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 #1
Quito, (pronounced 'kito) is the capital city of Equador, 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 - all yours to discover.
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.
The hotel also has a well equipped Fitness Center, a beautiful outdoor pool and several wonderful dining options plus comfortable, well appointed guest rooms.
During a 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.
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.
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.
South Plaza is one of two twin islands known as Islas Plazas, located off Santa Cruz Island. 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. During the rainy season the dormant ground cover undergoes a drastic change. The red Sesuvium turns bright green and the leafless evening-blooming Portulaca bursts into large yellow flowers relished by the land iguanas. Excursion options include a short walk to view wildlife, flora, and geology. This is a dry landing.
Santa Fe Island (Isla Santa Fe), is also known as Barrington Island. It is located southeast of Santa Cruz Island, is a small uplifted island dotted with cactus and home to some of the largest and most unique land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. The Santa Fe land iguana is a much lighter orange-yellow than the iguanas found on the other Galapagos Islands. Lava lizards, sea lions, Galapagos hawks, finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird may also be seen. This tiny island has one of the most beautiful coves in the Galapagos, Barrington Bay. A popular destination for a day trip, Isla Santa Fe will offer you many sights to see. Excursion options include a short walk, swim, snorkel or kayak. This is a wet landing.
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.
Punta Pitt Pitt Point is located on the northeastern tip of San Cristobal Island. After disembarking onto the small green sand beach, you will hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is well worth the effort. A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies: Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca. It's the only place in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together. Excursions options: Hike, kayak, snorkel, zodiac.
Warlock Hill (Cerro Brujo) Warlock Hill is named for its distinctive shaped mountain that resembles a witches hat. Located on the north coast of San Cristobal Island, it is the eroded remains of a volcanic tuff cone. It is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. Captain Fitzroy climbed to the top of the hill to scout out reefs. The favorite attraction here is the gorgeous white sand beach. 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.
Post Office Bay Rich in history, Post Office Bay is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793 where whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. Over the years thousands of ships have stopped to send and receive mail at Post Office Bay. Many have posted a sign of driftwood or other materials memorializing their visit. This is the only area in the Galapagos were graffiti is still acceptable.
Arriving at Post Office Bay you will wet land on a brown sand beach, passing the sea lions lying in the sun. At the post barrel the guide will pull a hand full of letters for the group. Continuing the tradition, the letters are brought home with the traveler and then mailed to the addressee. During your short visit, post your own letter or postcards at this early mail stop.
Baroness Outlook The Baroness' Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana, and to learn about the history of the island's early settlers. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. During the Zodiac ride around "La Loberia," you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and occasionally Galapagos penguins.
Cormorant Point Cormorant Point was once the penal colony for Ecuador, the first capital of the Galapagos and where Charles Darwin met the viceroy of Galapagos. 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. The visit to Punta Cormorant offers two contrasting beaches. Arriving on shore you will encounter a green sand beach (the green sand is caused by the olivine crystals derived silicates or magnesium and iron). From here you will follow the trail leading to a lagoon where pink flamingoes and other shore birds can be seen in the distance making their home. Looking into the mud of the lagoon there appears to be 'cracks' in the mud. These cracks are not caused from dryness but are actually the footpaths of flamingos. This is also a good spot for seeing large-billed flycatchers, small-ground finch, medium-ground finch or cactus finch. Excursion options: Zodiac, walk.
Champion Bay Champion Bay lies east of Floreana and provides a wonderful opportunity for snorkeling and a zodiac ride. When snorkeling, tropical fish abound with frequent sightings of sea turtles, rays, sharks, sea stars, and more. If we're lucky, the sea lions will be in a playful mood. During a zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline keep an eye out for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds. Red-billed Tropicbirds nest in the crevices below the large prickly pear cacti and you may spy the very rare Charles Mockingbird. Excursion options: Snorkel, zodiac.
Isabela Island (Isla Isabela) is the largest island in the Galapagos, is in the shape of a sea horse and was named by Christopher Columbus in honor of Queen Isabela of Spain. It is home to five active volcanoes. The Wolf Volcano erupted in May, 2015 after 33 years of inactivity.
Elizabeth Bay Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points in the Galapagos visited on our cruise. We will enter a sheltered cove accessible only by zodiac. It is a wonderful and secluded mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge, resting, and feeding site for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, lava herons, and more. Excursion options: Zodiac.
