MV Isabela II

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Cruise line
Metropolitan Touring Galapagos (Small Cruise Lines)

Current cruise:
10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island
16 Jul, 2017 - 27 Jul, 2017

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MV Isabela II Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Isabela II

Year built 1979  /  Age : 38
Flag state Ecuador
Builder ASMAR (Talcahuano, Chile)
Class expedition yacht
Owner Metropolitan Touring
Speed 10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Length (LOA) 54 m / 177 ft
Beam (width) 11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage 1025 gt
Passengers 42 - 44
Crew 27
Decks 3
Cabins 22
Decks with cabins 3
Last Refurbishment 2012

Review of MV Isabela II

The luxury yacht mv Isabela II is owned by “Metropolitan Touring”. The company operates small ship Galapagos cruises with mv Santa Cruz cruise ship and the luxury yacht “La Pinta”. The Isabela II is a small Galapagos expedition yacht with an year-round sailing program. The ship was formerly operating as a supply marine vessel, built in 1979 and refitted for Metropolitan Touring in 1988 (in Pensacola, Florida). MV Isabella 2 was last refurbished in September 2012.mv Isabela II

History - construction & ownership

The 42-passenger cruise ship mv Isabela has most of the modern luxury amenities that add more charm to her Galapagos Islands expedition cruises. Among the best features onboard are the outdoor lounge and vast observation area, top-deck Whirlpool, modern equipped fitness room, glass-bottom boat, kayaks, zodiacs, satellite connection, full air-conditioning.

Isabela II yacht

The owner of the luxury yacht Isabela II is "Metropolitan Touring". This company operates Galapagos small ship cruises with the luxury yacht "La Pinta" and mv Santa Cruz cruise ship. Isabela 2 is a small Galapagos expedition cruise yacht with an year-round sailing program for this exotic destination. The ship is a former supply marine vessel, built 1979 and refitted for the Metropolitan Touring company in 1988 (in Pensacola FL, USA). The MT company spends regularly big money on yacht refurbishments. MV Isabella 2 was last dry-dock refurbished in Sept 2012.

Isabela 2 Galapagos deals provide an affordable opportunity to observe the unique marine life in this region. The boat has an elegant design. The excellent team of expert Naturalists and all the yacht's friendly crew and staff share the charming passion for nature exploration and marine life conservation in the Galapagos' world of mystery and wonder. Isabella 2 has most of the modern luxury amenities features adding more charm to your Galapagos Islands expedition cruise vacations. Among the best onboard features are the top-deck Whirlpool, a modern equipped fitness room, outdoor lounge and spacious observation area, kayaks, zodiacs, glass-bottom boat, satellite connection (phone and Internet), full air-conditioning.

The nontraditional Galapagos cruise tour package deals are in the category of expedition travel. Isabela's Galapagos cruises are all marked by the yacht's elegant and relaxed atmosphere, exciting island tours, great service. The ship's multilingual Nature experts and the mixture of international and traditional Ecuadorian dishes in the onboard dining menu are just another piece of this beautiful Galapagos Islands cruising adventure puzzle.

