Santa Cruz Yacht

The Santa Cruz Yacht II replaced its predecessor, on October 10, 2015. This 50-cabin vessel provides guests with an elegant new way to experience of the Galapagos Archipelago in both style and comfort, this ship guarantees that the utmost care will be given to the Galapagos Islands by implementing the newest sustainable advances in sailing, thus protecting their delicate ecosystem.

If we could return to the place where the world began, where would that be?, if we humans could share habitats with animals, how would that be?, like the great first explorers, live the unexpected on board the Santa Cruz Yacht, embrace wonder, travel back in time on the pristine paradise of the Galapagos Islands, you will be safe comfortable and close to the ones you love, travel with the pioneers of tourism in Galapagos, experience this magical place with the most modern ship on the islands, the dedicated staff will provide world class service and unexpected indulgences , enjoy ample spaces to inspire your curiosity and live your own dream.

Santa Cruz Yacht Deck Plan

Santa Cruz Yacht Additional Itineraries

Rates

Cruise DurationHorizon Deck Explorer Triple (2)Horizon Deck Explorer Twin / Double (23)Horizon Deck Voyager Single (2)Expedition Deck Explorer Twin / Double (17)Panorama Deck Explorer Twin / Double (3)Panorama Deck Darwin Suite Twin / Double (3)
5 days2,770.002,946.003,398.003,064.003,156.003,574.00

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • During Peak Season dates, the operator reserves the right to prioritize reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates.
  • The operator reserves the right to limit the number of twin/double cabins for single use dependent on availability
  • Twin / Double Cabins for single use incur a 100% surcharge.
  • () number of cabins per category

During Peak Season:

  • (Dec 19- 25) There will be a surcharge of US$ 180 per adult and US$ 140 per child
  • 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

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONGalapagos
DEPARTURE TIMETo be determined
RETURN TIMEAt proper time Galapagos returning flight
WEARShort sleeve shirts, Long sleeve shirts, Lightweight long pants, Shorts, Sweatshirt, Light rain jacket or poncho, Socks Bathing suits, Wide brimmed hat.
Santa Cruz Yacht INCLUDES
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.
Santa Cruz Yacht DOES NOT INCLUDEInternet / Wi-Fi
Wet Suits available for rent
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 nonalcoholic beverage, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and additional items.

Santa Cruz Yacht Technical Specifications

Refurbishment2015
Construction2002
Gross Tonnage2664 tonnes
Passenger Space Ratio29.6
Type of VesselExpedition Vessel
Capacity90 guests / 50 cabins
Length71.8 m / 235 ft
Beam13.4 m / 43 ft
Speed10.5 knots
Electricity440 V – 220 V – 110 V throughout ship
Engines2 Cummins engines KTA 38 – MO of 850 HP each
Fire DetectorFire detectors throughout
Life JacketsIn each cabin
Life Rafts14 (For 27 passengers each)
Landing Boats6 + 1 Glass Bottom Boat
OwnerETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING)
Decks5
Crew60
Naturalist Guides8 (including Expedition Leader)
Guest-Crew Ratio3:2
Medical OfficerPermanently on board
CertificationsABS, SOLAS 74, ISM, ISPS, MARPOL
Panorama Deck3 Darwin Suites, 3 Explorer Cabins
Expedition Deck17 Explorer Cabins
Horizon Deck2 Voyager Cabins, 2 Explorer Family Cabins, 23 Explorer Cabins, infirmary

 

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DAY 1: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

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.

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DAY 2: BUCCANEER COVE – PUERTO EGAS (SANTIAGO ISLAND)

Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island) We begin the day at Buccaneer Cove, where guests are guided along the remarkable cliffs that line the coast. Here, guides discuss the recent and distant history of the site as the group has the chance to observe a variety of marine birds, sea lions and inter-tidal organisms. This site also has some brilliant natural formations like the “Elephant Rock,” “The Bishop” and a thrilling natural cave. Buccaneer Cove is also an excellent place for aquatic activities. : Galapagos Hawk

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island) The beautiful, clear waters of this beach are perfect for snorkeling along the rocky coastline, where swimmers are often accompanied by marine turtles. After a swim, we walk inland to observe the land and marine birds that live amongst the tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas can also be seen grazing on the algae beds next to a colony of fur seals. Those who choose not to snorkel are guided along a longer walk. marine iguanas, Galapagos Fur seals.

