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MS Santa Cruz II - 90 Guests

Galapagos Islands Expedition-In Darwins Footsteps

Join us on a journey of ecological discovery as we travel from Quito to experience the natural wonders of the incomparable Galapagos Islands while traveling in Charles Darwin's footsteps.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Your adventure begins with two nights at a hotel in Quito, one of South America’s most charming capitals. This UNESCO World Heritage City, filled with graceful Spanish-era architecture, is packed with cozy restaurants and small artisanal shops. From Quito, we pay a visit to an active volcano, embark on a nature walk among stunning surroundings, and stroll through a vibrant open-air market.

After we fly to the Galápagos, embark Santa Cruz II, our comfortable and stylish expedition vessel ideally suited for remote adventures. Take part in an unforgettable cruise and experience the very best the UNESCO-protected Galápagos has to offer. The onboard facilities are excellent. Look forward to delicious dishes prepared by our chefs, as well as comfortable cabins for relaxing after each exciting day of exploration.

When the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited here aboard the H.M.S. Beagle in 1835, he discovered that several species—including tortoises and land iguanas—evolved differently depending on their habitat. His seminal work, On the Origin of Species, proved revolutionary. On this science-oriented cruise, you’ll learn about Darwin’s discoveries and make a few of our own.

You’ll get closer to the natural wonders with the use of our small boats (RIBs), kayaks, snorkeling gear, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). You can choose from a wide range of included activities and the Expedition Team will guide you on landings. Safety and sustainability are always at the core of our operations, and our aim is to leave the smallest possible footprint wherever we go.

For your safety, we always sail with a Medical Officer onboard.

DATES / RATES

Start DateEnd DateFrom EUR From USD
Jan 04, 2023Jan 12, 20236,964 7,339
Jan 18, 2023Jan 26, 20236,964 7,339
Feb 01, 2023Feb 09, 20236,964 7,339
Feb 15, 2023Feb 23, 20236,964 7,339
Mar 01, 2023Mar 09, 20236,964 7,339
Mar 15, 2023Mar 23, 20236,964 7,339
Mar 29, 2023Apr 06, 20237,162 7,547
Apr 12, 2023Apr 20, 20239,054 9,541
Apr 26, 2023May 04, 20239,054 9,541
May 10, 2023May 18, 20237,162 7,547
May 24, 2023Jun 01, 20239,054 9,541
Jun 07, 2023Jun 15, 20239,054 9,541
Jun 21, 2023Jun 29, 20237,162 7,547
Jul 05, 2023Jul 13, 20237,162 7,547
Jul 19, 2023Jul 27, 20239,294 9,794
Aug 02, 2023Aug 10, 20239,294 9,794
Aug 16, 2023Aug 24, 20237,162 7,547
Aug 30, 2023Sep 07, 20239,054 9,541
Sep 13, 2023Sep 21, 20237,162 7,547
Sep 27, 2023Oct 05, 20239,054 9,541
Oct 11, 2023Oct 19, 20236,963 7,338
Oct 25, 2023Nov 02, 20238,855 9,331
Nov 08, 2023Nov 16, 20236,963 7,338
Nov 22, 2023Nov 30, 20238,855 9,331
Dec 06, 2023Dec 14, 20236,963 7,338
Dec 20, 2023Dec 28, 20238,102 8,538
Jan 03, 2024Jan 11, 20249,294 9,794
Jan 17, 2024Jan 25, 20247,162 7,547
Jan 31, 2024Feb 08, 20247,162 7,547
Feb 14, 2024Feb 22, 20247,162 7,547
Feb 28, 2024Mar 07, 20247,162 7,547
Mar 13, 2024Mar 21, 20247,162 7,547
Start DateEnd DateFrom EUR From USD
Jan 04, 2023Jan 12, 20236,964 7,339
Jan 18, 2023Jan 26, 20236,964 7,339
Feb 01, 2023Feb 09, 20236,964 7,339
Feb 15, 2023Feb 23, 20236,964 7,339
Mar 01, 2023Mar 09, 20236,964 7,339
Mar 15, 2023Mar 23, 20236,964 7,339
Mar 29, 2023Apr 06, 20237,162 7,547
Apr 12, 2023Apr 20, 20239,054 9,541
Apr 26, 2023May 04, 20239,054 9,541
May 10, 2023May 18, 20237,162 7,547
May 24, 2023Jun 01, 20239,054 9,541
Jun 07, 2023Jun 15, 20239,054 9,541
Jun 21, 2023Jun 29, 20237,162 7,547
Jul 05, 2023Jul 13, 20237,162 7,547
Jul 19, 2023Jul 27, 20239,294 9,794
Aug 02, 2023Aug 10, 20239,294 9,794
Aug 16, 2023Aug 24, 20237,162 7,547
Aug 30, 2023Sep 07, 20239,054 9,541
Sep 13, 2023Sep 21, 20237,162 7,547
Sep 27, 2023Oct 05, 20239,054 9,541
Oct 11, 2023Oct 19, 20236,963 7,338
Oct 25, 2023Nov 02, 20238,855 9,331
Nov 08, 2023Nov 16, 20236,963 7,338
Nov 22, 2023Nov 30, 20238,855 9,331
Dec 06, 2023Dec 14, 20236,963 7,338
Dec 20, 2023Dec 28, 20238,102 8,538
Jan 03, 2024Jan 11, 20249,294 9,794
Jan 17, 2024Jan 25, 20247,162 7,547
Jan 31, 2024Feb 08, 20247,162 7,547
Feb 14, 2024Feb 22, 20247,162 7,547
Feb 28, 2024Mar 07, 20247,162 7,547
Mar 13, 2024Mar 21, 20247,162 7,547


ITINERARY


MS Santa Cruz II (Expedition, 90-guests)

When you are exploring the Galapagos islands with us onboard the MS Santa Cruz II, you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in high quality surroundings. The small size - with a guest capacity of maximum of 90 allows for a cozy yet classy environment. You'll easily feel at home onboard.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Hotel
Two nights of hotel in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and dinner on day 2.

Flights
Roundtrip flights in economy class (from Quito to Baltra, and Baltra to Guayaquil).

Transfers
Transfer from the hotel in Quito to the Quito Airport before the expedition cruise, and transfers between the Baltra Airport and the ship

Excursion
Full-day nature tour to Cotopaxi National Park, including lunch

Extras
  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit control card for Galápagos Islands
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Guayaquil or Quito airport upon return from Galápagos Islands

Expedition Cruise
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Aune restaurant, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Limited complimentary Wi-Fi for suite guests. Wi-Fi is available for purchase, but be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team to guide activities and provide educational information, on board and?ashore?
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails

Onboard activities
  • Use of the ship's Science Center, which has a library, microscopes, and samples
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • An onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship's hot tubs and gym

Landing Activities
Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, and activities that include kayaking, snorkeling, and our glass-bottom boat
Complimentary wetsuit rental for suite guests. Wet suit rental available on request.

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
Notes
  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected on board
  • Washers and dryers are available on board for guest use
  • Please read our health & safety guidelines

Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, and activities that include kayaking, snorkeling, and our glass-bottom boat. Complimentary wet-suit rental for suite guests. Wet-suit rental available on request.

 

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