Galapagos Island & Puerto Ayora/Quito #1
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Galapagos Northern Loop Cruise Onboard Celebrity Xperience

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Celebrity Xperience

A Perfect Ship for Your Galapagos Experience

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: 13-Night Galapagos Itinerary #2

  • Day 1 & 2 - Quito

    Quito, Ecuador

    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 & Santa Cruz

    Isla Baltra & Santa Cruz

    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.

  • Day 4 - Rabida & Santiago

    Puerto Egas, Santiago & Rabida

    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.

  • Day 5 - Isabela & Fernandina

    Caleta Tagus, Isabela & Punta Espinoza, Fernandina

    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.

  • Day 6 - Isabela Island

    Urvina Bay & Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

    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.

  • Day 7 - Santa Cruz Island

    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.

    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 8 - Genovesa Island

    El Barranco & Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island

    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.

  • Day 9 - Bartolome & Santa Cruz

    Bartolome & Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz

    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 & 11 - Santa Cruz, Baltra & Puerto Ayora

    Las Bachas, Santa Cruz & Baltra Island

    Las Bachas, Santa Cruz 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 or relax on the shore. This is a wet landing.

    Baltra and 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 journey.

  • Day 12 & 13 - Puerto Ayora Farming & Fishing

    Puerto Ayora Post-Cruise Land Tour

    Puerto Ayora Farming This morning, after breakfast, you will have an up close and personal encounter with the local agriculture. During your visit to the local farm or green house in the highlands, you will learn about historic and current agricultural challenges in the Galapagos due to restrictions for sustainability on the islands. The tour includes an opportunity for you to take part in the production process, gathering provisions that will later be used to prepare your exclusive dining experience with your professional chef. Lunch will be served on route.

    After the farming experience, you will visit an old sugar estate called "El Trapiche," Spanish for sugar mill. A local family (natives of the islands), will introduce and walk you through the process of sugar cane production as it was when it was brought from the highlands of Ecuador in the 60's. After indulging in the island's premium fresh sugar cane products, you will head back to the hotel and meet with the chef to turn in the provisions and discuss your meal plan (pending fresh catch!). Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

    Puerto Ayora Fishing & Local Activities with Fisherman Today, after breakfast, we will explore the fantastic fishing opportunities in the Galapagos, where you will spend time with a savvy local fisherman in search of your special catch of the day to be brought back as part of the provisions for your dining experience with a chef later this evening. Throughout your fishing trip, learn about responsible tourism activities that fuel and help preserve the islands all while encountering wild species of fish. After fishing, you will visit a private beach where you can swim, snorkel, and enjoy a boxed lunch. After the beach experience, you will go back to your hotel to turn in your Catch of the Day and finalize your dinner plans with the chef for tonight's special dinner.

  • Day 14 - Puerto Ayora & Quito

    Puerto Ayora Debarkation & Quito, Ecuador

    Puerto Ayora After breakfast, your naturalist will meet you and lead you through a short morning hike. There will also be time for a beach swim before hiking back to the hotel for checkout and transfer to the airport. Lunch will be served in Puerto Ayora.

    Quito, Ecuador In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport for the flight back to Quito. Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises representative will escort you to the Wyndham Hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

    After breakfast on Wednesday, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight.

  • Celebrity Cruises | 13-Nights Galapagos Island Cruise & Puerto Ayora/Quito #1 Iinerary Map

    13-Nights Galapagos Island Cruise & Puerto Ayora/Quito #1

    Includes 2 nights pre-cruise and 3 nights post-cruise in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island plus 1 night post-cruise in Quito, all transfers, and roundtrip flights to Baltra. Sail from Baltra calling on Black Turtle Cove; Rabida; Puerto Egas; Caleta Tagus; Punta Espinoza; Urvina Bay; Punta Vicente Roca; Puerto Ayora; El Barranco; Darwin Bay; Bartolome; Dragon Hill and Las Bachas
    Day of WeekDayDestinationNotesArriveDepart
    Thursday1Quito, Ecuadortransfer to hotel (overnight)
    Friday2Quito, Ecuadorcity tour, equator park, welcome dinner  
    Saturday3Baltra, Galapagosfly to Baltra, board Xperience 3:00PM
    Saturday3Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz4:00PM6:00PM
    Sunday4Rabida, Galapagos7:00AM11:00AM
    Sunday4Puerto Egas , Santiago3:00PM6:00PM
    Monday5Caleta Tagus, Isabela7:00AM11:00AM
    Monday5Punta Espinoza , Fernandina2:00PM6:00PM
    Tuesday6Urvina Bay, Isabela7:00AM10:30AM
    Tuesday6Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela2:30PM5:30PM
    Wednesday7Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz8:00AM6:00PM
    Thursday8El Barranco, Genovesa7:00AM11:45AM
    Thursday8Darwin Bay, Genovesa2:30PM6:00PM
    Friday9Bartolome, Galapagos7:00AM11:30AM
    Friday9Dragon Hill , Santa Cruz2:30PM6:00PM
    Saturday10Las Bachas, Santa Cruz6:00AM7:30AM
    Saturday10Baltra, Galapagosdisembark Xperience, transfer to Puerto Ayora8:00AM 
    Sunday11Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruzagriculture tour including sugar estate visit (overnight)
    Monday12Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruzfishing and private beach time  (overnight)
    Tuesday13Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruzguided hike, beach swim, fly to Quito, farewell dinner  
    Wednesday14Quito, Ecuadortransfer to airport  
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Elite Ocean View Stateroom (XE)Elite Ocean View Staterooms have large scenic windows, two lower beds that convert to king-size, flat screen TV, large wardrobe, and desk.$9,699SOLD OUT
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Elite Ocean View Stateroom (XE)Elite Ocean View Staterooms have large scenic windows, two lower beds that convert to king-size, flat screen TV, large wardrobe, and desk.$9,899SOLD OUT
Premium Ocean View Stateroom (XP)Premium Ocean View Staterooms feature picture windows, two lower beds that convert to king-size, spacious wardrobe, flat screen TV, and desk.$9,599SOLD OUT
Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom (XD)Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms feature porthole windows, two lower beds that convert to king-size, flat screen TV, and large wardrobe.$9,299SOLD OUT
December 27, 2018SOLD OUT
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Elite Ocean View Stateroom (XE)Elite Ocean View Staterooms have large scenic windows, two lower beds that convert to king-size, flat screen TV, large wardrobe, and desk.$11,499SOLD OUT
Premium Ocean View Stateroom (XP)Premium Ocean View Staterooms feature picture windows, two lower beds that convert to king-size, spacious wardrobe, flat screen TV, and desk.$11,199SOLD OUT
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  • All transfers & ground transportation 
  • Luxury JW Marriott hotel in Quito
  • Optional guided sightseeing in Quito
  • Jet service flights to/from Baltra
  • Luxury Angermeyer Hotel in Puerto Ayora
  • All guided tours on Puerto Ayora
  • Luxury Wyndam Hotel in Quito
  • Onboard, all Ocean view staterooms or Balcony suites
  • Casual, open seating dining
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, mini-wetsuit, binoculars & walking sticks
  • National Park fees
  • Select beers, wines, champagnes, spirits, soft drinks, coffee and teas at no extra charge
  • Exclusive, immersive shore excursions (choose from up to 4 per day)
  • Onboard and onshore naturalist guides
  • The highly rated Celebrity Galapagos cruise ships


  • International air transportation to and from Quito
  • Certain premium beverages
  • Optional pre/post packages
  • Personal services such as spa, laundry and hair-styling
  • Purchases onboard & Internet access
  • Travel insurance