Cruises & Tours to the Galapagos IslandsEcuador Ministry of Tourism Official Agent

Galapagos Santa Cruz Yacht

Santa Cruz Ship

Boat currently not in service

The Santa Cruz ship was replace by the new luxury Santa Cruz II.

Galapagos Santa Cruz Yacht Description

Now featuring many similarities as other more expensive rivals, the 237 ft. Santa Cruz leaves her passengers with many possibilities and the flexibility to choose their activities with 6 avid naturalists who always leave them hanging on every word with their incredible knowledge of the Galapagos Islands. The ship has a total crew of 52, including a medical doctor available all through the day and night.

The Santa Cruz accommodates up to 90 passengers with a generous amount of public and social areas, a large bar with dance floor, a natural history library, an elegant dining area and a sundeck with bar, perfect for whale watching or sun bathing in comfortable loungers or in the ships Jacuzzi. The Santa Cruz is an exciting vessel to tour the Galapagos as it also feature a glass bottom, creating an interesting alternative to snorkeling!

Santa Cruz Cabins and Suites

All accommodations of cabins and suites are tastefully decorated. In total, there are 48 cabins, all with private bathrooms and air conditioning available. Different types of rooms are available such as singles, doubles, triples and quadruples. “Master Suites” are more luxurious than the rest and include a private balcony to enjoy the fascinating views of the Galapagos.

Special Features of the Santa Cruz:

  • Air Conditioning and Private Bathrooms
  • Jacuzzi
  • Natural History Library
  • Dance Floor and Gift Shop
  • Master Suites with Private Balconies
  • 24 hour Medical Officer

Similar Galapagos Cruise Ships

One of the limitations of the Santa Cruz is the 5 or 6 day cruise durations. If you want to take a shorter (not recommended) or longer cruise (definitely recommended!), there are other cruise options. The Galapagos Legend offers a similar level of service and ship size with some less expensive cabins available for budget-conscious travelers. The Galapagos Eclipse accommodates fewer passengers and is more spacious and luxurious. New to the Galapagos in October 2015 is the Santa Cruz's sister ship, the Galapagos Santa Cruz II. Newer, and running the same 5 or 6 day itineraries at a slightly higher price point, the Santa Cruz II shares the same celebrated guides and management company that has made the original Santa Cruz such a popular option.

Checking Availability and Reserving the Santa Cruz

If you want a free quote or simply to know the availability for the Santa Cruz or another Galapagos yacht or boat, contact us via the "Check Availability" form on the upper-left part of this page.

You can write us at or call us at 1 877 4367512 US/Canada or at +44 (20) 8638 0738. in the UK. We highly recommend that you book the Santa Cruz well in advance, especially if you're planning on traveling during the busy season, like summer or between Christmas and New Years because spots fill up months ahead of time.

Once you've contacted us, one of our friendly and highly knowledgeable Galapagos Trip Advisors will help you put together your dream itinerary, taking into account your budget, interests, and timeline. This will help us figure out the best choices for you, so we can put a hold on your spaces while you decide which is your favorite. When you decide which one is the best fit, you will make a deposit to confirm your spot. From here, we will reserve a flight from Quito or Guayaquil. We can also help you book a discounted flight from home to Ecuador or you can do that independently.

While traveling through Ecuador, you should also consider taking advantage of your time in the mainland. Many travelers like to supplement their Galapagos adventure with a first-class excursion into the Amazon jungle or a visit to Ecuador's colonial capital, Quito. You also might enjoy a day-trip to the indigenous market Otavalo nestled in the Andes Mountains.

Why Reserve Your Cruise With Columbus Travel

When you reserve your Galapagos vacation via Columbus Travel, you are guaranteed:

  • A friendly, knowlegable, English-speaking team that takes care of every detail of your trip from the planning phase, to meeting you at the airport and assuring your trip is flawless from beginning ot end.
  • Unbeatable Prices. Since we are located in Ecuador and are one of the world's largest operators, we negotiate excellent prices for cruises and pass the savings on to you.
  • Complete Satisfaction. Just as the thousands of other travelers who have chosen Columbus. Travel.

