The newest expedition ship sailing the enchanted islands, the 90-guest Santa Cruz II includes first-class amenities, daily naturalist-led hikes, panga rides, snorkeling, and a glass-bottom zodiac. The vessel’s 50 cabins (many of them interconnected) and ample space on five decks make the Santa Cruz II a great option as a family-friendly Galapagos cruise.   The modern cabins include single, double, and family cabins, as well as three exclusive Darwin Suites for those desiring something more lavish. When 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, a complete library, two sumptuous hot tubs overlooking the ocean, and a gym. Although, we are not sure if you will require more exercise after all the excursions you will be taken to. It is thus also a great ship for private departures. It is the perfect Galapagos cruise for a private charter. Whatever the occasion, we will make sure you will be well-appointed and appropriately supported. Fortunately, the infrastructure allows that.   Moreover, the crew team also backs up your journey. They are highly organized with the objective of keeping all passengers on board engaged and enjoying the archipelago to the fullest. The ship may be recently refurbished, but its team is among the most experienced!   Sumptuous Ecuadorian and international cuisine will be prepared under the watchful eye of the Santa Cruz II’s Cordon-Bleu-trained chef. Freshly caught fish and seafood and locally grown organic fruit and vegetables will feature heavily on menus served either in the Beagle Dining Room or outside in the fresh air of the Panorama Deck, where guests can admire the marvelous views and marine breezes that the archipelago offers. Guests may also help themselves to free coffee, tea, chocolates, and water at the 24-hour coffee station.   A cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II is as active as you want it to be, with several levels of excursions offered each day. The Santa Cruz II takes guests on two 5-day cruises and one 6-day cruise itineraries in the northern, eastern and western side, which can be combined in various ways to create extended 9-, 10- or 15-day cruises. Each marine and land expedition will be accompanied by seven exceptionally knowledgeable guides plus an Expedition Leader in charge of making the most of each day’s outings.   Activities can be tailored to each guest’s personal interests and range from daily land expeditions to a host of aquatic activities free of charge, including ocean kayaking, snorkeling with sea lions and glass bottom zodiac expeditions – all of the options permitted by the National Park. At the end of the day, guides reveal the brilliant equatorial night skies to delighted guests, where it is possible to see constellations from both the northern and southern hemispheres. Just before stargazing at Galapagos, remember stopping-by the coffee station to grab some hot chocolate.   The Santa Cruz II is a well-prepared ship convenient for any type of traveler. You may find it perfect for your honeymoon trip to the Galapagos, a fun and joyful holiday with your children, or for those who find themselves with weak sea legs – large vessels help some passengers feel fewer sways.

From

US$ 3678

Highlights

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island), Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island), Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

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Boat Itineraries

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Baltra Arrival - Mosquera IsletAMBaltra Arrival

Baltra IslandArrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PMMosquera Islet

Mosquera IslandThe island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools.


Day 2 - Moreno Point - Pitt PointAMMoreno Point

Isabela Island: Moreno PointBeautiful rocky shores where penguins and shore birds, including blue herons, are usually spotted.

PMPitt Point

San Cristobal Island: Pitt PointHere there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies.


Day 3 - Santa Fe Island - South PlazaAMSanta Fe Island

Santa Fe IslandA volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of Opuntia and palo santo. Endemic land iguanas are often seen.

PMSouth Plaza

South Plaza IslandSouth Plaza has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos.


Day 4 - Charles Darwin Station - HighlandsAMCharles Darwin Station

Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin StationAn organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos.

PMHighlands

Santa Cruz Island: HighlandsThe highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt.


Day 5 - Suarez Point - Gardner Bay - Osborn IsletAMSuarez Point

Española Island: Suárez PointSuarez Point is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the archipelago.

PMGardner Bay

Española Island: Gardner BayGardner Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions.

Osborn Islet

Española Island: Osborn IsletThis small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.


Day 6 - Eden Islet - North Seymour IslandAMEden Islet

Santa Cruz Island: Eden IsletOff the western coast of Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers visitors a great chance to see a variety of Galapagos wildlife.

PMNorth Seymour Island

North Seymour IslandExplore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds.


Day 7 - Baltra DepartureAMBaltra Departure

Baltra. Transfer to the Airport.


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Baltra Arrival - Dragon HillAMBaltra Arrival

Baltra IslandArrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PMDragon Hill

Santa Cruz Island: Dragon HillA hypersalinic lagoon frequented by flamingos, stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds.


Day 2 - Vicente Roca Point - Espinosa PointAMVicente Roca Point

Isabela Island: Vicente Roca PointThe remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells.

PMEspinosa Point

Fernandina Island: Espinosa PointA narrow stretch of land where hundreds of marine iguanas gather largely on black lava rocks.


Day 3 - Charles Darwin Station - HighlandsAMCharles Darwin Station

Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin StationAn organisation that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos.

PMHighlands

Santa Cruz Island: HighlandsThe highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt.


