Santa Cruz II

Location: Galapagos Islands | Ecuador & the Galapagos

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

The large, luxurious Santa Cruz II offers first-class accommodation and amenities and a dedicated crew as it travels around the Galapagos. You’ll get up close and personal with the diverse wildlife, from the comical lava lizard to the awe-inspiring Bryde’s whale, as well as marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and more. 

Passengers: 90
Cabins: 44
Itineraries: 5 to 7 days
Perfect for: families and groups
Perfect forCouples, families and groups looking for a larger cruise boat with first-class amenities and activities.
In the knowFebruary and March are the best time to see the adorable baby sea lions basking on the Galapagos beaches.

Recommended for...

  • Cruise
  • Eco-tourism
  • Family-friendly
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Itinerary options

5 days/4 nights
7 days/6 nights

Sense of Place

The Santa Cruz II cruises around the beautiful wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, and enables you to see its spectacular and diverse wildlife in style. 

Rooms onboard Santa Cruz II

There is a choice of cabins and suites, with comfortable Swedish-inspired interiors and large picture windows allowing you to enjoy your very own wildlife show and feel the invigorating ocean spray. Many of them can be connected, making them ideal for families and groups. For additional space, opt for a generously-sized Darwin Suite. Wherever you sleep, you will wake up fully refreshed and ready for the day’s adventures. This is a flat-bottomed boat, so a smoother ride through the Galapagos waters will ensure a peaceful night's sleep.

Food & Drink

As well as a restaurant serving up delicious local cuisine, there’s a spacious bar and lounge area where you can share the day’s sightings with fellow adventurers.


There is a fitness room if you fancy a workout during your cruise. For something more leisurely, the Santa Cruz II has a viewing deck where you can spot whales and dolphins in-between expeditions on land and water. Relax in the open-air Jacuzzi, or combine the two activities for absolute bliss. The deck is also a great place to lie back and watch the stars at night.

Activities onboard Santa Cruz II

Whether you’re observing the aquatic life as it passes serenely under the glass-bottomed boat, donning the snorkelling equipment and diving straight in with it, or venturing on land around the volcanic landscapes and pristine bays, observing sea lions basking in the sun and red-breasted frigate birds puffing out their chests, the highly-trained and passionate staff will help to bring the unique and vivid Galapagos Islands to life.

Best time to go

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Good time to travel (but some limitations)

Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

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Hotel location

Santa Cruz II and the Galapagos Islands can be reached via a 2-hour flight from the Ecuador mainland, via airports in Quito and Guayaquil.

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