Santa Cruz II – Northern Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

Our itinerary together begins at Baltra airport, from which we’ll sail to the glorious white beach of Las Bachas with a pair of brackish water lagoons only a few steps from the sea. These lagoons serve as feeding grounds for various wading birds, including stilts, pintail ducks and flamingos. As we continue our voyage, we explore two fascinating visitor sites on Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove, home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms; and Puerto Egas, with its great walk-along pools full of life and good snorkeling and swimming opportunities. The next day we visit the red-sand beach of Rabida Island along with a lovely trail around some cliffs and a popular spot for aquatic activities, with some of the best snorkeling in Galapagos! In the afternoon, we round out the day with a stop at Bartolome Island, which offers a volcanic viewpoint with room for hiking, swimming, and exploring the beach and the coast. Bartolome is one of the few spots in Galapagos that will give you the chance to see Galapagos penguins. From here we sail northeast, crossing the equatorial line, to the sunken crater of Genovesa Island, home to thousands of marine birds. It feels like a world a million miles from our own. We finish with an incredible encounter with nature through which we respectfully share a wild habitat with giant Galapagos tortoises at a private reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and then make our way to the airport at Baltra.

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island
Day 2: Santiago Island
Day 3: Rabida Island - Bartolome Island
Day 4: Genovesa Island
Day 7: San Cristobal Island

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

  • Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island

    AM: Baltra Island
    You will land in Baltra Island by plane in the morning and then take a guided transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II. After an introductory briefing onboard, all passengers will partake in an emergency boat drill. Afterwards, you will be assigned to your cabin and then be invited to lunch.

    PM: Las Bachas Beach
    This beautiful visitor site is located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island, where a glorious white beach awaits along with a couple of brackish lagoons that are just a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons actually serve as the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You are more than welcome to enjoy swimming and snorkeling activities at this beach, too. Afterwards, we will head back aboard for a welcome cocktail and an expedition briefing about the following day. Dinner is served shortly after this. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Santiago Island

    AM: Buccaneer Cove
    After breakfast, we will get to explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, all while learning about the area’s history. This cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. We will also get to marvel at the fantastic geological formations such as “Elephant Rock” and “The Bishop” as well as an impressive natural cave. Here, you will have the chance to go snorkeling, take a ride on the dinghy or the glass-bottom boat.

    PM: Puerto Egas
    After disembarking at the beach here, you will get to enjoy a swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles. From here, the excursion will head off on a walk that gives you a great opportunity to see both land and marine birds as they skitter about a landscape that consists of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas can oftentimes be found grazing upon the algae beds nearby. We can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. After the visit, the whole group will have some additional time for swimming and/or snorkeling. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Rabida Island - Bartolome Island

    AM: Rabida Island
    Some groups here will opt to go for a fascinating dinghy ride along the shores while others may choose to disembark on Rabida Island’s mesmerizing, red-colored beach. The color of this beach is the result of the unusually high levels of iron that are found within its sand. The walk here will bring guests close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Not far from the beach here, a saltwater pond is occasionally seen hosting American flamingos. This is also a great place to take a dip and snorkel along the beach, thanks in large part to the unique combination of underwater species and aquatic terrain. As the Santa Cruz II sails to the next island from Rabida, we might even be lucky enough to spot dolphins!

    PM: Bartolome Island
    Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. This is another great place for all of us to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. A chance to ride the glass-bottom boat is also offered. After returning to the ship, guests will be split into two groups: the first group will go for a hike to the summit of this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This “climb” consists of a moderately steep incline that’s made even easier thanks to the presence of a wooden staircase, complete with resting platforms and handrails. The view from the top is well worth the effort! The second group, in the meantime, will get to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline aboard the dinghies. The groups will then swap spots so that each one experiences the full beauty of this iconic island. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Genovesa Island

    AM: Prince Philip’s Steps
    The morning starts with a steep climb (only 90 feet/28 meters) up a flight of stairs to reach a flat and rocky plateau. Once there, you can walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Otherwise, you can opt for enjoying a longer dinghy ride along the cliffs, weather permitting. Kayaking here is optional.

