Relaxing Activities Aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise 

The Galapagos Islands are known for mesmerizing and delighting the senses and minds of its visitors. To receive such tremendous amounts of information and live unbelievable new experiences are incredibly refreshing activities that take us out of our familiar zone and open our minds to new possibilities. The best Galapagos expedition vessels give guests’ the ability to live the archipelago to the fullest by offering various activities that allow them to experience the islands in many ways. Whether it’s discovering the Galapagos coastlines through a dinghy ride or kayak, opening up to the beauty of the underwater world through the glass-bottom boat or snorkeling, or simply hiking down lava-rock paths and beaches, at the end of the day you will feel a unique sense of wonder and appreciation for everything you’ve witness, but you will also want to treat the mind and senses to some relaxing time to process it all. Read on to discover all the relaxing activities aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise, and how at the end of the day our can just let go.

Relaxing Activities Aboard the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise

Relax the Body

Want to relax after a snorkeling excursion or looking for a nice way to enjoy the views of Galapagos as your expedition vessel travels across the majestic waters of the Pacific? Look no further than the Santa Cruz II’s dual hot tubs! Located at the rear of our expedition deck, each hot tub is ample enough to allow you and up to 5 others enjoy the gorgeous views of the enchanted isles as they lazily pass you by. Towels are readily available here too.  

Hot Tubs On Santa Cruz Ii
The Hot Tubs Are The Perfect Way For Our Guests To Relax And Enjoy The Stunning Views.

Sunbathe like a Marine Iguana

Looking to bask in the energizing rays of the Galapagos and get a nice, breezy hit of totally fresh air? The Sky Deck at the very top of the Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise offers guests aboard exactly that. Numerous lounge chairs and a couple of seating areas are available here, giving guests the ability to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Note: This is also the Santa Cruz II’s one and only smoking area.  

Santa Cruz Ii Cruise's Solarium Sky Deck
After A Great Day Of Exploration, Enjoy The Amazing View From Our Solarium!

Let Go at the Gym

Need to let all that excitement out? Our Gym up top on the Sky Deck gives guests the perfect space to stretch, flex, workout and get pumped for the next excursion. Two treadmills and an elliptical machine are at your disposal here. 

Awaken Your Senses

Refreshing Cocktails

Like any normal day aboard the Santa Cruz II, you’ve snorkeled with sea turtles, sunbathed with Galapagos sea lions, and trekked across old lava flows and moon-like landscapes. You go back to the ship feeling tired but happy. It’s that moment of the day when you can finally unwind and look at the lilac and fuchsia-tainted horizon. Everything in the Galapagos is inspiring, so let go and refresh that curious spirit of yours by indulging in one of Santa Cruz’s signature cocktails designed by Jossimar Lujan – Peruvian cocktail maker extraordinaire. You will find the right amount of tangy, sweet, fruity and herbal flavors in these cocktails that readily awaken your senses. If you fill like indulging in classic flavors, ask for a cold beer or glass of wine to accompany your moment of relaxation.

Cocktails And Wines Aboard Santa Cruz Ii Cruise.
Treat Yourself With Our Exclusive Cocktails And Wines While Enjoying The Breathtaking Sunsets Of Galapagos.

Culinary Relaxation

To have a delicious meal after a day filled with activities and exploration in the Galapagos Islands is a gift your body and spirit will be thankful for. Put yourself in the hands of Santa Cruz II’s expert Chefs and enjoy the daily menus designed to delight your palate. You will find an option for virtually every taste and even the most demanding of palates will find flavors they will fall in love with.  When every detail and flavor is thought of, you know you will be in for a treat. Look forward to an energizing breakfast before heading to explore; a tasty lunch buffet to recharge and an haute cuisine dinner to prepare you for a delicious night’s sleep. The Galapagos are more than the amazing views and exotic wildlife. Some of the things in life that matter the most are the simplest ones, so take a seat, relax, open your taste buds to new sensations, and enjoy your meal!

Visual Vibrations

Galapagos is known for its otherworldly landscapes: geological formations that resemble an alien world; white-sand beaches filled with life; blue equatorial skies that go on forever; starry nights that have never heard of city lights; and rainbow-colored sunsets that will take your breath away. So turn your phone off, along with your worries and stresses, and just feel the moment: Breathe in the fresh air. Feel the cold water with your fingertips and don’t let anything rob you from one of the most precious moments you will ever live!

Updated:May 8, 2023

Published:November 30, 2017


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