Top-of-the-range cruise liner combining the amenities and comforts of a large ship with the exclusivity and exploratory spirit of a smaller vessel.
The Isabela II is a top-of-the-range cruise liner designed for clients who wish to experience the exploratory spirit of a Galápagos cruise in an atmosphere of exclusivity and relative luxury. She has capacity for just 40 passengers (extremely well looked after by the crew of 26, including three English-speaking naturalist guides), with the amenities and public areas normally found only on larger ships.
Accommodation is in 20 lower berth cabins in four room types, all of which have air-conditioning and an outside view. The décor is extremely smart: rooms are decorated in unfussy cream and chestnut enhanced with a generous use of polished wood. All cabins have seats, dressing tables and cupboards, while four cabins have double beds for either single or double occupancy. There is a bar, dining room, spacious sun deck, Jacuzzi and well-stocked library. Kayaks, snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are available but there is also glass-bottom for those who wish to enjoy the colourful underwater scenery without snorkelling.
What our clients say
"The ship was very comfortable, the food excellent and the itinery well planned giving us a wide range of experiences and activities without leaving us exhausted. The naturalists were amazingly knowledgeable and dedicated."PT, Peterborough
Our expert's view
Sophie Barber - Travel Expert
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.
The Isabela is a good option for families with some departures even having a special pirate theme. The crew and staff are welcoming, friendly and fun making for a great atmosphere on board. They also have a glass bottomed boat which is a good option for viewing sea life without having to snorkel. What I enjoyed the most was the deck space - head up to the boat deck and, if you're lucky, you might see a pod of dolphins chasing the boat!
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