    PM: Darwin Bay
    In the afternoon, we will land at the beautiful beach that lines this bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following this refreshing dip, the excursion will head out to take a stroll and observe hundreds of birds, mainly: frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming are available here. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Baltra Island - Santa Cruz Island

    AM: Tortoise Reserve
    You will begin your last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport while guests themselves head out for one last visit over at the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Following a dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the higher region of the island, guests will get to experience the final highlight of this itinerary: giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests consisting of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads as well as several endemic land birds.

    AM: Baltra Airport
    After this final visit, you will take your transfer vehicle to Baltra airport and say farewell to Galapagos! (B.) (Shared Guide)

SPECIFICATION

  • Refurbishment: 2015
  • Construction: 2002
  • Gross Tonnage: 2664 tonnes
  • Passenger Space Ratio: 29.6
  • Type of Vessel: Expedition Vessel
  • Capacity: 90 guests / 50 cabins
  • Length: 71.8 metres / 235 feet
  • Beam: 13.4 metres / 43 feet
  • Speed: 10.5 knots
  • Electricity: 440V – 220V – 110V throughout ship
  • Engines: 2 Cummins engines KTA 38 – MO of 850 HP each
  • Fire Detector: Fire detectors throughout
  • Life Jackets: In each cabin
  • Life Rafts: 14 (27 passengers each)
  • Landing Boats: 6
  • Owner: ETICA (METROPOLITAN TOURING)
  • Decks: 5
  • Crew: 52
  • Naturalist Guides: 8 (Includes Expedition Leader)
  • Guest-Crew Ratio: 3 to 2
  • Medial Officer: Permanently on board
  • Certifications: ABS – SOLAS – ISM by resolution IMOA788(19)
  • Panorama Deck: 3 Darwin Suites, 3 Explorer Double Cabins
  • Expedition Deck: 17 Explorer  Double Cabins
  • Horizon Deck: 2 Voyager Single Cabins, 2 Explorer Triple Cabins, 23 Explorer Double Cabins, infirmary.

CABINS DETAILS:

Explorer Family Cabin

17.8m², 3 single beds, located on the horizon deck, includes large picture window, air conditioning, private bathroom with hair dryer, electrical outlets & safety deposit box.

Explorer Cabin – Horizon Deck

15.2m², 2 single beds or 1 double bed, large picture window, air-conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, electrical outlets & safety deposit box.

Explorer Cabin – Expedition Deck

15.2m², 2 single beds or 1 double bed, large picture window, air-conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, electrical outlets & safety deposit box.

Explorer Cabin – Panorama Deck

15.2m², 2 single beds or 1 double bed, large picture window, air-conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, electrical outlets & safety deposit box.

Voyager Cabin

11.8m², located on horizon deck, 1 single bed, large picture window, air-conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, electrical outlets & safety deposit box.

Darwin Suite

30.2m², located on the panorama deck, 1 double bed, 2 large picture windows, L’Occitane-en-Provence bathroom amenities, bathrobes, take-home coffee table book, air conditioning, hair dryer, electrical outlets, safety deposit box, reading lights, internet access, wetsuit usage & expedition photos and videos on a CD.

Layout: 3 decks / 50 cabins
Horizon deck: 2 Voyager single cabins
Horizon deck: 2 Explorer triple cabins
Horizon deck: 23 Explorer double cabins
Expedition deck: 17 Explorer double cabins
Panorama deck: 3 Darwin suites
Panorama deck: 3 Explorer double cabins
Beds layout: TWIN, DBL, TPL & SGL
Interconnected Cabins: 36 cabins in 3 decks
Rooming: Private & Shared cabins
Sharing: Same gender guaranteed

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Activities
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Conferences and lectures
  • Visits to the islands mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation to/from the airport in Galapagos on cruise arrival and departure dates
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayaks
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Assistance
  • Luggage handling
  • Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Wyndham, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)
  • Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from the mainland to Galapagos, in cash)
  • Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
  • If necessary, single room supplement
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
  • Travel insurance

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

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