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The charm, intimacy and personal service of the small cruise ship experience are the hallmarks of travel aboard the first-class expedition vessel, M.V. SANTA CRUZ. Her ability to navigate the Galápagos archipelago’s narrow channels, shallow bays and environmentally sensitive waters ensures that participants enjoy the most comprehensive access possible to the region’s treasures. The M.V. SANTA CRUZ has only 44 cabins and offers a wide array of modern amenities and facilities.

Six multilingual naturalists will share their in-depth insight and information about the Galápagos’ distinctive ecosystem during daily excursions and multimedia presentations. For island excursions, the ship provides five Zodiacs for landings, a Boston Whaler glass-bottom boat for viewing aquatic life and complimentary snorkeling equipment.

Each outside cabin is tastefully appointed with private bathroom facilities, air conditioning and either a window or a porthole.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring international and Ecuadorian specialties, are served daily in single seatings in the ship’s inviting dining room.

The ship’s public facilities include a bar, lounge, gift shop, business center with e-mail service, natural history library, jacuzzi and a medical clinic with a full-time physician.

The M.V. SANTA CRUZ’S highly trained staff provides professional, attentive service that is recognized in the travel industry as one of the finest in the Galápagos Islands. The ship maintains the highest international safety and environmental standards.

Voyage of Discovery: Wonders of the Galapagos


Voyage of Discovery: Wonders of the Galápagos Islands
February 4 - 12, 2011

This incredible nine-day journey introduces you to the remarkable Galápagos Archipelago, a nature lover’s dream destination and a “living laboratory of evolution,” still home of the exotic birds, animals and plants that inspired Charles Darwin. Accompanied by a team of certified naturalists, explore the Galápagos Islands for four nights aboard the M.V. SANTA CRUZ, a state-of-the-art exploration vessel designed specifically to navigate the Galápagos Islands, complete with a fleet of Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat and complimentary snorkeling gear perfect for discovering this fascinating and mysterious natural realm. Experience up-close encounters with the abundant wildlife like nowhere else on Earth: walk among 400-pound tortoises and spiny-backed iguanas, snorkel alongside tropical penguins and playful seals and see unique indigenous species like the flightless cormorant and marine iguana. Enjoy the culture of the people of fascinating mainland Ecuador, while exploring the colorful Andean market of Otavalo and the colonial churches of Quito. The comprehensive six-night Post-Program Option features Peru’s legendary “lost city” of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and the historic cities of Lima and Cuzco.






  • Immerse yourself in the magnificent natural treasures of the Galápagos Islands on this customized itinerary aboard the M.V. SANTA CRUZ, a state-of-the-art exploration vessel designed specifically to navigate this fragile natural realm.
  • Discover how the harsh landscape of the Galápagos is a safe, thriving home for the quirky finches and primeval iguanas that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection and evolution.
  • Learn about the Galápagos’ unique ecosystem, natural history and the challenges facing its environment during daily briefings and presentations by our ship’s team of expert naturalists.
  • Experience the world’s most exotic wildlife from unparalleled proximity as you stroll among seal colonies, come face to face with giant tortoises and swim with dolphins and sea lions.
  • Explore a magical underwater world—including breathtaking coral, tropical penguins and a myriad of fish and mammals—while snorkeling and riding aboard the ship’s special glass-bottom boat.
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to observe and learn about efforts to protect the Galápagos’ rare giant tortoises and other indigenous species.
  • Discover some of the finest colonial architecture in South America during your stay in Quito, a cosmopolitan city known for its dynamic culture and vibrant street life.
  • Venture into the Andean highlands for visits to a traditional village and the ancient Andean town of Otavalo, site of one of the largest and most colorful markets in South America.
  • Six-night Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Post-Program Option.

Cost  Special Tulane pricing is from approximately $3395 per person plus airfare and based on double occupancy.

Booking  For booking information please contact Thomas P. Gohagan at 800-922-3088, or  Tulane Alumni Travel at 877-488-5263.

Specific trip details (itinerary, meals, sightseeing & accommodations) will be published in the brochure.

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