Small Ship Cruising

Santa Cruz II

Metropolitan Touring

Built
2002
Renovated
2015
Length
235 ft. / 71.8 m.
Guests
90
Crew Members
50
Santa Cruz II

Welcome Aboard Santa Cruz II

Built with Galápagos cruising in mind, Santa Cruz II takes passengers through the equatorial waters of South America to some of the most beautiful islands in the entire world... with spacious decks, luxurious staterooms and indulgent ocean views, Santa Cruz II's casual atmosphere offers an ideal setting for conversation and camaraderie with fellow explorers.

Created especially for operations in remote areas like the Galápagos Islands, the Santa Cruz II boasts five spacious decks with modern interiors designed by renowned Swedish ship designer Richard Nilsson. Just over 70 meters long, the new vessel sleeps 90 guests in 50 contemporary designed staterooms – 36 of which can be interconnected, offering flexibility for families and single travelers. Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed double and triple Explorer cabins, or opt for the more exclusive Darwin Suite, an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck. All staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, a large picture window, hair dryer, iPod / MP3 docking station, numerous electrical outlets, in-room safe, reading lights and more.

From top to bottom, Santa Cruz II features ample, indulgent spaces crafted from choice materials, including wide hallways and broad stairwells. Passengers can truly relax in the beautifully designed communal areas and viewing platforms, including indoor and outdoor dining options, two lounge bars, a well-stocked library, two indulgent ocean view hot tubs and a state of the art gym. Creative Ecuadorian and international cuisine featuring freshly caught fish and seafood and locally grown organic fruit and vegetables is spotlighted on menus served in the colorful Beagle Dining Room and al fresco on the Panorama Deck.

Santa Cruz II offers a refined small ship cruising experience, with a maximum capacity of just 90 passengers.  Aboard Santa Cruz II, the Tauck group may share the ship with non-Tauck guests. On all departures, the Tauck group will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests. Your cruise will be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions, while your time on board Santa Cruz II will provide opportunities for you to interact with the ship's other non-Tauck guests.

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See for yourself what Small Ship Cruising is all about

Take to the seas for some water activities!

The 235-foot, Santa Cruz II is outfitted with a variety of aquatic equipment available to rent.

Take out some snorkeling equipment and dive into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, passing by the beautiful aquatic life that lives just below the surface. An onboard camera staff is available to take your picture and document your time spent under the sea, so at a future time, you can look back and take a trip down nostalgia lane aboard Santa Cruz II.

Interior Dining

On board the ship, dine inside in the Beagle Dining Room or al fresco on the Panorama Deck.

Sourcing as much of its food as locally as possible, the kitchen staff aboard Santa Cruz II, led by a Cordon Bleu chef, use only the freshest of fish and seafood available to them as well as organic fruits and vegetables to provide diners with delectable delights of both Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

Lounging on the deck

Socialize with fellow passengers on any of Santa Cruz II's decks.

On the top deck of Santa Cruz II, stare out into the far-reaches of the Pacific Ocean and get ready for the adventures to come. Join fellow passengers for a bit of conversation, maybe even grab a drink and share a story, as you relax in the elegant ambience of the ship, both inside and out, before embarking on the adventures to come for the day.

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Ship Specifications
Built 2002
Renovated 2015
Length 235 ft. / 71.8 m.
Guests 90
Crew Members 50
Beam 44 ft. / 13.4 m.
Ship Registry Ecuador
Tonnage 2,664 tons
Crew Nationality Ecuadorian
Cruising Speed 10.5 knots
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Key Features

Conceived for operations in remote areas like the Galápagos Archipelago, the new Santa Cruz II boasts five spacious decks with modern interiors designed by renowned Swedish ship designer Richard Nilsson.

Passengers can truly relax in the beautifully designed communal areas and viewing platforms, including indoor and outdoor dining options, two lounge bars, a well-stocked library, two indulgent ocean view hot tubs and a state of the art gym.

Choose from luxuriously appointed double and triple Explorer cabins, or opt for the more exclusive Darwin Suite, an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck.

Dining in the colorful Beagle Dining Room or al fresco on the Panorama Deck is a delight for all ages on board Santa Cruz II; shipboard menus include creative Ecuadorian dishes and international cuisine featuring freshly caught seafood and locally grown produce that everyone in your party is sure to enjoy.

Amenities
  • Staterooms have the potential to be interconnected, offering flexibility for families and solo travelers
  • Staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, a large picture window, hair dryer, iPod / MP3 docking station, numerous electrical outlets, in-room safe, reading lights and more
  • A variety of aquatic equipment is available for rental including snorkeling equipment, wetsuit rental, kayaks, pangas and more
  • 24/7 coffee station (free coffee, tea and water)
  • Onboard doctor on call 24/7 with a fully equipped infirmary

Deck Plans

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Sky Deck

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Panorama Deck

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Darwin Suite

Explorer Double Cabin

Expedition Deck

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Explorer Double Cabin

Horizon Deck

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Explorer Double Cabin

Explorer Triple Cabin

Ocean Deck

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Onboard Experience

Embark on a ship built with Galápagos Island cruising in mind! From your first briefing, boat drill and launch… to the excitement of your first wet landing… the Santa Cruz II provides all that is needed for you to explore these islands that time forgot in total comfort. Your first night aboard begins with an official welcome briefing and introduction of the ship’s officers, followed by a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Reception and dinner. Meet and mingle with fellow guests as you enjoy creative Ecuadorian dishes and internationally prepared cuisine under the leadership of a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef. Retire to your comfortable and contemporarily designed stateroom as you fall asleep dreaming of all that lies ahead for you this week. Awake early in the morning to scout for sea life and birds on the top deck if you choose, followed by a hearty breakfast that will perfectly fuel you for the day ahead. After a safety briefing, you will board your first panga for a coastal ride with an opportunity to swim, snorkel or walk to discover all that your first landing has to offer. Head back onboard for lunch, rest, and replenishment before an afternoon of further exploring. Once back onboard the ship at days’ end, a recap and briefing will take place before dinner, by one of the seven onboard naturalists, to talk about the days' wildlife encounters and observations. Later that evening… if the skies are clear… head up to the top deck to star gaze before retiring for the evening and resting up for the adventures that lie ahead. Read Less

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