Luxury Galápagos cruise ship for individuals, couples, friends and families, offering the space, stability and first class facilities that smaller vessels cannot provide.
A deservedly popular choice for those who prefer to cruise the Galápagos Islands on a larger ship offering more space, stability and a larger range of facilities than smaller craft can provide, the MV Santa Cruz can accommodate up to 90 passengers. Unlike many other Galápagos boats, her 43 cabins range from single to quadruple, making the Santa Cruz a particularly attractive option for families or lone travellers.
Facilities are first class: there is a cosy restaurant, lounge, library and sun deck with a bar, hot tub and comfy loungers. The décor is contemporary, featuring generous use of polished wood, and crisp white linen. There are 52 crew members, with an impressive seven naturalist guides including an underwater specialist, allowing for assistance to those less confident in the water. In fact, there is a genuine attempt to cater for varied age bands and interests, and guests are grouped accordingly with no more than 16 per group on excursions.
Other facilities and activities which make this ship stand out from the rest include a glass bottom offering an alternative view of the underwater world without the need to snorkel, and a special programme for children, who can have special meals and different mealtimes to the adults on board.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Wildlife all around us
"During the cruise, we saw the blue-footed boobies courting on Espinola and on North Seymour we saw the male frigate birds competing for females, puffing out their red chests."SS, Harrow
"Our naturalist was top class - Mariux. Our cabin was beyond our expectations for a small ship.”AT, Edgware
I was sorry to leave
"I would guess that she is large for working in the Galápagos, that said, not that large isn't easy to interact with fellow cruisers and not feel overwhelmed. Cabins are comfortable and the food excellent. She is an elegant ship that I was sorry to leave."DW, Lingfield
Tailor made holiday
Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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Real Latin America Experts
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
Ben Line - Travel Expert
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.