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Sea Lion resting on Red Sesuvium

Central Islands

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Embark on this 6-day adventure that explores the highlights of the central islands of the Galapagos. Indulge yourself in the picturesque beauty of the unique landscape, relax on the beach, do some exploratory snorkeling, and wander to the hidden center of the islands. Be entertained by the antics of friendly sea lions or get up close and personal with the incredible giant tortoises that make their home here.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | North Seymour | Embark
Day 2 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe
Day 3 : San Cristobal
Day 4 : Floreana
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island | Baltra | Disembark

Highlights

  • Spot Opuntia cacti, land iguanas, and sea lions on South Plaza Island
  • Leave a letter in the wooden barrel at Post Office Bay
  • Enjoy snorkeling or a panga ride at Champion Islet
  • Search tide pools for green sea turtles and white-tip sharks

Ship

Celebrity Xperience

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Champion Inlet
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Floreana
  • Highlands
  • Isabela
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Moreno
  • Punta Pitt
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea Lion resting on Red Sesuvium South plaza Snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal

Day 1 Baltra | North Seymour | Embark

Arrive at the airport in Baltra and be escorted to the boat for check-in and a quick introductory briefing. Then continue on to North Seymour for the rest of the day. North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Fauna abounds and you soon find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue-footed boobies. Keep an eye out for land iguanas and sea lions too.

Day 2 South Plaza Island | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head out to South Plaza Island which although is quite small, it is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas, and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. Sesuvium is an endemic plant that inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator as its color is a greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. Also have the chance to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds as well as various types of finches.

The island of Santa Fe was formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano. Some of the island’s endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. This visit includes a nice hike past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to wander. Friendly and playful sea lions may accompany you during your snorkeling activities.

Day 3 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy an excursion to Pitt Point which is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. Take a hike up to a plateau to view the spectacular landscape. It is so unique and beautiful that it is definitely worth the effort. Watch out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the cliffs. After this power hike, enjoy the opportunity to go kayaking, snorkeling, or take a panga ride.

Disembark at Cerro Brujo for an excursion, kayaking, snorkeling & panga ride. This area has a fantastic landscape as well as wonderful swimming, snorkeling, and panga ride experiences. Cerro Brujo’s breathtaking beach is also home to an abundance of sea lions. This is also the coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago!

Day 4 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous islands due to many unique stories about past settlers. Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” influenced by 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mail box. Continue the tradition by leaving addressed postcards in the barrel and sorting through left mail to deliver at home. Floreana is also a magnificent site for swimming and kayaking. For the more adventurous guests, there is an option to visit the inside of a lava tunnel. Watch your step because this tunnel has been kept untouched and completely natural over these many years.
Enjoy snorkeling or a panga ride at Champion Islet followed by an excursion to Punta Cormorant. A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where an array of species including flamingos, stilts, and pintail ducks tend to wander. Bring binoculars so you can see these incredible creatures up close. Prior to the excursions, you will also have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing snorkeling trip at Champion Islet.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the furthest points of the Galapagos that is visited on this cruise is Elizabeth Bay. Enter a sheltered cove accessible by panga only. This is a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons, and more.

Moreno Point is located just southwest of Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. Surround yourself by some of the most magnificent scenery while observing and learning about different types of lava and pioneer plants. In the tide pools, have a chance to spot green sea turtles and possibly white-tip sharks. Afterwards, head out on a panga ride along the striking rocky shores. Have an opportunity to observe penguins, sea lions, blue footed boobies, and marine iguanas.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Then be escorted to Baltra Airport for departure back to the mainland.

Celebrity Xperience

Per person starting at
$5,200
Standard stateroom on the Celebrity Xperience
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Standard Stateroom
4 standard staterooms located at the stern of the ship. Main Deck with porthole windows. Air conditioning, private bath facilities, complimentary bathrobes & amenities. Cabins 11, 12, 14, 15
Stateroom on the Celebrity Xperience
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Staterooms
8 staterooms located at the bow of the ship. Main Deck with porthole windows. Air conditioning, private bath facilities, complimentary bathrobes & amenities. Cabins 3-10
Superior stateroom on the Celebrity Xperience
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Superior staterooms
8 Superior Staterooms on upper Boat Deck. Air conditioning, private bath facilities, complimentary bathrobes & amenities. Cabins 21-28
Deluxe stateroom on the Celebrity Xperience
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Deluxe staterooms
4 Deluxe Staterooms on upper Boat Deck. Air conditioning, private bath facilities, complimentary bathrobes & amenities, one-time stocked minibar & snacks, access to 200 MB Satellite Internet per cabin, Bluetooth audio streaming system. Cabins 17-20

Notes

* Cruise prices, Air tickets, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
* In case of an increase in fuel prices, a fuel surcharge will apply
* Private transfers from Puerto Ayora to the airport in Baltra are available at an extra cost

Child Policies:
* On Family Departures children are accepted from the age of 4 years old onwards. On Non-Family Departures children are accepted from the age of 7 years old onwards
* Children booked in single cabin or in double cabin for single use pay the adult rate

Child Discount

25% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise, 15% discount for children between 12-16 years. Requires sharing a cabin with an adult and excludes Easter (March 19-26), Christmas (Dec 24-31) and New Year (Dec 31-Jan 07) cruises.

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Celebrity Xperience based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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