MV Isabela II

MV Isabela II Review and Specifications

Specifications of MV Isabela II

Flag state Ecuador
Builder ASMAR (Talcahuano, Chile)
Year built 1979
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 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.


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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  • Time-charter operator Avalon Waterways
  • 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.

Itinerary ports
02 March 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $9531
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03 Mar        Lima (flight)
03 Mar        Departing from Cusco, Peru
04 Mar        Machu Picchu, Peru
05 Mar        Machu Picchu, Peru
05 Mar - 06 Mar        Cusco, Peru (Overnight)
06 Mar        Cusco, Peru
07 Mar        Quito (flight)
08 Mar        Quito, Ecuador
09 Mar        Quito, Ecuador
10 Mar        Quito (flight)
10 Mar        Baltra Island, Galapagos
10 Mar        Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
11 Mar        Floreana Island, Galapagos
12 Mar        Espanola Island, Galapagos
13 Mar        San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
14 Mar        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
30 March 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $9531
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31 Mar        Lima (flight)
31 Mar        Departing from Cusco, Peru
01 Apr        Machu Picchu, Peru
02 Apr        Machu Picchu, Peru
02 Apr - 03 Apr        Cusco, Peru (Overnight)
03 Apr        Cusco, Peru
04 Apr        Quito (flight)
05 Apr        Quito, Ecuador
06 Apr        Quito, Ecuador
07 Apr        Quito (flight)
07 Apr        Baltra Island, Galapagos
07 Apr        Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
08 Apr        Floreana Island, Galapagos
09 Apr        Espanola Island, Galapagos
10 Apr        San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
11 Apr        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
11 May 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10306
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12 May        Lima (flight)
12 May        Departing from Cusco, Peru
13 May        Machu Picchu, Peru
14 May        Machu Picchu, Peru
14 May - 15 May        Cusco, Peru (Overnight)
15 May        Cusco, Peru
16 May        Quito (flight)
17 May        Quito, Ecuador
18 May        Quito, Ecuador
19 May        Quito (flight)
19 May        Baltra Island, Galapagos
19 May        Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
20 May        Floreana Island, Galapagos
21 May        Espanola Island, Galapagos
22 May        San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
23 May        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
22 June 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10306
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23 Jun        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        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
16 July 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
20 July 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10300
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21 Jul        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        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
17 August 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10300
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18 Aug        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        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
28 September 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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29 Sep        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        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
26 October 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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27 Oct        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        Quito (flight)
31 Oct 23:00 - 23:00        Quito, Ecuador
01 Nov 23:00 - 23:00        Quito, Ecuador
02 Nov        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        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
09 November 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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10 Nov        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        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)
07 December 11 nights / 12 days, one-way from Callao to Quito
fly-cruise (Lima,Quito)
Prices starting
from $10006
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08 Dec        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        Arriving in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
01 Jan        Quito (flight)