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Celebrity Flora is 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's innovative outward-facing concept, so the destination is always the center of attention at every turn, offering 360-degree views of the islands.
By using natural materials inspired by the islands, Celebrity has created a ship that's a true complement to the destination and merges seamlessly with the surroundings to create a greater connection between you, the ocean, and the breathtaking islands.
One of the most energy-efficient ships of its size in the diverse archipelago, the 100-guest Celebrity Flora offers seamless sea-to-shore transportation, and includes anchorless technology that maintains the ships position while protecting the sensitive sea floor. It is one of the most eco-friendly and environmentally safe ships sailing the planet.
Personal suite attendants, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, and expert-led ecological seminars round out the modern luxury vacation experience.
Day 1 - 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. Quito, (pronounced 'kito') is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 9350 feet (2.800 meters) above sea level, is the highest official capital city in the world. Quito is home to a well-preserved colonial center, the café lined streets of "New Town", and stunning views of the Andes Mountains.
The JW Marriott is located in the heart of the capital city and about 25 miles from Quito International Airport. From the comfortable and safe La Mariscal District, the hotel is a quick cab ride or about a 20 minute walk to the central area. Here you'll find plenty of dining options offering delicious Ecuadorian food.
Day 2 - Breakfast is served at the hotel. During your 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 Compaia 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 3 - Baltra, Daphne
Cruise Embarkation, Baltra Island - Your flight from Ecuador lands on Baltra Island. 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 staff from Celebrity. After just a short bus and zodiac ride you
will be aboard the ship.
Daphne Island - 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 4 - Espaola
Gardner Bay, Espaola Island - Located on the northeastern side of the island, Gardner Bay has a beautiful long white sandy beach perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the area. In the water, sea turtles, rays, colorful tropical fish, sea lions and maybe even a white-tip reef shark may be seen. If you happen to visit here between October and December, you will find Green Sea Turtles mating just off shore. Gardner Bay is home to some of the most inquisitive mockingbirds in the Galapagos. Excursion options: beach walking, swimming, or a deep-water snorkel for experienced snorkelers.
Suarez Point, Espaola Island - Espaola is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At this site, visitors can expect to see sea lions, Galapagos Hawks, marine iguanas, and both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Excursion options: long, rocky walk to look for Waved Albatrosses (March to January). They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals in the animal world. The second part of the walk is to observe an impressive blowhole that spews water like a towering geyser, which can reach 70 feet in the air. Optional shorter walk is also available.
Day 5 - Floreana
Post Office Bay, Floreana Island - Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers, whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
Cormorant Point, Floreana Island - Floreana was 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. Check out the green-hued sand where you land! Excursion options include a relatively short walk to the lagoon and sea turtle nesting beach, and optional snorkeling and swimming at the landing beach.
Day 6 - Isabela
Punta Moreno, Isabela Island - Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardened black lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. The mangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to see marine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins, and the flightless cormorant. Excursion options: long walk and zodiac ride, or an extended zodiac ride.
Urvina Bay, Isabela Island - Composed of five merged volcanoes, this is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active, the latest eruption having occurred at Wolf Volcano in 2015. Here you will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, magma from one of the island's volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 6 meters, allowing you to walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef. Excursion options: walk, hike, snorkel, swim.
Day 7 - Isabela, Fernandina
Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island - Fernandina Island is the youngest Galapagos island due to its volcanic activity. As Darwin wrote, it is "covered with immense deluges of black naked lava." Along with its extraordinary black lava rocks, Punta Espinoza hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants. Excursion options: walk, deep water snorkel, or hike.
Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island - The half-collapsed remains make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride to remember as you search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish. Excursion options: zodiac, deep water snorkel.
Day 8 - South Plaza, Santa Cruz
South Plaza Island - One of two islands off Santa Cruz, South Plaza was born of upheaval, uplifted during a geologic event and is one of the smallest yet richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), it was formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a titled tabletop quality. The rocky island is thick with prickly pear cactus and home to land iguanas, marine iguanas, and a colony of sea lions. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright red and orange Sally Lightfoot crabs. Along the cliff edge nesting swallow-tailed gulls are the predominant seabirds, along with tropicbirds and shearwaters. Excursion options: short walk to view wildlife, flora, and geology.
Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon," 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. Along the trail, cross a beautiful white forest of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options: long walk or shorter walk.
Day 9 - 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.
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.
You will have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. Optional time for shopping will be available. Excursion options: Tortoise-breeding Center/Charles Darwin Center, Highlands.
Day 10-12 - Quito, Ecuador
Day 10, Baltra to Quito - Upon debarking from your Galapagos cruise, 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 - Enjoy a day in the Ecuadorean capital at your leisure. Breakfast is included.
Day 12, Departure - After breakfast, your Celebrity representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return flight.
11-Night Galapagos Southern Loop and Quito Tour
4 nights overnight hotel accommodation (2 pre/2 post cruise), Quito city tour, transfers, plus 7 night cruise round-trip from Isla Baltra and calling on Daphne, Gardner Bay, Punta Suarez, Cormorant Point, Bahia Post Office, Punta Moreno, Urvina Bay, Punta Espinoza, Punta Vicente Roca, Santa Fe, Dragon Hill, and Puerto Ayora.
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