Santa Cruz II

SANTA CRUZ II TOP FEATURES:

  •       A vessel designed and built for wildlife exploration in remote areas
  •       Small groups – average just 11 guests per naturalist guide
  •       99% of visitor sites are not shared with other vessels
  •       Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkelling, swimming, panga ride (all aquatic activities permitted by the national park)
  •       A 58% increase in Passenger Space Ratio
  •       BBQ and al-fresco dining
  •       Separate lecture areas for simultaneous presentations
  •       90% of all cabins include convertible beds and 72% (36) are interconnected cabins
  •       No cabins at sea level, near engines or generators
  •       A Cordon-Bleu gastronomy director
  •       A medical doctor on board, with a fully equipped infirmary, free of charge
  •       Sustainable cruise technology, including a wastewater treatment plant
  •       31% reduction in fuel consumption compared with its predecessor, resulting in a lower environmental footprint per guest

 

2017

Departures weekly, all year: Mon, Wed & Sat / 6 & 5 Days

2017 Rates, per person:

Deck/Cabin # of cabins 5 Days/4 Nights, Mon-Fri Northern Islands & Sat-Wed Eastern Islands 6 Days/5 Nights, Wed-Mon, Western Islands
Horizon Deck Explorer Triple/Family  2 $3,388 $4,235
Horizon Deck Explorer Twin/Double  23 $3,604 $4,505
Horizon Deck Voyager Single  2 $4,916 $6,145
Expedition Deck Explorer Twin/Double  17 $3,748 $4,685
Panorama Deck Explorer Twin/Double  3 $3,860 $4,825
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite Twin/Double  3 $4,372 $5,465

 

Itineraries can be combined for a longer cruise. Please contact Andean Treks for rates and details.

Additional Costs:

Galapagos Airfare (from Quito or Guayaquil): approx. $520/adult and subject to change. Child's fare approx. $240.

Single Cabin: There are  two designated single cabins (rate above in chart); Singles wishing a twin/double cabin for single use, the single supplement fee is + 100% of per person rate in any double cabin

Additional fees: $124 Galapagos Park Fee & Entry Card

Peak Season Surcharges: $164/adult, $121/child 

Peak Season Dates: Dec 20-25 & Dec 30-Jan 3 

Children’s Discount: 25% for ages 6 to under 12 (one child per adult paying full fare); no discounts on Christmas and New Year's.

Wet Suit Rentals: $21 per person for 5 or 6 day cruise.  Snorkel gear rental is included.

INCLUDED: accommodations, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medications,) taxes and transfers in the islands. 

NOT INCLUDED: international airfare to/from Galapagos, airport taxes if applicable, items listed above, Fuel Surcharge if applicable, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and additional ietms, internet & Wi-Fi. 

ITINERARY, 6 days Wed-Mon

(Note: itineraries change. Please contact Andean Treks for updated itineraries)

Day 1 Friday

Morning: San Cristobal Island: arrival Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, transfer to the yacht. Receive your cabin assignment, have lunch, then enjoy an introductory talk.

Afternoon: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Centre & Cerro Brujo. Disembark and visit the Interpretation Centre where you will acquire a greater understanding of Galapagos' uniqueness. Stroll on the boardwalk to the north shore to a site considered to be the spot where Darwin first set foot on the Galapagos in 1835. Here you'll see Darwin finches, San Cristobal mockingbirds, marine iguanas, sea lions, etc. Hills frame this turquoise bay, home to two species of frigates. A staircase leads to the top of  Cerro Tijeretas, where you have views of the northern part of the island: Wreck Bay, Lobos Islet, Punta Carola and the impressive Kicker Rock. Return to the yacht.

 

Day 2 Saturday

Morning: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo. A dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes you to the white coralline beach. This  large, expanse beach is great for walking, with rewarding bird watching and good views of seabirds such as blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, herons, frigate birds and more shore birds. Also, look out for Galapagos sea lioins. Highlights ashore include the Chatham (San Cristobal) mockingbird & the Chatham lava lizard,  both endemic species to this island and seen nowhere else in Galapagos. After the walk, you can snorkel here.

