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Santa Cruz - Western Galapagos Islands 6 day/5 night

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Santa Cruz - Western Galapagos Islands 6 day/5 night
The Western Galapagos cruise aboard the Santa Cruz is a 6-day, 5-night active adventure to the famed Galapagos Islands. On this itinerary you'll visit the Western Galapagos, including the islands of North Seymour, Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and Floreana, as well as key sites like the Charles Darwin Research Station, Post Office Bay and Champion Islet. Western Galapagos is known for its volcanic landscape and penguin spotting in the cooler waters surrounding these islands. Heading south to Floreana, this itinerary also shows travelers the older landscapes of the archipelago and the rich marine life and human history there. One of the most comprehensive Galapagos cruises for its length, the Western Itinerary is a great introduction to the archipelago.

The Santa Cruz offers numerous activity options. For instance, for one morning excursion you may have the choice between a light hike along the coast combined with a panga tour, or a fast-paced hike to a view point, also with a panga tour. Snorkeling is available for all levels, but for the Western Itinerary, the deep-water snorkeling options are available first, so it’s best to feel comfortable in the water with snorkel gear if you wish to take advantage of these great snorkeling opportunities (flotation devices are available for those who need it). There is ample time to relax on board after meals or opt out of activities, but note that this is an expedition-cruise style itinerary, so you will be kept busy if you choose!

The Santa Cruz Western Islands Cruise can be combined with the Eastern or Northern Islands Cruises to create an 11-day/10-night itinerary. View the Western Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links to view details of other Santa Cruz Galapagos cruises.

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read more The Western Galapagos cruise aboard the Santa Cruz is a 6-day, 5-night active adventure to the famed Galapagos Islands. On this itinerary you'll visit the Western Galapagos, including the islands of North Seymour, Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and Floreana, as well as key sites like the Charles Darwin Research Station, Post Office Bay and Champion Islet. Western Galapagos is known for its volcanic landscape and penguin spotting in the cooler waters surrounding these islands. Heading south to Floreana, this itinerary also shows travelers the older landscapes of the archipelago and the rich marine life and human history there. One of the most comprehensive Galapagos cruises for its length, the Western Itinerary is a great introduction to the archipelago.

The Santa Cruz offers numerous activity options. For instance, for one morning excursion you may have the choice between a light hike along the coast combined with a panga tour, or a fast-paced hike to a view point, also with a panga tour. Snorkeling is available for all levels, but for the Western Itinerary, the deep-water snorkeling options are available first, so it’s best to feel comfortable in the water with snorkel gear if you wish to take advantage of these great snorkeling opportunities (flotation devices are available for those who need it). There is ample time to relax on board after meals or opt out of activities, but note that this is an expedition-cruise style itinerary, so you will be kept busy if you choose!

The Santa Cruz Western Islands Cruise can be combined with the Eastern or Northern Islands Cruises to create an 11-day/10-night itinerary. View the Western Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links to view details of other Santa Cruz Galapagos cruises.

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Expert Review: Galapagos M/V Santa Cruz  Western Islands Cruise

Expert Review: Galapagos M/V Santa Cruz Western Islands Cruise

Lis Korb reviews her Galapagos small ship cruise aboard the M/V Santa Cruz, visiting North Seymour, Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and Floreana islands.
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Day 1 - WED - Embark Baltra to North Seymour

Day 2 - THR - Punta Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Day 3 - FRI - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Day 4 - SAT - Puerto Ayora, Darwin Research Station & Optional Activities (Santa Cruz)

Day 5 - SUN - Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point (Floreana)

Day 6 - MON - Disembark Baltra


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Day 1 - WED - Embark Baltra to North Seymour

Morning arrival to Baltra Island by plane and immediate transfer to the dock to board the M/V Santa Cruz. Welcome introductory briefing and lunch. Afternoon disembarkation (dry landing) on North Seymour for a walk along the coast and the interior of the island, observing bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and also sea lions and land iguanas. The abundance of wildlife on this island is impressive. In fact, many guides recommend this island to visitors who have but one day in the Galapagos as you’re sure to see so much. Expedition plan for Thursday, welcome cocktail and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Santa Cruz
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - THR - Punta Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by panga, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. This is the nesting place for flightless cormorants, the only existing marine birds in the world other than penguins that have changed their condition of flying birds to diving birds. Wildlife here also includes sea lions, Galápagos fur seals, Galápagos penguins, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and noddy terns. Depending on the conditions of the ocean, it will be possible to schedule a deep-water snorkeling outing along the cliffs of partly sunken Ecuador Volcano, near the northern tip of Isabela Island. This area has a very rich marine life of sea lions and flightless cormorants, and is seasonally visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish (Mola mola). Lunch on board.

