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M/V Santa Cruz

Ship Statistics:

  • Owner: ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
  • Registry: Ecuador
  • Passenger Capacity: 90
  • Decks: 4
  • Length: 237 feet
  • Width: 39 feet
  • Crew: 52 plus 6 multilingual naturalists

The M/V Santa Cruz Sun Deck features a bar and Jacuzzi, as well as an observation platform that is ideal for viewing whales and dolphins. All cabins face outside and many offer floor-to-ceiling windows. Breakfast and dinner on board are served buffet style, and dinner is served one course at a time. Occasionally, a meal is enjoyed al fresco in a covered venue on the Sun Deck.

The ship’s main gathering spot is the combination bar-lecture room. There is also a small library with two Internet-ready computers and a collection of locally themed books, as well as a boutique.


Welcome Aboard the M/V Santa Cruz

When you join us on a special Galapagos cruise, we know that only a very special vessel will do. That’s why we’ve selected the m/v Santa Cruz, specifically designed for navigating the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands. She has all the amenities of a large cruise liner, yet it is small enough for a close-up experience with nature. She is a 90-passenger luxury expedition vehicle with a crew-to-passenger ratio of less-than 1:2, allowing for personalized service and a more intimate experience.

All cabins on the m/v Santa Cruz feature lower beds and offer private bathrooms, air-conditioning, hair dryers, telephones, safes, and 110-volt (US-style) outlets.

The M/V Santa Cruz is specifically conditioned for Galapagos Islands cruises. You can relax in the Jacuzzi or socialize with fellow travelers on the Sun Deck. The broad observation platform allows you to spot dolphins and whales as the ship smoothly navigates the rich Galapagos waters during the day, and at night, it’s a perfect spot for stargazing. The spacious passenger lounge is a great place to unwind and view the scenery through picture windows. It also sets the stage for informative naturalist-led lectures, live shows, and folkloric entertainment.

All shore landings are in small groups of 16 in Zodiacs (rigid inflatable boats) with convenient access to and from the boat deck. The ship even has a glass-bottomed boat for an unobstructed view of the sea life below. You have ample opportunities to snorkel and swim. An underwater naturalist helps you with masks, snorkels, and techniques to ensure that you have a memorable adventure.


Special meals: Special diet requests can be accommodated with advance notice.
Gratuities: For good service, the recommended tipping amount is $12 USD per person per day for the crew, and $8 USD per person per day for the expedition team.
Medical care: There is a medical officer on board who can handle any emergencies. The ship is also in direct communication with the other cruise ships and the shore in case of urgencies.
Keeping in touch: Telephone and Internet service is available on board ship. Wireless mobile connection might be possible, but hard from some of the areas.
Electrical current: 110-volt current is available in the cabins, and 220-volt current is available in the lobby and dining room.
Expedition team: The 52-member crew includes a chief naturalist and seven expert multilingual naturalist guides. They will cover all the lectures on board and the different landings.


Frequently Asked Questions 

What type of clothing should I wear on board?
Comfortable, casual clothing is recommended aboard the ship. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts, or tennis shoes are not recommended for dinner. 

What can I pack for the excursions?
Comfortable clothing is a must (preferably shorts, bathing suits, head covering, walking shoes, tennis shoes, windbreaker type jacket) plus sun screen, binoculars, camera, and plenty of film. Good hiking shoes are required to walk over the lava rock paths.

How can I pay my expenses on board?
You can pay your expenses by Credit Card: Diners, Visa, Master Card, and American Express can be used

What does my cruise rate not include?
Tips, personal expenses, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

What is the dress code for dinner?
Casual attire is recommended (shorts, sandals and swimsuits are not allowed in the dining room).

What is the smoking policy on board the ship?
It is forbidden to smoke inside the yachts or the vessel. Smoking is allowed ONLY on the sun decks.


Standard Double Cabin

Features Include:

  • 166 square ft. Cabin
  • large porthole window
  • Two twin beds separated by a desk
  • Twin cabin on the Boat Deck

Standard Double Cabin

Features Include:

  • 166 square ft. Cabin
  • large porthole window
  • Two twin beds separated by a desk
  • Twin cabin on the Upper Deck

Standard Plus Twin

Features Include:

  • 166 square ft. Cabin
  • Large porthole window
  • Two twin beds separated by a desk
  • Twin cabin on the Boat Deck


Standard Twin Cabin

Features Include:

  • 125 square ft. Cabin
  • large porthole window
  • Two twin beds separated by a desk
  • Standard window

Superior Twin Cabin

Features Include:

  • 165 square ft. Cabin
  • With floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Comfortable, spacious accommodations


Junior Suite

Features Include:

  • Two 235 square ft.
  • Twin beds and a sofa bed
  • Large floor-to-ceiling windows
Master Suite

Features Include:

  • Two 250 square ft. Master Suites
  • Double Bed and Sofa Bed
  • Private Balcony
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Services & Amenities
  • FREE Wi-fi throughout the ship
  • Early riser breakfast available daily
  • Free coffee, tea & hot chocolate available 24 hours a day; cookies and snacks every afternoon
  • Fitness room with treadmill, stationary bicycle, free weights, plus walking/jogging track on Solaris deck
  • Souvenirs and sundries available
  • Reading room offering a selection of books and magazines. See our reading list
  • Playing cards and selection of games available
  • Cocktail lounge serving from noon until last guest retires
  • Nightly entertainment featuring onboard pianist, with local performers coming aboard in select ports
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown
  • Beauty Salon on board
  • Elevator between Navigator, Explorer, and Odyssey decks, plus hydraulic chairlift to the open-air Solaris deck