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One of the largest cruise ships in the Galapagos Islands, capacity for 90 passengers, 50 luxurious cabins, with all the basic services and extras such as lounges, Jacuzzi, library, gym.
They have extra activities, such as trips on glass bottom boats.
Several guides on board, in which you can choose to do some activities of your preference that are within the itinerary.
When you’re inside you don’t feel like you’re in a crowd because the cruise is so big.
- Refurbishment 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 m / 43 ft
- Speed 10.5 knots
- Electricity 440 V – 220 V – 110 V 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 + 1 Glass Bottom Boat
- Owner ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING)
- Decks 5
- Crew 60
- Naturalist Guides 8 (including Expedition Leader)
- Guest-Crew Ratio 3:2
- Medical 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
Itinerary for 5 Days Northern Galapagos
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, boat drill 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 a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming and or snorkeling at this beach too. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.
Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The 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. Opportunity for snorkeling, and a ride on the panga or glass-bottom boat.
Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)
Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur seals. After the visit, we had some time for swimming and snorkeling.
Rabida Island, Bartolome Island
Rabida Island (Jervis)
Some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, we can sometimes spot dolphins!
Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkeling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, we split into two group: the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap so that each one experiences the full beauty of this island.
Prince Philip Steps, Darwin Bay
• Prince Philip Steps (Genovesa Island)
The morning starts with a steep climb (only 90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Kayaking is optional.
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Opportunity for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming.
Tortoise Reserve – Baltra airport
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. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. 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. Farewell to Galapagos
- All meals
- Island sightseeing
- Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages – French, Italian – is available upon request for groups larger than 10 guests and for German groups is a minimum of 4 guests),
- Snorkelling gear
- Luggage handling
- Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
- Transfers in the islands
- Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Wyndham, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.
- Fuel surcharge*
*Fuel surcharge is included in the cruise rate. However, restrictions may apply.
- Wetsuits:Available for rent, NET rate US$ 17 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions
- Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without prior notice)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without prior notice)*
- Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without prior notice)*
- Alcoholic-** and non-alcoholic beverages
- Internet / Wi-Fi ***
- Gifts and additional items
- Travel insurance
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