Galapagos Islands Southern Loop & Puerto Ayora
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13 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Cruise Onboard Celebrity Xploration

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Celebrity Xploration

Explore the Galapagos Islands by Catamaran

The Celebrity Xploration is a stylish catamaran that features eight luxuriously cozy staterooms, each with a window or veranda that offers personal views of the stunning Galapagos Islands.

In addition to an indoor dining room and lounge, the Celebrity Xploration provides ample outdoor space, including a large sun deck with comfortable sun loungers, Jacuzzi, and an Al Fresco dining area, where you can take in the islands spectacular scenery.

Celebrity Xploration features 7-night itineraries with ports of call Celebrity has never before visited, including El Barranco, Espumilla Beach, Chinese Hat, Walls of Tears and Puerto Villamil - the small town that is home to the Galapagos Giant Tortoise Center.


Guests can book individual staterooms, but for the ultimate experience in the Galapagos, guests can also charter the Celebrity Xploration for a private, all-inclusive vacation. Up to sixteen guests will be indulged with seamless service and every creature comfort possible. This intimate ship is perfect for family get-togethers, getaways with friends, and small groups who want to explore together.


In addition to the 7-night Galapagos Island itineraries, guests can customize their vacation with a wide variety of pre- and/or post-cruise land tours. Each offers something different, so guests can make their vacations exactly what they want them to be.

Customized itineraries vary in length from 10-16 nights and include an extended stay in Quito, Ecuador. On a 13-night itinerary, guests can interact with the islands' communities and visit local farms on Puerto Ayora. A 16-night itinerary includes a post-cruise visit to Lima, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

If you are interested in chartering the Celebrity Xploration, please contact us.

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An alternate itinerary, departing every other week is also available: 13-Night Galapagos Northern Loop Itinerary #1

  • 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 & Chinese Hat Islet

    Isla Baltra & Chinese Hat Islet

    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.

    Chinese Hat Islet This small volcanic islet near the southeastern coast of Santiago Island is shaped amazingly like a Chinese Hat, which in Spanish means "Sombrero Chino". It is formed of hardened lava and spatter cones, which make for excellent scenic photos. Several species of Darwin's finches are found on the island and along the coast you will find the very colorful Sally light-foot crabs and sea lions. Excursion options: Walk and zodiac.

  • Day 4 - Dragon Hill & Rabida Island

    Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz & Rabida Island

    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, cross a beautiful white forest of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options: long walk or shorter walk.

    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 sea lions.

    Excursion options include a zodiac ride and short walk, swimming and snorkeling from the beach, and a deep water snorkel for more experienced snorkelers. This is a wet landing.

  • Day 5- Puerto Villamil & Wall of Tears, Isabela

    Puerto Villamil & Wall of Tears, Isabela Island

    Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island Welcome to the small, laid-back island town of Puerto Villamil. An interpretive trail, approximately 1.5 km from town, takes you around secluded wetland lagoons to the Tortoise Center. The Center was created to protect baby tortoises from the threats of foreign species such as pigs and donkeys, as well as to educate visitors and locals about the importance of the Galapagos giant tortoise. Visitors can see both hatchling tortoises and the older breeding animals. The wetlands of Isabela Island are home to a variety of bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintail ducks, gallinules, and flamingoes. Excursion options: Walk and swim.

    Wall of Tears, Isabela Island The Wall of Tears is 15 to 20 feet (5-6m) high, 10 feet (3 m) wide, and approximately 300 feet (100 m) long. When jailed in a penal colony here between 1944 and 1959, prisoners were forced to build the wall, stone by stone, in isolation, only to be asked to tear it down again and start over. It is a lesson in history and a remnant of a cruel and intolerant time. Excursion options: Walk.

  • Day 6 - Post Office Bay, Baroness Outlook, & Cormorant Point, Floreana

    Bahia Post Office, Baroness Outlook, Cormorant Point

    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.

    Champion Islet - This islet provides a wonderful opportunity for ocean adventures. When snorkeling, tropical fish abound with frequent sightings of sea turtles, rays, sharks, sea stars, and sea lions if they're in a playful mood. On a zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline keep an eye out for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds. Red-billed Tropic birds nest in the crevices below prickly pear cacti. The rare Charles Mockingbird also makes its home here. Excursion option: advanced snorkel.

