Santa Cruz II Galapagos Ship
Luxury Galapagos Cruises
From $3822 USD

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Ship

Categories: Luxury Galapagos Cruises, Ships, 40 to 100 Max, Under $399
Galapagos - Ecuador
5 - 15
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  • Boutique & gift shop aboard
  • Free consultation with medical officer
  • Carbon neutral policies, sustainable cruising
  • Comfortable jacuzzi in sundeck
  • Low guide to passengers ratio
  • Double &/or single kayaks available aboard
  • Glass bottom boat to observe marine life
  • Reliable vessel, over a decade cruising
From $3822USD
The Santa Cruz II Galapagos Ship succeeds its predecessor with the highest standards in sustainability and comfort. Leading with decades of experience, exceptional guided expeditions and the utmost care for the delicate Galapagos ecosystem guarantees unrivaled experiences for guests aboard the Santa Cruz. Chic interiors and 5 spacious decks with a unique approach of stylish simplicity, the Santa Cruz II Galapagos ship emanates a luxurious ambience; whilst showcasing breathtaking views of the surroundings. Hosting up to 90 guests, Santa Cruz II features a variety of cabin layouts which include singles, twins, doubles, and triples. Interconnected cabins are available for families, and Darwin Suites offer the highest standard of comfort. With an incredible three to two guest to crew ratio and veteran Galapagos guides, you’ll experience an incredible level of service on board.

Beautifully appointed living areas of the Sants Cruz 2 ship
Previous guests of the Santa Cruz II are constantly providing positive feedback on the design and features of the Santa Cruz. The contemporary decor marries Scandinavian design –clean lines, light-coloured woodwork, and neutral fabrics – with modern and state of the art technology and facilities. With only 90 guests dispersed across five decks, the Santa Cruz II provides an intimate atmosphere with the amenities of a full-size cruise liner.

This includes the Panorama Bar and Lounge, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides affording guests the perfect spot to wind down with a delicious cocktail, witness stunning wildlife, and enjoy breathtaking views. a pre-dinner drink in comfort and still see everything the Islands offer. Head down to the expedition lounge and curated library for a moment of peace and quiet, a cozy spot with leather sofas and stylish decor. The stunning upper deck solarium features two hot Jacuzzis, along with breathtaking views and a place to relax in the sun or witness the cosmos at the fullest. Got a little extra energy? Check out the ship’s fitness center and get some exercise with the ocean in the background!

Family-Friendly Adventure
Traveling as a family to the Galapagos is one of the best decisions to make, and the Santa Cruise 2 Galapagos ship aspires to make family vacations in the Galapagos unforgettable. Every excursion includes children’s events in an open multi-purpose room and young travelers get to partake in the special “Pirates Aboard” program which provides each child with their very own kit with various family-friendly activity ideas. Moreover, enjoy the board games, puzzles, within the library. As for dining, child-sized meals are available and are served with a child-friendly program. Going a step further, the Santa Cruz II cruise ship affords youngsters the chance to get fully immersed in the adventure. Children have the chance to learn snorkel techniques with the extra naturalist guides, and special pangas ride just for the kids.

Wining and Dining like royalty
The Santa Cruz II Galapagos ship culinary experience is truly unforgettable. The dedicated Director of Gastronomy Byron Rivera, who graduated within the Cordon-Bleu culinary art school, crafted a world-class menu that expertly combined international and Ecuadorian cuisine. The menus regularly include fresh local seafood, along with locally grown fruit and vegetables. The grand majority of the dishes are sourced locally, and organic. More than just the delicious flavor is the magnificent presentation, with plates that will have you taking your phone out for a picture. One of the best parts about the dining experience is the choice for eating either indoors in the Beagle dining room or Alfresco on the panorama deck.

Unlimited adventure on the Santa Cruz II Galapagos ship
During your stay, enjoy multiple daily excursions taking you through the very best visit points of the Galapagos islands. The dedicated team of naturalist guides take you safely to each point, providing entertaining and fascinating commentary along the way about the flora, fauna, and history. Additionally, snorkeling and sea kayaking are available, along with glass-bottomed dingy rides. Uniquely, the land excursions of the Santa Cruz II has exclusive destinations not available to 99% of the other boats in the Galapagos fleet!

Home Sweet Home
Each cabin of the Santa Cruz II includes bountiful storage space for belongings, a safety box, an ensuite bathroom with a hot shower and toiletries, reading lights, and hotel-quality linens. There is a wide array of rooming options, perfect for any traveler. Design is based on Scandinavian-inspired decor, and large picture windows afford the best views. Family cabins are available, keeping everyone together with triple accommodation. Upgrade to the generous suites offering extra space, double windows, additional furnishing, bathrobes, and slippers.

