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Metropolitan Touring Cruises

14 Reviews
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.

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Metropolitan Touring Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

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
recentretiree2017

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Highly recommended. Everything we'd expected and more.

There was one daily event that was awkwardly timed: Regrettably, the educational talk given in the bar area at the top of the gently rocking ship came after a physically active morning and a full meal at lunch.We found the ship to be an ideal size 24 rooms each with a large window, 48 passengers and a total of 32 ish crew (including crew members and naturalists).Read More
MrsAAM

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

We had the most amazing trip on Yacht La Pinta in February 2017

To say it was spectacular was an understatement, Galapagos was everything we expected and Yacht La Pinta was absolutely the perfect way to experience it.I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Yacht La Pinta and crew for a memorable experience ofRead More
sneale

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Wonderful ship, crew and itinerary... we loved this trip

Just back from a wonderful week in the Galapagos Islands aboard La Pinta.If the ship was terrific, the staff was even better.Read More
RDEwing

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

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