Sail aboard the Santa Cruz II and discover every nature lover's dream come to life on the Galápagos Islands.

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 View of Bartolome Island  Travelers snapping a photo of seals   A tortoise and a traveler   Bright Frigate bird  Pair of Blue-footed Boobies  Two Nazca Boobies  Swallow-tailed Gull  Green sea turtle in the Galápagos  Sally Lightfoot crabs  Seals and Sally Lightfoot crabs  Seals basking on the beach  Colorful iguana  Mother and baby seal

Wonders of the Galápagos Islands Voyage

A Voyage Aboard the 90-guest Santa Cruz II

9 days from $4,995

Sail aboard the Santa Cruz II and discover every nature lover's dream come to life on the Galápagos Islands.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Jan 15 - 23, 2018 Departure
Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney is a veteran of expedition travel, and has lectured on and journeyed to all seven of the Earth's continents. With a lifelong interest in the natural and earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers. His travels have taken him to all areas of South America including Patagonia and the Amazon; the Polar regions from Antarctica to Iceland, the desert lands of Africa and the American Southwest, and most of Earth's outstanding landscapes. He was elected to the Explorers Club and has visited more than 80 countries. Wayne is a retired professor of geology but still teaches an occasional honors course at Northern Arizona University in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge of earth history with others in an easy and informal style, and is a well-respected author of numerous award-winning books and articles. He enjoys studying languages, hiking, river running, photography, conversation, and anything else that allows him to get out with others to see the varied and interesting landscapes of this beautiful world.

Jan 29 - Feb 6, 2018 Departure
Rossman Irwin

Rossman Irwin

Dr. Ross Irwin is a geologist at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. His research focuses on relationships between the environment, geologic processes, and landforms. These projects include analyses of data returned by robotic spacecraft, studies of Mars-analog features on Earth, and planetary geologic mapping.
 
Ross Irwin received his bachelor of science in geological sciences from Virginia Tech in 1997 and a PhD in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia in 2005. He completed a post-doctoral appointment at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies in 2010. For two years he worked for the Planetary Science Institute as a visiting scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2012, he returned to CEPS as a staff scientist. Dr. Irwin is a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was recognized for his research in exploring how water has helped to shape the Martian landscape
 

Feb 12 - 20, 2018 Departure
Brent Garry

Brent Garry

Brent Garry is a geologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center where he studies lava flows and volcanoes on Earth and compares them to similar features on the Moon and Mars. He earned degrees in geology from The College of William and Mary (B.S.), the University of Kentucky (M.S.), and the University at Buffalo (Ph.D.). He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian’'s National Air and Space Museum from 2006-2010, after which he worked at the Planetary Science Institute for two years, and then moved to NASA. From 2008-2011, as a member of NASA'’s Desert RATS team, Brent lived in prototype space vehicles for up to two weeks at a time during simulated missions to the lunar surface and asteroids. Brent has conducted field work in Iceland, Hawaii, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, and Belize; served as editor for the GSA special volume “Analogs for Planetary Exploration;” and was selected as a Participating Scientist on NASA'’s Dawn and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) missions. Outside the office, Brent enjoys running and scuba diving.