The Galapagos Islands are unlike anywhere else on earth - an exotic haven of flora and fauna, where the interference of humans has been kept to an absolute minimum. A once-in-a-lifetime voyage to this mysterious unspoilt corner of the world will open up a land that is rarely seen; discover 1,900 unique species and breath-taking nature, not to mention the definition of true peace and serenity.
Each stop will reveal new enchantments. From the prehistoric land iguanas nestling on Dragon Hill to flamingos in the hypersalinic lagoon, every experience on your Galapagos cruise is an unforgettable one. What’s more, your cruise is completely all-inclusive – virtually everything you need including snorkelling equipment, meals, drinks and shore excursions is included. You’ve probably seen the wildlife documentaries on the BBC – now experience it for yourself.
At a glance
- Lead in fly-cruise fares start at £5,634 pp for the 11 night Galapagos and Ecuador cruise/tour on Celebrity Xperience departing March 2019 with flights from Heathrow.
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Wildlife highlights include:
Flamingos, Sea Turtles, land and marine iguanas, Blue Footed boobies, Albatross, penguins, Frigate birds, humpback whales, cormorants, oystercatchers, lava lizards, dolphins, and of course the famous Giant Tortoises.
When is the best time to go to the Galapagos?
The Galapagos are a year-round destination, and you will see different wildlife at different times of the year, however April and May are generally accepted as the best months due to weather, animals and water temperature.
Celebrity Xpeditions Galapagos Ships
Celebrity offer smaller, expedition-style ships in the Galapagos
- Celebrity Xpedition accommodating 100 guests
- Celebrity Xperience accommodating 48 guests
- Celebrity Xploration accommodating 16 guests
- Celebrity Flora accommodating 100 guests (joining the fleet in 2019)
The ships sail on exciting 7-night itineraries from Baltra, taking either the southern loop, the northern loop or the outer loop. The 10-night fly-cruise packages include flights, transfers, hotel accommodation and tours in Quito, and flights to and from Baltra – making your Galapagos adventure seamless and worry-free.
Introducing Celebrity Flora, the first ship of its kind to be designed and built specifically with the destination in mind. Every space, including the all-suites accommodations, features Celebrity Expeditions innovative outward-facing concept, so the destination is always the centre of attention at every turn. By using natural materials inspired by the Galapagos islands, Celebrity Cruises have created a ship that's a true complement to the destination and merges seamlessly with the surroundings to create a greater connection between the guests, the ocean, and the breathtaking islands.
What's included on a Celebrity Galapagos cruise/tour
- Return flights between the UK and Quito
- Shared transfers throughout to/from airport/hotel
- Three nights hotel accommodation on a BB basis in Quito (Two nights pre- and one night post-cruise)
- Tours in Quito
On board the ship:
- Voyage aboard one of the Celebrity vessels in Galapagos, as indicated in the applicable itinerary
- Accommodation in staterooms with air conditioning, private bathroom and showers, and refrigerators with complimentary bottled water
- All meals and complimentary beverages including select wines, sparkling wines, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and teas
- Complimentary room service
- Complimentary internet access
- Onboard entertainment, including programs or lectures by Galapagos National Park certified naturalists or the experienced staff
- Complimentary snorkelling equipment, mini-wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks provided for the duration of the cruise
- Gratuities while on board for the crew and lecturers, as well as gratuities for the naturalist guides
- The Galapagos National Park admission fee
- Galapagos Tourist Card fee
- Transfers from/to Baltra, Galapagos airport to/from the ship.
Celebrity Xpedition Ship
Day 1: Fly UK to Quito
Fly overnight to Quito, Ecuador on an indirect flight.
Day 2: Arrive Quito
On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.
City of Quito
Day 3: Explore Quito
Breakfast is served at the hotel. 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 Middle of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and La Compañia Church. 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 4: Quito, Ecuador to Baltra, Galapagos
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, Galapagos. 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 and where you will meet the ship. From the airport, it is just a short bus and Zodiac ride to the ship for embarkation at 14:30
Your luggage will be delivered straight to your stateroom, giving you the opportunity to explore the Celebrity Xpedition, a 296-foot mega-yacht and your home for the week.