Afternoon visit to the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. Disembark (dry landing) for a one-mile walk over dark lava. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and a lot of wildlife. Having no introduced mammals, Fernandina boasts a very unique environment with the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sea lions, turtles, sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. Expedition plan for Friday and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Santa Cruz
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - FRI - Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

After breakfast, make a dry landing on the northwest of Isabela. Secluded Tagus Cove provided a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti is still found carved on its walls; the first one dates to 1836, the year Darwin arrived to this spot. The vegetation in the area includes the fragrant palo santo trees. These white-barked trees are leafless and look dead most of the year. They leaf and spring back to life in the wet season. An uphill hike takes guests to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. The view at the end of the trail is worth the climb as it shows a dramatic lava valley and more of sprawling Isabela Island. Darwin is one of Isabela’s six volcanoes, a remarkable contrast to the lower islands to the east of the archipelago. After the hike, enjoy a panga ride along the cove's volcanic shore to see boobies, penguins, flightless cormorants, terns and sea lions. Possibilities to swim or deep-water snorkel here as well. There is no beach in the area, so these activities are done from the pangas. Lunch on board.

After lunch (wet landing) disembark at Urbina Bay, located at the foot of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin, western Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean in 1954. This area is home to large and very colorful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and Darwin’s finches. Isabela Island’s tortoise population was almost wiped out by goats introduced by whalers, but restoration efforts are paying off, and a mellow hike here often has you sharing the trail with numerous giant tortoises. Swim or snorkel along the shoreline to encounter flightless cormorants and other marine life while exploring this beautiful cove. Expedition plan for Saturday and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Santa Cruz
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - SAT - Puerto Ayora, Darwin Research Station & Optional Activities (Santa Cruz)

Morning disembarkation (dry landing) at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, home of the late tortoise celebrity “Lonesome George,” within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. See baby tortoises in a protected environment, as well as tortoises that exemplify the adaptations of various islands. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Walk back through town at your leisure to shop or sightsee. Following this visit, board transport to enjoy lunch on a ranch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem. On the ranch, there is a pool, hammocks and a small soccer field for some friendly competition with your guides.

After lunch, several options are available, which can be discussed in advance with your expedition leader. Explore trails in the impressive Scalesia forest through the Santa Cruz Highlands, home to giant tortoises and elusive birds like the dark-rumped petrel; take some mountain bikes for a mellow spin; walk to gorgeous silky-sanded Tortuga Bay to kayak or enjoy some down time; or experience sustainable agriculture with a visit to an organic coffee plantation. After your afternoon activities, return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the M/V Santa Cruz. Expedition plan for Sunday and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Santa Cruz
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - SUN - Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point (Floreana)

Morning visit to Post Office Bay. Be part of a unique Galápagos tradition! For over two centuries, a rum barrel has been used by sailors to send mail: sailors would leave their envelopes in the barrel for ships returning to their home ports to hand-deliver on arrival. This tradition continues to this day, so bring your postcards to deposit! Near Post Office Bay, explore the north shore of Floreana Island by panga along narrow channels teeming with life, then enjoy snorkeling or swimming off the sandy beach. Lunch on board.

After lunch, choose to deep-water snorkel at volcanic Champion Islet, regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in the archipelago, or explore Champion Islet aboard the glass-bottom boat. Later, visit popular Cormorant Point (wet landing), where you'll land on the olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk that includes a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and others gather. Cross over to a pristine white-sand beach where sea turtles emerge at night to nest (from December to May). Farewell cocktail, departure briefing and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Santa Cruz
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - MON - Disembark Baltra

After breakfast and a farewell from the crew, disembark at Baltra Island. Transfer to the airport and take the flight back to the mainland.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 7:00am-9:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-5:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive Ecuador 2 days prior to their Galapagos cruise.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear is included for the duration of the cruise. Shortie wet suits are also available for rent and are recommended from June to December.
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1       Apr 30 - May 05, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
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13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

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Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

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Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

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There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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2       May 14 - May 19, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

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1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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3       May 28 - Jun 02, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

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4       Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
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Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

