa Cruz’s legendary convivial atmosphere. On the same deck, guests are also welcome to visit the modern bridge, featuring state-of-the-art electronic navigation equipment, run by highly experienced captains.

On the Expedition Deck, guides will welcome you to an ample reading room and natural history library, with up-to-date technology for presentations on the geology, biology, and history of Darwin’s fabled 'Laboratory of Evolution'. Facing the bow, it’s a fantastic, calm place to view the beauty of the archipelago in a climate-controlled environment. An open multi-purpose room on the deck’s starboard side is available for children’s programmes and other events. The aft features twin hot tubs.

On the Horizon Deck, besides Explorer cabins, you will find the gift shop, reception area and the infirmary, where a medical doctor is on call 24/7 (consultations are free of charge).

The Beagle Restaurant is located to the aft on the Ocean Deck.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Bar & Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor terrace for dining and BBQ
  • Reading room and natural history library
  • 24/7 Infirmary (medical doctor on board)
  • Multiple purpose room
  • Hot tub (2)
  • Gift Shop
  • Gym
  • 24/7 Coffee station (coffee, tea, chocolates and chilled water)
  • Satellite telephone
  • PA system
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (intermittent/low bandwidth)
  • Air conditioned throughout
  • Safe deposit box (in cabin)
  • Hair dryer
  • iPod/MP3 docking station
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Sea kayaks
  • Coastal exploration boats (pangas)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuit rental

 

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Al Fresco dining

Santa Cruz II Expeditions

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Eastern Galapagos aboard Santa Cruz II

From USD $5676.00 Per Person

DURATION:7 Days/ 6 Nights REGION:South & Central America SHIP:Santa Cruz II

This comprehensive 7-day expedition takes in the oldest islands in the Archipelago, including San Cristobal, the island where Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos.

Northern Galapagos aboard Santa Cruz II

From USD $3784.00 Per Person

DURATION:5 Days/ 4 Nights REGION:South & Central America SHIP:Santa Cruz II

Join the Santa Cruz II for a five day Galapagos adventure to discover the glorious white beach of Las Bachas, Santiago Island, Rabida, Bartolome Island, and the sunken crater of Genovesa Island.

Western Galapagos aboard Santa Cruz II

From USD $3784.00 Per Person

DURATION:5 Days/ 4 Nights REGION:South & Central America SHIP:Santa Cruz II

This five day Western Galapagos Islands cruise aboard Santa Cruz II features highlight visits to Isabela and Fernandina islands, the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station and Floreana Island’s Post Office Bay.

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