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Galapagos Santa Cruz II Ship

Santa Cruz II Ship

Santa Cruz II Ship Description

Be the first to visit the Galapagos Islands on the newly redesigned Santa Cruz II. With itineraries created with you in mind in order to see only the best of the best in the Islands, the Santa Cruz II has 3 Galapagos itineraries.

On the ship you can enjoy over 10 areas dedicated to the onboard community with a bar and lounge, gym, hot tubs, solarium, lounge and library, and a gift shop to buy loved ones back home.

With a crew of 50 and a ratio of 1:2 per passenger it is guaranteed that all your needs will be met, even more so with a 24 hour infirmary. Get excited and ready to absorb tons of knowledge on your excursions with only the highest certified guides available in the Galapagos.

Santa Cruz II Cabins & Suites

In total there are 50 different accommodations for up to 90 passengers. There are three different decks where accommodations are located, Panorama, Expedition, and Horizon.

The types of cabins available are 2 Voyage Single Cabins, 23 Explorer Double Cabins, and 2 Explorer Triple Cabins. In combination to the cabins, there are 36 that interconnect which is a great choice for those who plan on traveling in groups or families.

Another great thing about the beds in each cabin is that each one can be converted from twin to double. All accommodations include air-conditioning, a safety deposit box, and plenty of room to enjoy your Galapagos Cruise.

Special Features of the Santa Cruz II:

  • Air Conditioning
  • iPhone Docking Station
  • Excellent Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi
  • Satellite Phone
  • Hot Tubs
  • Gift Shop

Alternative Ships to the Galapagos Santa Cruz II

One major limitation of the Santa Cruz 2 is that it only offers 5 or 6-day itineraries, so if you want a longer or shorter cruise, you may want to choose one of these options. The Eclipse offers both 6 and 8-day cruises on a ship that carries only 48 passengers for a roomier, more luxurious experience. If you're concerned about budget, consider both the Isabela II or the even more affordable Galapagos Legend which offers some cheaper cabin options but still with an excellent level of service.

How to Check Availability and Reserve the Santa Cruz 2

Fill out the "Check Availability" form at the top of this page and one of our expert Galapagos Trip Advisors will then help you arrange the perfect vacation considering factors like what activities and islands interest you, your timeline, and your budget.

Alternatively write us at or call us at 1 877 4367512 US/Canada or at +44 (20) 8638 0738. in the UK.

While you make your final decision on which one is perfect for you, we can put a hold on your top picks. Once you've made your final decision, you can confirm your spot by making a initial deposit. The next step is booking the flights... we'll take care of reserving the flight from mainland Ecuador to Galapagos, and we can also help you find some great deals on your flight from home to Quito or Guayaquil if you don't want to arrange it on your own.

A popular and very recommendable trip extension is spending a few extra days in Ecuador exploring the Amazon rainforest or the volcano-scape of the Ecuadorian Andes. We can coordinate all your transportation and reservations for an Amazon lodge or at a hotel in Ecuador's historic capital city of Quito. From Quito, you can experience great day trips, like a visit to the indigenous market of Otavalo.

We recommend that you book the Santa Cruz 2 well in advance. If you're planning on traveling during the high season, like summer or between Christmas and New Years spots can fill up months in advance.

Why Book Your Galapagos Cruise With Columbus Travel

Since 1997, thousands of happy travelers have chosen Columbus because:
  • World-class knowledgable service. Galapagos experts will assist you in every aspect of planning the ideal vacation and be here for you at all moments during your trip, from the time you arrive in the airport until the time you return home.
  • Competitive Prices. We are one of the world's largest Galapagos operators. From our Quito office, we negotiate the best cruise and hotel prices and pass those savings on to you.
  • Peace of Mind. We get it. You'll probably only travel to the Galapagos once in your lifetime, and we'll make sure that your trip is perfect, just as we have for thousands of other satisfied travelers.

Contact us today to start planning your Galapagos adventure!

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Santa Cruz II Cruise Prices

2019 prices per person

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Cabins 5 days 7 days
Horizon Deck Explorer family cabin (2) US$ 3,678 US$ 5,372
Horizon Deck Explorer Twin / Double (23) US$ 3,910 US$ 5,714
Horizon Deck Voyager Single (2)* US$ 4,510 US$ 6,590
Expedition Deck Explorer Twin / Double (17) US$ 4,070 US$ 5,942
Panoramic Deck Explorer Twin / Double (3) US$ 4,186 US$ 6,116
Panoramic Deck Darwin Suite Twin / Double (3) US$ 4,742 US$ 6,932

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Important note:

During Peak Season dec 20-25 / dec 30 to january 03

  • There will be a surcharge of US$ 159 per adult and US$ 117 per child
  • Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 100%
  • Children's policy does not apply during peak season
  • Special discount for kids may apply to the published rate. Please consult with your destination expert for more information and special deals.

