We are excited to announce that today Monday, October 5th, the Santa Cruz II set sail to the Galapagos Islands. It is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday the 7th in order to get ready for its maiden voyage on October 10th 2015.
Conceived for operations in remote areas, our state-of-the-art expedition vessel evinces the perfect infrastructure for Galapagos exploration. Carrying its crew’s heritage of decades of experience working in the islands and just over 70 metres long, the generous, five-deck craft accommodates 90 guests and features ample, luxury-sized social areas indoors and out that allow guests to make the most of their Galapagos cruise experience.
With our new expedition vessel, Santa Cruz II, we again set the gold standard for Galapagos cruise travel. Her new facilities enable a fun-filled educational adventure that will connect our guests with the archipelago’s fabled wildlife like never before.
Santa Cruz II Top Features:
- A vessel designed and built for wildlife exploration in remote areas
- Small groups – average just 11 guests per 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 (29.6)
- 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