Daphne Island (Galapagos)
Cruising 17:00 - 18:00
The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue footed boobies and tropic bird. In addition, large schools of fish can be observed from the zodiac rides.
Grapsus grapsus of the Galapagos
Day 5: Garner Bay (Espanola)
Gardner Bay (Espanola) Tendered 07:00 - 14:00
Home to one of the longest beaches in the Galapagos, during a morning walk along a soft white sand beach, you’ll visit a sea lion colony and search for the startlingly red Sally Lightfoot crabs, shorebirds, and marine iguanas.
Punta Suarez (Galapagos) Tendered 15:00 - 19:00
Punta Suarez is where wildlife viewing is at its very best. A hike from the beach to the steep southern cliffs leads to a dramatic blowhole where water can gush up to 50 feet into the air. You may be lucky enough to pass through a sea lion colony.
Day 6: Cormorant Point (Floreana)
Cormorant Point (Floreana) Tendered 07:00 - 13:00
The first capital of the Galapagos and where Charles Darwin met the islands' Governor. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles
Post Office (Galapagos) Tendered 13:30 - 20:00
Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793 where whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. Continue the tradition and post your own letter or post-cards.
Flamingos feeding off Floreana Island
Day 7: Punta Moreno (Isabela)
Punta Moreno (Isabela) Tendered 07:00 - 12:00
Punta Moreno will almost give you the feeling of time travel into a prehistoric era. Located on the extreme north coast of Isabela Island, between volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, Punta Moreno is dominated by jet-black pahoehoe lava that seems to extend as far as the eye can see. This has created numerous tidal pools, some surrounded by mangroves, that are a magnet for wildlife, including flamingo, great blue herons, moorhens and pintails. You can walk to the edge of the lava to look straight down at the inhabitants of the crystal clear pools, including the occasional green sea turtle, white-tipped reef sharks, and pufferfish. You may also have a chance to see huge marine iguanas, Galapagos Penguins and the rare flightless cormorant.
Urvina Bay (Isabela) Tendered 14:00 - 19:00
Take a long ramble through the now high-and-dry corals of this reef or stick to a shorter version and look for land iguanas, finches, and maybe giant tortoises. The black sand beach of Urvina Bay offers a chance for swimming and snorkeling.
Day 8: Puerto Espinoza (Galapagos)
Puerto Espinoza (Galapagos) Tendered 07:00 - 12:00
One of the least visited sites on Isabela due to its remote location and difficult access. Stark black volcanic rocks cover the landscape and when juxtaposed with the brilliant green of lush plant growth around ponds, it makes for a spectacular sight.
Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) Tendered 14:00 - 19:00
One of the most dramatic of landscapes in the Galapagos. At the foot of Isabela’s Ecuador Volcano, this is an opportunity to see first-hand the remains of a caldera and the abundant wildlife now residing in the area.
Marine iguana of the Galapagos
Day 9: South Plaza (Santa Cruz)
South Plaza (Santa Cruz) Tendered 07:00 - 11:00
The island’s low-lying landscape is covered with colorful saltbush, scrub, and giant prickly pear cactus. A subspecies of land iguana is found on the island in plentiful abundance and sometimes can be seen munching on the cactus.
Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) Tendered 15:00 - 21:00
Dragon Hill, is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed.
Day 10: Puerto Ayora (Galapagos)
Tendered 07:00 - 19:00
Here, you have the opportunity to visit a giant tortoise reserve in the lushly vegetated highlands, where the animals roam free in their natural habitat. or wander through the lovely streets of Puerto Ayora for some shopping.
Day 11: Baltra (Galapagos)
Baltra (Galapagos) Debark 07:00
Transfer to airport. Upon arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises®Representative will escort you to the JW Marriot hotel. Dinner is served at the hotel.
Day 12: Quito to Cusco
Check out of the JW Marriot and your Celebrity Cruises® Representative will once again escort you to the airport for your flight to the UK
Celebrity Cruises Galapagos
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