Isabela II Galapagos cruise itineraries

  • Itinerary 1 - 10 DAY "ECUADOR AND GALAPAGOS" cruise from Quito, starting with a flight to Quito (2 Day / 1 Night hotel stay there). Tours & excursions highlights. The Isabella II yacht operates exclusively 4-night Galapagos cruise deals from Baltra. They include the following feature tours:
  • Quito - guided sightseeing (Legislative Palace), tour to the San Francisco Monastery, visiting La Compania Church and the Oswaldo Guayasamin's Museum (Ecuadorian painter and sculptor). In Quito there's also a welcome dinner.
  • On day 3 there's a charter flight from Quito to Baltra Island, with 3 Days / 2 Nights hotel stay at the Finch Bay Hotel. Baltra tour - to the Giant Tortoise Reserve.
  • Day 5 of the itinerary - Santa Cruz Island - Puerto Ayora town tour, boat embarkation with a welcome aboard cocktail, Giant Tortoise Reserve tour, visiting Charles Darwin Research Station, lectures. Follows the 4-night sailing portion in the Galapagos National Park, visiting La Galapaguera (giant tortoises),, with one professionally guided tour each day.
  • Visiting Santa Fe island and South Plaza Island (on day 6) and North Seymour Island and Santa Cruz Island (on day 7) - for guided walks.snorkeling, kayaking, 1 lecture.
  • Visiting Bartolome Island and Santiago Island (on day 8) - for guided walks, panga boat rides, snorkeling, with a farewell onboard cocktail. Next day you disembark from the yacht for a charter flight from Baltra to Quito (1 Night hotel stay).
  • Itinerary 2 - 15 DAY "DISCOVER GALAPAGOS AND PERU" cruise from Lima. Starts with your flight to the Peru's capital city - welcome dinner, sightseeing (the cathedral, San Francisco Monastery, the Museum of Larco Herrera (politician & philanthropist).
  • Lima–Cusco–Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu-Cusco excursions - visiting Awanakancha, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Sacsayhuaman Temple, Pisac, Ollantaytambo ruins, glass-dome train travel to Machu Picchu (guided tour of the ruins), train travel back to Sacred Valley and Cusco (Santo Domingo Monastery tour).
  • Follows a charter flight Cusco to Quito: (local restaurant dinner) and Quito touring on the next day. On day 10 of this itinerary you'll fly from Quito to Baltra island for embarkation.
  • The Galapagos small ship cruise portion offers visiting the following islands in this archipelago:  Floreana (day 11), Espanola (day 12), San Cristobal (day 13, farewell cocktail on the boat). On the next day there's a flight from the San Cristobal Island to Quito (farewell dinner, next day is the flight back home).

Isabela 2 Galapagos cruise deals

Avalon Isabela II Galapagos cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • Door-to-door pick-up by car (within 75 ml / 120 km of your airport, flights from Heathrow (London); all internal flights, transfers. local port charges, airport taxes.
  • All hotel stays. On Itinerary 1 - Quito (Swissotel Hotel) and in Galapagos (Finch Bay Eco Hotel). On Itinerary 2 (Peru) - staying in Casa Andina Private Collection hotels (in Lima, Sacred Valley and Cisco), at the Sumaq Hotel (in Machu Picchu) and Swissotel (in Quito).
  • All meals. American breakfast is served daily. On Itinerary 1 - a total of six lunches and seven 3-course dinners (including the Quito's welcome dinner and 1 farewell onboard dinner). On Itinerary 2 - a total of eight lunches and ten 3-course dinners (including the Lima's welcome dinner and the Quito's farewell dinner). The International cuisine features traditional Ecuadorian entrees, complimentary regional wines (all onboard dinners), coffee, tea and bottled water on the ship are also complimentary.
  • Isabela II Galapagos cruise prices are also inclusive of all multimedia lectures (provided daily by multilingual professional guides). The yacht's staff list also includes 3 Naturalist Guides (including an Expedition Director). Culture/entertainment (nightly) options are performances by local entertainers and artisans and the ship's stargazing enrichment program. "Young Pirates" is the ship's land and sea kids program (ages 7 - 12 years old), featuring special kids menus, games, kids-only themed tours.
  • Also included in the fares are all the guided tours and excursions (island walks, kayaking and snorkeling). Internet access is also free of charge (max 30 min pp per session, satellite connection).
  • Snorkeling equipment - also complimentary, including different sizes wetsuits ( 1/8") for men, women and kids.

Cabins

All Isabela staterooms are outside, air-conditioned, with private bathrooms and safes. The ship has one Master Suite (170 ft2), 16 Classic Staterooms and 2 Standard Rooms (129 ft2), as well as one Standard of 139 ft2.

