M/V Santa Cruz

Get ready to embark on a ship built exclusively for Galápagos Island cruising! There are 43 air-conditioned cabins on this expedition ship that all meet the same high standards for comfort and style. Families have the choice of single, double, triple and quad accommodations that vary with twin or double beds, and upper beds. Be sure to check the deck plans to see which best suits your family's needs. There are two suites on the Boat Deck that include private balconies. Staterooms on the Main and Upper decks offer a variety of choices. Rest assured, you probably won't be spending much time in your stateroom because there is so much to see outside. In fact, you will be cruising with an on-board team of naturalists who will tell you all about the natural wonders you will see every day on different islands in the Galápagos. This will include lectures, multi-media presentations, on-deck talks before your shore excursions and recaps of your day's adventures. By day, climb aboard a zodiac-style boat to explore the islands on hikes and walks; go snorkeling or ride the glass-bottom boat to view the fascinating marine life of this underwater wonderland. At night, join your fellow shipmates for some of the best stargazing anywhere; the southern skies come alive in the dark with stars and beautiful constellations. At any time during your cruise, you are welcome to head to the observation platform on the Sun Deck to look for dolphins and whales, relax in the Jacuzzi or look up more information in the well-stocked library on the unique animals you just saw. Even dining is a delight for all ages on board M/V Santa Cruz; shipboard menus include Ecuadorian dishes and international cuisine that everyone in your party is sure to enjoy. Bon voyage!

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The 43-cabin M/V Santa Cruz was built exclusively for Galápagos Islands cruising and has gained recognition for excellent standards, including superb service, an expert crew, knowledgeable, multi-lingual naturalist guides and menus that feature international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes. For comfortable cruising, the entire ship is air conditioned. Staterooms vary by deck and size, but all have similar standards for amenities, comfort and style. On the Boat Deck, there are two master suites with double beds and a private balcony, as well as two junior suites with twin beds. Standard staterooms on the Boat, Upper and Main Decks offer a variety of accommodations, and average 125 sq. ft. The ship provides ample public spaces for your cruising enjoyment, including a Sun deck with a bar and Jacuzzi, along with an observation platform for dolphin and whale watching. A glass-bottom boat is on board for comfortable observation of marine life, and the adventurous will be pleased to learn that snorkeling equipment is available. The dining room, lounge and bar are nicely appointed, as is the natural history library / reading room.

Ship Specifications

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Built: 1979
Renovated: 1998
Length: 237 ft.
Draft: 12 ft.
Beams: 38 ft.
Tonnage: 1,675 gross tons
Cruising Speed: 13 knots
Air Conditioned: Yes
Elevator: No
Number of Guests: 90
Number of Crew: 52
Registry: Ecuador
Crew Nationalilty: Ecuadorian
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