Fantastic experience – Galapagos 6 day Central and Eastern Islands on Santa Cruz II. Perfect vacation if you want nature, activity, relaxation, education, delicious food and superb service. While a smaller ship might seem cooler, we were very happy we picked Santa Cruz II – no issues with sea sickness, plenty of room to spread out — enjoy coffee in the library, lectures in the bar, hot tub after snorkeling, etc. Cabin was well designed and felt plenty spacious (Expedition Deck Explorer). We had one naturalist for our group of 8. I believe the ship has accommodations for 90 guests, so when they visit an island they have booked all the spots and it feels like we have most of the islands all to ourselves. Metropolitan is an Ecuador-based travel company. It seems only appropriate when visiting the Galapagos to go with a local company. Most of the staff on the boat grew up and live on the islands. This vacation exceeded our expectations in every way. The wildlife, the learning and the superb service. Highest recommendation.
My friend and I booked a last minute deal for a 6 day/5 night Galápagos cruise round the Western islands. Fantastic boat (Santa Cruz II) complete with large cabins, good hot showers, hot tubs on deck and excellent food. The scuba gear and wetsuits were also good. It was the staff, however, who made our trip as fantastic and memorable as it transpired to be. The nature guides were incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic, as well as speaking perfect English (a particular shout out to Mari!). The coordinator (Desiree) ensured that everything ran like clockwork, and Felix the photographer ensured we had some brilliant mementos. We were genuinely close to tears when we had to depart, as we had enjoyed such a great trip and met some fantastic people.
I just came back from a wonderful cruise with my family to the Galapagos! We cruised the Santa Cruz II operated by Metropolitan Touring.
I had my kids with me ( 18, 16 and 9). The cruise catered perfectly for everyone. The ship is new , clean and comfortable and does not feel crowded as it only takes 90 passengers. The food was absolutely delicious and abundant. The schedule is great and super organised and we got to see 12 of the Big 15 animals in the Galapagos and a lot more of the others! The naturalists on board were knowledgeable and friendly and we were always in small groups on the land. We did the Northern islands itinerary. I would totally recommend this ship to anyone. I cannot fault Metropolitan Touring and the Santa Cruz II.
Quito stay + 5-day Galapagos Northern Island Tour on the Santa Cruz ll. Metropolitan Touring is the most professional and delightfully welcoming enterprise…On the ship the service was incredible. We were immediately greeted by the crew handing out juices and warm wet towels for our faces and hands that really set the tone for the level of service we were about to receive…The crew was the nicest and most accommodating. Our cabins were constantly clean, and they moved with stealth during their nightly turn down service. The panga drivers were the unsung hero of every outing, and managed to be indispensable and inconspicuous… It was all a dream of an experience on board that ship, and I haven’t even gotten to nature part…if you are considering the Santa Cruz ll, or even if you are not and stumbled on this, do yourself a favor and book this. The Galapagos is a once in a lifetime destination and it would be a disservice to your existence to not stay with the best.
AMAZING Northern Islands Galapagos Tour with Santa Cruz II.
Our itinerary together began even before departing from Quito- the company rep helped us with boarding. At Baltra airport, we were taken by our guides to the ship and sailed to our wonderful voyage. In 5 days we explored the islands with our professional, knowledgeable guides. The Galapagos is breath-taking, and the ship crew made it even better and did anything they could to make our time well spent. The facilities ore very good, the food was great- one of our most fantastic travels.