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Explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands aboard the state-of-the-art Santa Cruz II cruise ship. Take in the stunning Galapagos views in comfort from the luxurious and spacious 5-deck expedition craft.

Aboard the Santa Cruz II, you discover the unique world that captivated Charles Darwin in small groups, away from the crowds. 99% of the visitor sites you stop at on your tour aren’t shared with other vessels—so you can explore at your leisure and share the views with the Galapagos wildlife locals.

Set off each day to connect with nature and experience one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife destinations. Watch colorful tropical fish and graceful sea turtles swim below your glass-bottom boat or kayak. Snorkel alongside inquisitive sea lions, roam the highlands with giant Galapagos tortoises and hike through sprawling cacti forests where frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies seek shade. During the evening, indulge in incredible cuisine such as freshly caught fish and relax on the outdoor terrace, where you can feel the fresh sea breeze as you take in the panoramic views. Aboard the Santa Cruz II, each day brings you a new Galapagos Islands adventure. 

Itinerary

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Day 5 Day A Cruise

5 Day A Cruise Overview:

Explore the wildlife-rich Northern Islands of the Galapagos during this 5-day/4-night itinerary on board the Santa Cruz II. Go snorkeling off the powdery white sands of Las Bachas Beach, hike across spectacular volcanic landscapes to the summit of Bartolome and get up close to boobies and frigatebirds at Prince Philip’s Steps. 

 

Day 1 - Embark Baltra to Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

Fly into Baltra Island and be met by one of our representatives and transported to the Santa Cruz II. After settling into your cabin, we’ll have an introductory briefing followed by lunch as we sail towards our first destination at Las Bachas. 

This beautiful, white sandy beach is named after the US military barges that were abandoned here following World War II and it provides an important nesting site for East Pacific green sea turtles. Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to the brackish lagoons behind the beach where you can see stilts and flamingos wading in the shallows or go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters before returning to the vessel for a welcome cocktail. 

 

Day 2 - Buccaneer Cove & Puerto Egas (Santiago)

After breakfast on board, we’ll cruise beneath the spectacular cliffs of Buccaneer Cove and discover the fascinating history of Santiago Island. Learn about its whaling heritage and pirate escapades while witnessing its large colonies of marine bird and sea lions. Admire its dramatic rock formations and natural caves, then explore its unique marine life on a snorkeling or glass-bottom boat excursion. 

After lunch on board, we’ll make a wet landing at Puerto Egas to snorkeling along its rocky shoreline before a naturalist-led walk through its lava flows and tuff stone landscapes. See marine iguanas grazing on the algae beds at low tide and watch as fur seals bask on the shoreline. There with be another opportunity to go snorkeling and swimming before re-boarding the Santa Cruz II for dinner. 

 

Day 3 - Rabida Island & Bartolome Island

Begin the day with a wet landing at Rabida Island to explore its red-colored beach, which results from the high iron content of the volcanic material. Embark on a short walk to see a colony of sea lions, together with marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Just behind the beach is a shallow pond where greater flamingos can often be spotted feeding, while a myriad of marine species and submarine landscapes make for excellent snorkeling.

As you enjoy lunch on board, we’ll cruise towards Bartolome Island, keeping an eye out for dolphins which are often seen playing in the waters. Take advantage of the great snorkeling off the beach or ride the glass-bottom boat, then climb the wooden staircase that leads to the summit of Bartolome to soak up the magnificent views. You’ll then have the opportunity to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline by panga. 

 

Day 4 - Prince Philip’s Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Begin the day with a steep climb up Prince Philip’s Steps to a rocky plateau where large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels can be spotted. Alternatively, you can opt to stay aboard the panga and enjoy a longer cruise along the cliffs to witness the bird life from there. 

After lunch on board, we’ll make a wet landing at Darwin Bay to go swimming or snorkeling in its idyllic waters, then take an easy stroll to spot the Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, finches and frigatebirds that reside here. Return to the beach to go swimming and snorkeling once again or explore the protected harbor by kayak.

 

Day 5 - Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz)

Begin your final day in the Galapagos Islands with an excursion into the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to visit a tortoise reserve where you can see these iconic species in the wild. Walk through the dense forest of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads while keeping your eyes peeled for several endemic land birds. 

