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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 7 Days Eastern Galapagos
Baltra Island, Mosquera
We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing and lunch.
After lunch and your introductory briefing on board, Santa Cruz II will relocate only four nautical miles from Baltra, next to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs. Our groups will approach the island from its western shore, a long shallow reef, the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, our guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred meters of flat sandy dunes. This will also be a great opportunity for an introduction to snorkeling.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Punta Pitt
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)
After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.
Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking.
Santa Fe Island, South Plaza Island
Santa Fe Island
After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkeling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. Opportunity for kayaking.
South Plaza Island
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.
Santa Cruz Island
Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.
Santa Cruz Island
We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.
Punta Suarez (Española Island)
(Dry landing) – An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including Galapagos albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
Gardner Bay – Osborn Islet (Española Island)
(Wet landing) In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkeling in this area. Opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.
Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour Island
Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)
After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.
North Seymour Island
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.
On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.
- 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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