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Construction: Bilbao, Spain, 1979
Reconstruction: Talcahuano, Chile, 1998
Category: First Class
Gross Tonnage: 1675
Capacity: 90 guests
Length: 72.35 meters (237.3 feet)
Beam: 11.85 meters (38.86 feet)
Speed: 13 knots
Electricity: 110 Volts in the cabins with 220 Volt sockets available in Reception and Dining area.
Engines: 2 Sulzer engines, 1620 BHP each
Navigation: Gyrocompass, auto pilot, radar, echo-sounders.
Equipment: GPS and Radio Director Finder
Safety Classification: ABS classification +A1E + AMS #7907 853 SOLAS (safety of life at sea) ISM certificate Complying with the IMO resolution
A.788(19) Automatic fire controls
Life Jackets: In each cabin
Lifeboats: Two 66-man, two 25-man.
Life Rafts: Two 16-man, two 10-man
Zodiacs: 5 for ship to shore transportation
Boston Whaler: 1 with glass-bottom with for underwater observation
Owner: ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
Decks: 4 (Sun deck, Boat deck, Upper deck, Main deck)
Crew: 52
Naturalist: 6 multilingual (includes Chief Naturalist)
Medical Officer: Permanently on board

Bar - Lounge, Boutique Gift Shop Email, radio, telephone, and Fax communications. PA system. Snorkeling Equipment, Multimedia, natural history lectures, Stargazing Program, Glass bottom boat, Jacuzzi, Reading Room and Natural History, Library, Air conditioned throughout Aromatherapy Center.

Santa Cruz Reviews

Comments and recommendations received on this Galapagos cruise:

Dear Maria,
Thank you so much for helping me plan and prepare for our wonderful trip to the Galapagos on the Santa Cruz. Our master suite was really lovely, and we totally enjoyed the balcony every day and evening. The staff on the Santa Cruz was kind and professional. All the naturalists were brimming with excellent information. Their deep love and respect for the Galapagos comes through in everything they do. We left with great admiration for the way that Ecuador has protected this resource for the entire world.

The food on the Santa Cruz was very good. Before going I had concerns about sea-sickness, but it never occurred. Despite our October cruise being in a season where it could be bumpy, we had smooth sailing and our "sea band" wrist bracelets either helped, or we did not need them at all.

I don't know where else on earth we could have snorkeled with penguins, sea lions and sea turtles all in the same day, but it happened, and we feel so blessed to have experienced it. The 6 day, 5 night Western Galapagos cruise was perfect. The schedule was rigorous and packed with zodiac rides, snorkeling, bike riding, hiking, more snorkeling--the list goes on. The cruise was everything I hoped for, imagined, and more.

Thank you for setting up this most excellent expedition, and for your consultation around every turn. Your staff took such great care of us at the airport. They had our tickets and itinerary ready to go, and we never missed a beat. I will definitely recommend you and Columbus to friends and family.

All the best,
Dulcey and Samuel Lima

United States of America
Santa Cruz
October 2014
2 Guests

Dear Maria
This is just a brief note to say I got home safely - I asked the hotel for a car as you  advised, and they called up a very nice auto for just 5 dollars, also as you said. I found the two days in Guayaquil very interesting. However, the heat and humidity were quite something - there was a massive thunderstorm that delayed my flight a bit, but we made up the time on the trip back.
However, I am still thinking about the Galapagos - it really was a wonderful trip, something quite different and very special - quite exceptional. So, I want to thank you again for the help, advice and great service, it really made a difference. I wil be recommending Columbus travel to people, and if want another holiday in Ecuador I will be in touch.
Sorry fo the delayed contact I got rather badly hit by jetlag and some work deadlines today - but I do plan some days soon just to work thorugh my photos and look again at the itinerary to write up my holidays experiences. I may be in touch again if have some more feedback, but it will be after a few more days!
Best wishes

Santa Cruz
April 2014
1 Guest

Julia we just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the exploration of the islands. You did a great job of setting it up for us and the Santa Cruz did a great job in touring the islands. The boat was very nice, the crew was perfect, the meals were great and the schedule was great. I would recommend Columbus Travel and the Santa Cruz to everyone!
Thanks again,
Chris Andrews and Toni Lombardi.

Crucero Santa Cruz
Toni * 2
December 2012

“Dear Diego.

I came back from Galapagos last night, and I just wanted to say many thanks to you.
I had wonderful time.

Take care.


