The intimacy and personal service of a Small Cruise Ship experience are the hallmarks of travel aboard the First-Class Expedition Vessel M.V. SANTA CRUZ . It is designed specifically to navigate the Galápagos archipelago’s narrow channels, shallow bays and environmentally sensitive waters and provides the most comprehensive access possible to the region’s marine and wildlife treasures. Refurbished in late 2011, the air-conditioned M.V. SANTA CRUZ features only 43 cabins and offers modern amenities and facilities.
A team of Ecuadorian expert Naturalists will share their in-depth insight and knowledge about the Galápagos’ distinctive ecosystem during daily excursions and natural history lectures. The ship provides a Boston Whaler glass-bottom boat to observe marine life, Zodiacs for island landings and excursions and complimentary snorkeling equipment. There is an underwater video camera and hydrophone for listening to dolphins and whales and a star-gazing program at night.
Each outside, air-conditioned cabin is tastefully appointed with a window or porthole, private bathroom, safety box and hair dryer.
All meals, featuring international and Ecuadorian specialties, are served in single seatings in the ship’s inviting Dining Room.
The ship's public facilities include a Lounge, natural history Library and Reading Room with Internet access, Bar, Boutique, Observation Platform for dolphin watching, Jacuzzi and Medical Clinic with a full-time physician.
The M.V. SANTA CRUZ 's staff provides professional, attentive service. The ship maintains the highest international safety and environmental standards.