The intimacy and personal service of a small cruise ship experience are the hallmarks of travel aboard the newly refitted, first-class exploration vessel Santa Cruz II. It is designed specifically to navigate the narrow channels, shallow bays and environmentally sensitive waters of remote archipelagos and provides the most comprehensive access possible to the region’s marine and wildlife treasures. Refurbished in 2015, the air-conditioned Santa Cruz II features only 50 cabins and offers modern amenities and facilities.

A team of multilingual onboard Ecuadorian expert naturalists will share their in-depth insight and knowledge about the Galápagos’ distinctive ecosystem during daily excursions and natural history lectures. The ship provides a glass-bottom boat to observe marine life, Zodiacs for island landings and excursions, complimentary snorkeling equipment and a nighttime stargazing program.

Each outside, air-conditioned, tastefully appointed ocean-view cabin and suite (163 to 325 square feet) features one double bed convertible to two twin beds, a private bathroom with shower, safety box and hair dryer.

All meals, featuring international and Ecuadorian specialties, are served in single seatings in the inviting Beagle dining room or alfresco when conditions permit. Complimentary wine is served with dinner.

The ship’s public facilities include two lounges, natural history library and reading room with Internet access, bar, boutique, observation deck for dolphin watching, two jacuzzis, gym and medical clinic with a full-time physician.

With a ratio of one crew member for every 1.8 guests, the Santa Cruz II’s staff provides professional, attentive service. The ship maintains the highest international safety and environmental standards.

Ship Specifications
Officers and Crew: International (50)
Language: English
Suites and Cabins: 50
Accommodations Size: 163 to 362 square feet
Length: 235.5 feet
Width: 44 feet
Built: 2015

The Santa Cruz II is featured in:

Voyage of Discovery:
Wonders of the Galápagos Islands


Double Cabin


Beagle Dining Room


BBQ Terrace


Glass-bottom boat marine life viewing


Explorers Lounge

The above Deck Plan is Thomas P. Gohagan & Company's generally used configuration.
Deck Plans may vary slightly by individual travel program.


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