Hurtigruten doubles Galapagos cruises in 2022-2024 with Santa Cruz II yacht

   December 18, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Hurtigruten Expeditions's inaugural Galapagos cruise is currently scheduled to depart on January 7, 2022. The company has already revealed additional 3 new itineraries for 2023 and 2024.

Tourists will be able to choose from 4 different small-ship expedition voyages, ranging from 4 to 8 nights and covering the full span of the 19-island Galapagos archipelago considered one of the world's most unique places.

The 6-night Eastern Galapagos itinerary is to be complemented with a 4-night Northern Galapagos voyage, a 4-night Western Galapagos, and an 8-night B2B/back-to-back covering Northern & Western Galapagos. All options are available to book for travel in 2023 and 2024.

Hurtigruten also expands the land-based pre-/post-cruise program, adding the luxury rainforest hotel Mashpi Lodge, situated a few hours northwest of Quito (Ecuador's capital), as a unique 3-night pre-/post-tour for any Galapagos voyage.

Hurtigruten's Galapagos passengers will be the first to experience the fully refurbished MV Santa Cruz 2. Custom built for small-ship explorations, and with only 50 staterooms, the boat offers a comfortable way of exploring the archipelago. Leading up to season 2022, Santa Cruz 2 has undergone a multi-million upgrade, including public areas and accommodations effectively operating as a new ship with a modern Nordic design.

Besides the stylish Darwin Suites, the vessel also has dedicated single- and family cabins. All accommodations have been upgraded with new beddings and mattresses. The upgraded dining menu features numerous vegan and vegetarian options.

MV Santa Cruz II Galapagos

During the upgrade, a Science Corner was added in line with Hurtigruten's industry-leading Science Program, offering passengers to even deeper explore the wonders of the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Hurtigruten has entered into a long-term partnership with Metropolitan Touring (Ecuador) that founded expedition cruising in Galapagos 70+ years ago.