For our cruise, we will be on board the excellent Santa Cruz II, one of the newer ships that currently tour the Galapagos. Featured on board include two restaurants, a bar, a library, and two hot tubs with fabulous views over the ocean. There are also numerous viewing platforms, from where it is possible to look out over the incredible scenery and to try and spot the varied wildlife. For expeditions, there is a glass bottomed boat to view the marine wildlife without getting wet, but there is also snorkelling equipment for those who want to get up close and personal with their surroundings. The cabins here are comfortable and have shower facilities, as well as a hairdryer, a docking area for an iPod or MP3 player, and are air-conditioned.