Santa Cruz II Cruise will boast five spacious decks, with modern interiors designed by renowned ship designer, Richard Nilsson. Created with the ethos of stylish simplicity at its heart, the new boat will ensure sumptuous surroundings from which to take in the magnificent vistas of the enchanted islands.santa-cruz-darwin-suite-3

The new boat will sleep 90 guests in 50 contemporary designed cabins across three decks. Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed single, double and family cabins, or opt for an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck, where guests will receive elevated service and carefully refined extras such as a take-home Galapagos coffee table book, a tablet loan for each cabin, amenities L’Occitane, and more.

While aboard the new Santa Cruz II Cruise, guests can relax in the beautifully designed communal areas and viewing platforms, including indoor and outdoor dining options, lounge bar, a well-stocked library, two indulgent ocean view hot tubs and a gym.

Creative Ecuadorian and international cuisine will be prepared under the watchful eye of the Santa Cruz II’s Cordon-Bleu trained Gastronomy Director, Byron Rivera. Freshly caught fish and seafood and locally grown organic fruit and vegetables will feature heavily on menus served in the colourful Beagle Dining Room indoors or al-fresco on the Panorama Deck.

galapagos-santa-cruz-beagle-restaurant-880x564The Santa Cruz II Cruise will take guests on four, five and nine night itineraries in the Northern, Eastern and Western Galapagos Islands and each expedition will be accompanied by seven of our company 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, snorkelling with sea lions and glass bottom boat expeditions – all of the options permitted by the Galapagos National Park.

The Santa Cruz II Cruise offers more flexibility in making groups – depending on language, physical abilities and/or personal interests (e.g. shorter walks, glass bottom boat rides instead of snorkeling, children’s panga rides). There are options for all, the active, for families, for underwater enthusiasts, nature lovers… something for everyone. Combine these with the crew’s deep sense of service and we feel each and every one of the ship’s guests will return home enriched, revived and inspired.

*** Contact us for promotional prices on 2016!!! ***

SANTA CRUZ II NORTHERN ISLANDS WESTERN ISLANDS EASTERN ISLANDS
MON/FRI WED/MON SAT/WED
5D/4N 6D/5N 5D/4N
Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin (2)* 3,195 3,993 3,195
Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin (23)* 3,401 4,251 3,401
Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin (2)* 4,637 5,797 4,637
Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin (17)* 3,538 4,423 3,538
Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin (3)* 3,641 4,551 3,641
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite (3)* 4,126 5,158 4,126
SANTA CRUZ II NORTHERN ISLANDS WESTERN ISLANDS EASTERN ISLANDS
MON/FRI WED/MON SAT/WED
5D/4N 6D/5N 5D/4N
Horizon Deck Explorer Family Cabin (2)* 3.388 4.235 3.388
Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin (23)* 3.604 4.505 3.604
Horizon Deck Voyager Cabin (2)* 4.156 5.195 4.156
Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin (17)* 3.748 4.685 3.748
Panorama Deck Explorer Cabin (3)* 3.860 4.825 3.860
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite (3)* 4.372 5.465 4.372

– Important Notes –

1) During Peak Season dates, the cruise reserves the right to prioritise reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates.
2) The cruise reserves the right to limit the number of twin/double cabins for single use dependent on availability
3) Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 15%
4) Triple cabins (2) for twin/double use incur a 50% surcharge per person.
5) Regardless the number of cabins occupied, the ship’s authorized maximum operating capacity cannot exceed 90 guests.
  • During Peak Season: Dec 20- 25 and Dec 30 – Jan 3:
    – There will be a surcharge of US$ 159 per adult and US$ 117 per child.
    – No discounts apply.
    – Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 100%.
    – Children’s policy does not apply during peak season.
  • Children Policy:

– Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians: 25% off. (Applies only to one child per adult paying full fare).
– Minimum age 6 years old.
– Children’s policy does not apply on especific dates.

