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Metropolitan Touring Cruises

Santa Cruz II

About Metropolitan Touring Cruises

Metropolitan Touring's three Galapagos-based ships -- the 90-passenger Santa Cruz II, the 40-passenger Isabella II and the 48-passenger La Pinta -- toe the line between expedition and comfort cruising. Passengers are sociable and have an obvious affinity for nature.

  • Who goes on Metropolitan Touring cruise ships?

  • Do I have to dress up on a Metropolitan Touring cruise?


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Who goes on Metropolitan Touring cruise ships?

From September through May, Metropolitan Touring attracts an extremely well-traveled, well-educated baby boomer and older crowd. Passengers are sociable and have an obvious affinity for nature. During the summer months, families materialize.

Two of the line's ships cater predominantly to English-speaking passengers drawn from the U.S., Australia and the U.K., though there may be a mix of multilingual Europeans. The larger ship attracts a more international crowd, including Spanish and Ecuadorians, and is the only ship with special family programming (kids' meal times, dedicated shore excursions and a kids' room).

Do I have to dress up on a Metropolitan Touring cruise?

No. The ships maintain a relaxed onboard atmosphere; there is no dress code and no need to dress for dinner. Comfortable and casual is the order of the day, and passengers are just asked to wear dry clothes in the restaurant. Instead of packing for dinner, pack for the expedition-style activities and for the weather.

Is everything free on Metropolitan Touring cruises?

No. Meals, soft drinks, excursions and the use of snorkelling equipment are included. Extra costs include alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, wet suit rental and tips.

What are Metropolitan Touring’s most popular activities?

With some of the most unusual wildlife in the world, shore excursions and up-close wildlife spotting are the unforgettable highlights of a Galapagos cruise. Onboard, passengers fill the lounge for briefings given by naturalists or showings of BBC documentaries. Otherwise, when not ashore, people tend to relax and chat in the lounge or on the sun deck.

Why go with Metropolitan Touring?

  • Galapagos experts since 1953
  • Level III naturalists (the best) bring islands to life
  • Family programming

Best for: Active couples, singles and families with a keen interest in soft adventure

Not for: Luxury cruisers, people looking for a relaxing getaway and anyone with serious mobility issues

Metropolitan Touring Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Amazing Adventure Cruise

Dining room was casual with hiking shorts/pants, polo's/tee shirts for breakfast and lunch.Dinner-sit down with usually 2-3 choices for appetizer, main course, and dessert.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Interesting policy on locks, big showers, more good than bad

The naturalists were well spoken and answered all questions at any time.December is not the correct time to come for snorkeling, water is pretty rough and cloudy.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Wonderful ship and crew, not so wonderful itinerary

We felt cheated out of one of our precious few days in the Galapagos on this day.We would have much preferred if this day could have been broken in two like the other days, with a return to the ship mid-day, and a more interesting stop/excursion in the morning.Read More
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2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Onboard Santa Cruz II -- 7-day Eastern Route of the Galapagos Islands

) Each of us was handed a life jacket before boarding a small dinghy (also called PANGA) to Santa Cruz II anchored nearby.My husband I and were onboard Santa Cruz II at the end of February for a 7-day, adventure-filled island hopping in the Galapagos Islands.Read More
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10+ Cruises

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