Santa Cruz II

Santa Cruz II, Galapagos Cruise Ship


Specially designed for expeditions in remote areas, Santa Cruz II is a state-of-the-art vessel that provides the last word in sleekness, simplicity, and comfort. When you travel in one of its 50 cabins dispersed over five decks, you’ll have an ample base of operations for your forays into the wonders of the Galapagos.

The Santa Cruz II is a 235-foot expeditionary ship with spacious areas for socializing and island viewing. From its outdoor terrace and barbecue to its sumptuous suites, it allows you to travel in climate-controlled comfort, while its glass-bottomed boats, kayaks, and dinghies provide the perfect vehicle for penetrating deeper into the wildlife and stunning beauty of this equatorial paradise.


On the Santa Cruz II, you’ll have your choice of Swedish-designed cabins or spacious family suites. The former, reflecting the latest in cruise trends, typically accommodate two guests, while the latter can comfortably house four. In all cases, you’ll enjoy broad picture windows, individual air-conditioning, digital safes, abundant electrical outlets, and on-board wi-fi, while those who opt for a suite will have the added comforts of sofas and inset tables, free books and magazines, turn-down service, and more.

Common Areas

The Santa Cruz’s common areas are truly something special. When you sit on the expedition deck, facing the ship’s prow, with the breeze in your hair, you’ll experience the wonder that Charles Darwin felt when he came to the Galapagos almost 200 years ago. The Santa Cruz’s common areas also feature a solarium and fitness room, a canopied terrace for outdoor barbecues, a library, a bar and lounge, a panoramic veranda for taking in the full sweep of the islands, and a discovery area where you’ll learn about the biology and history of this enchanted archipelago.

The Beagle, the ship’s full-service restaurant, also reflects the Santa Cruz’s commitment to luxury. With its Ecuadorian and international fare prepared by a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, the restaurant dishes up innovative dishes prepared with fresh seafood and organic fruits and vegetables. There are also snacks available in the bar, as well as a 24-hour station serving coffee and tea.

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Santa Cruz II Deck Plan

Santa Cruz II Deck Plan

Ship Info

TypeFirst Class Expedition Cruise Ship
Length235 feet
Year Built2002, Refurbished 2015
Beam43 feet
Cruising Speed10.50 Knots

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