Staterooms - Types/Categories/Sizes (high to low)

  • 1x Master Suite - (MS, size 170 ft2 / 16 m2).
  • 16x Classic Staterooms (cat CC, with twin beds), and 2x Standard Rooms (with 1 double bed) - sizes 129 ft2 / 12 m2), and 1x Standard of 139 ft2 / 13 m2.
  •  cabins (port hole window, cat B, U, M) - size 124 ft2 / 11,5 m2.
  • MV Isabella 2 ship is fully air-conditioned, all staterooms have private bathrooms (showers, hairdryers. Occupancy is 2 guests per room.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

All meals are included in Isabela II Galapagos cruise deals. American breakfast is offered daily. Dinner is a 3-course experience. The International cuisine features complimentary regional wines, traditional Ecuadorian entrees, tea, coffee and bottled water, also complimentary.

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

Sailing to the Galapagos Islands onboard the unique Isabela II goes beyond the traditional cruising experience. Such an expeditionary approach allows passengers to discover the natural wonders of the region. MV Isabela II features elegant atmosphere which lets guests enjoy the Galapagos intimate contact with wildlife. Isabela II expert Naturalists and crew share their love for nature. MV Isabela II features an exercise room, Jacuzzi, outdoor lounge, as well as an observation platform for whale and dolphin watching on ship’s top deck. The bar and lounge are elegantly appointed. So is the well-stocked reading room.

MV Isabela II wiki

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  • Cabin grades number: 1
  • Total number of cabins: 22 (of which 1 Suite, 0 Balcony rooms, 21 Oceanview).
  • Boat Deck (3) -  Observation lounge (for dolphin and whale watching), Sun Deck Bar area (serving premium spirits), loungers, Jacuzzi, 2x lifeboats, Bridge, Gym room (open 24 hrs).
  • Cabin Deck (2) - Staterooms (category CC classic) - x16 twins, x2 double, x1 Standard double.
  • Main Deck (1) - Dining Room (open seating buffet), Bar Salon (for video presentations), Gift Shop, Reading Room (with 2 Internet PCs, Natural History Library with books on Galapagos & Ecuador, nature videos), Master Suite.
  • mv Isabella II ship's amenities - Galapagos Cruise Tours Director, English-speaking crew (including 3 expert Naturalists and 1 resident physician), top-deck lounge with bar,, complimentary coffee & bottled water, 3 zodiacs (used for ship-to-shore transportation), 1 glass-bottom boat, satellite phone, sea kayaks, automatic pilot system, hydrophone (underwater world exploration).

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MV Isabela II Itineraries 2017

The below listed MV Isabela II cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Small Cruise Lines fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

Departure
Itinerary ports
Cusco cruise port

22 June 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10306
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23 Jun      Departing from Lima (flight)   
23 Jun      Departing from Cusco, Peru   
24 Jun     Machu Picchu, Peru   
25 Jun     Machu Picchu, Peru   
25 Jun - 26 Jun     Cusco, Peru (Overnight)   
26 Jun     Cusco, Peru   
27 Jun     Quito (flight)   
28 Jun     Quito, Ecuador   
29 Jun     Quito, Ecuador   
30 Jun     Quito (flight)   
30 Jun     Baltra Island, Galapagos   
30 Jun     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
01 Jul     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
02 Jul     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
03 Jul     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
04 Jul     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
04 Jul      Arriving in Quito (flight)   
Santa Cruz Island cruise port

16 July 2017 10 nights / 11 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island
Prices starting
from $9592
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17 Jul      Departing from Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
18 Jul     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
19 Jul     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
20 Jul - 21 Jul     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos (Overnight)   
21 Jul     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
22 Jul     Genovesa Island, Galapagos   
23 Jul     Santiago Island, Galapagos   
24 Jul     Fernandina Island, Galapagos   
24 Jul - 25 Jul     Isabela Island, Galapagos (Overnight)   
25 Jul     Isabela Island, Galapagos   
26 Jul     Rabida Island, Galapagos   
26 Jul     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
27 Jul      Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos   
Cusco cruise port

