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Seeing the Galápagos Islands on board the 21-stateroom Isabela II goes beyond traditional cruising. It's an expeditionary approach that allows you to authentically discover and explore the natural wonders of this region. The Isabela II is built to luxurious standards and features an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy all that the Galápagos is famous for intimate contact with the wildlife! Delve into this unique world with the Isabela II's crew and expert Naturalists, who share their passion for nature and conservation of this mysterious part of the world. The Isabela II features a Jacuzzi, exercise room, outdoor lounge, and an observation platform for dolphin and whale watching on the top deck. The ship's dining room, lounge, and bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library/reading room. All staterooms are outside and feature air-conditioning, private bathrooms, hairdryers, and safety deposit boxes.
 
Atmosphere on board 
The social hub of the yacht is the comb bar-lecture room, which is used for evening briefings, video presentations and as a destination before-and-after dinner drinks. An adjacent mini-library houses a pair of Web-ready computers and a collection of books about South America, the Galapagos and wildlife. (Wi-Fi is available in the library and bar/lecture room.) Isabella II's lobby features a small boutique selling logo hats, shirts and jackets, as well as a variety of travel essentials for forgetful passengers (sun block, aloe, sunglasses). An exercise room contains a bike, elliptical and treadmill.
 
The yacht's sun deck features a smattering of wicker loungers and a jacuzzi with room to comfortably accommodate six passengers.
 
just got back from a wonderful week on the Isabella II. She can accomodate a maximum of 40 passengers but, with three excellent naturalists on board, you never feel part of a herd when hiking or snorkling. They also have a glass bottom boat for people who want to get themselves wet but who want to see fish, turtles and sealions swimming. In addition, there are several oportunities for kayaking. The boat covers an extensive itinerary including North Seymour Island, Hood Island (Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez), Floreana (Point Cormorant and Post Office Bay), Santa Cruz (Darwin Research Station and a trek to the highlands), Tower (Darwin Bay, Prince Philip's Steps), Pernandina, Isabella, James (Puerto Egas and Bartolome).
 
This is the nicest expedition boat I have been on. Each cabin is plain but spacious with comfortable beds, lots of storage room and a private bath. The AC can actually get a little too cold but you can turn it down with individual cabin controls. The staff checks and cleans the cabins several times a day to make beds, empty trash, and turn down service.
 
Food & Dining
Dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served open seating at designated times in Isabella II's dining room. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style while dinner is served course-by-course. The occasional meal is also served alfresco on a top-ship (covered) secondary venue. Post-excursion snacks (juice and pigs 'n blankets, say) are offered daily
 
Family with Kids/Teens
Avalon maintains a minimum age of 8 for younger passengers. Children under the age of eight typically are too young to fully enjoy a cruise vacation. Because of this and for the safety and enjoyment of all passengers. Isabela II is a fantastic yacht for families wanting to share the pleasure of discovering the Galapagos together. We also provide exclusive and fun educational materials as well as special meals and activities for younger passengers.
 

Past Passenger Programs
Avalon Waterways Past Passenger Program is called the Journeys Club. Journeys Club is the frequent travelers club for the Globus family of brands. Through it, Avalon will reward their frequent travelers with attractive perks. Cruisers must enroll in the club to receive benefits including exclusive promotions, special perks, and customized service.
 
 
Fitness And Spa
The Yacht Isabela II now has an air conditioned, indoor gym with glass panels on the Boat Deck, open 24 hours, with three POLAR-brand machines including: Treadmill 91Ti, Cross-Trainer 91Xi Total-Body, Lifecycle Bike 90C Uprigh. The Yacht Isabela II  is equipped with satellite internet. Two computers are located in the natural history library (Main Deck) or wireless service is available for an additional fee.But the main attractions are off-the-boat activities: 
 
Sea Kayaking -- There are four double ocean kayaks aboard the Yacht Isabela II. Kayaking is an optional activity in addition to the regular program. Each kayak outing is approximately 30 minutes in the waters off Floreana, Tower and Isabela Islands.
Snorkeling --There are many opportunities for snorkeling during the Yacht Isabela II expedition.  During the cooler months of May through December travelers may wish to use one of the 75 shortie wet suits (3mm or 1/8 inch) available in different sizes, for men, women and children. Use of the wet suites is included in the price of the cruise, however damaged or lost wet suits will be added to the guest’s shipboard account. As an alternative to snorkeling, the glass-bottom boat offers another opportunity to observe the marine life.
 