    Baroness Outlook, Floreana Island - The Baroness' Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana, and to learn about the intriguing history of the island, once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers. 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.

  • Day 7 - Warlock Hill, Kicker Rock & Los Lobos

    Los Lobos, Warlock Hill & 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.

    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.

    Kicker Rock (Len Dormido) Kicker Rock or Len Dormido, named for its characteristic shape like that of a boot or sleeping lion, is a dramatic sight with the remains of a volcanic tuff cone rising almost 148 m straight up out of the ocean. Erosion has split the rock into two parts, forming a narrow channel between. Circumnavigation provides the visitor with the best views of the rock. Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, and sea lions line the shore. Excursion options: Circumnavigation.

    Los Lobos Named after its large colony of sea lions, this island usually allows visitors to observe and potentially interact with sea lion pups, especially while snorkeling. In addition, we may see blue-footed boobies, frigates, and even a glimpse at the second type of sea lion species found in Galapagos: the Fur Sea Lion. It is a seasonal nesting location for the blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. Excursion options: Walk, zodiac, snorkel.

  • Day 8 - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

    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 9 - Suarez Point & Gardner Bay

    Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez, Espaola Island

    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 10 - Daphne Island, Baltra, Puerto Ayora

    Isla Baltra & Daphne Island

    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.

    Baltra Debarkation and Puerto Ayora Transfer Your short zodiac ride brings you to the Itabaca canal, where you will be greeted by your Celebrity Cruises representative and transferred to Puerto Ayora. On your way, you will visit the Manzanillo Ranch for a private tour to look for wild Giant Tortoises. Lunch will be served at the Ranch. After check in at the Angermeyer Hotel, you will have time to settle in and relax before dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Day 11 & 12 - Puerto Ayora

    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 13 & 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 Islands Southern Loop & Puerto Ayora Iinerary Map

    13-Nights Galapagos Islands Southern Loop & Puerto Ayora

    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 Chinese Hat Islet; Dragon Hill; Rabida; Puerto Villamil; Wall Of Tears; Bahia Post Office; Cormorant Point; Cerro Brujo; Kicker Rock; Puerto Ayora; Los Lobos; Punta Suarez; Gardner Bay and Daphne
    Day of WeekDayDestinationNotesArriveDepart
    Thursday1Quito, Ecuadortransfer to hotel (overnight)
    Friday2Quito, Ecuadorcity tour, equator park, welcome dinner  
    Saturday3Baltra, Galapagos 3:00PM
    Saturday3Chinese Hat Islet, Galapagos4:00PM6:00PM
    Sunday4Dragon Hill , Santa Cruz7:00AM11:30AM
    Sunday4Rabida, Galapagos2:30PM6:00PM
    Monday5Puerto Villamil, Isabella7:30AM11:45AM
    Monday5Wall of Tears, Isabella2:00PM6:00PM
    Tuesday6Bahia Post Office, Galapagos8:00AM11:30AM
    Tuesday6Cormorant Point , Floreana3:00PM6:00PM
    Wednesday7Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal8:00AM11:00AM
    Wednesday7Kicker Rock, Galapagos11:45AM12:15PM
    Wednesday7Los Lobos, San Cristobal3:00PM5:30PM
    Thursday8Puerto Ayora (santa Cruz)8:00AM6:00PM
    Friday9Punta Suarez , Espanola8:00AM11:00AM
    Friday9Gardner Bay, Espanola2:30PM6:00PM
    Saturday10Daphne, Galapagos6:00AM7:00AM
    Saturday10Baltra, Galapagosdisembark Xploration, 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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  • All transfers & ground transportation 
  • 5-star luxury JW Marriott hotel in Quito
  • Full day guided sightseeing in Quito, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Jet service flights to/from Baltra
  • 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 Cruises Galapagos ships
  • Flights between Baltra/Lima, Lima/Cusco, Cusco/Lima
  • 4 nights 5 star accommodation Country Club Hotel, Monasterio Hotel
  • Roundtrip Hiram Bingham rail Cusco/Machu Picchu
  • All sightseeing


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