Extras of the Santa Cruz II
The Santa Cruz II Galapagos ship holds many amenities and services not found among other vessels of Galapagos. One of the best perks, the availability of wifi for $46 per device, with the service included with premium cabins. Additionally, the ship has two cloth dryers for guest use. Guides of the Santa Cruz II Galapagos ship are bilingual, and briefings of the following day’s activities are held in different languages at different times. This means no waiting your turn to hear the briefing as which occurs on other ships. Lastly, excursion groups are smaller, with 11 to 12 guests per guide as opposed to the normal 16. This affords guests a less crowded tour with more time to ask questions!

Itineraries & Rates 2024

rates are per person in usd, unless otherwise stated

Santa Cruz 2 Inclusions & Exclusions

Accommodation, use of onboard facilities
All meals & snacks, water, coffee & tea
All activities & transfers in galapagos
Certified bilingual naturalist guide
Snorkel equipment rental
Medical care on board (but not the cost of medication)
Shuttle (hotel-airport-hotel) Quito or Guayaquil *main hotels

Park fee & TC card: $120
Round flight (mainland-galapagos-mainland)
Alcoholic & soft drinks
Wetsuit rental
Fuel Sucharge
Personal expenses, tipping & travel insurance
Quito shuttles (hotel-airport-hotel) *other hotels

Santa Cruz 2 Features, Decks & Notices

Santa Cruz II General Details

Horizon Explorer Family Cabin
Cabins: 2
Horizon Explorer Family Cabin
Horizon Deck
Horizon Explorer Cabin
Cabins: 23
Horizon Explorer Cabin
Horizon Deck
Expedition Explorer Cabin
Cabins: 17
Expedition Explorer Cabin
Expedition Deck
Panorama Explorer Cabin
Cabins: 3
Panorama Explorer Cabin
Panorama Deck
Horizon Voyager Cabin
Cabins: 2
Horizon Voyager Cabin
Horizon Deck
Panorama Darwin Suite
Cabins: 3
Panorama Darwin Suite
Panorama Deck

Cabin Specifications

  • Cabins:
    50 staterooms
  • Single:
  • Bunkbeds:
  • Twin/double:
  • Convertible:
  • Triple:
  • Interconnected:
  • Suite:
  • Bedding:
    3 Single Beds,Double OR Twin,Single bed,Double bed
  • Sharing:

Cruise Technical Specifications

  • Vessel type:
    Cruise ship
  • Year built:
  • Length:
    71.8 m / 235 ft
  • Beam:
    13.4 m / 43 ft
  • Max speed:
    Max speed: 10.5 knots
  • Crew:
    52 + 8 guides
  • Capacity:
    90 guests
  • Engine:
    Cummins engines KTA 38 – MO of 850 HP
  • Decks:
    5 decks
  • Balconies:

Cruise Safety & Navigation

  • ABC Fire Extinguishers
  • ACR radio
  • All required navigation equipment
  • Depth sounders
  • FURUNO Radar
  • GPS
  • Lifeguard vest
  • VHF - DSS radio

Cruise Facilities

Cruise Surcharges

Children Aboard Cruise
  • Minimum age:
    6 years old
  • Eligible age:
    under 12 years old
  • Eligible disount:
  • Restriction:
    Applies only to 1 child per adult paying full fare
Expenses Aboard
  • Bar:
    Cash and credit card accepted
  • Tipping:
  • Wetsuit rental:
    $20 per person
  • Souvenirs:
    Store aboard ship
  • Internet:
    $45 per person (add on service)

Cruise Notices

  • Peak season: Dec. 21-26 / Dec 31, Jan 04
Itineraries, inclusions and exclusions are subject to change by the galapagos national park, or vessel/s management.

Customers Reviews 1 Review

  • Overall Rating
  • Itinerary
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Staff Members
Eileen Wetherall
This truly was a trip of a lifetime. Visiting the islands on the Eastern Itinerary we saw a big variety of wildlife in our teams, of about 12 to each guide, when we landed and explored. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful and we got lots of opportunity to take pictures, to hike on some of the islands, snorkel and kayak on others. We never saw people from other ships when we were hiking or on the beaches or in the water so it felt very special. Only on the day we visited the Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz Island did we see/meet people from off our ship. The food on board was very varied and tasty, the beds comfortable and all the staff very accommodating. It was quite an international gathering of people, mostly couples and a few families as well as some singles on board ship and they were good company. The weather was about perfect which also helped and despite it being the second half of January we saw a couple of albatross as well as many other types of birds which was quite a thrill.

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