For a luxury Galapagos cruise that’s eco-friendly, comfortable and can access exclusive waterways between islands, book the Santa Cruz II vessel. This medium-size boat offers everything you need for an unforgettable Galapagos voyage, with just 50 cabins and a max of 90 guests to guarantee smaller group sizes on excursions (no more than 12 people), andget the most out of every outing. What’s more, Santa Cruz II aims to be as sustainable as possible, with efficient engines, onboard water desalination and treatment plants, carbon offsetting and other conservation efforts being hallmarks of the ship. You then have aplenty to keep you busy while aboard with a gym and hot tubs, lounge and entertainment rooms, observation decks, a library and dining areas among the amenities on offer. With well-equipped cabins, expert guides and gourmet food to also look forward to, Santa Cruz II has the lot.

Rooms aboard Santa Cruz II

The are 50 cabins aboard the Santa Cruz II, split into 4 categories that differ mainly in size and bed layout. All are decorated in the same neutral colors that help with light, wooden furnishings and essential in-room amenities, showers in the bathrooms, and seating areas in the larger options. There is a Family Cabin if travelling with little ones and need up to three beds, while the Darwin Suite if the largest of all comes with an extra window, too.

Experiences aboard Santa Cruz II

Santa Cruz II has access to exclusive island stops and some fantastic wildlife encounters, as well as top guiding and equipment for a sublime Galapagos cruise experience. The boat is well-equipped and the cabins comfortable, with other highlights including:

Low-impact cruising thanks to the latest technology and sustainable efforts made by the boat and its crew.
Exclusive access to waterways and island stops throughout your cruise.
Well-informed guides and lots of learning opportunities, with an onboard library and observation deck.
Plenty of mod-cons like Wi-Fi, washing facilities and air-conditioning.
Everything you need for fun-filled excursions, including kayaks and a glass-bottom boat.
Hot tubs and sun decks for pure rest and relaxation.
Atelier’s pick

With the Santa Cruz II having exclusive access to certain waterways throughout each of its cruise routes, you’re sure for an experience like no other while aboard this highly-regarded vessel. That means the sailing is serene and feels special, excursions are quiet and you connect with nature all the while. This, on top of the eco-credentials of Santa Cruz II help stand it out among our most recommended luxury Galapagos cruise ships.


The nearest airports to Santa Cruz II are Seymour Ecological Galapagos Airport, servicing Baltra Island and José Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil.