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Celebrity Cruises: Galapagos Islands

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises: Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

  • VIP personalized check-in service
  • All meals, including room service and in-stateroom dining during meal hours
  • All beverages including bottled water, wine, beer and spirits, as well as coffee and tea service including espresso and cappuccino
  • All shore excursions with choices of activity levels and locations
  • All gratuities
  • All snorkeling equipment, including masks, snorkels, fins, wet-suits and flotation devices
  • All onboard briefings and lectures lead by our expert Naturalists
  • Cooking demonstrations, including tasting
  • Binoculars & bathrobes
  • Meet and Greet services at the Quito airport for all airport transfers and tours
  • 2-Night pre-cruise and 1-Night post-cruise hotel accommodations at the JW Marriott
  • Luggage service including compliance with mandatory Galapagos agricultural inspections as well as Galapagos flight check-in and boarding passes at the hotel. Luggage is delivered directly to ship’s stateroom from the hotel in Quito.
  • Full day guided tour of historical Quito, including a visit to the Equator Line at the Middle of the World Park and Museum
  • Non-stop Airbus flight service from Quito to Baltra, Galapagos, and direct (possibly one brief stop in Guayaquil) return service from Baltra to Quito
  • Use of the Royal Palm private VIP lounge at the Baltra airport for arrival and departure, including beverages and access to facilities
  • 7-Night Celebrity Xpedition, Galapagos cruise
  • Guests are greeted and led by Celebrity Xpedition Naturalists
  • Transfers to Pier and from Pier to board Celebrity Xpedition Zodiacs
  • Upon return to Quito on Saturday, shopping tour to local craft market and farewell dinner.
  • Meals and beverages while on tour and at the hotel

DAY 1 – Quito, Ecuador; Touring
On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

DAY 2 – Quito, Ecuador; Touring
During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you’ll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you throughout your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

DAY 3 – Quito to Baltra Embarkation; Touring
You will be transferred to the Quito, Ecuador airport to board the flight to Baltra, Galapagos, where naturalist guides will be waiting to transfer you to the ship.

Baltra Island(Galapagos); Departs 3:00PM
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport.

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island; Tendered 4:00PM to 6:00PM
A zodiac ride into Black Turtle Cove brings you up close to the quiet wonders of the Galapagos. Once inside the cove, we’ll quietly explore the area looking for sea turtles, several species of rays, and sharks.

DAY 4 – Rabida Island; Tendered 7:00AM to 11:00AM
A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some sea birds.

Egas Port, Santiago Island; Tendered 3:00PM to 6:00PM
With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, and blue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful taste of the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds, Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling.

DAY 5 – Tagus Cove, Isabela Island; Tendered 7:00AM to 11:00AM
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and spectacular Darwin Lake. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found.

Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island; Tendered 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and, as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense deluges of black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary black lava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants.

DAY 6 – Urvina Bay, Isabela Island; Tendered 7:00AM to 10:30AM
Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active, the latest eruption having occurred in 2015. Here we will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magma below one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 6 meters, and today we can walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef.

Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island; Tendered 2:30PM to 5:30PM
The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride to remember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish.

DAY 7 – Bartolome Island; Tendered 7:00AM to 11:30AM
Bartolome Island hosts one of the region’s most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island; Tendered 2:30PM to 5:00PM
A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word “barges” by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.

Daphne Major; Tendered 6:00PM to 7:00PM
Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.

DAY 8 – El Barranco (Genovesa Island); Tendered 7:00AM to 11:45AM
El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps after the prince who visited in 1965 and again in 1981, is a steep stairway that leads up through a seabird colony full of Nazca and red-footed boobies. Once visitors reach the plateau, the trail continues inland and passes more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa); Tendered 2:30PM to 6:00PM
Darwin Bay’s soft white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other local wildlife includes sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, and more. Snorkeling is a must here, as the nutrient-rich water attracts all types of marine life, including sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, and the occasional manta ray. Excursion options: Walk, swim, snorkel and kayak.

DAY 9 – Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island; Tendered 8:00AM to 6:00PM
This is the main population center of the islands, and home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center and walk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.

DAY 10 – Baltra Island(Galapagos); Arrival: 8:00AM
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport.

Baltra – Quito Disembarkation; Touring
You will be transferred to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinner is served at the hotel.

DAY 11 – Quito, Ecuador; Touring
Your Celebrity Cruises representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast is included.

All prices are per person based on double occupancy. Transportation allowance is per stateroom, to be paid after tour returns. Additional air gateways available on request. This offer is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions apply.