INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW SANTA CRUZ
Scheduled to take up the baton from its legendary predecessor, the MV Santa
Cruz, on 5th October 2015, the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II will bring with it a chic
new way to explore the wonders of the Galápagos Islands in style and comfort.
The new boat will offer guests the unrivalled guiding Metropolitan Touring is
famous for while ensuring the utmost care is taken to preserve the islands’
delicate ecosystem via the latest in sustainable sailing technologies.
The Santa Cruz II will boast five spacious decks, with modern
interiors designed by renowned ship designer, Richard Nilsson. Created with the
ethos of stylish simplicity at its heart, the new boat will ensure sumptuous
surroundings from which to take in the magnificent vistas of the enchanted
The new boat will sleep 90 guests in 50 contemporary designed cabins across
three decks. Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed single, double and
triple cabins, or opt for one of the three even more exclusive Darwin Suites, an
exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck, where guests will
receive elevated service and carefully refined extras such as a take-home
Galápagos coffee table book, a tablet loan for each cabin.
While aboard the new Santa Cruz II, guests can 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 will be prepared under the
watchful eye of the Santa Cruz II’s Cordon-Bleu trained gastronomic director,
Byron Rivera. Freshly caught fish and seafood and locally grown organic fruit
and vegetables will feature heavily on menus served in the colorful Beagle
Dining Room and al fresco on the Panorama Deck.
The Santa Cruz II will take guests on four, five and nine night itineraries in
the Northern, Eastern and Western Galápagos Islands and each expedition will be
accompanied by seven exceptionally knowledgeable guides plus an expedition
leader in charge of making the most of each day's outings. Activities can be
tailored to each guest’s personal interests and range from daily land
expeditions to a host of aquatic activities, including ocean kayaking,
snorkeling with sea lions and glass bottom boat expeditions – all of the options
permitted by the Galápagos National Park.