Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos)

Cruise Port schedule, map, terminals, news

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Region
Galapagos Islands

Coordinates
-0.73952 S, -90.31272 W

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Santa Cruz Island is the Galapagos Islands archipelago's 2nd largest - after Isabela Island. The largest settlement is the Galapagos islands' capital Puerto Ayora (population around 12,000). On the island there are also several small villages, whose inhabitants are engaged in cattle raising and agriculture. Santa Cruz Island has a large dormant volcano (last eruptions around 1,5 million years ago).

Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos) cruise port Puerto Ayora

Popular Santa Cruz Island shore excursion destinations are:

  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • lava tunnel (length over 2000 m / 6600 ft)
  • Los Gemelos holes (translated "The Twins")
  • Galapagos National Park Service (headquarters)
  • Giant Tortoise Preserves
  • Playa las Bachas (beach)
  • Black Turtle Cove - mangrove estuary on the northern coast
  • Itabaca Channel - separates Santa Cruz and Baltra. It is crossed by water taxis with ferry passengers from Baltra Island.
  • Tortuga Bay -  has a 1,6 ml (2,5 km) long walking path (open between 6 am - 6pm), which is a 20-min walk from the Puerto Ayora's water taxi dock. Tortuga Bay has a huge beach with volcanic rocks. It is preserved for the wildlife - marine iguanas, galapagos crabs and tortoises, birds (incl brown pelicans). The bay has a separate cove where swimming is allowed.
  • Cerro Dragon
  • El Eden
  • Stand of Scalesia - daisy trees

Highlights: Puerto Ayora, Charles Darwin Research Station, Giant Tortoises, Cerro Dragon

Santa Cruz Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Santa Cruz Island dock (anchor) at Puerto Ayora - port town on the southern coast.

Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos) cruise port Puerto Ayora

The following map of Galapagos Islands cruise itineraries shows the two main routes and all island stops (ports / landing sites) in the archipelago.

Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary map

Santa Cruz Island tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Puerto Ayora town tour
  • cruise ship embarkation with a welcome aboard cocktail
  • Giant Tortoise Reserve tour
  • guided walks. snorkeling, sea kayaking, daily lecture on the ship
  • visiting Charles Darwin Research Station
  • El Eden (near Puerto Ayora)
  • Los Gemelos
  • Las Bachas / Playa las Bachas (beach / northern coast)
  • Cerro Dragon (northwestern coast)
  • Usually follows a cruise itinerary sailing portion in the Galapagos National Park, visiting La Galapaguera (giant tortoises),, with one professionally guided tour each day.

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Port Santa Cruz Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ships in port
Monday
2 October, 2017
Celebrity Xperience(arriving at 02 Oct - departing at 02 Oct)
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 02 Oct - departing at 02 Oct)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 02 Oct - departing at 02 Oct)
Tuesday
3 October, 2017
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 03 Oct - departing at 03 Oct)
Wednesday
4 October, 2017
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 04 Oct - departing at 04 Oct)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 04 Oct - departing at 04 Oct)
Thursday
5 October, 2017
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 05 Oct - departing at 05 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 05 Oct - departing at 05 Oct)
Xavier III(arriving at 05 Oct - departing at 05 Oct)
Friday
6 October, 2017
Celebrity Xploration(arriving at 06 Oct - departing at 06 Oct)
MV Isabela II(arriving at 06 Oct - departing at 06 Oct)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 06 Oct - departing at 06 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 06 Oct - departing at 06 Oct)
Saturday
7 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 07 Oct - departing at 07 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 07 Oct - departing at 07 Oct)
Yolita II(departing at 07 Oct)
Sunday
8 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 08 Oct - departing at 08 Oct)
Wednesday
11 October, 2017
La Pinta(arriving at 11 Oct - departing at 11 Oct)
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 11 Oct - departing at 11 Oct)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 11 Oct - departing at 11 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 11 Oct - departing at 11 Oct)
Xavier III(departing at 11 Oct)
Thursday
12 October, 2017
Xavier III(arriving at 12 Oct - departing at 12 Oct)
Yolita II(arriving at 12 Oct - departing at 12 Oct)
Friday
13 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 13 Oct - departing at 13 Oct)
Celebrity Xploration(arriving at 13 Oct - departing at 13 Oct)
Monserrat(arriving at 13 Oct - departing at 13 Oct)
Xavier III(arriving at 13 Oct - departing at 13 Oct)
Yolita II(arriving at 13 Oct - departing at 13 Oct)
Saturday
14 October, 2017
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 14 Oct - departing at 14 Oct)
Xavier III(arriving at 14 Oct - departing at 14 Oct)
Yolita II(arriving at 14 Oct - departing at 14 Oct)
Sunday
15 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 15 Oct - departing at 15 Oct)
Yolita II(departing at 15 Oct)
Monday
16 October, 2017
Celebrity Xperience(arriving at 16 Oct - departing at 16 Oct)
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 16 Oct - departing at 16 Oct)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 16 Oct - departing at 16 Oct)
Tuesday
17 October, 2017
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 17 Oct - departing at 17 Oct)
Wednesday
18 October, 2017
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 18 Oct - departing at 18 Oct)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 18 Oct - departing at 18 Oct)
Thursday
19 October, 2017
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 19 Oct - departing at 19 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 19 Oct - departing at 19 Oct)
Xavier III(arriving at 19 Oct - departing at 19 Oct)
Friday
20 October, 2017
Celebrity Xploration(arriving at 20 Oct - departing at 20 Oct)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 20 Oct - departing at 20 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 20 Oct - departing at 20 Oct)
Saturday
21 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 21 Oct - departing at 21 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 21 Oct - departing at 21 Oct)
Yolita II(departing at 21 Oct)
Sunday
22 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 22 Oct - departing at 22 Oct)
Monday
23 October, 2017
Yolita II(arriving at 23 Oct - departing at 23 Oct)
Wednesday
25 October, 2017
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 25 Oct - departing at 25 Oct)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 25 Oct - departing at 25 Oct)
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 25 Oct - departing at 25 Oct)
Xavier III(departing at 25 Oct)
Thursday
26 October, 2017
Xavier III(arriving at 26 Oct - departing at 26 Oct)
Yolita II(arriving at 26 Oct - departing at 26 Oct)
Friday
27 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 27 Oct - departing at 27 Oct)
Celebrity Xploration(arriving at 27 Oct - departing at 27 Oct)
Monserrat(arriving at 27 Oct - departing at 27 Oct)
Xavier III(arriving at 27 Oct - departing at 27 Oct)
Yolita II(arriving at 27 Oct - departing at 27 Oct)
Saturday
28 October, 2017
Silver Galapagos(arriving at 28 Oct - departing at 28 Oct)
Xavier III(arriving at 28 Oct - departing at 28 Oct)
Yolita II(arriving at 28 Oct - departing at 28 Oct)
Sunday
29 October, 2017
Celebrity Xpedition(arriving at 29 Oct - departing at 29 Oct)
Yolita II(departing at 29 Oct)
Celebrity Xperience(arriving at 23:00 - departing at 23:00)
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 23:00 - departing at 23:00)
Queen of Galapagos(arriving at 23:00 - departing at 23:00)
Monday
30 October, 2017
Estrella del Mar(arriving at 23:00 - departing at 23:00)
Tuesday
31 October, 2017
National Geographic Endeavour(arriving at 23:00 - departing at 23:00)
National Geographic Endeavour II(arriving at 23:00 - departing at 23:00)
2017 October