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DAY 3: RABIDA ISLAND – BARTOLOME ISLAND

Rabida Island The day begins with a walk along the red-colored beach of Rabida, which is tinted red due to the extremely high iron content of the volcanic material. Visitors have the chance to observe a large colony of sea lions, mockingbirds, marine iguanas and yellow warblers, as well as various species of Darwin’s finches. If we are lucky, we also see greater flamingos as they rest from their migration to feed in the salt pond. Additionally, this beach is home to spectacular marine animals and landscapes, making it an lsnorkel can take in the scenery from the glass-bottom boat or panga. As we travel to our next landing, it is not unusual to sight dolphins! : Sea Lions

Bartolome Island At our next stop, visitors enjoy breathtaking views of the islands after hiking to the summit of Bartolome, a small but impressive island. The hike is moderately steep, but visitors are assisted by a staircase with handrails and resting points, and needless to say, the view merits the effort! We then take a tour around the enormous Pinnacle Rock in the glass-bottom boat and pangas, and end the day swimming in the beautiful waters or kicking back on the beach (potentially with the company of Galapagos penguins). : Galapagos Penguins

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DAY 4: PRINCE PHILIP STEPS – DARWIN BAY (GENOVESA ISLAND)

Prince Philip Steps Visitors are first introduced to this outstanding island in a panga ride along the cliffs, and then begin a steep ascent (90 feet) to a flat plateau where visitors observe large colonies of red-footed and Nazca boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. In accordance with the weather, guests may also choose to take a longer panga ride around the cliffs. After this, guests may snorkel along the incredible cliffs with various schools of fish. : Nazca boobies, Red footed boobies, Fur Seals

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island) We begin the afternoon with some relaxing swimming and snorkeling, which is followed by a stroll among hundreds of birds (primarily frigate birds, gulls, mockingbirds, red-foot boobies, herons, Nazca boobies and finches). Guests may then choose to continue their walk over a jagged stretch of lava to experience outstanding views of the islands, return to the beach or explore the waters in a panga ride.

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DAY 5: PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO & TORTOISE BREEDING CENTRE (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

After breakfast, guests have the option to travel to the giant tortoise breeding program at Cerro Colorado to observe this endangered species and learn about its hopeful recovery. After this, the Santa Cruz II returns to town, where guests are transferred to the airport. : Giant tortoise

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancellations, local authorities orders.

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DAY 1: PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO/PUNTA PITT (SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND)

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Beginning at the San Cristobal airport, we travel to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital of the Galapagos Islands, where visitors are transferred to the Santa Cruz II. Guests are assigned their cabins, given an introductory talk, boat drill and lunch.

San Cristobal Island We start the afternoon at the eastern-most point of Punta Pitt. This eroded tuff cone offers breathtaking views of the coastline and of the entire archipelago; this is the only location where all three species of boobies can be found together. Guests may choose to take a walk or travel in a panga around the island’s coasts. : red footed boobies, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Sea lions

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DAY 2: SANTA FE ISLAND/SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

Santa Fe Island In the morning, we travel to this tranquil white sand beach, which is home to a large colony of sea lions. On our morning walk, visitors can observe the endemic land iguana (which may only be found on this island) lounging around the giant prickly pear cacti. Our visit ends with several aquatic activities that offer visitors the opportunity to observe the many marine treasures the waters hold.

South Plaza Island In the afternoon, we visit this remarkable channel, known for its incredible turquoise waters that contrast against the white sand and black lava shoreline. Scarlet sesuvium succulents blanket the ground of a grove of bright green prickly-pear cacti, around which yellow-grey land iguanas lounge, patiently waiting for the fruit to fall. Visitors can also observe sea lion colonies, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters. : Galapagos land iguanas, marine iguanas

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DAY 3: PUERTO AYORA AND THE CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION (SANTA CRUZ ISLAND)

Puerto Ayora After breakfast, we have a dry landing at the giant tortoise Breeding Center of the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is surrounded by an enormous prickly-pear cactus forest and hundreds of land birds. This station is home to the park’s scientific investigation, conservation and administration. We then embark towards the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz, the ecosystem of which is entirely distinct.

Santa Cruz Island In the afternoon, visitors can choose from hiking, mountain biking or kayaking in Tortuga Bay. Your excursion leader will explain these options in advance. We then return to Puerto Ayora to embark on the Santa Cruz.: giant Tortoises

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DAY 4: PUNTA SUAREZ/GARDNER BAY (ESPAÑOLA ISLAND)

Punta Suarez With its marvelous selection of sea birds (including Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and waved albatrosses from April to January), red-green-black marine iguanas and the famed Galapagos “blow-hole,” this island holds many wonders for visitors. BIG 15: Galapagos albatross

Española Island The day ends with a trip to Gardner Bay to relax on its spectacular white coral beach among sea lions, finches and mockingbirds. This site is also excellent for snorkeling. Galapagos hawk

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DAY 5: BALTRA ISLAND

With the journey at its end, we take guests back to Baltra Island, where they are transferred to the airport.

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancellations, local authorities orders.

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