It’s then time to be transferred to the Baltra Airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.  

Day 5 Day B Cruise

5 Day B Cruise Overview:

Cruise between the magnificent islands of the Western Galapagos during this 6-day/5-night itinerary on board the Santa Cruz II. Witness flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins and boobies at Punta Vicente Roca, get up close to giant tortoises at the iconic Charles Darwin Research Station and discover the archipelago’s human history at Post Office Bay. 

 

Day 1 - Embark Baltra to Cerro Dragon

Fly into Baltra Island and be met by one of our representatives who will transfer you to the M/V Santa Cruz II. Settle into your cabin and enjoy an introductory lunch as we cruise towards our first destination at Cerro Dragon on the north shore of Santa Cruz. 

Follow your naturalist guide on a walking trail that leads past a brackish-water lagoon that’s frequented by shorebirds, ducks and American flamingos. Then continue inland for beautiful views of the bay and western islands of the archipelago while keeping your eyes peeled for land iguanas.

 

Day 2 - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

After breakfast on board, enjoy a panga ride to explore the dramatic lava flows and tuff stone layers of Punta Vicente Roca where flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins and boobies can all be spotted. If conditions are favorable, you may also have the opportunity to go snorkeling along the cliffs of Isabela Island, with green sea turtles and unique mola mola often seen in these waters. 

After lunch on board, we’ll travel to the youngest island in the Galapagos, Fernandina, which has no introduced mammals and a relatively pristine environment. Embark on a guided hike to spot marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and sally light-foot crabs, together with hawks and flightless cormorants. 

 

Day 3 - Puerto Ayora, Darwin Research Station & Optional Activities (Santa Cruz)

Begin the day at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is set within a giant prickly-pear cactus forest. Learn about the vital conservation work being conducted to ensure the long-term survival of the Galapagos’ giant tortoise population before traveling into the cool highlands of Santa Cruz Island for lunch. 

In the afternoon you can select from a range of different activities, including trekking through the spectacular Scalesia forest where unique birds such as the dark-rumped petrel can be spotted or embarking on an adventurous downhill mountain biking excursion. We’ll then return to Puerto Ayora in the late afternoon and re-board the Santa Cruz II.

 

Day 4 -Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point (Floreana)

After breakfast on board, enjoy a panga ride along Floreana’s north shore before visiting Baroness Cove, which boasts breathtaking views across the islands. We’ll then land at Post Office Bay where a historic barrel has served as a makeshift post office for more than two centuries. Leave your postcards for friends and family back home to be hand-delivered by other visitors to the island, then opt to go snorkeling in the offshore waters. 

In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to go snorkeling or on a glass-bottom boat excursion at Champion Islet, which is considered one of the best underwater spots in the archipelago. It’s then on to Punta Cormorant for an easy walk from its olivine-crystal beach to a brackish lagoon where greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts and sandpipers gather. Continue from here to a white sandy beach where sea turtles can be seen nesting between December and May. 

 

Day 5 - Disembark Baltra

After breakfast on board the Santa Cruz II, it’s time to say goodbye to your crew and be transferred to the airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. 

 

 

Day 7 Day Cruise

7 Day Cruise Overview:

Explore the Galapagos’ spectacular Eastern Islands on this exhilarating 7-day/6-night adventure on board the Santa Cruz II. Visit the iconic Charles Darwin Research Station and hike across the volcanic terrain of Punta Suarez, then go snorkeling in the idyllic waters of Gardner Bay and experience the incredible birdlife of North Seymour. 

 

Day 1 - Arrive Baltra island and travel to Mosquera Islet

Fly into Baltra Island and be met by one of our representatives and transported to the Santa Cruz II. After settling into your cabin, we’ll have an introductory briefing followed by lunch as we sail towards our first destination at Mosquera Islet. 

Located between Baltra and North Seymour, Mosquera Islet is a long and narrow sandbank surrounded by lava reefs and provides the perfect rookery for young sea lions. Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk to get up close to these playful creatures and get your first taste of snorkeling in the marine species-rich surrounding waters. 

