The mid-sized Celebrity XperienceSM offers a vacation where absolutely nothing is middle-of-the-road. Designed not just for travel, but for exploration of the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's last pristine environments. Her environmentally sound design helps preserve this immaculate archipelago.
Celebrity XperienceSM provides an incredible array of vacations, with a choice of 7-night, 10-night, or 13-night all-inclusive packages, featuring itineraries with exciting combinations of pre- and post-cruise land experiences. Each one offers something different, so you can make your vacation exactly what you want it to be.
With 24 stylish staterooms - each featuring an ocean view and detailed extras that make a big difference - you'll find it easy to unwind and explore.
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An alternate itinerary, departing every other week is also available: 11-Night Galapagos Itinerary #2
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.
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.
Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island - A Zodiac ride into Black Turtle Cove, one of the most beautiful sites in the Galapagos, takes us through a complex maze of tranquil saltwater inlets surrounded by mangroves. Once inside the cove, we'll quietly explore the area looking for sea turtles, several species of rays, and sharks. It is also a nesting site for brown pelicans, egrets, and herons. Excursion options: Zodiac.
Puerto Egas, Santiago Island - With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, and blue-water grottos, 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 (conditions permitting). Excursion options: walk, swimming, snorkel.
Rabida Island - A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is 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. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions, finches, mockingbirds, Galapagos Hawks, and some seabirds. With good conditions, the snorkeling can be excellent. Excursion options: zodiac, walk, swim, kayak and snorkel.
Caleta Tagas, 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 saltwater lagoon
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.
Punta Espinoza (Isla Fernandina) 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."
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. Located on the northeast part of Fernandina the visit begins with a dry landing. If the tide is right it is possible to use a dock, otherwise the landing is made on to volcanic rock and it can be slippery. The trail to the shore can be filled with interesting obstacles including marine iguanas and mangrove branches. Excursion options include a walk, deep water snorkel, or hike. This is a dry landing.
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.
Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island - 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 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.
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.
El Barranco, Genovesa Island - Also known as Prince Philip's Steps, El Barranco was named for Prince Philip, who visited Galapagos in 1965 and again in 1981. The steep stairway 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. You will see Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and storm petrels. Lucky visitors with keen eyes may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared lava owl stalking petrel along the island's eastern cliffs. Excursion options: Hike, zodiac, deep water snorkel.
Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island - 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.
Bartolome Island (Isla Bartolome) This small island 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 up some 360 stairs "To the Top" of the volcano, a zodiac ride, and an optional beach swim or snorkel. This is a dry landing, except for the optional beach swim and snorkel, which is a wet landing.
Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon) Located on Isla Santa Cruz, 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, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options: Walk and swim.
Day 10, Mosquera Islet - This small, flat, sandy islet sits in the channel between Baltra and North Seymour. It is almost devoid of vegetation, but has one of the largest populations of sea lions in the islands. Its sandy expanse offers visitors the perfect opportunity to observe sea lion behavior. It is also a beautiful site to observe lava gulls, coastal birds, and Sally lightfoot crabs. Excursion options: Walk
Day 10, Baltra to Quito - Upon debarking from your Galapagos cruise, you'll fly to Quito International Airport where you'll be transferred to the JW Marriott. Your luggage will be transferred from the ship directly to the 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.
|Day of Week||Day||Destination||Notes||Arrive||Depart|
|Thursday||1||Quito, Ecuador||transfer to hotel||(overnight)|
|Friday||2||Quito, Ecuador||city tour, equator part, welcome dinner|
|Saturday||3||Baltra, Galapagos||fly to Baltra, board Xperience||3:00PM|
|Saturday||3||Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz||4:00PM||6:00PM|
|Sunday||4||Puerto Egas , Santiago||3:00PM||6:00PM|
|Monday||5||Caleta Tagus, Isabela||7:00AM||11:00AM|
|Monday||5||Punta Espinoza , Fernandina||2:00PM||6:00PM|
|Tuesday||6||Urvina Bay, Isabela||7:00AM||10:30AM|
|Tuesday||6||Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela||2:30PM||5:30PM|
|Wednesday||7||Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz||8:00AM||6:00PM|
|Thursday||8||El Barranco, Genovesa||7:00AM||11:45AM|
|Thursday||8||Darwin Bay, Genovesa||2:30PM||6:00PM|
|Friday||9||Dragon Hill , Santa Cruz||2:30PM||6:00PM|
|Saturday||10||Las Bachas, Santa Cruz||6:00AM||7:30AM|
|Saturday||10||Baltra, Galapagos||disembark Xperience, fly to Quito, optional tour, farewell dinner||8:00AM|
|Sunday||11||Quito, Ecuador||on your own||(overnight)|
|Monday||12||Quito, Ecuador||transfer to airport|
|Departure Date||Price From|
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|March 21, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|April 04, 2019||$6,299|
|April 18, 2019||$6,299|
|May 02, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|May 16, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|May 30, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|June 13, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|June 27, 2019||SOLD OUT|
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