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Cruising the Galapagos: Celebrity Xperience

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,729

A Galapagos cruise is a life-changing adventure. This trip aboard the luxurious Celebrity Xperience includes a comprehensive itinerary, visiting the most diverse and beautiful islands of the Galapagos.


This 8-day Galapagos Islands cruise lets you experience one of the world’s most unique eco-systems in style and unparalleled comfort.

Settle into your cabin, enjoying a welcome dinner and briefing to get you ready for the next five days. You’ll set out from North Seymour, which gets your wildlife spotting off to a great start, being home to frigates, iguanas, sea lions, and the famous blue-footed boobies. Then sail on to South Plaza Island the following morning for a land excursion through the Opuntia cacti forest. This is also home to one of the largest sea lion populations in the Galapagos. The Islands’ unique birdlife also keeps you company until you go on to Santa Fe, where you’ll encounter more endemic species including Galapagos hawks.

Be ready for an active day on San Cristobal, including a rewarding hike, and opportunities for snorkeling and kayaking. Then walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin himself when you explore Cerro Brujo, the first Galapagos coast on which the naturalist landed, and home to more sea lions. The following day, sail to Floreana, one of the archipelago’s most historically noteworthy islands thanks to its history of early settlement. Explorers, whalers, and pirates have all left their mark on Floreana, and even today, you can try dropping a letter in the barrel at Post Office Bay. There’s a good chance it’ll be delivered! After lunch, sail for Cormorant Point, where you can admire flocks of Flamingos and pintail ducks, before snorkeling at Champion Islet.

Your last full day in the Galapagos takes you to the outer islands, including Elizabeth Bay, home to a mangrove forest that supports sea turtles, rays, penguins, boobies, and many other species. Just to the southwest lies Moreno Point, which showcases some of the volcanic forces that have shaped the Galapagos over centuries and allowed this ecosystem to thrive. Spot sea turtles and white-tip sharks, before a panga ride takes you in for a close look at the shore-dwelling species.

Return to Charles Darwin Research Station before you depart, for an insight into the conservation work being done here.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,729

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Mainland to the Galapagos Islands

This morning, take a flight departing from mainland Ecuador heading to Baltra (2.5 hours). Arrival at the airport in Baltra and transfer to the dock.

Check-in to your cabin
Introductory briefing and safety drill
Lunch
Dry landing at North Seymour
18:00 Back on board
19:30 Briefing on Sunday's program
20:00 Welcome cocktail
20:15 Dinner

North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue footed boobies. Keep an eye out for land iguanas and sea lions too!

Difficulty level: Moderate.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

Celebrity Xperience

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    Celebrity Xperience



    The M/V Celebrity Xperience is an outstanding expedition vessel that offers guests a memorable cruise to the Enchanted Islands. On board passengers can enjoy impressive open-air spaces, comfortable cabins, and delicious meals at the al fresco. The unrivalled itineraries include spectacular land and water activities, ...

    The M/V Celebrity Xperience is an outstanding expedition vessel that offers guests a memorable cruise to the Enchanted Islands. On board passengers can enjoy impressive open-air spaces, comfortable cabins, and delicious meals at the al fresco. The unrivalled itineraries include spectacular land and water activities, led by selected naturalist guides who further enhance the Galapagos adventure.

    Since September 2013 the M/V Celebrity Xperience has gone through a planned renovation process leading up to an elegant interior design. Public areas and cabins have a fresh look that attracts attention to detail with high-quality materials, textiles and furniture. The 24 spaced Staterooms accommodate up to 48 passengers half of the number of rooms usually found on a ship this size. There are a variety of Staterooms but all of them have ocean views; guests can enjoy the ample cabin size of a larger vessel, whilst preserving the atmosphere and exclusivity of a smaller yacht.

    Facilities

    • Boutique(s)
    • Children's Activities
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Snorkelling
    • Sundeck
    • Water Sports

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Day 2

South Plaza Island and Santa Fe Island

06:45 Wake up call
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Dry landing and excursion at South Plaza Island
11:30 Back on board and lunch
15:00 Wet landing and excursion at Santa Fe Island
16:30 Swimming and snorkeling from the beach or kayak or panga ride
18:00 Back on board
19:30 Briefing on Monday's program
20:00 Dinner

South Plaza Island, although quite small, is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. An endemic plant, Sesuvium, inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator as its color is a greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds as well as different types of finches.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

Santa Fe was formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano. Some of the island's endemic species include the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Playful sea lions may accompany you during your snorkeling activities.

Difficulty level: Easy.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

San Cristobal Island and Cerro Brujo

06:45 Wake up call
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Wet landing and excursion at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island. Snorkeling, kayaking and panga ride opportunities
11:30 Back on board and lunch
15:00 Disembark at Cerro Brujo for excursion, beach activities, snorkeling, and panga ride
18:00 Back on board
19:30 Briefing on Tuesday's program
20:00 Dinner

Punta Pitt is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island and is a great place to see Nazca boobies and blue footed boobies. You will hike up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. You can also enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and panga rides at Punta Pitt.

