I won a 6 day 5 night stay on the MV Santa Cruz and it was amazing. Before I continue on with this review, just know that the company didn’t ask me to write about them here. I’m writing this on my own free will.
I had never travelled to South America, let alone one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. My sister and I arrived in Quito and stayed in a hostel arranged by Metropolitan. Hostel de la Rabida was the name. Great place. I wrote a review on their page as well. A private car picked us up and took us to the airport. They were prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable of the city. We were escorted to the terminal where our plane would take us to the Islands.
The cruise itself is one of the largest ships amongst all of the touring companies. Breakfast and lunch were buffet followed by a 4-course dinner. I had never been on a cruise before so I was afraid of getting sea-sick. The staff provides sea sick pills that are free to take at will. However, I didn’t have any seasick issues and I think it’s mainly due to the size of the ship.
The staff is very friendly. Everywhere I went, there was always a staff member there in case of assistance. They provide round the clock announcements on when events are about to happen on the ship which keep you well-informed.
The activities during the day were there best part! Being able to see first-hand what the islands have to offer is such an amazing feeling. The Naturalists know their information and care greatly about the conservation of the islands.
If you’re a city girl like me, don’t forget to look up at the sky at night! If a Naturalist is around, ask them about the constellations. One was kind enough to educate me on the celestial wonderland.
Thank you metropolitan-touring for the experience of a lifetime 🙂