INFORMATION ABOUT THE M/V
Travel Galapagos islands on-board the 43 cabin
M/V Santa Cruz, built exclusively for Galapagos Islands cruising was completely
renovated in 1998, having been redesigned and refurbished inside and out. The
Santa Cruz has gained worldwide recognition for its excellent standards,
including superb service, expert crew, the most knowledgeable multilingual
naturalist/guides and menus that feature the very best international cuisine and
celebrated Ecuadorian dishes. Its capacity is for ninety guests.
Its Galapagos Travel Team consists of a Chief Naturalist and five Naturalists.
All will delight guests with diverse natural history explanations, superb
on-deck talks, and eye-catching lectures regarding natural history issues. Their
multimedia presentations and recaps will complement the day's activities.
Together with the Captain, they will plan the day's program. They are masters of
Galapagos travel. Soon enough, our Naturalists will become the highlight of your
voyage on santa cruz galapagos. At night, when pitch-dark starry skies are seen,
stargazing is an amazing nocturnal activity. The southern skies are beautifully
arranged with exuberant constellations.
On the M/V Santa Cruz Boat Deck, there are two master suites with double beds
(plus a sofa bed for a child) and a private balcony, and two junior suites with
twin beds (plus a sofa bed for a child). Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or
double beds, that together with the remaining Standard Cabins on the Upper and
Main decks offer a variety of accommodations, all meeting the same high standard
for comfort and style. Family guests have ample choice among single, double and
The M/V Santa Cruz Sun Deck features a bar and Jacuzzi, along with the
observation platform for dolphin and whale watching. The dining room, lounge and
bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library/reading room. As an
alternative to snorkeling, the glass-bottom boat offers another opportunity to
observe the marine life.
The entire ship is air-conditioned. A carefully planned santa cruz galapagos
itinerary includes the Galapagos' main highlights plus a flexible program
allowing guests to enjoy several alternatives for their daily activities. In
essence, an expedition to the best National Park, aboard the only ship
exclusively built for exploring the Galapagos.
•Construction : Bilbao, Spain, 1979
•Reconstruction : Talcahuano, Chile, 1998
•Category : First Class
•Gross Tonnage : 1675
•Capacity : 90 guests
•Length : 72.35 meters (237.3 feet)
•Beam : 11.85 meters (38.86 feet)
•Speed : 13 knots
•Electricity : 110 Volts in the cabins with 220 Volt sockets available in
Reception and Dining area.
•Engines : 2 Sulzer engines, 1620 BHP each
•Navigation : Gyrocompass, auto pilot, radar, echo-sounders,
•Equipment : GPS and Radio Director Finder
•Safety Classification : ABS classification +A1E + AMS #7907 853 SOLAS (safety
of life at sea) ISM certificate Complying with the IMO resolution A.788(19)
Automatic fire controls
•Life Jackets : In each cabin
•Lifeboats : Two 66-man, two 25-man,
•Life Rafts : Two 16-man, two 10-man
•Zodiacs : 5 for ship to shore transportation
•Boston Whaler : 1 with glass-bottom with for underwater observation
•Owner : ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
•Decks : 4 (Sun deck, Boat deck, Upper deck, Main deck)
•Crew : 52
•Naturalist : 6 multilingual (includes Chief Naturalist)
•Medical Officer : Permanently on board
•Bar - Lounge, Boutique
•Email, radio, telephone, and Fax communications.
•Shortie wet suits (used between June and December)
•Multimedia natural history lectures
•Glass bottom boat
•Reading Room and Natural History Library
•Air conditioned throughout