Small Ship Cruising

Isabela II

Metropolitan Touring

166 ft. / 50.6 m.
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Isabela II

Welcome to Isabela II

Built to travel off-the-beaten-path, Isabela II's sleek design is perfect to navigate the coastal waterways, inland channels and narrow inlets of the South American waters, while providing a special camaraderie environment with fellow explorers on the ship's decks.

Isabela II has three decks, Main, Cabin, and Sun. The Sun Deck features a bar with deck chairs for outdoor seating, an observation deck for watching wildlife at leisure, a Jacuzzi, and a solarium. Her well-trained 24-member team consists of Ecuadorian officers, naturalists, and crew, as well as a resident physician. Cuisine aboard the ship is a combination of Continental and Ecuadorian, with varied menus. Days are spent on natural history shore excursions on the islands, with transportation to and from the ship usually by Zodiac inflatable boats; they are available to everyone. Isabela II carries her own glass-bottom boat aboard for close-up observation of marine life. Isabela II's staterooms (averaging 139 sq. ft.) are all outside staterooms featuring private bathrooms with showers, individual air conditioning, plenty of storage space for belongings, desk, two bedside tables and a music system; the on-board electrical current is 110 volts.

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Sun Deck

Lounge on the sun deck with views of the ocean horizon in front of you

Look out toward the passing seascape as you sail toward the Galapagos. Relax and enjoy a cold drink in the onboard bar & lounge, take a dip in the hot tub or take a moment of peace and quiet in the reading room and natural history library.

Outdoor Dining

Join fellow passengers for a meal outside — buffet style!

Isabela II serves up a combination of Continental and Ecuadorian cuisine, buffet style, for breakfast and lunch.

Dining at its finest

The comfortable dining setting aboard Isabela II is perfect for conversation with fellow passengers.

With meals designed by a Cordon Bleu-trained gastronomy director, a combination of Continental and Ecuadorian cuisine await your taste buds.

The beginning of a grand adventure...

This expeditionary yacht holds 40 Tauck guests as it cruises to the Galapagos Islands.

The casual atmosphere of Tauck's expeditionary vessels offers an ideal setting for the art of "conversation" that is conducive to the very nature of exploratory cruising, providing a special camaraderie with fellow explorers.

Ship Specifications
Built 1979
Air Conditioned Yes
Renovated 2018
Elevator No
Length 166 ft. / 50.6 m.
Guests 40
Draft 12 ft. / 3.6 m.
Crew Members 24
Beam 38 ft. / 11.5 m.
Ship Registry Ecuador
Tonnage 1,025 gross tons
Crew Nationality Ecuadorian
Cruising Speed 10 knots
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Key Features

The 166-foot expeditionary-yacht, Isabela II, is designed for Galápagos cruising. Accommodated for 40 guests, the ship is equipped with expedition vessels devised to navigate coastal waterways, island channels and narrow inlets with ease.

Three decks include a bar/lounge with outdoor seating, an observation deck, Jacuzzi, traditional library, cardio-gym and solarium.

Staterooms (averaging 139 sq. ft.) are all outside staterooms featuring private en-suite bathrooms, individual air conditioning, a music system, two bedside tables and plenty of storage space for a more relaxed and comfortable cruising experience.


  • Isabela II carries her own glass-bottom boat for close-up marine life observation and is equipped for a variety of aquatic activities while on-island
  • Onboard crew consists of 24, well-trained team members consisting of Ecuadorian officers, naturalists and crew, as well as a resident physician
  • Expedition and naturalist guides provide knowledge to guests and enrich their travels with perspectives on everything from botany to geology
  • Dining al fresco available, weather permitting
  • Equatorial stargazing at night, weather permitting
  • Onboard electrical current is 110 volts for charging small electronic devices

Deck Plans

Welcome Aboard

Sun Deck

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Cabin Deck

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Category B

Category C

Main Deck

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Category A (Master Suite)


Onboard Experience

Embark on a ship built with Galápagos Island cruising in mind! From your first briefing, boat drill and launch… to the excitement of your first wet landing… the Isabela II provides you with an exceptional cruise experience as you explore the islands that time forgot in total comfort. Your first night aboard begins with a cocktail hour followed by a lecture to prepare you for your first day of exploration. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow guests as you enjoy creative Ecuadorian dishes and internationally prepared cuisine under the leadership of a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef. Retire to your comfortable and contemporarily designed stateroom as you fall asleep dreaming of all that lies ahead for you this week. Rise in the morning for a hearty breakfast that will nourish and fuel you for the exciting day that lies ahead. After a safety briefing, board a panga for your first coastal ride followed by a dry landing and an opportunity to walk and explore. Head back onboard for lunch, where you will rest and replenish before an afternoon of further exploration. Once back onboard at days' end, a recap and briefing will take place before dinner with the ship's naturalists to discuss the days' wildlife encounters along with additional insights and observations. Before retiring for the evening… if the skies are clear… head up to the top deck to star gaze before falling asleep in your comfortable stateroom, as you rest up for the adventures that lie ahead. Read Less


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