 

Day 2 - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and travel to Punta Pitt

After breakfast on board, we’ll make a dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of San Cristobal and visit the giant tortoise breeding program at Cerro Colorado. Learn about this endangered species and the conservation efforts to ensure its survival as you walk through the deciduous forest where San Cristobal mockingbirds and San Cristobal lava lizards can also be seen. 

In the afternoon we’ll travel to Punta Pitt on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island, which is the only site in the Galapagos where three species of boobies are found. Soak up the spectacular views on a short trail where frigate birds, storm petrels and sea lions can be spotted, then take advantage of the outstanding snorkeling around the offshore islets. 

 

Day 3 - Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands

After breakfast on board, we’ll travel by dinghy to the white sands of Santa Fe Island to view its colony of sea lions. Keep an eye out for endemic land iguanas as we explore the island’s giant prickly pear cactus forest on a short hike, then go snorkeling or swimming from the beach. Alternatively, jump aboard our glass-bottom boat to witness the incredible marine life of Santa Fe while staying dry or grab a kayak to explore the coast at your leisure. 

In the afternoon we’ll cruise through a channel between the North and South Plaza Islands whose turquoise waters contrast dramatically with the white sand and black lava along the shoreline. Follow your naturalist guide on a short walk through scarlet sesuvium succulents and luminescent green prickly-pear cactus where yellow-grey land iguanas can be spotted, then spot frigates, shearwaters and swallow-tailed gulls gliding along the thermals. 

 

Day 4 - Puerto Ayora, Darwin Station & Optional Activities (Santa Cruz)

Begin the day at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is set within a giant prickly-pear cactus forest. Learn about the vital conservation work being conducted to ensure the long-term survival of the Galapagos’ giant tortoise population before traveling into the cool highlands of Santa Cruz Island for lunch. 

In the afternoon you can select from a range of different activities, including trekking through the spectacular Scalesia forest where unique birds such as the dark-rumped petrel can be spotted or embarking on an adventurous downhill mountain biking excursion. We’ll then return to Puerto Ayora in the late afternoon and re-board the Santa Cruz II. 

 

Day 5 - Punta Suárez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

After breakfast on board, we’ll land at Punta Suarez for a guided walk across its volcanic terrain to spot Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies and seasonal waved albatross (April to December). Witness the Galapagos’ famous "blow hole" while keeping an eye out for red-green-black marine iguanas basking on the rocks. 

In the afternoon, we’ll head towards the white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn, which is a beautiful setting for watching sea lions, mockingbirds and finches. Opt to go snorkeling in the marine species-rich waters or stay dry while kayaking along the shores. 

 

Day 6 - Eden Islet and North Seymour Island

After breakfast on board, enjoy a panga ride to Eden Islet, a small islet that’s located just off the coast of Santa Cruz. Watch as blue-footed boobies dive into the water and witness reef sharks during a ride in the glass-bottom boat or opt to grab a kayak and explore at your leisure. 

In the afternoon we’ll visit North Seymour Island, which originated as a flat seabed that was uplifted during a volcanic event. Wander through its tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees while witnessing the island’s incredible birdlife, including blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls.

 

Day 7 - Disembark Baltra Island

After breakfast on board the Santa Cruz II, we’ll disembark at Baltra Island for your airport transfer and return flight to mainland Ecuador. 

