Luxury Isabela II Cruise ship

Explore the Islands with style and comfort: The Galapagos luxury Isabella II has a capacity of only 40 guests, she offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition, where guests fully experience their sense of discovery and bonding with nature. ISABELA II expeditions offers all aspects of the Galapagos: an intimate contact with wildlife, active volcanoes, a vast Marine Reserve, adventure, comfort and safety.

Our Galapagos luxury Yacht ISABELA II offers the most in-depth week itinerary (Tuesday to Tuesday) allowing guests to enjoy all that Galapagos is famous for: from ancient giant tortoises to penguins, from sleek flamingos to bold sharks, from bizarre flightless cormorants to rugged marine iguanas and from whales and dolphins to dramatic island volcanoes and breathtaking scenery, plus the exploration of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (the second largest in the world) on kayaks, the glass bottom boat, swimming or snorkeling.

The expertise of three English-speaking Naturalist Guides matches their contagious enthusiasm, whether discussing geology or bird watching, snorkeling or stargazing, evolution or marine actitivies. Guests of ISABELA II have the opportunity to explore the islands in small groups with fellow enthusiasts who share their same passion for nature, curiosity and spirit of observation.

Packing Check List:

  • Small backpack (waterproof), Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers with rubber soles, Shorts
  • Long pants, T-shirts, Long and Short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker, Bathing suit -wetsuit for snorkeling in cold months
  • Socks, Underwear, Hat or cap, Toilette kit (biodegradable shampoo please)
  • Sun block, Sunglasses, Binoculars, Camera & camcorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking, Book/ Notebook

Important Information

Luggage: No more than 20 Kilos (44 pounds) of luggage (one suitcase) may be checked on flights to or from the Galapagos Islands.
Additional luggage may be stored at your hotel. These restrictions do not include small carry-on flight bags or camera cases.

Cruise attire: For travel in the Galapagos, clothing ranges from informal to very informal. Essentials include sneakers, shorts, long- and short-sleeve lightweight shirts, bathing suit, a wide-brimmed hat, long pants, and a wind breaker or light jacket for evenings. Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of film.

Shoes: Most walking ashore is over rocky lava terrain. Therefore tennis shoes, sneakers or walking shoes with rubber soles must be worn.

Climate: The Galapagos Islands are located on the equator. The tropical heat, however, is tempered by Pacific breezes.
There are two seasons in the islands: the rainy, hot season from December to June when humidity is high and average temperatures are in the 80s F (26°-30° C). There may be occasional showers, but the days are generally hot and sunny.
From June to November, you can expect cool winds, ocassionally bringing with them a light misty-type drizzle called "garúa." Temperatures average in the 70s F (20°-24° C) during the day and lower at night.

Passports: Passengers must travel to the Galapagos with their passports.
Passport numbers must be furnished one month prior to arrival.

Galapagos National Park admission fee
US$100 per person. It must be paid upon arrival at the airport in Galapagos (rate is subject to change without notice).

Electric current: 110/AC. Electric shavers and hair dryers can be accommodated.

Local time: GMT minus 6 hours in the Galapagos Islands. GMT minus 5 hours on mainland Ecuador.

Purchases on board: US dollars or travelers cheques may be used on board. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are also accepted.

Safety: All safety and fire prevention measures have been implemented on all vessels. There is a resident physician aboard ISABELA II. Life jackets are mandatory for all "panga" rides (outboard motorized Zodiacs).

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Wine, beer and soft drinks are extra. Bottled water is supplied in each cabin free of charge.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS CENTRAL ISLANDS

Day Itinerary
Mon am: Los Gemelos – Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island)
pm: Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Tue am: Santa Fe Island
pm: South Plaza Island
Wed am: North Seymour Island
pm: Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island
Thu am: Bartolome Island
pm: Sullivan Bay, James Island
Fri
am: Baltra Island

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS SOUTHERN ISLANDS

Day Itinerary
Fri am: Baltra – El Chato Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
pm: Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island.
Sat am: Baroness Cove & Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
pm: Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)
Sun am: Punta Suárez (Española (Hood) Island)
pm: Gardner Bay (Española Island)
Mon am: Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island)
pm: Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal Island)
Tue am: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island)
pm: San Cristobal Airport

