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Celebrity Xpedition offers the perfect combination of explorer's voyage and cosmopolitan bliss. Travel to one of the last uninhabited places on earth the legendary Galapagos Islands where untamed wildlife outnumbers the pampered travelers. Make moonlight toasts under the stars that led sailors and scientists alike to this extraordinary archipelago.
Designed not just for travel, but for exploration, this 96-guest mega-yacht sails to the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's last pristine environments, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The knowledgeable crew, environmentally sound ship design, and Galapagos National Park-certified onboard naturalists all help to preserve this delicate archipelago, while enlightening you to its natural and evolutionary significance.
The flight from mainland Ecuador lands on the island of Baltra.
As you approach by air, you'll observe the rocky plateau of Baltra emerging
from the blue waters of the Pacific. The terrain is flat and arid, specked
with red volcanic rock and sparse growth of cactus.
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting
the Panama Canal. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to
the region's main airport and where you will be greeted by park guides and Celebrity
staff. After just a short bus and zodiac ride you
will be aboard the ship. Your luggage will be delivered straight to your
stateroom, giving you the opportunity to explore the ship and your home for the week.
Daphne Island (Isla Daphne) is a satellite volcanic cone located
north of Santa Cruz island. The crater floor is an important breeding site
for the blue-footed boobies. The presence of these sea birds makes this
an exceptional island to visit. The cliff shore of the island is home for
sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and tropic birds. In addition,
large schools of fish can be observed from the zodiac rides.
Nearing the crater rim red-billed tropicbirds nest in the cliffs. These
elegant birds with long white tail feathers and a coral-red bill, nest in
the over hanging ledges and crevices of the steep slopes. Magnificent frigate
birds build their nests in the little vegetation that occurs on the island's
slopes and near the crater rim. Finches, masked boobies, short eared owls
and Galapagos Martins are also visible.
Day 2 - Puerto Egas & Rabida
Puerto Egas, Santiago With its sandy beach, black rocks, and blue-water grottos, Puerto
Egas offers a taste of Galapagos geology, great snorkeling, and an opportunity
to see shorebirds and Galapagos fur seals.
The wet landing on the dark sands here leads to one of the more rewarding
visits in the Galapagos, the Fur Seal Grotto. Here one can get very close
views of both fur seals and sea lions in a series of rocky pools. For many,
this is the only opportunity to see the Galapagos fur seal, once thought
to be on the verge of extinction. In addition to the fur seals. This site
also offers the best opportunity for tide-pooling in the Galapagos.
Rabida Island (Isla Rabida) Also known as Jervis Island, is a
small island south of Santiago, and best known for its red sand and eroded
volcanic landscape. The high amount of iron contained in the lava at Rabida
give a distinctive red color to the sand of its beach. Flamingos and white-cheeked
pintail ducks live in a salt water lagoon close to the beach, where brown
pelicans and boobies have built their nests. Nine species of finches have
been reported in this island.
A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions
and some seabirds. Snorkeling along the rocks at the east end of the beach
may reveal many of the reef fish common to these waters, and the ever-present
Excursion options include a zodiac ride and short walk, swimming and
snorkeling from the beach, and a deepwater snorkel for more experienced
snorkelers. This is a wet landing.
Day 3 - Isabela & Fernandina
Caleta Tagus, Isabela Historically an anchorage for pirates
and whalers was named for the British naval vessel that moored here in 1814.
The names of those old ships are carved into the rock above the landing.
Tagus Point offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a
The coves quiet waters make for an ideal zodiac ride beneath its sheltered
cliffs, where blue-fitted boobies, brown noddies, pelicans and noddy terns
make their nests, and flightless cormorants and penguins inhabit the lava
ledges. Along the shore seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles and nesting
flightless cormorants can often be found Excursion options include a scenic
zodiac ride for wildlife viewing, a long, faster-paced walk, and optional
snorkeling. This is a dry landing.
Mangle Point (Isla Fernandina) This is a small inlet on
Fernandina's coast where sea lions, penguins, and flightless cormorants
reside. Our excursion here is a zodiac ride to view wildlife and enjoy the
beauty of the coastline. If conditions allow, we will enter the inlet for
Day 4 - Sullivan Bay, Santiago & Bartolome
Santiago Island (Isla Santiago), also known as James Island or Isla San Salvador, actually consists of two coalesced volcanos: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano on the southeast end. Subtle differences in lava chemistry confirm that there are two volcanos here, and indicate that each has its own plumbing system and each taps a different melting zone in the mantle.
Sullivan Bay During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900's, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geologic wonderland. The glazed black rock gives the impression of the still-molten lava, as every ripple, swirl, and bubble in its surface has been preserved. Only the occasional pioneering Mollugo plant gives a clue of the time needed for species to colonise such an expanse.