Entertainment
The Isabela II offers enriching wildlife encounters whether amid the islands’ haunting volcanic landscapes or beneath the waves of its marine reserve, all in the company of passionate, dedicated and expert naturalist guides. The islands’ marine life can be appreciated with a snorkel and mask, paddling a kayak or aboard our glass-bottom boat.
 
On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Jacuzzi, fitness room, cosy bar and outside deck for meals, drinks and sunbathing. Her crew has remained virtually unchanged for years, their dedication, attention to detail and passion for service touching every one of her guests.
 
Staterooms
Isabella II features 18 139-square-foot inside cabins (Classic), one 128-square-foot inside cabin (Standard) and one 170-square-foot Master Suite Cabin with picture window. (These snug accommodations are par for the course in expedition cruising.) There is some variation in cabin configuration; the Classic cabins feature either fixed twin(ish) beds that run parallel or fixed twin(ish) and singles that form an "L." The one Standard features a twin-sized bed, and the Master Suite has a queen. Cabins amenities include hair dryers, telephones, safes and 110-volt, U.S.-style outlets.
 
Cabins Aboard Isabella II
 
Master Suite
170 square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
 
Classic Cabins
140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck.  Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
 
Standard Cabins
128 square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
 
The Isabela II offers enriching wildlife encounters whether amid the islands’ haunting volcanic landscapes or beneath the waves of its marine reserve, all in the company of passionate, dedicated and expert naturalist guides. The islands’ marine life can be appreciated with a snorkel and mask, paddling a kayak or aboard our glass-bottom boat.
 
On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Jacuzzi, fitness room, cosy bar and outside deck for meals, drinks and sunbathing. Her crew has remained virtually unchanged for years, their dedication, attention to detail and passion for service touching every one of her guests.
 
Tipping
Gratuities are included in cruise fares for services during meals and land stays (including porter tips for one piece of luggage per person). Gratuities for the Cruise Director, local hosts, local guides, driver and ship's crew are not included and are discretionary. Avalon recommendsThis is what was "suggested": Naturalists-$50pp, Crew-$70pp, Bartender- $10pp

It was no pressure, there were boxes placed on the front reception, and you just placed cash (no envelopes, so they would not have known who tipped or who did not) tips could also be placed on credit cards if you did not have cash.

Fellow Passengers
Passengers consist mostly of older couples (55-plus) who are well-traveled. Many have come to Avalon through prior experience with Globus, so the land-touring aspect of the cruise may hold a higher priority for them. Mostly English-speaking travelers from USA/Canada/UK/Australians and New Zealanders. An Avalon passenger is typically near retirement age or retired.  Avalon's experience is not designed to be compatible with families (especially those with younger children).
 
Our recommendation
The 40-passenger yacht Isabella II offers the efficiency and intimacy of a smaller yacht yet retains the luxury and amenities of a Galapagos small ship. The Isabela II offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the Galapagos Islands.
 
Isabela II expedition leaders on board are selected naturalist guides who have been raised to the same hierarchical level as the yacht’s Hotel Manager. This means the expedition experience is given the same relevance and importance as other aspects of the expedition cruise (e.g. hospitality).
Isabela II is the only Galapagos tour operator where a Product Manager is a former Expedition Leader and Naturalist Guide, putting the expedition experience at the heart of everything  Isabela II do and providing unrivalled on-the-ground, hands-on knowledge.

We have established our own, in-house categories for Naturalist Guides, using individual assessment based on field knowledge, service aptitude and communication skills (90%), and 10% on number of years guiding. Our Expedition Leaders are those guides that obtain the highest levels in this assessment and have proven themselves in other related areas.

Isabela II has an on-going focus on training of all staff and guides – e.g. every time a yacht goes to dry dock, they go back to school. Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages upon request for groups larger than 10 guests: German, French, Italian, Russian).