Perfectly-suited to Galápagos exploration, Isabela II is an elegant, 56-metre, expedition ship offering a lovely, relaxed atmosphere to 40 guests at most. All cabins are spacious and fully air-conditioned, the natural history library is replete with reference books, the meals delicious and the outer decks fantastic for viewing wildlife (especially reclining on the top deck, cool drink in hand, as frigate birds shadow the ship). Of the 27 crew, three are exceptional local naturalists who delight in explaining the unique plants and animals, and taking us to the best spots for swimming and snorkelling. The ship carries panjos (Zodiacs), kayaks and a glass bottom boat. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including an on-board spa, fitness room, business centre with computer stations, Wifi throughout the social areas, cosy bar and outside deck for meals, drinks and sunbathing.