Sullivan Bay is especially fascinating for those who are interested in geology and volcanology. You can take a spectacular walk over the uneroded, black lava flow covered with lava bubbles and tree-trunks mold in the surface. There are two small beaches where turtles come for nesting.
Bartolome Island (Isla Bartolome) is a small island that offers beautiful white sand beaches fringed by luxuriant green mangroves. A recently volcanically active island, Bartolome Island has a moon-like landscape and volcanic cones. The tall, leaning spike known as Pinnacle Rock is the eroded remains of an old tuff cone. The view from the top of Pinnacle Rock is perhaps the most famous in the Galapagos, with the opportunity to see up to 28 islands if visibility allows.
On the beach, watch for the endemic Galapagos penguins, the only penguins in the world found north of the equator. As you walk along the white sand beach, you might catch a glimpse of them swimming alongside marine turtles, a variety of brightly colored tropical fish and white-tipped reef sharks, while the Galapagos Hawk flies overhead. Marine turtles come ashore to nest here between January and March.
Excursion options include a hike, swim, beach and snorkel. This is a dry landing, except for the optional beach swim and snorkel, which is a wet landing.
Day 5 - Las Bachas, Santa Cruz & North Seymour
Located on Isla Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Galapagos. Behind it are two small ponds that often have flamingos feeding in the shallows. A floating pier, one of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, can be seen here. It is also one of the largest nesting areas for the Pacific green sea turtle.
Excursion options include a short beach walk to look for flamingos, followed by an optional opportunity to swim, snorkel, or relax on the shore. It is also possible to simply go to the beach to swim, snorkel, and relax. This is a wet landing.
North Seymour (Isla Seymour) is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain.
Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area. Experienced snorkelers will also have an option to do a deep water snorkel at this site. This is a dry landing.
Day 6 - San Cristobal Island & Kicker Rock
San Cristobal Island (Isla San Cristobal), also known as Chatham Island, is the fifth largest of the Galapagos Islands in terms of size, and has the second largest human settlement, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is the second most popular island after Isla Santa Cruz.
Located on one of the four islands that Charles Darwin visited aboard the HMS Beagle, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, is the administrative capital of the Galapagos, It originated as a penal colony more than a hundred years ago. Now a sleepy town overlooking the harbor known for its relaxed attitude, it features cobblestone streets and a pleasant waterfront park. It also has a variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping opportunities and one of the Island's two airports.
Excursion options include a tour of the Interpretation Center and time for shopping, or a fast-paced long walk to scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the Interpretation Center. This is a dry landing.
Warlock Hill (Cerro Brujo) Warlock Hill is named for its distinctive shaped mountain that resembles a witches hat. White sand juxtaposed with black volcanic rocks makes this beach another of the Galapagos' most spectacular. Brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas are all found here.
Excursion options include a beach walk, swimming, or snorkeling. This is a wet landing.
Afterwards, just in time for a sunset cocktail, the ship will navigate the steep, richly colored walls of Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido, for its supposed shape as a sleeping sea lion. Kicker Rock is the spectacular remains of a satellite volcanic cone eroded by the sea. The two vertical rocks rise 500 feet from the ocean.
Day 7 - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
This is the main population center of the islands, home to the National Park Tortoise Breeding Center and the Charles Darwin
Research Station. After Darwin's studies and surveys, the Galapagos Archipelago remained untouched except for occasional landings for water and meager supplies mustered from the uninhabited islands. Many tortoises were taken for food and oil.
Unknowingly, these ships left behind non-indigenous animals like rats and cats. This, along with human settlement and the further introduction of non-indigenous animals like goats, pigs, and dogs, had a devastating effect on many native species. Once-domesticated animals escaped and became feral, and the islands suddenly were overrun with predators never seen before. They competed for available food, eating tortoise eggs, baby iguanas, and the plant base, which led to massive erosion. The Galapagos tortoises are still in danger of extinction. Famous Lonesome George, a Pinta Island tortoise, was considered the "rarest creature on earth" before his death in 2012.
In 1930, an expedition from the US arrived to create a wildlife sanctuary for the entire archipelago, and finally, in 1935, the first laws were passed to protect these islands. In 1959, the Ecuadorian government declared the Galapagos a national park, the catalyst needed to promote scientific research, restoration, and preservation of the ecosystem. That year saw the creation of the Charles Darwin Foundation, which funds the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. Eradication of all invading species, capping or reduction of human population, and perhaps even stronger limits on tourism may be the future of the Galapagos Archipelago as scientists work to save this spectacular place and return it to its pristine, natural beauty.
Excursions include a visit to the Tortoise Breeding Center as well as walk through the Charles Darwin Station. You will also have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the Highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. There will also be free time available for shopping.
Day 8 - Baltra
Cruise Debarkation: At the end of your cruise, you will return to Baltra to say farewell to the enchanted islands. After your last zodiac ride and a short bus ride, you'll arrive at the Baltra airport for your onward journeys.
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