The tour was fantastic.
The days are extremely well organized and structured. We usually do not go on group guided activities, but in the Galapagos, it is really the only way you can travel. To organize and execute the daily hikes and water activities for 90 passengers is no small feat, and Metropolitan Touring which organizes these tours on three ships including the Santa Cruz, does it first class. We started with a hike on San Cristobal Island, and proceeded to a new island every day to see and observe the different animals and wildlife. We were put into groups of 10 to 12 passengers and had a dedicated guide the entire trip.
Roberto was our guide the full 5 days, and he is exceptionally knowledgeable and patient. The different hikes had variable levels of difficulty so we recommend listening to the announcements regarding length and difficulty. We saw some amazing wildlife, and for bird lovers, the Galapagos is a great trip. Iguanas and sea lions were our favorites. The snorkeling trip was the best part. Sea lions are so curious that they come up to you and try to play with you. It was amazing. The accommodations are very clean and comfortable. We had a room on the Boat deck. The rooms are serviced three times a day by the great staff. Please do not expect the Cunard luxury liner. This is an expedition, not a cruise ship. The dining facilities were very good and the food was plentiful. The dining is open seating so the smallest table is for a party of 4.
We met some great people during our meals as well as on our group tours that we plan to keep in touch with in the near future. We loved our time in the Galapagos. We cannot say enough about the crew. We had daily briefings and updates for our activities for the next day. Every day was filled with educational walks and talks on the ship. They truly work tirelessly to make sure we are comfortable: from cleaning our rooms three times a day, food preparation and service to cleaning our snorkel gear. Thank you to Roberto, Mauricio, Santiago, and the entire crew for making our trip so memorable. We hope to one day be able to do the western and northern islands with you!