Dates & Rates

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May 23, 2019 to May 27, 2019
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May 27, 2019 to May 31, 2019
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May 31, 2019 to Jun 06, 2019
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Jun 06, 2019 to Jun 10, 2019
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Jun 10, 2019 to Jun 14, 2019
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Jun 14, 2019 to Jun 20, 2019
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Jun 20, 2019 to Jun 24, 2019
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Jun 24, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019
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Jun 28, 2019 to Jul 04, 2019
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Jul 04, 2019 to Jul 08, 2019
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Jul 08, 2019 to Jul 12, 2019
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Jul 12, 2019 to Jul 18, 2019
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Jul 18, 2019 to Jul 22, 2019
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Jul 22, 2019 to Jul 26, 2019
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Jul 26, 2019 to Aug 01, 2019
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Aug 01, 2019 to Aug 05, 2019
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Aug 05, 2019 to Aug 09, 2019
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Aug 09, 2019 to Aug 15, 2019
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Aug 15, 2019 to Aug 19, 2019
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Aug 19, 2019 to Aug 23, 2019
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Aug 23, 2019 to Aug 29, 2019
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Aug 29, 2019 to Sep 02, 2019
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Sep 02, 2019 to Sep 06, 2019
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Sep 06, 2019 to Sep 12, 2019
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Sep 12, 2019 to Sep 16, 2019
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Sep 16, 2019 to Sep 20, 2019
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Sep 20, 2019 to Sep 26, 2019
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Sep 26, 2019 to Sep 30, 2019
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Sep 30, 2019 to Oct 04, 2019
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Oct 04, 2019 to Oct 10, 2019
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Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 14, 2019
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Oct 14, 2019 to Oct 18, 2019
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Oct 18, 2019 to Oct 24, 2019
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Oct 24, 2019 to Oct 28, 2019
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Oct 28, 2019 to Nov 01, 2019
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Nov 01, 2019 to Nov 07, 2019
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Nov 07, 2019 to Nov 11, 2019
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Nov 11, 2019 to Nov 15, 2019
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Nov 15, 2019 to Nov 21, 2019
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Nov 21, 2019 to Nov 25, 2019
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Nov 25, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019
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Nov 29, 2019 to Dec 05, 2019
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Dec 05, 2019 to Dec 09, 2019
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Dec 09, 2019 to Dec 13, 2019
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Dec 13, 2019 to Dec 19, 2019
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Dec 23, 2019 to Dec 27, 2019
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Dec 27, 2019 to Jan 02, 2020
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Jan 02, 2020 to Jan 06, 2020
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Jan 10, 2020 to Jan 16, 2020
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Jan 16, 2020 to Jan 20, 2020
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Jan 30, 2020 to Feb 03, 2020
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Feb 03, 2020 to Feb 07, 2020
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Feb 21, 2020 to Feb 27, 2020
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Feb 27, 2020 to Mar 02, 2020
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Mar 02, 2020 to Mar 06, 2020
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Mar 06, 2020 to Mar 12, 2020
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Mar 12, 2020 to Mar 16, 2020
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Mar 16, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020
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Mar 20, 2020 to Mar 26, 2020
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Mar 26, 2020 to Mar 30, 2020
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Mar 30, 2020 to Apr 03, 2020
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Apr 03, 2020 to Apr 09, 2020
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Apr 09, 2020 to Apr 13, 2020
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Apr 27, 2020 to May 01, 2020
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May 01, 2020 to May 07, 2020
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May 07, 2020 to May 11, 2020
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May 11, 2020 to May 15, 2020
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May 15, 2020 to May 21, 2020
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May 21, 2020 to May 25, 2020
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May 25, 2020 to May 29, 2020
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May 29, 2020 to Jun 04, 2020
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Jun 04, 2020 to Jun 08, 2020
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Jun 08, 2020 to Jun 12, 2020
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Jun 12, 2020 to Jun 18, 2020
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Jun 18, 2020 to Jun 22, 2020
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Jun 22, 2020 to Jun 26, 2020
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Jul 02, 2020 to Jul 06, 2020
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Jul 06, 2020 to Jul 10, 2020
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Jul 10, 2020 to Jul 16, 2020
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Jul 16, 2020 to Jul 20, 2020
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Jul 24, 2020 to Jul 30, 2020
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Jul 30, 2020 to Aug 03, 2020
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Aug 03, 2020 to Aug 07, 2020
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Aug 07, 2020 to Aug 13, 2020
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Aug 13, 2020 to Aug 17, 2020
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Aug 17, 2020 to Aug 21, 2020
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Aug 21, 2020 to Aug 27, 2020
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Aug 27, 2020 to Aug 31, 2020
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Aug 31, 2020 to Sep 04, 2020
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Sep 04, 2020 to Sep 10, 2020
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Sep 10, 2020 to Sep 14, 2020
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Sep 14, 2020 to Sep 18, 2020
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Sep 18, 2020 to Sep 24, 2020
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Sep 24, 2020 to Sep 28, 2020
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$3,822£0€0$0$0$3,822£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Sep 28, 2020 to Oct 02, 2020
5 Day A Cruise
$3,822£0€0$0$0$3,822£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Oct 02, 2020 to Oct 08, 2020
7 Day Cruise
$5,264£0€0$0$0$5,264£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Oct 08, 2020 to Oct 12, 2020
5 Day B Cruise
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Oct 12, 2020 to Oct 16, 2020
5 Day A Cruise
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Oct 16, 2020 to Oct 22, 2020
7 Day Cruise
$5,264£0€0$0$0$5,264£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW
Oct 22, 2020 to Oct 26, 2020
5 Day B Cruise
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Oct 26, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020
5 Day A Cruise
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Oct 30, 2020 to Nov 05, 2020
7 Day Cruise
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Supplementary Information