Day 4 - Baroness Observatory - Post Office Bay - Champion Islet - Cormoran PointAMBaroness Observatory

Floreana Island: Barones´s ObservatoryThis site shows a breath-taking view of La Loberia and the inland features of Floreana Island.

Post Office Bay

Floreana Island: Post Office BayA white-sand beach where in the past sailors used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel.

PMChampion Islet

Floreana Island: Champion IsletA small island located very near Floreana, snorkeling and diving around Champion can be excellent.

Cormoran Point

Floreana Island: Cormorant PointCormorant Point offers a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon that is a favourite of flamingos.


Day 5 - Baltra DepartureAMBaltra Departure

Baltra. Transfer to the Airport.


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Baltra Arrival - Bachas BeachAMBaltra Arrival

Baltra IslandArrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PMBachas Beach

Santa Cruz Island: Bachas BeachA swimming beach and one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galápagos.


Day 2 - Buccaneer Cove - Puerto EgasAMBuccaneer Cove

Santiago Island: Buccaneer CoveBuccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago was once a refuge for British buccaneers.

PMPuerto Egas

Santiago Island: Puerto EgasPuerto Egas, with its black sand beaches, was the site of small salt mining industry in the 1960s.


Day 3 - Rabida Island - Bartholomew IslandAMRabida Island

Rábida IslandA bird-watcher´s delight. Species includes Flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and Brown Pelicans.

PMBartholomew Island

Bartholomew IslandBartholomew is home of the Pinnacle Rock, the most famous view in the Galapagos, and a beautiful white-sanded beach.


Day 4 - Prince Phillip Steps - Darwin BayAMPrince Phillip Steps

Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip´s StepsAn extraordinary, steep path leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25m high.

PMDarwin Bay

Genovesa Island: Darwin BayA coral beach where a 750 mt. trail takes you through more seabird colonies.


Day 5 - Santa Cruz - Baltra DepartureAMSanta Cruz

Tortoise Breeding Center

Baltra Departure

Baltra. Transfer to the Airport.


Boat specifications

Technical Specifications:

  • Refurbished:  2015 (constructed in 2002)
  • Length: 72.35 meters/237 feet
  • Speed: 10.5 knots
  • Crew and Staff: 52 crew, 1 medical officer (permanently on board), and 8 naturalist guides (includes expedition leader)
  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • 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 (27 passengers each)
  • Landing Boats:  6
  • Certifications:  ABS – SOLAS – ISM by resolution IMO A788(19)
  • Green: Smart Voyager Certification
  • Decks: 5

Accommodations:

  • Capacity: 90 passengers
  • Cabins: 50 cabins with a choice of suites, double or triple cabins.
    • Panorama Deck: 3 Darwin Suites, 3 Explorer Double Cabins
    • Expedition Deck: 17 Explorer  Double Cabins
    • Horizon Deck: 2 Voyager Single Cabins, 2 Explorer Triple Cabins, 23 Explorer Double Cabins, infirmary
  • Features: All cabins have air conditioning; lower twin or double beds; private bathrooms with hot water and hairdryer; porthole, picture window or balcony depending on the category; storage space; safety box.

Facilities:

  • Dining room; bar; lounge; gift shop; email, radio, telephone, and fax communications; stargazing program; snorkeling equipment; “shortie” wetsuits (used between June and December); glass-bottom zodiac; library with computers; boutique; bar; lounge; Jacuzzi; outside relaxation and observation areas.

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Trip Advisor Reviews

star rating  Amabilidad y experiencia - Hice el viaje desde BS AS a Quito, y luego a Galápagos.
Todo resultó impecable
La organización, los guías, los hoteles y todos los servicios contratados
Destaco la amabilidad, y predisposición de Rachel, nuestra guía de gran parte de la estadía en Quito. Y los guías en las islas, Peter, Carlos Lopez y otros cuyo nombre no recuerdo
También al chofer, Darwin, ayudándo para que obtengamos buenas fotos
Recomiendo la agencia por la cordialidad y profesionalismo.

avatar thumb Lore1074
August 7, 2023

star rating  Todo solucionado. Gran servicio.  - Muy buen servicio, muy personalizado, atendiendo todos los detalles de nuestras necesidades, tanto programadas como las que aparecían sobre la marcha. Gran amabilidad de todos los representantes de la organización con quien tuvimos contacto. Definitivamente muy recomendable.

avatar thumb Agirbal
April 5, 2023

star rating  Enriquecedora!  - Hace 5 años hicimos Galápagos y fue un espectáculo! Ahora en diciembre Repetimos con Surtrek. Hemos visitado Quito y Amazonia, solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento a todos y cada uno de los chicos que nos han acompañado en esta Aventura porque no son unas vacaciones es una aventura de las que te llevas para siempre y la comodidad de ir siempre asesorado por los mejores no tiene precio.
No solo por el trato la paciencia y el cariño con el que te tratan sino por la capacidad de organización y experiencia que tienen la verdad que repetiría 1 y 1000 veces. Gracias y nos veremos pronto para mas Aventuras juntos!

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March 10, 2023

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