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Santa Cruz II

Santa Cruz II

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Purpose-built to navigate the legendary Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz II features a warm design that accommodates just 90 guests. Enjoy a modern cruising experience that puts you up close and personal with such natural beauty! Voyages on this river cruise ship include Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland.


The intimate design of Santa Cruz II means you’ll have a more personalized experience, and less crowds to worry about. One of the best features of Tauck cruises is their small ship size. Yet, with so much space, you might even forget that you’re on a ship all together! Grab dinner with that couple you just met while stargazing, and plan an exciting onshore adventure together! The possibilities are endless!

Santa Cruz II boasts some of the most comfortable staterooms at sea. Three 323-sq. ft. Darwin Suites provide you with the most luxurious amenities, while 45 169 to 192-sq. ft. oceanview staterooms provide you with everything you need enjoy your downtime!

All rooms are equipped with:

  • Large picture window
  • Hypoallergenic and memory foam pillows
  • High-quality beds and bedding
  • Expedition map and sports bottle for water
  • Biodegradable bath amenities
  • Easy under-the-bed storage, among more.

After a long day of exploring and going on exclusive Tauck excursions, you can fall into your soft mattress, covered by cotton and polyester sheets, and quickly fall asleep amongst your warm blanket and duvet.
These are just a few of the comforts you will find yourself surrounded in once aboard Santa Cruz II, where keeping you satisfied and exceeding your expectations are the key focuses of Tauck's service.

As Santa Cruz II sails the famed Galapagos Islands, you can enjoy the unparalleled experience of exploring desirable destinations in South America, such as Guayaquil, Quito, Barolome Island, Genovesa Island, Santa Cruz Island, and Rabida Island.


Depending on your itinerary, you can enjoy unique experiences such as wildlife watching (including giant tortoises), snorkeling on white coral beaches, hiking, snorkeling, and many other exciting adventures.

When dining onboard Santa Cruz II, you can expect Michelin-quality Ecuadorian dishes that are served professionally and beautifully presented. Tauck’s expert chefs create each meal from the freshest and finest of ingredients, and will deliver exceptional dishes from start to finish.

Your dream vacation is just one click or call away. Don’t miss out on the exclusive savings and limited-time deals you’ll get by booking with us. Contact us now to start instantly saving on your next voyage aboard Santa Cruz II.

Santa Cruz II Facts

Inaugural Year: 2002

Refurbished Year: 2015
Country of Registration: Ecuador
Guest Occupancy*: 90
Crew: 50
Length: 235 feet
Beam: 44 feet
Passenger Decks: 3

Total: 45
Suites, with balcony: 0
Suites, without balcony: 3
Ocean View, with balcony: 0
Ocean View, without balcony: 45
Inside: 0

Accessible Staterooms: 0

Dining Type: Open

Casino: No

*Based on double occupancy

Ship Highlights

All-Inclusive Pricing
Enjoy your vacation worry and cost free! Each journey with Santa Cruz II is all-inclusive. This means that the cost of shore excursions, onboard and onshore dining, gratuities, transfers, and even hotels. With Tauck Cruises, there are truly no hidden costs or options sold.

Off-Boat Dining Options
Every Santa Cruz II  cruise comes with the option of dining in many local restaurants or settings on any given night. Skip the main dining room for a romantic meal at a local restaurant and experience Latin America culture first-hand.

Unique Destinations
With ports right at the entrance to untouched lands and cities, Santa Cruz II will be able to give you a taste of it all. Small ship cruises can go where most larger ships and land tours cannot. This creates a customized, unique experience for you.

Your ticket to relaxation and rejuvenation awaits, as does big savings and exclusive offers. Call us now - we’re ready to assist you today!

Santa Cruz II Promotions

Check out the promotions that we have available on Santa Cruz II cruises:
Best Value & Service on Tauck Cruises

Best Value & Service on all Santa Cruz II Cruises!

Book any Santa Cruz II cruise with us and you'll get the Best Value, along with our unparalleled level of customer service.

Contact us

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Toll Free Phone: 1-866-214-7447 (U.S. & Canada)

Local Phone: 732-970-9142

International Phone: 001-732-970-9142


today for pricing and availability.
All-Inclusive Pricing on Tauck Cruises

All-Inclusive Amenities on Santa Cruz II Cruises

When you cruise with Tauck, virtually every river cruise expense is included in one upfront price. All shore excursions and gratuities on board are included! There are no little extras to pay for, no hidden expenses, no options sold. You get what you pay for, and then some.
No Booking Fees

No Booking Fees!

We do not charge booking fees on any cruises! You're sure to enjoy an affordable Santa Cruz IIcruise when booking with us!
Promotions on Santa Cruz II cruises may not be combinable. Certain restrictions apply to each offer. View terms and conditions during the online booking process.

Santa Cruz II Destinations

Here are the destinations Santa Cruz II sails in. Call us at 1-866-214-7447 with any questions:
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Jump to: Suites - Balconies - Oceanviews
All staterooms aboard Santa Cruz II include: large bed, cotton and polyester linens/white duvets and memory foam/hypoallergenic pillows, biodegradable toiletries (a Tauck Exclusive), plus a ceiling light, wall desk and chair, nightstand, easy under-bed luggage storage, telephone, teapot and extra blanket, as well as expedition maps, sports bottles, and stationary.
Suites top
Category 7 Suite

Darwin Suite (Category A)
Approximate size: 323 square feet
Located on: Panorama Deck

Darwin Suites on the Panorama Deck boast two twin beds (convertible to a double bed) with extra blanket and quality linens, two night desks, one corner desk, sofa, center table, high table, sofa, and two armchairs. Private bathroom with shower + biodegradable bath amenities, hairdryer, mirror, towels. Sewing kit, shower, and vanity kits available upon request.



Oceanviews top
Category 1 Stateroom Explorer Double Stateroom
Approximate Size: 163 square feet
Located on: Panorama Deck, Expedition Deck, Horizon Deck

Explorer Double staterooms each feature two twin beds (convertible to double bed), two night desks, one chair and corner desk, and picture window. Biodegradable bath amenities, hairdryer, mirror, towels. Sewing kit, shower cap, and vanity kit available upon request.
Category 1 Stateroom Explorer Triple Stateroom
Approximate Size: 163 square feet
Located on: Cabin Deck

Explorer Triple staterooms each feature two twin beds (convertible to double bed), two night desks, one chair and corner desk, and picture window. Biodegradable bath amenities, hairdryer, mirror, towels. Sewing kit, shower cap, and vanity kit available upon request.

All stateroom descriptions are subject to change. Photos provided are not guaranteed to accurately represent the room listed. Some staterooms in the same category may have different furniture arrangements or be a different size than listed. We reserve the right to correct errors. Please verify all details with the cruise line directly.

Santa Cruz II Deck Plans

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Panorama Deck
Expedition Deck
Horizon Deck
Ocean Deck

Category Legend
Category 5 Category A (Master Suite)
Category 4 Category B
Category 3 Category C

The deck plans of Santa Cruz II provided on this page are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors. Please verify all information with Tauck Cruises directly.
Panorama Deck
Santa Cruz II  Deck Plans
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