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Cruising Galapagos Islands Santa Cruz II

5-6 Days
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US$ 4,378
  • The Santa Cruz
  • The Santa Cruz Sun Deck
  • The Santa Cruz Twin Suite
  • The Santa Cruz Darwin Suite
  • The Santa Cruz Library
  • The Santa Cruz Discovery Room

Cruise the Galapagos Islands while on board the Santa Cruz II, a 90-passenger vessel that will take you to many of the highlights of this incredibly unique wildlife destination.

Nowhere embodies the spirit of eco-travel like the Galapagos Islands. They have inspired nature lovers all the way back to Charles Darwin, and today draw visitors from all parts of the globe. As the world’s second largest marine reserve after the Great Barrier Reef, the Islands are perhaps best experienced on a guided cruise. See Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, and the famed Galapagos Tortoise. Then relax after each day’s discoveries aboard your deluxe vessel. The Santa Cruz is the finest ship in her class to sail the archipelago today. The Sun Deck features a bar and Jacuzzi, along with the observation platform for dolphin and whale watching.

The Santa Cruz is the finest ship in her class to sail the archipelago today. She’s versatile, flexible and fun, with an excellent crew committed to making her guests’ experience extraordinary. The vessel spends the year cruising Ecuador's famous Galapagos Islands via four- and five-night voyages.  The 90 passengers can choose between single, double, triple and quad cabins, magnificently appointed and equipped for their deluxe Galapagos cruise. Fully carpeted and air conditioned, it is the right size cruise ship for a comfortable and relaxed vacation in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

The ship has gained worldwide recognition for its excellent standards, superb service, expert crew, knowledgeable multilingual naturalist/guides and menus that feature the very best international cuisine and Ecuadorian dishes. The Sun Deck features a bar and Jacuzzi, along with the observation platform for dolphin and whale watching. The dining room, lounge and bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library/reading room. As an alternative to snorkelling, the glass-bottom boat offers another opportunity to observe the marine life.

Click here for the Galapagos Nature Calendar. A complete listing of which species is doing what and when in the Galapagos!


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5-6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,378


Day 1

Mainland to the Galapagos

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)
Arrival by plane to San Cristobal Island and transfer to the M/V Santa Cruz II, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galapagos Islands for check in, cabin assignment, introductory talk and lunch.

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon, disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island. Pitt Point is an eroded tuff cone; the trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions along the beach. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach or snorkel at the nearby islets, before returning to the ship to receive the expedition plan for Sunday and dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights

Santa Cruz II

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    Santa Cruz II

    The MV Santa Cruz, will bring a chic new way to explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands in style and comfort. The boat will offer guests unrivalled guiding while ensuring the utmost care is taken to preserve the islands' delicate ecosystem via the latest ...

    The MV Santa Cruz, will bring a chic new way to explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands in style and comfort. The boat will offer guests unrivalled guiding while ensuring the utmost care is taken to preserve the islands' delicate ecosystem via the latest in sustainable sailing technologies.

    The Santa Cruz II boasts five spacious decks, with modern interiors designed by renowned ship designer, Richard Nilsson. Created with the ethos of stylish simplicity at its heart, the boat will ensure sumptuous surroundings from which to take in the magnificent vistas of the enchanted islands.

    The boat will sleep 90 guests in 50 contemporary designed cabins across three decks. Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed single, double and triple cabins, or opt for one of the three even more exclusive Darwin Suites, an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck, where guests will receive elevated service.


    • Air Conditioning
    • Gym
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Galapagos Islands

Santa Fe Island
After breakfast, a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right of "Beach Master", while smaller males masquerading as females make stealthy mating moves. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name with tree sized trunks! The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the afternoon walk. Snorkeling and swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass-bottom boat for non-snorkelers. Return to the ship for lunch.

South Plaza Island
Disembark (dry landing) in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where the island tilts toward the water, the approach makes for a lavishly colourful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange 'Sally Lightfoot' crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow tailed gulls and shearwaters glide playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island. Return to the ship to receive the expedition plan for Monday and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos Islands

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Morning disembarkation (dry landing) visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, including tortoise celebrities like "Lonesome George" within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following your visit, you board your transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island
You have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. You can trek along trails amid miconia forest in the highlands, home to many elusive birds including the dark-rumped petrel, mountain bike (mostly downhill) to Garrapatero Beach, sea kayak and relax on a beautiful, sandy beach, experience sustainable agriculture in an organic coffee plantation or discover SCUBA diving day in Puerto Ayora. This is a day designed for people who wish to discover the marine wonders of the archipelago, but who are not ready to dive in the current-strong Galápagos open waters. A local diving outfitter is contacted on your behalf. This activity takes for most of the day and has a cost.

At the end of the afternoon's activities, you return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the M/V Santa Cruz II.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos Islands

Punta Suarez (Espanola (Hood) Island)
Morning outing at Punta Suarez (dry landing) for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April - December), Nazca boobies, blue footed boobies, swallow tail gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos famous "blow-hole". Among its land birds, the Hood island mockingbird, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves and three species of Darwin's finches are common highlights. Also, look for red green black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay (Espanola Island)
In the afternoon, disembark (wet landing) at a white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkeling in this area, or a ride aboard the glass-bottom boat. Returning to the ship for a departure briefing, farewell cocktail and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Galapagos Islands to Mainland

Baltra Island

After breakfast, you depart for the airport to take your flight back to the mainland.

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Departs Saturday and Monday


Departs Monday, Thursday and Fridays – Itineraries on request


Ship board accommodation, island transfers, tours, local guides, and meals as indicated. Domestic airfare, Park entrance fee and tourist ticket


International Airfare and taxes, Travel Insurance, Gratuities unless otherwise stated, Items of a personal nature, Optional excursions, Beverages unless otherwise stated, Visa fees if applicable


The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change). 

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.


Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

2 Dec 2017
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