20 July 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10300
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21 Jul      Departing from Lima (flight)   
21 Jul      Departing from Cusco, Peru   
22 Jul     Machu Picchu, Peru   
23 Jul     Machu Picchu, Peru   
23 Jul - 24 Jul     Cusco, Peru (Overnight)   
24 Jul     Cusco, Peru   
25 Jul     Quito (flight)   
26 Jul     Quito, Ecuador   
27 Jul     Quito, Ecuador   
28 Jul     Quito (flight)   
28 Jul     Baltra Island, Galapagos   
28 Jul     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
29 Jul     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
30 Jul     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
31 Jul     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
01 Aug     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
01 Aug      Arriving in Quito (flight)   
Cusco cruise port

17 August 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10300
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18 Aug      Departing from Lima (flight)   
18 Aug      Departing from Cusco, Peru   
19 Aug     Machu Picchu, Peru   
20 Aug     Machu Picchu, Peru   
20 Aug - 21 Aug     Cusco, Peru (Overnight)   
21 Aug     Cusco, Peru   
22 Aug     Quito (flight)   
23 Aug     Quito, Ecuador   
24 Aug     Quito, Ecuador   
25 Aug     Quito (flight)   
25 Aug     Baltra Island, Galapagos   
25 Aug     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
26 Aug     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
27 Aug     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
28 Aug     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
29 Aug     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
29 Aug      Arriving in Quito (flight)   
Cusco cruise port

28 September 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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29 Sep      Departing from Lima (flight)   
29 Sep      Departing from Cusco, Peru   
30 Sep     Machu Picchu, Peru   
01 Oct     Machu Picchu, Peru   
01 Oct - 02 Oct     Cusco, Peru (Overnight)   
02 Oct     Cusco, Peru   
03 Oct     Quito (flight)   
04 Oct     Quito, Ecuador   
05 Oct     Quito, Ecuador   
06 Oct     Quito (flight)   
06 Oct     Baltra Island, Galapagos   
06 Oct     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
07 Oct     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
08 Oct     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
09 Oct     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
10 Oct     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
10 Oct      Arriving in Quito (flight)   
Cusco cruise port

26 October 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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27 Oct      Departing from Lima (flight)   
27 Oct      Departing from Cusco, Peru   
28 Oct     Machu Picchu, Peru   
29 Oct     Machu Picchu, Peru   
29 Oct - 23:00     Cusco, Peru (Overnight)   
29 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     Cusco, Peru   
30 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     Quito (flight)   
31 Oct 23:00 - 23:00     Quito, Ecuador   
01 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Quito, Ecuador   
02 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Quito (flight)   
02 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Baltra Island, Galapagos   
02 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
03 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
04 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
05 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
06 Nov 23:00 - 23:00     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
06 Nov      Arriving in Quito (flight)   
Cusco cruise port

09 November 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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10 Nov      Departing from Lima (flight)   
10 Nov      Departing from Cusco, Peru   
11 Nov     Machu Picchu, Peru   
12 Nov     Machu Picchu, Peru   
12 Nov - 13 Nov     Cusco, Peru (Overnight)   
13 Nov     Cusco, Peru   
14 Nov     Quito (flight)   
15 Nov     Quito, Ecuador   
16 Nov     Quito, Ecuador   
17 Nov     Quito (flight)   
17 Nov     Baltra Island, Galapagos   
17 Nov     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
18 Nov     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
19 Nov     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
20 Nov     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
21 Nov     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
21 Nov      Arriving in Quito (flight)   
Cusco cruise port

07 December 2017 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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08 Dec      Departing from Lima (flight)   
08 Dec      Departing from Cusco, Peru   
09 Dec     Machu Picchu, Peru   
10 Dec     Machu Picchu, Peru   
10 Dec - 11 Dec     Cusco, Peru (Overnight)   
11 Dec     Cusco, Peru   
12 Dec     Quito (flight)   
13 Dec     Quito, Ecuador   
14 Dec     Quito, Ecuador   
15 Dec     Quito (flight)   
15 Dec     Baltra Island, Galapagos   
15 Dec     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos   
16 Dec     Floreana Island, Galapagos   
17 Dec     Espanola Island, Galapagos   
18 Dec     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
19 Dec     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos   
19 Dec      Arriving in Quito (flight)