2019 Pricing 

Cabin4 nights Northern or Western itineraries (US$)6 nights Eastern itinerary (US$)
Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin (2)$ 3,664$ 5,358
Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin (23)$ 3,896$ 5,700
Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin (2)*$ 4,496$ 6,576
Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin (17)$ 4,056$ 5,928
Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin (3)$ 4,172$ 6,102
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite (3)$ 4,728

$ 6,918

 

2020 Pricing

Cabin4 nights Northern or Western itineraries (US$)

6 nights Eastern itinerary (US$)

Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin (2)

$3,822$5,264

Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin (23)

$4,066$5,600

Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin (2)*

$4,690$6,458

Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin (17)

$4,230$5,822

Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin (3)

$4,350$5,996

Panorama Deck Darwin Suite (3)

$4,930$6,794
Included: 
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages – French, Italian – is available upon request for groups larger than 10 guests and for German groups is a minimum of 4 guests),
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Luggage handling
  • Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
  • Taxes
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Wyndham, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.
  • Fuel surcharge*

*Fuel surcharge is included in the cruise rate. However, restrictions may apply.

 

Not Included: 
  • Wetsuits: Available for rent, NET rate US$ 17 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions
  • Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without prior notice)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without prior notice)
  • Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without prior notice)
  • Alcoholic-** and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Internet / Wi-Fi ***
  • Gratuities
  • Gifts and additional items
  • Travel insurance

* At your request, we can include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee and migration control card fee. However, please note that, due to administrative and operational reasons, these fees can only be included when guests travel on the operation departure date. This service does not apply for guests who travel before a departure date (even if the departure is with us).

** Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $27+taxes.

*** Note: Wi-Fi Internet connection is available onboard for an added cost, but due to the Galapagos’ remote location, please be aware that internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. Internet fee: $40 + taxes.

Images & Videos

Iguana on a galapagos beach
glass bottom boat galapagos
Galapagos bird
People on beach in Galapagos
woman with giant tortoise galapagos
wildlife viewing galapagos
couple on santa cruz ship
blue footed boobies galapagos

Ship Details

Ship Specifications:

Refurbishment: 2015
Construction: 2002
Gross Tonnage: 2664 tonnes
Passenger Space Ratio: 29.6
Type of Vessel: Expedition Vessel
Capacity: 90 guests / 50 cabins
Length: 71.8 m / 235 ft
Beam: 13.4 m / 43 ft
Speed: 10.5 knots
Electricity: 440 V – 220 V – 110 V 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 (For 27 passengers each)
Landing Boats: 6 + 1 Glass Bottom Boat
Owner: ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING)
Decks:  5
Crew: 60
Naturalist Guides: 8 (including Expedition Leader)
Guest-Crew Ratio: 3:2
Medical Officer: Permanently on board
Certifications: ABS, SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL
Panorama Deck: 3 Darwin Suites, 3 Explorer Cabins
Expedition Deck: 17 Explorer Cabins
Horizon Deck: 2 Voyager Cabins, 2 Explorer Family Cabins, 23 Explorer Cabins, infirmary

 

Staterooms

Darwin Suite

  • Inset tablet in each suite available for use throughout the duration of the trip
  • L’Occitane-en-Provence amenities in bathrooms
  • Bathrobes (available for purchase)
  • Deluxe extra pillows
  • Special edition take-home coffee table book
  • Air conditioning
  • Large picture windows
  • Hair dryer
  • Numerous electrical outlets
  • Public address system
  • In-room safe
  • Reading lights
  • 30 m2 / 325 sq ft

