MS Santa Cruz II

When you are exploring the Galápagos Islands with us aboard the Santa Cruz II, you’ll enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in premium surroundings. The ship’s small size (with a maximum guest capacity of 90) offers a cozy yet sophisticated environment. It’s easy to feel at home on board.

2 people kayaking in front of the ship Santa Cruz II.

About the Ship

  • Year built 2002
  • Year of refurbishment 2021
  • Shipyard ASENAV Shipyard (CHL)
  • Passenger capacity 90
  • Gross tonnage 2,664 T
  • Length 236 ft
  • Beam 44 ft
  • Speed 10.5 knots

This sleek, spacious ship has a layout that allows you to enjoy your sailing in all aspects. Enjoy delicious food in the restaurant, learn with fellow travelers in the Science Center, and mingle with your fellow guests out on decks. While exploring the Galápagos, you´ll have the ability to engage in various activities and encounters. After exciting days following in Darwin´s footsteps, enjoy coming back to the boat’s casual atmosphere and excellent service. The Santa Cruz II´s amenities easily appeal to all world explorers.

Santa Cruz II is environmentally sustainable, and her operation is carbon neutral. We are socially aware and work in cooperation with the communities we visit.

Onboard facilities

Beagle Restaurant - Incredible Dining Experience

On the lowest level of the ship, you’ll find the delicious, spacious Beagle Restaurant. Here, you can pamper your senses and delight your palate with exquisite culinary offerings.

The Santa Cruz II has a trained culinary team that uses locally sourced organic foods in every dish. This ship has an onboard Le Cordon Bleu–trained Gastronomy Director, who offers a wide variety of culinary experiences that encompass all diets and culinary preferences. Each and every meal served on board is exquisite.

Expedition Lounge & Bar with Science Corner and library

Facing the front of the ship, the Expedition Lounge (complete with a refreshment station and library) is a fantastic place to admire the beauty of the Galápagos’ Islands from inside the ship. The Science Corner includes a glass cabinet, a microscope, and a whale vertebrae clone, a perfect learning zone about our science activities.

Panorama Bar & Lounge

This large and bright area is the main bar where most ship events will take place (welcome and farewell cocktails) as well as where we host our lectures. It’s the ideal site to relax. It features a Wi-Fi hot spot and direct access to our outdoor deck.

Social Spaces

The social areas located throughout the Santa Cruz II are suitable for travelers to gather and share their passion for travel. There are multiple decks, including the Ocean, Horizon, Panorama, Expedition, and Sky decks. Each space offers guests a comfortable seating area and an immaculate view of the nearby islands. Every social space is exquisite.

Sky deck

The Sky deck is at the very top of the ship, where guests can relax and enjoy their Galápagos expeditions while basking in the sun. The sundeck and fitness room are also located here.

Panorama deck

Relish the landscapes of the Galápagos from the rear deck, which also serves happy hour specials and freshly barbecued snacks. On the same deck, guests are also welcome to hang out at the indoor Expedition Lounge & Bar or visit our state-of-the-art bridge.

Hot tubs

Relax in one of our two hot tubs (where each as a capacity of five guests). They are located on the Expedition deck.

Fitness room

Our fitness center is equipped with yoga mats, a set of weights, two treadmills, two stationary bikes, and an elliptical trainer.

Cabins and suites

Onboard the ship, there are fifty spacious cruise cabins. Each cabin has a private bathroom. There are options available for single travelers, couples, groups, and families.

Reception area

Located at the main intersection on the ship, the reception holds the central bulletin board with the daily program and relays other valuable information pertaining to the expedition experience.

Sustainability, conservation, & preservation

 
Hurtigruten Expeditions cruises to Galapagos are carbon neutral. With every Galapagos expedition cruise, guests will contribute directly to the protection of biodiverse forests in northwestern Ecuador, named a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2018.

Cabins

  • Darwin suites

    • Darwin Suite, Panorama deck

      Our three Darwin suites on the Panorama deck feature double picture windows and offers superb comfort and deluxe amenities. Available with a twin or double bed, and if more space is desired, these suites can be interconnected with an Explorer cabin.

      Cabin code: DS

      • 30 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • Double bed
  • Explorer cabins

    • Explorer cabin, Panorama deck

      With comfortable spaces and large picture windows to illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, these cabins offer elegant areas to relax after a day of active exploring. There are 3 Explorer cabins located on the Panorama deck.

      Cabin code: EP

      • 15 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • Twin bed
    • Explorer cabin, Expedition deck

      With comfortable spaces and large picture windows to illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, these cabins offer elegant areas to relax after a day of active exploring. There are 17 Explorer cabins located as on the Expedition deck.

      Cabin code: EE

      • 15 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • Twin bed
    • Explorer cabin, Horizon deck

      With comfortable spaces and large picture windows to illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, these cabins offer elegant areas to relax after a day of active exploring. There are 23 Explorer cabins located on the Horizon deck.

      Cabin code: EH

      • 15 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • Twin bed
  • Explorer family cabins

    • Explorer family cabin, Horizon deck

      With comfortable spaces and large picture windows to illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, these cabins offer elegant areas to relax after a day of active exploring. There are 2 Explorer family cabins located on the Horizon deck. Cabins are equipped with twin beds and a sofa bed (ideal for children under 12).

      Cabin code: FH

      • 18 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • Mixed beds
  • Voyager single cabins

    • Voyager single cabin, Horizon deck

      With comfortable spaces and large picture windows to illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, these cabins offer a single bed and plenty of space for solo travelers. There are 2 Voyager cabins located on the Horizon deck.

      Cabin code: VH

      • 12 m2
      • Window
      • Bathroom
      • 1 bed/1 couch

Decks

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  • 3
  • 2
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