Afternoon: San Cristobal: Punta Pitt. Pitt Point is an eroded tuff cone; the trail ascending from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in Galapagos where you can find the three species of boobies together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions along the beach. Afterwards, if conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim or snorkel at the nearby islets.

 

Day 3 Sunday

Morning: Santa Fe Island. Wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right to be "Beach Master," while smaller males masquerading as females make stealthy mating moves. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name with tree-sized trunks. You may also see the endemic land iguana. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience.  Non-snorkelers can take a glass bottom boat ride.

Afternoon: South Plaza Island. Disembark  at a lavishly colorful site: the turquoise water of the channel contrasting brilliantly with the while sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange "Sally Lightfoot" crabs. Fruther up the shore 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 are sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters gliding and playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.  

 

Day 4 Monday

Morning: Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Research Station. You visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant tortoise pens, including tortoise celebriteis like "Lonesome George" 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. You have lunch at a local restaurant today rather than on board the yacht.

Afternoon: We drive up into the refreshingly cool micro-climate of the highlands on this large island, with the impressive Scalesia forest and the geological formation of the twin pit craters, known as Los Gemelos  From Decmeber to mid-April a visit to see the giant tortoises in the wild may be included, weather permitting. Return to Puerto Ayora and embark the yacht.

 

Day 5 Tuesday

Morning: Española (Hood) Island: Punta Suarez. Here you take an exciting walk on lava-boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including waved albatross (April - December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls as swell as a view of the  famous blow hole. Among its land birds, the Hood island mockingbird, Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves and three species of Darwin's finches are common highlights. Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas.

Afternoon: Gardner Bay. Land at a white coral beach for a short walk to see the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. Great snorkeling here, or take the glass-bottom boat ride.  

 

Day 6 Wednesday:

Morning: Santa Cruz Island: disembark yacht, transfer to Baltra Airport for the flight back to the mainland.

Please contact us for the other detailed itineraries. 

Included in the Cruise rate:

All meals on yacht, daily excursions led by experienced English-speaking naturalist guides, snorkel gear, taxes and transfers in the islands; transfers to/from the airport in Quito or Guayaquil from the main hotels (Quito: Casa Gangotena, Hilton, Swissotel, Marriott, Dann Carlton; Guayaquil: Hilton, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton.)  

Not included:

Round-trip airfare (figured separately & prepaid); Galapagos Park Fee, Galapagos Transit Control Card; tips to guide, crew and staff; wetsuit rentals, internet/Wifi, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Type: Expedition ship

Safety: ABS + A1E, SOLAS, ISM by resolution IMO A788 (19)

Crew: 50 + 8 naturalist guides (includes Expedition Leader)

Cruising speed: 10.5 knots

Air Conditioning: yes, throughout

Diving: No

All cabins meet the same high standard for comfort and style, and are very bright and cheerful.

On 3 of the 5 decks, cabins come in a variety of styles:

Panorama Deck has 6 cabins: 3 Darwin Suites and 3 Explorer Double cabins, all are interconnecting. 

Expedition Deck has a total of 17 cabins, all Explorer Double cabins of which 12 are interconnecting. 

Horizon Deck has 18 cabins: 2 Voyager Single cabins, 23 Explorer Double cabins, 2 Explorer Triples; 18 cabins are interconnecting.

Family guests have ample choice among single, double and triple accommodations. All cabins have modern bathrooms with shower, safety deposit boxes and hair dryers. 

Quick Facts

  • Newly built in 2015
  • 6 & 5 days
  • Departures Mon, Wed & Sat 
  • 90 passengers
  • 237 feet long
  • Expedition ship
  • Naturalist & Family cruises

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