MV Santa Cruz II

MV Santa Cruz II Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Santa Cruz II

Flag Ecuador
Year built 2002
Speed 13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA) 71 m / 233 ft
Beam (width) 13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage 2664 gt
Passengers 90 - 100
Crew 50
Passengers-to-space ratio 30
Decks 5
Decks with cabins 5
Last Refurbishment 2015
Former names Mare Australis

Review of MV Santa Cruz II

Built in 2002, MV Santa Cruz 2 cruise ship was aquired by Metropolitan Touring from Cruceros Australis in 2014. The vessel was formerly named Mare Australis. After its 2015 refurbishment was renamed to "Santa Cruz II".

Santa Cruz II cruise ship itinerary program offers exclusively Galapagos Islands cruises from Baltra Island (Ecuador, South America). Metropolitan Touring Galapagos expedition vacation deals are inclusive of airfare (flights between Quito and Baltra).

MV Santa Cruz II

Santa Cruz 2 Galapagos cruise itineraries

Santa Cruz II Galapagos Islands itineraries are operated the whole year-round with round-trips from Isla Baltra. Arrivals and departures are to and from Baltra Airport.

  • 4-nights / 5-days "Northern Galapagos" itinerary is operated weekly from Monday to Friday. It visits the Galapagos islands Baltra (South Seymour), Las Bachas (lagoons, wildlife - flamingos), Santiago (Buccaneer Cove, wildlife - sea lions, birds; Puerto Egas - snorkeling, swimming), Rabida (swimming), Bartolome (hiking, swimming), Genovesa (wildlife - marine birds), San Cristobal (Puerto Baquerizo Moreno).
  • 4-nights / 5-days "Eastern Galapagos" itinerary is operated weekly from Saturday to Wednesday. It visits the Galapagos islands San Cristobal (Punta Pitt), Santa Fe (bay swimming, snorkeling), South Plaza (wildlife - iguanas, marine birds), Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Station), Espanola (Punta Suarez - marine wildlife - iguanas, sea lions, birds; Gardner Bay - glass-bottom boating, snorkeling, swimming).
  • 5-nights / 6-days "Western Galapagos" itinerary is operated weekly from Wednesday to Monday. It visits the Galapagos islands Baltra (South Seymour), North SeymourIsabela (Punta Vicente Roca, Tagus Cove), Fernandina (Punta Espinosa, Urbina Bay), Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Station), Floreana (Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant).

Santa Cruz 2 Galapagos cruise prices

The following Santa Cruz II cruise prices are indicative, depending on the cabin location:

  • Horizon Deck (triple) - 5-days (USD 3200), 6-days (USD 4000)
  • Horizon Deck (double) - 5-days (USD 3400), 6-days (USD 4250)
  • Horizon Deck (single) - 5-days (USD 4650), 6-days (USD 5800) - only 2 single-occupancy rooms are available
  • Expedition Deck (double) - 5-days (USD 3550), 6-days (USD 4450)
  • Panorama Deck (double) - 5-days (USD 3650), 6-days (USD 4550)
  • Panorama Deck Suite (double) - 5-days (USD 4150), 6-days (USD 5150) - only 3 Suite accommodations are available

MV Santa Cruz II wiki

Year built 2002 (as Mare Australis)

Last refurbished (scheduled refurbishment) 2015

Passenger capacity / crew capacity 90 (100 max) / 50

Dimensions (Gross tonnage weight / LOA length) 2,665 tons / 236 ft (72 m)

Flag State (registered in) Ecuador

Ship builder ASENAV (Chile)

Building cost USD - mill

Ship owner and Operator Metropolitan Touring (small cruise lines)

Christened by -

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  • Passenger decks: 5
  • Cabin grades number: 4
  • Total number of cabins: 50 (of which 43 Explorer Double Cabins)
  • Dining Rooms: "Beagle Restaurant" MDR (open-seating)
  • Restaurants and food bars: Panorama Bar & Lounge (al fresco dining)
  • Lounges & Bars: Expedition Lounge & Library
  • Fitness Room, Solarium/Sun Deck, Panorama Veranda, Expedition Veranda, Discovery Room, 2 Whirlpools, gift shop, 24-hour coffe station, WiFi hotspot
  • Santa Cruz 2 cruise ship was previously named "Mare Australis" and operated by Cruceros Australis. The ship joined the Metropolitan Touring fleet in 2015 after an extensive interior refurbishment. Its Maiden Voyage started on October 10th, 2015.
  • This is a modern-design small cruise vessel looking more like a luxury mega-yacht. Each Galapagos Islands cruise expedition voyage is guided by seven wildlife experts on the ship. Among them, an Expedition Leader organizes and supervises each of the island tours (price-inclusive). Among the activities on board and ashore (all complimentary) are glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling, swimming, sea kayaking.

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