Welcome to Isabela II
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.Read Less
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.
Isabela II serves up a combination of Continental and Ecuadorian cuisine, buffet style, for breakfast and lunch.
With meals designed by a Cordon Bleu-trained gastronomy director, a combination of Continental and Ecuadorian cuisine await your taste buds.
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.
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.
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Category A (Master Suite)
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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Metropolitan Touring has been helping travelers to discover Ecuador's wonders for more than 60 years. Their mission goes beyond sharing the region's beaches, wildlife and sea life, to offering a taste of the adventurous spirit that drives everything they do. Great colleagues and friends, the members of the Metropolitan Touring team can be relied on for seamless operations in Ecuador – in Quito, Guayaquil and the Galápagos Islands. Ashore and aboard Metropolitan's classic expeditionary vessels in the Galápagos, Isabela II (operating exclusively for Tauck) and Santa Cruz II, the attention to detail and care shown for our guests is outstanding.View Partner