Explorer and Explorer Family Cabin

  • Air conditioning
  • Picture window
  • Hair dryer
  • Numerous electrical outlets
  • Public address system
  • In-room safe
  • Reading lights
  • 191.9 sq ft / 17.8 m2

Voyager Cabin

  • Air conditioning
  • Picture window
  • Hair dryer
  • Numerous electrical outlets
  • Public address system
  • In-room safe
  • Reading lights
  • 127.0 sq ft / 11.8 m2

Ship Photos

bar on santa cruz ii
people on Santa cruz II
suite on santa cruz ship
infirmary on santa cruz 2 ship
gym on santa cruz 2 ship
library on Santa Cruz 2 ship
Dining on Santa Cruz 2 ship
buffet on Santa Cruz 2 ship
cabin on Santa Cruz 2
discovery room on Santa Cruz 2 ship
family cabin on santa cruz 2

Deck Plans

FAQ & More

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) are a Province of Ecuador located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast and are located directly on the equator.  Learn more about the Galapagos Islands in our Galapagos Travel Guide. 

When is the best time to visit? What is the weather like?

If you're planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, be sure to check out our Galapagos Weather Overview.  We've included a seasonal snapshot as well as a month by month break down of both weather and wildlife trends to help you pick the very best time to visit the Islands. For those who are more visual, we have a great Galapagos weather and wildlife info-graphic

Can you book my flights?

For most of our tours we book the necessary round-trip flights from Ecuador mainland to the Galapagos Islands. Please refer to your reservation materials for specific details regarding flights.  

We do not book any International flights to Ecuador; however we do have a great air travel specalist that we would be happy to refer you to.  Please ask your Adventure Consultant for details. 

Does Ecuador really use the US Dollar?

Yes! However, be sure to bring cash bills in good condition because bills with markings or tears won’t be accepted. There are also ATM machines in the larger towns. It’s a good idea to alert your bank that you’ll be traveling to Ecuador so they don’t stop the transactions.

Please check out our Galapagos and Ecuador currency resource for additional details. 

What vaccinations do I need?

There are no special requirements or vaccines to go to Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands. Please visit the CDC Website for further details.

How much snorkeling is available on this trip?

There is an opportunity for snorkeling almost every day on this trip and the underwater life is a true highlight of visiting the Galapagos. Our trip offers more opportunities than most, and on some days we stop at two or three locations to snorkel.

If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip. It's not necessary but you will enjoy the experience much more!

Is snorkeling gear included?

It is provided, wetsuit rentals are an additional charge. 

What documentation do I need?

Ecuadorian Immigration regulations state that, every foreign passenger entering the country must have a passport with a time validity of at least 6 months beginning from the day of your departure from Ecuador. If you have questions or concerns please contact the nearest Ecuadorian embassy for the latest visa requirements.

Money - Debit and Credit Cards

The local currency in The Galapagos Islands and throughout Ecuador is the US dollar. In the Islands, most major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners) are accepted at hotels and restaurants. In the local stores and cafes sometimes cash is the only way to pay.  Try to carry smaller denomination notes, typically nothing bigger than a $20.

Time Zone

The Galapagos Islands are GMT -6 hours and do not change their clocks for Daylight Savings (because they are on the equator). This means that in the summer months they are the same time as Mountain Daylight Time but in the winter months they are the same time as Central Standard Time.

Gratuities

In Galapagos, leaving a gratuity for the guide and crew separately is the custom. Tipping is NOT a requirement and should be given at the guest's sole discretion based on the level of service received and each guests beliefs. If a guest wishes to leave a tip, please use the the envelopes marked "CREW" and "GUIDE" that will be left in the accommodations on your last day. Please put the envelopes in the gratuity box that will be left in the dining area on the day of your departure. All the money in the "CREW" envelope will be shared equally among the crew members. Based on past experience we suggest: If service was excellent, the average tip has been $22 per person per day for the entire ship's crew and $10 per person per day for the guide. Please understand that this is just a suggestion: tipping/gratuities are a very personal matter and it entirely depends on the value of the service you received.

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