Santa Cruz II is a 71 metre vessel spread out over five decks that seamlessly navigates the Galapagos Archipelago, island by island.

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There are 50 cabins in total (accommodating for a maximum of 90 guests) suitable for solo travellers, groups and families alike as single, double and family rooms are available. Each cabin boasts large picture windows and the three Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck interconnect.

The Beagle Restaurant on the Ocean Deck offers fine dining using locally sourced ingredients where possible (think catch of the day) and snacks are served post-expeditions.

Facilities are spread across all five decks with a panorama veranda, bar and lounge on the Panorama Deck, a reading room and library on the Expedition Deck (where guests can enjoy lectures and documentaries) and a solarium, fitness room and lounge chairs on the Sky Deck.

Spend the day following in Charles Darwin's footsteps exploring Galapagos National Park on the lookout for the famous giant tortoises, blue-footed bobbies and albatross. Other excursions include sea kayaking, riding the glass-bottom boat and snorkelling. Return from your expedition and unwind in the hot tub (situated on the Expedition Deck) before retiring to the bar for a tipple.

Why we love it

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The outdoor terrace has fabulous vistas and they get even better after dark when the stars come out.

Saskia, Original Traveller

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Key Info

Number of rooms

90

Eco Rating

3

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