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5       Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
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13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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6       Jul 09 - Jul 14, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
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Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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7       Jul 23 - Jul 28, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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8       Aug 06 - Aug 11, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

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1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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9       Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

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1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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10       Sep 03 - Sep 08, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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11       Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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12       Oct 01 - Oct 06, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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13       Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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14       Oct 29 - Nov 03, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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15       Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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16       Nov 26 - Dec 01, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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17       Dec 10 - Dec 15, 2014Santa Cruz$3120 - $5205View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3120

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3275

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3555

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3705

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3855

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4025

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4595

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $5205

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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18       Dec 24 - Dec 29, 2014Santa Cruz$3250 - $4725View Details
Main Deck Twin Standard

Main Deck Twin Standard - $3250

13 twin cabins on the Main Deck feature portholes and twin beds. Can be arranged for triple occupancy. 125 square feet.
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Upper Deck Twin Standard - $3405

12 twin cabins on the Upper Deck feature view windows and twin beds. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double

Boat Deck Twin Standard/Double - $3685

2 double matrimonial cabins and 4 twin cabins are available on the Boat Deck. 125 square feet.
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Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin

Boat Deck Standard Plus Twin - $3835

Standard Plus cabins feature twin beds and large porthole windows. 129 square feet.
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Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double

Boat Deck Superior Twin/Double - $3985

Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 165 square feet.
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Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin

Boat Deck Junior Suite Twin - $4155

Two Junior Suites have twin beds plus a sofa bed for a child, and large floor-to-ceiling view windows. 235 square feet.
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Boat Deck Single Standard

Boat Deck Single Standard - $4335

1 cabin is available for single use aboard Santa Cruz.
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Boat Deck Master Suite Double

Boat Deck Master Suite Double - $4725

There are two Master Suites with double beds (plus a sofa bed for a child) and private balconies. 250 square feet.
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Included

Accommodations, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages upon request for groups larger than 10 guests: German, French, Italian), snorkel gear, taxes and transfers in the islands. Transfer from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galápagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers we must have guest's hotel contact.

Exclusions

International airfare; airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old. This can be paid directly by passengers [cash only] or it is included in our INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TOURS); Galapagos National Institute Migration Control Card (US $10 per person); departure tax ($40.80); gratuities for guides, crew, drivers or local staff; alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; other personal expenses; internet/WiFi; medical services or insurance of any kind. Fuel surcharge may apply. Wet suits are available for rent for $15 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions.

2013 High Season Surcharge: Add $130 per adult, $100 per child; Mar 25-29, Mar 27-Apr 1, Mar 29-Apr 3, Dec 20-25, Dec 23-27, Dec 25-30, Dec 27-Jan 1, Dec 30-Jan 3.

Room Configuration

The Santa Cruz offers one single cabin; advance reservations are required. On the Boat Deck there are two double matrimonial cabins and four twin standard cabins available. There are no share accommodations or roommate match available. Double cabins are available for single occupancy with a surcharge of 50% for normal dates, and 100% for high season. Triple cabins are available in the Main Deck Twin Standard cabin category.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 25% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult, paying full fare). No discounts apply on Christmas and New Year's. Minimum child age is 6 years old. Galapagos family cruises are available, call for details.

Payment & Cancellation

A cruise deposit of $700 per person is required at the time of booking. For land packages a deposit of $300 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. When a trip cancellation is received between 60 and 0 days from departure, the full trip price will be charged.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Extended Itinerary Pricing

Longer Galapagos Santa Cruz itineraries are available by combining the ship's shorter itineraries. Receive a 10% discount on the lowest priced itinerary when combining two consecutive cruises. Or receive a 50% discount on Northern Islands when combining all Santa Cruz itineraries for a 15-day cruise. Applies only to full-rate bookings; not applicable for promotional rates. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing and more information.
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Santa Cruz - Eastern Galapagos Islands 5 day/4 night

Santa Cruz - Eastern Galapagos Islands 5 day/4 night

Visit the Eastern Galapagos, including the islands of San Cristobal, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, Espanola and Baltra, as well as key sites like the Charles Darwin Research Station, Punta Pitt, Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay. Runs Saturday-Wednesday year-round.
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Galapagos Cruise Package

Galapagos Cruise Package

Most Galapagos cruise travelers will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, round-trip flights, National Park entrance fees & transit cards etc. We have created this Galapagos Cruise All Inclusive Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz is a 90-passenger small expedition ship designed and built exclusively for Galapagos cruises. Great for active travelers and families.
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