Difficulty level: Difficult (longest hike of the cruise).

Located on the north coast of San Cristobal Island, this eroding tough cone offers a fantastic landscape as well as wonderful swimming, snorkeling and panga ride experiences. Cerro Brujo's gorgeous beach is also home to many sea lions and it's also the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago! You will also see a beautiful lagoon used by the locals of Baquerizo Moreno Port for salt mining as well as two different species of halophytes (rare plants that grow in soils with a high salt content)

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Floreana Island

06:45 Wake up call
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Dry landing and excursion on Floreana Island, visits to the Baroness's outlook point and Post Office followed by snorkeling or kayak
11:30 Back on board and lunch
15:00 Snorkeling at Champion Islet followed by an excursion to Punta Cormorant
18:00 Back on board
19:30 Briefing on Wednesday's program
20:00 Dinner

Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous, or shall we say, "Infamous" of islands due to many strange stories regarding past settlers. There are many wonderful and diverse sites to visit including Post Office Bay and the "Baroness's Viewing Point". Marine life also abounds in Floreana's coastal regions making it a fantastic site for snorkeling. Flamingos also populate the island and may be seen during your visit.

The Baroness's Viewing Point is the perfect place to take in the special scenery that defines Floreana, and a great spot to learn about the mysteries of Floreana's early settlers.

Difficulty level: Moderate (uphill)

In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. This is one of the archipelago's most famous spots. Don't forget to look in your logbook for your postcards! For the more adventurous, there is an option for a visit inside a lava tunnel. This tunnel has been kept untouched and completely natural, so please, watch your step!

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where everything from Flamingos to Stilts and Pintail Ducks tend to roam. Don't forget your binoculars! Prior to the excursions, you will also have an opportunity to participate in a magnificent snorkel at Champion Islet.

Difficulty level: Easy.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Elizabeth Bay and Punta Moreno

06:45 Wake up call
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Panga ride to Elizabeth Bay mangroves
11:00 Back on board and lunch
15:00 Landing at Punta Moreno
16:30 Panga ride
18:00 Back on board
19:30 Briefing on Thursday's program
20:00 Dinner

Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that you will visit on your cruise. You will enter a sheltered cove accessible by panga only - a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons and more.

Difficulty level: Easy.

Moreno Point is located just southwest of Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. Observe and learn about different types of lava and pioneer plants while being surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery that Galapagos has to offer. You will also have an opportunity for a panga ride along the striking rocky shores. In the tide pools green sea turtles or white-tip.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Santa Cruz Island

06:45 Wake up call
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Dry landing at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Station. Afterward bus ride to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see wild giant tortoises
13:00 Back on board and lunch
15:30 Optional afternoon activities
18:00 Back on board
19:30 Briefing on Friday's program
20:00 Dinner

On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands' namesake.

After the visit we drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Espanola Island

06:45 Wake up call
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Wet landing at Gardner Bay on Espanola Island for swimming and snorkeling from the beach or kayaking
10:00 Deep water snorkeling
11:30 Towel Folding lesson
12:00 Lunch
15:00 Dry landing at Punta Suarez, Espanola Island
18:00 Back on board
19:00 Galapagos Jeopardy for kids
19:15 Departure briefing
19:45 Farewell cocktail
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Please settle your bills

Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sandy beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions, and it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Throughout the morning there are opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.

Difficulty level: Easy

Punta Suarez is one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation from other islands, it has a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Espanola marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors and finches go about their day to day business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 15,000 to 17,000 pairs of albatrosses on Espanola represent almost the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Difficulty level: Difficult

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Mosquera Islet and Departure

05:45 Optional wake up call by phone
06:00 Panga ride to Mosquera Islet
07:15 Official wake up call, Back on board from Mosquera Islet
07:30 Breakfast
08:00 Luggage out and vacate cabins
08:45 Galapagos documentary shown in main lounge
09:45 Snack in the al fresco dining area
10:00 Disembark for airport transfer
12:30 Plane departs

Mosquera Islet: This tiny islet is actually home to a huge population of sea lions and is also home to many shorebirds. While at Mosquera, keep your eyes peeled as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas.
Later, you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador where your tour concludes.

Difficulty level: Easy

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Select Saturdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All tours as indicated
  • Local Guides
  • All entrances as indicated
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Onboard accommodation
  • Beverages including select wines, spirits and soft drinks
  • All gratuities
  • Room service
  • Shared transfer between the airport in Baltra and the dock upon arrival/departure
  • Galapagos Domestic Air
  • Visitor Ticket, Galapagos Park Entrance Fee
  • VIP lounge at the airport in Baltra on outgoing flights
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment
  • Complimentary use of 3mm "shorty" wet suits

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages not mentioned
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Satellite Internet access (at an extra cost)

OTHER INFORMATION:

NOTE: The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary. The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change.  Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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