Punta Moreno 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 include a long walk and zodiac ride, or an extended zodiac ride. This is a dry landing.
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.
Gardner Bay Located on the northeastern side of the Isla Espanola, Gardner Bay has a beautiful long white sandy beach perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the area. There is also a sea lion colony here. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling. 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 include beach walking, swimming, or snorkeling. The landing at Gardner Bay is wet.
Punta Suarez The terrain across the Suarez Point (Punta Suarez) is highly diverse. The hike will begin on the jetty, where the immediate terrain is low, flat savannah, slightly sloping up from the shore, with low grasses and plants and sandy beaches dotted with smooth rocks. You will be amazed at the colorful sally lightfoot crabs and sunning marine iguanas covering the rocks. The trail slowly is rockier toward the ocean side of the island, where enormous waves crash huge cliffs.
The highlight of this visitor site - and perhaps one of the highlights of the Galapagos Islands - is strolling along the edge of the Waved Albatross breeding colony. The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of waved albatross on Espanola represent the vast majority of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals in the animal world.
Farther around the island is its famous blowhole. The basalt rock at the sea edge has cracked, creating a fissure that, at high tide, fills with pressurized seawater. The resulting geyser can reach 70 feet in the air. Photo opportunities here are outstanding.
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. Keep your eyes peeled for occasional sightings of dolphins and orcas. Excursion options: Walk
Baltra Debarkation and Flight to Quito At the end of your cruise, you will return to Baltra. After a zodiac and bus ride, you'll arrive at the Baltra airport for your flight to Quito.
Quito, Ecuador In Quito, a Celebrity Cruises representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Your luggage will be transferred from the ship directly to the hotel. In the afternoon, join an optional excursion. Or, if you prefer, relax at the beautiful hotel pool. Dinner is served this evening in the hotel restaurant.
On Sunday, enjoy a day in Quito at your leisure. Breakfast is included.
After breakfast on Monday, your Celebrity representative will once again escort you to the airport.
|Day of Week||Day||Destination||Notes||Arrive||Depart|
|Thursday||1||Quito, Ecuador||transfer to hotel||(overnight)|
|Friday||2||Quito, Ecuador||city tour, equator park, welcome dinner|
|Saturday||3||Baltra, Galapagos||fly to Baltra, board Xperience||3:00PM|
|Saturday||3||North Seymour , Galapagos||3:30PM||6:00PM|
|Sunday||4||South Plaza, Santa Cruz||7:00AM||11:30AM|
|Sunday||4||Santa Fe, Galapagos||3:00PM||6:00PM|
|Monday||5||Punta Pitt, San Cristobal||7:00AM||11:30AM|
|Monday||5||Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal||3:00PM||6:00PM|
|Tuesday||6||Bahia Post Office, Galapagos||7:00AM||11:30AM|
|Tuesday||6||Cormorant Point , Floreana||3:00PM||6:00PM|
|Wednesday||7||Elizabeth Bay , Isabela||7:00AM||11:30AM|
|Wednesday||7||Punta Moreno, Isabela||3:00PM||6:00PM|
|Thursday||8||Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz||7:00AM||6:00PM|
|Friday||9||Gardner Bay, Espanola||7:00AM||3:00PM|
|Friday||9||Punta Suarez , Espanola||3:00PM||6:00PM|
|Saturday||10||Mosquera Islet, Galapagos||6:00AM||7:15AM|
|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|
|(Click for Availability and Pricing)|
|September 27, 2018||$5,999|
|October 11, 2018||$5,699|
|October 25, 2018||$5,299|
|November 8, 2018||$6,299|
|November 22, 2018||$5,299|
|December 6, 2018||$5,799|
|December 20, 2018||SOLD OUT|
|January 03, 2019||$6,799|
|January 17, 2019||$6,599|
|January 31, 2019||$6,699|
|February 14, 2019||$6,499|
|February 28, 2019||$6,599|
|March 14, 2019||$6,849|
|March 28, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|April 11, 2019||$6,599|
|April 25, 2019||$6,699|
|May 09, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|May 23, 2019||$7,099|
|June 06, 2019||SOLD OUT|
|June 20, 2019||SOLD OUT|
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