The M/V Santa Cruz emerges revamped and ready to give its passengers an experience of the Galápagos Islands they’ll never forget. Taking up the baton from its legendary predecessor, the 90-guest Santa Cruz II introduces a chic new way to explore the wonders of the Galápagos Islands in style and comfort, offering guests the unrivalled guiding Metropolitan Touring is famous for while ensuring the utmost care is taken to preserve the islands’ delicate ecosystem via the latest in sustainable sailing technologies. In addition to the latest in safety systems, Santa Cruz II is ideal for families, small groups, couples or individuals.
Santa Cruz II boasts 5 spacious decks, modern interiors designed by renowned ship designer, Richard Nilsson, and stylishly-renewed décor throughout the ship’s social areas and cabins.
Fifty contemporary-designed cabins span 3 decks, giving guests the options of a luxuriously appointed single, double and triple cabins, or to opt for one of the 3 even more exclusive Darwin Suites, where elevated service and carefully-refined extras will be received.
While aboard, guests can relax in the beautifully-designed and spacious communal and viewing platforms, including superb indoor and outdoor dining options, 2 lounge bars, a well-stocked library, 2 indulgent ocean view hot tubs and a state of the art gym. Creative Ecuadorian and international cuisine will be prepared under the watchful eye of Cordon-Bleu trained gastronomic director, Byron Rivera, served in the colorful Beagle Dining Room as well as al fresco on the Panorama Deck.
In addition, Santa Cruz II offers various itineraries – giving guests flexibility as to how long they want to spend on board – and visits to the main highlights of the archipelago.
There are options for the active, fun for families, underwater explorations and expedition equipment…something for everyone. Combine these with the crew’s deep sense of service and every one of the M/V Santa Cruz II’s guests will return home enriched, revived and inspired.
Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed single, double and triple Explorer or Voyager cabins, or opt for one of the 3 even more exclusive Darwin Suites, an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck, where guests will receive elevated service and carefully refined extras such as a take-home Galápagos coffee table book and a tablet loan for each cabin. Thirty-six of the 50 cabins can be interconnected, offering flexibility for guests from single travelers to families. The beds in most Explorer cabins can be joined from twins to doubles.
Cabin amenities and features include: Air conditioning, picture windows, a hair dryer, numerous electrical outlets, a public address system, an in-room safe, iPod/MP3 docking station, and reading lights.
There are 3 Darwin Suites located on the Panorama Deck, (each averaging 323 sq. ft.) with double picture windows, providing superb comfort and deluxe amenities for more discerning guests. Additionally, they can be interconnect with an Explorer Double Cabin to increase space by another 161 sq. ft.
• Inset tablet in each suite
• L’Occitane-en-Provence amenities in bathrooms
• Deluxe extra pillows
• Special edition take-home coffee table book
• Air conditioning
• Large picture windows
• Hair dryer
• iPod/MP3 docking station
• Numerous electrical outlets
• Public address system
• In-room safe
• Reading lights
• Free Internet access (some restrictions apply)
• Wetsuit usage included
• Turn-down service delicacy
• In-cabin national & international magazines
• Expedition photos and videos on CD
The Santa Cruz II’s Swedish-designed cabins reflect the latest in cruise trends. Comfortable spaces and large picture windows illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, offering elegant relaxation areas after a day of active exploring. Guests will enjoy 64% more cabin space than on the vessel’s predecessor.
• Panorama Deck: 3 Explorer Double Cabins, averaging 161 sq. ft. each
• Expedition Deck: 17 Explorer Double Cabins, averaging 161 sq. ft. each
• Horizon Deck: 23 Explorer Double Cabins, averaging 161 sq. ft. each; and 2 Explorer Triple Cabins, averaging 192 sq. ft. each
There are 2 Voyager Single Cabins located on the Horizon Deck, averaging 127 sq. ft. each. Same size window and bathroom, these are spacious rooms for single travelers near the mid ship section of the vessel. The single bed’s width measures 3.4 feet. All other amenities are similar to Explorer Doubles.
|Gross Tonnage||2,664 tons|
|Cruising Speed||10.5 knots|
|Electricity||220 V – 110 V throughout ship (A & B Plug Types)|
|Safety & Navigation||Certifications: ABS, SOLAS, ISM by resolution IMO A.788(19)
Life jackets in each cabin
Life Rafts: 14 x 27 pax each
Landing boats: 6
There is a Medical Officer permanently on board.
Wi-Fi available in some Public Areas
|Crew||52 + 9 Naturalist Guides (including Expedition Leader)|
|Available Gear||Snorkeling equipment
Shortie wetsuits (for rent; used between Jun & Dec)
Glass bottom boat