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Santa Cruz

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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.

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.

Kathryn Rhodes
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant

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.

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  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Consultant

    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 Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

  • Lina Fuller
    Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant

    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.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

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