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS NORTHERN ISLANDS

Day Itinerary
Tue am: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal Island)
pm: Galapaguera Cerro Colorado (San Cristóbal Island)
Wed am: Prince Philip's Steps (Tower/Genovesa Island)
pm: Darwin Bay (Tower/Genovesa Island)
Thu am: Buccaneer Cove (James/Santiago Island)
pm: Puerto Egas (James/Santiago Island)
Fri am: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
pm: Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
Sat am: Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
pm: Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
Sun am: Rábida Island (Jervis)
pm: Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) (Santa Cruz Island)
Mon
am: Baltra Island

YACHT ISABELA II
CENTRAL
MON / FRI
5D/4N
SOUTHERN
FRI / TUE

5D/4N
NORTHERN
TUE / MON

7D / 6N
Master Suite(1)
$3,628
$3,628
$5,442
Classic cabin (16)
$3,468
$3,468
$5,202
Classic cabin Double (2)
$3,241
$3,241
$4,861
Family Classic Cabin (2)
$3,468
$3,468
$5,202
Standard Cabin (1)
$3,268
$3,268
$4,902

Sun Deck

Main Deck

Cabin Deck


Specifications

Construction:
  • 1979
Reconstruction:
  • Pensacola, Florida, 1988
Refurbishment:
  • Panama, March 2000
Category:
  • Deluxe
Gross Tonnage:
  • 1.025 tons
Type of Vessel:
  • Motor Yacht
Capacity:
  • 40 guests
Gross Tons:
  • 4077 tons
Length:
  • 53.72 meters (166 feet)
Beam:
  • 11.58 meters (38 feet)
Speed:
  • 10 knots
Electricity:
  • 110 Volts 60 Hz.
Engines:
  • 2 GM Detroit Diesel 900 BHP each
Navigation Equipment:
  • Gyrocompass, Automatic Pilot, radar, and GPS
Safety Certificates:
  • SOLAS 74 - ISM
Fire Detector:
  • Automatic with control from the bridge.
Life Jackets:
  • In each cabin
Lifeboats:
  • 2 units semi enclosed
Landing Craft:
  • 3 Zodiacs + glass bottom boat
Owner:
  • ETICA / Metropolitan Touring
Decks:
  • 3 (Sun deck, Cabin deck, Main deck).
Crew:
  • 24
Naturalist:
  • 3
Medical Officer:
  • Permanently on board

Inclusions:

  • Accommodations, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only, snorkeling gear, taxes and transfers in the islands.
  • Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to / from Galápagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers we must have guest's hotel contact.

Exclusions:

  • Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate $ 15 + VAT per guest for 5-day expeditions.
  • Wet Suits available for rent, NET rate $ 30 + VAT per guest for 7-day expeditions.
  • Air transportation to / from Galápagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice).
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice).
  • Migration Control Card (US $ 20 subject to change without previous notice).
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage, gratuities, gifts and additional items.
  • Internet / Wi-Fi

* Note: internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business centre and wifi in the yacht’s social areas; connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Other services

  • * Bar - Lounge, Boutique
  • * Gift Shop
  • * Radio, telephone, E-mail, and Fax communications
  • * PA System
  • * Snorkeling Equipment
  • * Multimedia natural history lectures
  • * Stargazing Program
  • * Digital camera and underwater housing
  • * Glass bottom boat
  • * Jacuzzi
  • * Reading Room & Natural History Library
  • * Air conditioned throughout
  • * Safety boxes
  • * Hair dryers
  • * Wet suits for snorkeling in cooler waters
  • * Sea Kayaks

Important Observations

  • For Yacht Isabela II we will apply a 10% discount on the lower priced itinerary –Central or Southern Islands (5 Days/4 Nights), if a second consecutive itinerary is added.
  • A 50% discount will apply on the lower priced itinerary, when reserving a 15Days/14Nights itineary.
  • These discounts apply only to full rate bookings.
  • These discounts are not applicable for promotional rates.
  • During Peak Season dates, Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to prioritise reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates.
  • EQ Touring reserves the right to limit the number of twin/double cabins for single use dependent on availability.
  • EQ Touring guarantees air space.
  • Galápagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical or operational reasons.
  • All rates are subject to change.

(See POLICIES for booking, payment and cancellation policies for FITs and GROUPS)

During Peak Season: Dec 21-25 / Dec 22-28 / Dec 28-Jan 1 / Dec 29-Jan 4

  • Children under 15 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians: 50% off. (Applies only to one child per adult paying full fare).
  • Minimum age 6 years old