M/V Santa Cruz

Galapagos, Ecuador

M/V Santa Cruz

The M/V Santa Cruz is a large expedition vessel with 5 decks offering ample space for relaxing and observing the passing scenery.

On the 5th deck guests will find a spacious, air-conditioned restaurant, and located on the 4th deck, many standard cabins, a small shop and the doctor’s office. The 3rd deck has more cabins, a spacious lounge and library, games room and hot tubs. Up another deck you will find a lounge and bar, outdoor terrace plus the Darwin suites; and the 1st deck is where you will find the sun terrace and fitness room.

The Santa Cruz has an average ratio of 11 guests per naturalist guide when on expedition. Onboard the boat, the experienced naturalist guides welcome you to informative talks on the geology, biology and history of these magnificent islands.

M/V Santa Cruz has a glass-bottom boat for observing underwater wildlife. Complementary wet suits, kayaks and snorkelling gear are available to borrow, and free Wi-Fi is included (although it can be intermittent).

Santa Cruz runs 3 itineraries:
5 days/4 nights – Northern islands
5 days/4 nights – Western islands
7 days/6 nights – Eastern islands


The Santa Cruz has 50 cabins to accommodate a maximum of 90 guests. The Explorer cabins are spacious, with a large picture window, seating area and en suite shower room. They are available in single, twin, double or twin configuration, and many are interconnecting, perfect for families. These are located over 3 decks. The Darwin Suites are located on the 2nd deck. They are larger than the Explorer cabins and have two picture windows, so fantastic views can be enjoyed from the sitting area. These cabins have many extra amenities including a complementary coffee-table book, deluxe toiletries and expedition photos/videos on CD.


There are 60 members of the crew in total, including officers, on-call doctor and 8 naturalist guides including an expedition leader.


Dining room
Observation lounge and bar
Outdoor dining area
Exercise room
2 hot tubs