Santa Cruz II
Renowned for its enhanced standards for comfort, safety and sustainability, the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Ship is a state-of-the-art vessel that creates a perfect atmosphere for a once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos trip. As the largest cruise ship at the Galapagos Islands, the Santa Cruz II Galapagos ship accommodates up to 90 guests. It features beautiful interiors and 5 highly spacious decks that give a scintillating view of the beauty of the Galapagos Islands. 5- and 6-day itinerary programs covering the Northern, Eastern & Western parts of the islands are available.
SANTA CRUZ II CRUISERefurbishment 2015 Construction 2002 Gross Tonnage 2664 tonnes Passenger Space Ratio 29.6 Type of Vessel Expedition Vessel Capacity 90 guests / 50 cabins Length 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 Owner ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING) Decks 5 Crew 60 Naturalist Guides 8 (Includes Expedition Leader) Guest-Crew Ratio 3:2 (3 guests per 2 crew members) Medial Officer Permanently on board Certifications ABS, SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL 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.
Inclusions & Exclusions
All meals throughout cruise Transfers in the islands All excursions Bilingual national park guide Use of snorkeling equipment Use of Kayak Coffee, tea and soft drinks
Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare Alcoholic drinks $100 Galapagos National Park fee $20 Transit Control Card Travel / medical insurance Wetsuit rental Tips Personal expenses
Discount for children under 12 years old 25% Xmas and New Year surcharge $137 Single supplement 15%
Santa Cruz II Cruise Ship offers three different Galapagos itineraries
Itinerary Northern Islands
Day 1 (Monday) - BALTRA
AM: Baltra Airport PM: Las Bachas 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. At Bachas beach, 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. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.
Day 2 (Tuesday) - SANTIAGO
AM: Bucaneer CovePM: Puerto Egas Buccaneer 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 snorkeling or a panga ride along the coast. 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. Non-snorkelers can enjoy a longer walk.
Day 3 (Wednesday) - RABIDA & BARTOLOME
AM: Rabida PM: Bartolome Today’s walk brings us close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners and experienced snorkelers non-snorkelers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. We land at Bartolome for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. 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, snorkeling or just relaxing (possibly with Galapagos penguins in attendance). the midday and afternoon (hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay), which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader.
Day 4 (Thursday) - GENOVESA
AM: Prince Phillip’s PM: Darwin Bay 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. 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. In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. There is 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.
Day 5 (Friday) - BALTRA
We start our last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport, while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit we will transfer directly to Baltra airport where your Galapagos trip will finish.
Itinerary Eastern Islands
Day 1 (Friday) - BALTRA & MOSQUERA
AM: Baltra Airport PM: Mosquera 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. Next to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs. Our groups will approach the island from its western shore, a long shallow reef, the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, our guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred meters of flat sandy dunes.
Day 2 (Saturday) - SAN CRISTOBAL
AM: Cerro BrujoPM: Pitt Point Cerro Brujo: A beautiful white-sand beach full of pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and marine iguanas. Pitt Point: Here there are endemic species such as lava lizards and red-footed boobies. Among the Galapagos species you can see today are Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca. Storm Petrels and others.
Day 3 (Sunday) - SANTA FE & SOUTH PLAZAS
AM: Santa Fe PM: South Plazas Santa Fe Island: A volcanic uplift that hosts a forest of Opuntia and Palo Santo. Endemic land iguanas are often seen. South Plaza: has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. Among the Galapagos wildlife you can see today are Red-billed tropic birds and swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, land iguanas and more.
Day 4 (Monday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Charles Darwin Station PM: Puerto Ayora Charles Darwin Station: An organization that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos. In the afternoon, we have several options available, 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 Galapagos Santa Cruz II.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - ESPAÑOLA
AM: Suarez Point PM: Gardner Bay Suarez Point: It is one of the most outstanding wildlife areas of the Galapagos archipelago with a great diversity of wildlife. Gardner Bay: This Bay has a magnificent beach with turquoise waters. The bay is home of a large colony of sea lions. Española - Osborn Islet: This small island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming, on this day you will be able to see Galapagos Hawks, Española Mockingbirds, Waved Albatross, sea lions.
Day 6 (Wednesday) - SANTA CRUZ & NORTH SEYMOUR
AM: Eden Islet PM: North Seymour Eden Islet: It is a small islet located close to the coast of Santa Cruz and where it is possible to observe blue footed boobies, sharks and frigates, there are good chances for snorkeling in deep waters. North Seymour Island: Explore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds, among some of the main species you will see today are frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land and marine iguanas.
Day 7 (Thursday) - BALTRA
AM: Disembark at Baltra airport Transfer to the Airport for your flight back to mainland and end of your Galapagos trip.
Itinerary Western Islands
Day 1 (Thursday) - BALTRA & DRAGON HILL
AM: Baltra PM: Dragon Hill 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. The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes at Dragon Hill. The first part of our walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and American flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance to see land iguanas.
Day 2 (Friday) - ISABELA & FERNANDINA
AM: Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) PM: Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) 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. 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.
Day 3 (Saturday) - SANTA CRUZ
AM: Charles Darwin Station PM: Santa Cruz Charles Darwin Station: An organization that provides scientific assistance to ensure the proper preservation of the Galapagos. We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. Options include beach walks, kayaks, walks along the tortoise reserve, etc. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.
Day 4 (Sunday) - FLOREANA
AM: Post Office Bay PM: Champion Islet & Cormorant Point 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. 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.
Day 5 (Monday) - BALTRA
On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent, you will be leaving after a magical Galapagos holiday on board of the Santa Cruz Yacht.