INCLUDE:

Accommodations, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages upon request for groups larger than 10 guests: German, French, Italian), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and 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, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to / from Galápagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers we must have guest’s hotel contact.

NOT INCLUDED:

– Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate US$ 17 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions
– Air transportation to / from Galápagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
– Galápagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)*
– Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)*
– Fuel Surcharge
– Alcoholic * and non alcoholic beverage, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and additional items.
– Internet / Wi-Fi: internet connections onboard consist in computer stations and wifi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galápagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.
* Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of $27+taxes.

– Galápagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical, Galápagos Park regulations or operational reasons.
– All rates are subject to change. If fuel prices increase, additional charges may apply.

BAGGAGE IMPORTANT NOTES:

–  Guests can bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. The current limits are 23 kg (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kg (17 pounds) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.).
– All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at guests’ own risk.
– The cruise is not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel. Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored on board without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel.
–  The cruise is not responsible for baggage stored in shoreside facilities.
–  Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. The cruise shall not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.
–  The cruise reserves the right to charge for the return of personal items left on board or lost and subsequently found.

RESTRICTED BAGGAGE IN THE GALÁPAGOS:

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galápagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. To preserve the human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products. Other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines

– Booking & Payments –

Bookings Made:
– 66 days or more prior to departure:
A deposit of %30 is due at time of booking.

– 65 days or less prior to departure:
A full payment is due at time of booking.

– Cruise Cancellation Policy –

– If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 61 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge (15%) as a cancellation fee. This deposit cannot be transferred to another booking.
– If cancellation is received between 60 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% as a cancellation fee.

For departure dates during peak season:
-If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 121 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 25% as a cancellation fee.
– If cancellation is received between 120 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% cancellation fee.

  • MONDAY.

Baltra Island.

We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing and lunch.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island).

This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, including stilts and flamingos. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with snorkelling gear and techniques. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

  • TUESDAY.

Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)

After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkelling or a panga ride along the coast.

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)

Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel along a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of Galapagos fur seals. Non-snorkelers can enjoy a longer walk.

  • WEDNESDAY.

Rabida Island

After breakfast, we land on Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach, coloured by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond hosts American flamingos at certain times of the year. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners and experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkelers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are often spotted!

Bartolome Island

We land at Bartolome for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase with handrails and rest platforms. The view from the top is worth the effort! Following our walk, we take to the pangas and the glass-bottom boat for a ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock, and then land at the beach to enjoy some swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing (possibly with Galapagos penguins in attendance).

  • THURSDAY.

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

The morning starts with a panga ride along the cliffs of this dramatic island, followed by a landing with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). After the walk, we can snorkel along the dramatic cliffs where there are chances of spotting a huge variety of fish, and possibly Galapagos fur seals.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkelling.  Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. There’s an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach or enjoy a panga ride.

  • FRIDAY.

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Tortoise Breeding Centre (San Cristobal Island)

After breakfast, there’s an optional departure to see the giant tortoise breeding programme at Cerro Colorado. Here, we learn about this endangered species and its promising recovery. Following the visit, we return to town and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

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  • SATURDAY.

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)

Arrival by plane to San Cristobal Island and transfer to the Santa Cruz, anchored at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galapagos Islands. Cabin assignment, introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)

In the afternoon, we disembark on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast.

  • SUNDAY.

Santa Fe Island

After breakfast, we take the panga over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkelling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass-bottom boat provides an incredible view for non-snorkelers.

South Plaza Island

Following lunch and a rest, we disembark in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, 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 prickly-pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide.

  • MONDAY.

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. This station is the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park’s administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island

We have several options available for the midday and afternoon (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

  • TUESDAY.

Punta Suarez (Española Island)

An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatrosses (April – December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tail gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)

In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area.

  • WEDNESDAY.

Baltra Island

On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.

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  • WEDNESDAY.

Baltra Island

We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.

