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Santa Cruz

​GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Conceived for operations in remote areas, our state-of-the-art expedition vessel evinces the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. Carrying its crew’s heritage of decades of experience working in the islands and just over 70 metres long, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins for 90 guests and features ample, luxury-sized social areas indoors and out that allow guests to make the most of their Galápagos cruise experience.

Many people dream about going on a cruise. For some this may not have been a plan at all, but when considering a journey to one of the world´s most beautiful places, doing it the right way may lead you to analyse what a cruise is all about.
Cruising on our Santa Cruz II Galapagos small ship is a fantastic opportunity to experience this but with a long list of relevant advantages. As a company, we have decades of experience in providing expedition cruises in this extraordinary National Park. We know the best sites on the best islands, and the best combination of these. We know where the best wildlife is, the best views and how to get planned for the best way to visit these.
Our Galapagos tours give you a unique opportunity to visit these islands, the Galapagos Islands emerged only a few million years ago from the bowels of the submarine plates. Born of fire, these young islands received only very few species- those who could endure a lengthy trip across over a thousand kilometres of open sea. Some flew, some swam and many where washed off by pure chance on floating vegetation rafts. In the young archipelago, genetic isolation produced new species. Galapagos has among the highest degrees of endemism in the world- species not found anywhere else in the planet. The absence of large terrestrial predators has contributed to one of the most astonishing features of Galapagos behaviour: the absence of fear.
You don´t have to be a nature enthusiast to enjoy fully a Galapagos experience. Jaw dropping volcanic landscapes, turquoise blue calm waters, lush highlands and beaches that range from jet black, green, golden, crimson red to pristine white sand. No island resembles to previous, nor are its inhabitants the same. Galapagos is the right destination for couples, families, single travellers of all ages. Families can enjoy special activities and kid friendly meals at kid friendly times upon request.
Santa Cruz II has five spacious decks, but cabins start at the horizon deck, two decks above engines, generators or props. This way no cabin is immediately above or next to these noise producing elements of the vessel. Guests board/disembark at sea level, in a safe but swift procedure. The expedition leader divides into small groups, based on language, interest, desire to be more active or take things at a more relaxed pace. While most vessels operate with a single guide for 16 guests, Santa Cruz II has an average of 11 guests per guide. Not only are our groups smaller and divided by affinity, but we share the national park visiting sites with no other vessel. On shore, when visiting more demanding trails, our expedition leader provides, if necessary, shorter hikes. For those who don´t feel like snorkelling, we are one of the very few ships that offer glass bottom boat rides. You are not deprived from experiencing the amazing under-water unique Galapagos wildlife.
Back on board, the Santa Cruz II ensures great service with a Passenger/staff ratio of 1.5; for every 3 guests, we have two crew members. The ship counts with experienced international accredited marine officers, in addition of a hotel manager, a purser, an expedition leader, adding to 60 crew members. We also have a permanent medical doctor on board. Our guests perceive her as a living insurance policy: should a medical emergency arise, remember Galapagos is a remote archipelago with remote islands. Some sites may be up to 150 nautical miles away from the nearest hospital or airport.
Choose from one of the two four-night itineraries, or the longer 5 night itinerary with two full days in the western realm of young volcanoes and the richest waters of Galapagos. If you are considering Galapagos because the unique wildlife, look at the BIG15 list of species and choose the best itinerary. If you are really keen on this list, take the eastern and western itineraries so you can complete a full 15 of the BIG 15 top species.
You can make it a romantic trip, a family trip or go with a group of friends. Whoever you travel with, you will be sure to have a memorable trip with lots of fantastic memories to take away with you.

Facilities & Amenities
 24/7 infirmary (medical doctor on board)
 Bar & Lounge
 Restaurant
 Al-fr0esco dining-BBQ
 Gift Shop
 Gym
 24h Coffe station (coffee, tea, chocolates and chilled water)
 Satellite telephone
 WiFi hotspot (intermittent/low bandwidth)
 PA system
 Snorkelling equipment
 Hair dryer
 iPod/MP3 docking station
 Safe deposit box (in cabin)
 Hot tub (2)
 Rading room and natural history library
 Multiple purpose room
 Air conditioned throughout
 Wetsuit rental
 Glass bottom boat
 Kayaks

DECK PLANS: 

From top to bottom, the Santa Cruz II features ample, indulgent spaces. Modern, generous social areas laid out with choice contemporary materials feature prominently on four of its five decks. With an intelligent layout, including wide hallways and broad staircase, guests will immediately know their way around. From dining areas indoors and out, the fitness room and Jacuzzis to the elegant bar and lounge, not to forget the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity. Luxury ratios of crew and guides to passengers guarantee quality individual attention.

ITINERARIES

5 DAYS "ITINERARY NORTHERN"
MON AM: Baltra
PM: Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach (HK)
TUE AM: Santiago: Bucaneer Cove (SN/PR/HK)
PM: Santiago: Puerto Egas (HK/SN)
WED AM: Rabida (HK/SN)
PM: Bartolome  (HK/SN) 
THU AM: Genovesa: Prince Phillip Steps (HK/SN)
PM: Genovesa: Darwin Bay (HK/SN)
FRI AM: San Cristobal: Tortoise Breeding Center (HK)
San Cristobal
5 DAYS "ITINERARY EASTERN"
SAT AM: San Cristobal
PM: San Cristobal: Pitt Point (HK/SN)
SUN AM: Santa Fe: (HK)
PM: South Plaza  (HK)
MON AM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station (HK)
PM: Santa Cruz Optional Activities
TUE AM: Española: Suarez Point (HK)
PM: Española: Gardner Bay (HK/SN)
WED Baltra
6 DAYS "ITINERARY WERSTERN"
SAT AM: Baltra 
PM: North Seymour (HK/SN)
SUN AM: Isabela: Vicente Roca Point  (SN/PR)
PM: Fernandina: Espinosa Point (HK) 
MON AM: Isabela: Tagus Cove  (HK)      
PM: Isabela: Urbina Bay (HK/SN)
TUE AM: Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Station (HK)
PM: Santa Cruz Optional Activities
WED AM: Floreana: Post Office Bay (SN/HK)
PM: Florena: Cormorant Point / Champion islet (HK/SN)
WED Baltra

CODE:

SN Snorkeling
PR Panga Ride
HK Hiking
 

RATES:

 

2017 YACHT SANTA CRUZ II PRICES PER PERSON
 SANTA CRUZ II NORTHERN ISLANDS WESTERN ISLANDS EASTERN ISLANDS
MON/FRI WED/MON SAT/WED
5D/4N 6D/5N 5D/4N
Horizon Deck Explorer Triple (2) 3.195 3.993 3.195
Horizon Deck Explorer Twin / Double (23) 3.401 4.251 3.401
Horizon Deck Voyager Single (2)* 5.797 5.797 4.637
Expedition Deck Explorer Twin / Double (17) 3.538 4.423 3.538
Panorama Deck Explorer Twin / Double (3) 3.641 4.551 3.641
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite Twin / Double (3) 4.126 5.158 4.126
 

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