April /2012

Hi Christian,
Sorry for the delayed response. I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Thank you so much for your help! In fact, I am suggesting you and your company to a friend of mine. Hopefully you can find him a good deal if he decides to go! :)

Thanks again,

LIM, Pauline
Santa Cruz
May 2011

Hi Elena,

I just want to thank you for doing such an incredible job on our trip to Quito and the Galapagos. Everything was wonderful; actually, better than wonderful! The hotels you chose for us were clean and comfortable, The cruise was fantastic and, again, the accommodations perfect. The drivers were all prompt, most courteous and helpful. And, to top it off, you sent us those lovely hand painted gift boxes filled with chocolates and adorable figurines. You really made our trip special from beginning to end. Thank you so much. A highlight, of course, was meeting you.
We followed your suggestions and went to the stores you thought we would enjoy. You would have been happy to have gotten a percentage of what we bought! There were so many beautiful things! We also really enjoyed talking to everyone.
We concluded that Ecuadorians are especially nice people.
So, please pat yourself on the back for a job well done. We certainly will recommend Columbus Travel to anyone we know who is interested in going to Quito and/or the Galapagos.
Thank you very, very much. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can do anything for you.

All the best, Elena.


PS You have my permission to use this letter as a recommendation.
2 pax USA
Santa Cruz
Febrero 2011

Dear Vero:

Our trip to Ecuadror and the Galapagos was wonderful. We returned to New York last night only to be greeted with a major snows storm of 18 inches. We wish to thank you for your excellent help in organizing our trip. The hotels you sent us to were wonderful, the boat (Santa Cruz) was great as well as the naturalists. All the airplane connections were good and we are very pleased with your excellent and professional work. If you wish us to add any positive comments on your web site, please let us know and we will be happy to do so. Have a good day and thank you once again. We just loved the trip and hope to return.

Miriam & Howard
USA, February 2010
Traveled on the Santa Cruz

Hi Christian and Fernanda,

The food was very good and we rerally enjoyed the evening. The stay in Quito was very pleasant. Many thanks for all the arrangements you have made. The cruise was also a memorable and fantastic cruise. No doubt Galapagos is one of the best places to visit and hope everything will be preserved for the next generation. It was a truely an inspiring and exciting trip. We hope we will be able to visit there again sometime in the future.

Hope you have a great new year.


Japan, December 2008
Traveled on the Santa Cruz

Dear Christian,

I started this email right after I received your's. I saved the draft and am just now getting back to it. I will send it tonight regandless.

We had a great time. I would recommend the trip we took, and your travel agency, to anyone thinking about going to Ecuador. Nothing went wrong. We did make seven trips between the Swissotel and the airport. The driver took the some route ever single time. It might be nice if the driver took a different route on occasion. It would be nice to see more of Quito.

One night at the Swissotel we were given a suite that was larger than some of the apartments in which I have lived. There were four rooms and two bathrooms. It was much more than needed, but quite nice and fun. It is a beautiful hotel.

We saw the Ecuador president, in person, twice in two weeks (more than I have seen all U.S. presidents, in person, in 55 years). He gave a speech in the plaza in Quito on our first day. He stayed at our hotel on the second night and had dinner at the same time we did. With all of his armed guards surrounding the hotel, we certainly felt safe that night. The guards made sure we knew they were there, but did not harass us in any way. I am not sure that the U.S. secret service, that guards our president, is as accommodating.

I really do not know which of our three excursions I liked the best. Both the Galapagos islands and the rain forest were interesting, but I think I liked the trip to Cuenca the best. Diane preferred the Galapagos.

My sister-in-law (wife's sister) is a travel agent here in the U.S. I told her that if one of her customers was planning a trip to Ecuador to contact you.

Best of luck in your business. It was a real pleasure dealing with you.

My regards,

Bill and Diane.
USA, June 2008
Traveled on the Santa Cruz


I just want to let you know that the cruise you had arranged for us was wonderful. I also need to thank you for having the trip document delivered to our hotel before the cruise.

I'll definitely recommend my friends to use Columbus Travel for cruises to Galapagos.


Eriko Mogi
China, July 2008
Travelled on the Santa Cruz

On behalf of myself and kate i would like to thank you for your kind and very efficient service when booking our recent trip to Galapagos. we had a brilliant time and the santa cruz ship and staff where fantastic. i have already passed your details on to my friends.

Once again thank you so much for helping us achieve a lifetime ambition.

Ireland, January 2008

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