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MS Santa Cruz 2

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Featuring a small guest capacity of 90, MS Santa Cruz II boasts a relaxed atmosphere and has plenty of amenities onboard to keep you busy throughout your trip. From gastronomic delights such as the Beagle Restaurant offering locally-sourced organic food, to the Panorama Bar & Lounge that’s the ultimate place to unwind with a refreshing cocktail, a trip aboard MS Santa Cruz II guarantees a relaxing experience. Sailing around the Galapagos Islands, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy incredible views in style aboard this extraordinary ship.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 2002
Tonnage 2664
Number Of Decks 5
Number Of Restaurants 1
Crew 60
Refurbished 2021

Ship Facilities


MS Santa Cruz II’s culinary options are bound to please any guest, no matter what their taste or preferences. Within the Beagle Restaurant on Deck 1, guests can indulge in a wide variety of locally-sourced food prepared by a talented executive chef. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant has a warm and welcoming feel, perfect for unwinding in before a day of exploring.

Things to do

Onboard Santa Cruz II there are a plenty of amenities to keep you busy throughout your trip, including:

  • Expedition Lounge: featuring a spacious library and a refreshment station, it’s the perfect place to take in views of the Galapagos whilst learning about the islands from a selection of books. There is also a science corner within the lounge, featuring a fascinating bone collection and a microscope
  • Panorama Bar & Lounge: after a day of exploring head to the bar and enjoy a delicious and refreshing cocktail. Throughout your trip, the Panorama Bar & Lounge is also host to immersive lectures and talks
  • Sky Deck: filled with comfortable loungers, this is the ultimate area to relax whilst taking in the views
  • Hot Tubs: admire beautiful views out towards the islands in one of the onboard hot tubs. Located on the Expedition Deck, the two hot tubs on board have a capacity of 5 people each
  • Panorama Deck: from the happy hour specials to delicious barbecued snacks, this area of the ship is a great place to unwind
  • Fitness Room: a fully equipped fitness centre, with yoga mats, weights, treadmills and more

Useful Information

Throughout the day aboard Hurtigruten’s Santa Cruz II guests can wear expedition clothing, including shorts, long trousers, walking shoes and hats. At night, shorts and sandals are acceptable, but guests are asked to avoid t-shirts and walking around the ship without shoes. There is no formal night onboard.

When you set sail on a cruise adventure with MS Santa Cruz 2, you can indulge in a myriad of amenities, activities and more that are included as standard in your base fare. From a HX water bottle to access to the onboard hot tubs and the sauna, onboard activities, soft drinks, expedition walking gear, an expeditions logbook, gratuities and more. However, from October 2024, HX have announced an exciting all inclusive offering, that not only includes the above, but the following:

  • Daily expeditions led by experts in their field
  • Science-led activities
  • Alcoholic beverages (from 1pm each day of your cruise)
  • Professional photographs
  • An Expedition jacket
  • Starlink Wi-Fi

*Terms and conditions apply.

For more information, see our blog - Hurtigruten: Coastal Express vs Expeditions.

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