North Seymour Island

This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigatebirds, swallow tailed gulls, as well as Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas.

  • THURSDAY.

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) 

After breakfast, we explore the coast by panga, while our naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area and shows us a nesting place for a Galapagos highlight: Flightless cormorants.  Depending on weather conditions, we can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola).

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina Island, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a very unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

  • FRIDAY.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we land at this cove on the northwest of Isabela. It provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes guests to the rim of a crater, where we can observe Darwin Lake, filled with salt water, and to a dramatic viewpoint. After our walk, we take a panga ride to spot local wildlife, with the possibility of swimming or snorkelling.

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

After lunch we disembark at Urbina Bay, the fascinating result of an uplifting of the ocean floor in 1954. Here we can admire corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. First we enjoy a snorkel from the beach, with the chance of swimming with flightless cormorants. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galapagos land iguanas, and occasionally to Galapagos giant tortoises. We return back on board for our expedition plan for Saturday and dinner.

  • SATURDAY.

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre 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 our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island

We have several midday and afternoon options available (mountain biking, kayaking in Tortuga Bay, hiking), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

  • SUNDAY.

Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

A short walk leads us to the historic barrel where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana Island along narrow channels teeming with life. We then head back on board for lunch.

Champion Islet and Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

Following lunch and a siesta, we take to the pangas and glass-bottom boat to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkelling spots in the archipelago. From there, it’s on to Cormorant Point, beginning with a wet landing on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish water lagoon where bird species such as American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. We continue our walk to a white-sand beach, where sea turtles emerge from the sea at night to nest (from December to May).

  • MONDAY.

Baltra Island

We disembark at Baltra Island in order to transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

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M/V SANTA CRUZ II TECHNICAL INFO

Refurbishment: 2015

Construction: 2002

Gross Tonnage: 2664 tonnes

Passenger Space Ratio: 29.6

Type of Vessel: Expedition Vessel

Capacity: 90 guests / 50 cabins

Lengh: 71.8 m / 235 ft

Beam: 13.4 ms / 43 ft

Speed: 10.5 knots

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 (For 27 passengers each)

Landing Boats: 6 + 1 Glass Bottom Boat)

Decks: 5

Crew: 60

Naturalist Guides: 8 (Includes Expedition Leader)

Guest-Crew Ratio: 3:2

Medial Officer: Permanently on board

Certifications: ABS – SOLAS – ISM by resolution IMO A788(19)

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.

DECK PLAN

From top to bottom, the Santa Cruz II features ample, welcoming 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 stairwells, guests will immediately know their way around. From dining areas indoors and out, the fitness room and hot tubs 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.

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  • Sky Deck: On the Sky Deck, guests can relax and enjoy the sun at the Sun Deck/ Solarium or exercise in the gym outfitted with treadmills.
  • Panorama Deck: On the Panorama Deck, guests can relish the equatorial outdoors on the aft terrace, which doubles as an area for BBQ and al-fresco dining. The large bar/lounge offers a relaxing area to unwind amid the Santa Cruz’s legendary convivial atmosphere. On the same deck, guests are also welcome to visit the modern bridge, featuring state-of-the-art electronic navigation equipment, run by our particularly experienced Captains.
  • Expedition Deck: On the Expedition Deck, our guides will welcome you to an ample reading room and natural history library, with up-to-date technology for presentations on the geology, biology, and history of Darwin’s fabled Laboratory of Evolution. Facing the prow, it’s a fantastic, calm place to view the beauty of the archipelago in a climate-controlled environment. An open multi-purpose room on the deck’s starboard side is available for children’s programmes and other events. The aft features twin Jacuzzis.
  • Horizon Deck: On the Horizon Deck, besides Explorer cabins, you will find the Gift Shop, reception area and the infirmary, where a Medical Doctor is on call 24/7. Consultation is free of charge.

The Beagle Restaurant is located to the aft on the Ocean Deck.

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