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Rates include:
  • Accomodation
  • All meals while on board
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Conferences and lectures
  • Island excursions and activities
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Kayaks
Not included:
  • Airfare to/from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee and immigration control card
  • Beverages and tips
  • Wetsuits
  • Internet service

Santa Cruz II Itinerary

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Santa Cruz II Deck Plans & Specs

Santa Cruz II Cruise

Santa Cruz II Cruise


Year of construction: 2002 (refurbished on 2015)
Type: Expedition Yacht
Crew: 50 crew members, 8 Naturalist guides (Includes Expedition Leader), 1 medical officer (permanently on board)
Length: 71.8 mts
Beam: 13.4 mts
Gross tonnage: 2664 tons
Capacity: 90 passengers
Electricity: 440 V - 220 V - 110 V throughout ship
Main engines: 2 Cummins engines KTA 38 - MO of 850 HP each
Max speed: 10.5 knots
Certifications: ABS
ISM by resolution IMO A788 (19)
Navigation: 2 Furuno Radars
2 video sounder
ADC Gyro compass radars
Motion sensor to sound CH28 Sperry Gyrocompass
Magnetic Compass


Santa Cruz II Reviews

Comments and recommendations received on this Galapagos cruise:


Thank you so very much. Everything worked according to plan and it all exceeded our expectations!! We had a wonderful time, the ship was excellent with exceptional staff and guides. Even our fellow guests were better than we could hope for! We had so much fun!!

Our only issue now is to figure out when we can go back to do another cruise.

Very best regards,


USA, March 2018
3 Guests

Hi Maria,
It was the best trip! I can't stop talking about it. Everything from booking it with you to getting to the airport for my flight home went as planned, and I felt that all the details were taken care of. I was very impressed by the staff of Metropolitan who really paid attention to the smallest detail. In fact, the Chairman of that company was sitting across the aisle from me on the plane to Baltra and he was a passenger as well. I really enjoyed it! Thank you!

Best regards,


USA, December 2017

Hi Gabriela

Thank you very much for organising the trip in the Galapagos. Everything went very smoothly and I have no negative feedback for you.

I will be recommending booking through Columbus Travel to others as the experience was very efficient and everything worked out as described.

The Galapagos islands are an amazing place to visit and the wildlife is so tame it is quite surreal. The experience is much like in the documentaries, which was what I really wanted to achieve. Santa Cruz ll is an excellent ship and all the staff helped us out greatly.

I would have liked to see larger marine life around Isabella - so maybe will need to think about a whale watching expedition in the future.

Thank you very much for sorting it all out for me and for achieving it in such a short space of time.

Robert Laycock

UK, August 2017

Dear Maria Soledad,

our Galapagos trip was wonderful.
It was perfectly organized.
Everybody of the staff on the Santa Cruz II Ship was very friendly and helpful.
We did a lot of activities and each was a great experience.
The meals were excellent and the service was very good.

Thank you for planning this great trip, Maria.

Ich can highly recommend you and your company to any traveller.

Best wishes

Andreas Traup

Germany, April 2017

Hola Sofia,

Today I started my working day in the office in Holland.

We would like to say thank you very much for the excellent organization of our holiday to the Galapagos.
Our holiday was an unforgettable experience and we will promote your agency and yourself to our friends.

With best regards


Holanda, March 2017

Hi Maria,
We had such a wonderful time on the Santa Cruz 2! I want to thank you for all of your help and assistance for booking the cruise and making suggestions for us along the way. I would recommend you and your services to anyone who would be travelling to Ecuador.
Thank you so very much!

Traveled on the Santa Cruz II
October 2016
Country: USA

Dear Maria Soledad

We have spend a wonderful time on the Galapagos islands. There were a lot of different activities and we saw a lot of animals. The guides were very good and the crew was very helpfull. The food was excellent too.
From the beginning to the end, everything was very good organised.
Thanks a lot for the organisation!
If you want we send you some pictures when we are back home.

Kind regards,

Katrien & Patrick

Traveled on the Santa Cruz II
September 2016
Country: Belgium

Hello Francisco,

Our trip to Quito and the Galapagos was wonderful. Everything you arranged worked out great. The drivers were on time and courteous, the hotel was unique and the service impeccable, transfers to/from the cruise were flawless and the cruise itself surpassed our expectations.

The crew took great care of us even having a glass of juice ready when we returned from a hike.

We had a few bumps in our trip but none had to do with you or your staff. It was a fantastic adventure.

Thank you for your patience in answering my many questions and in helping me with all the arrangements.

Laura Emdee

Traveled on the Santa Cruz II
March 2016
4 Guests

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