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Western Islands

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Embark on this exciting 5-day cruise of the amazing and incredible western islands of the Galapagos. Highlights of the west include beautiful Santa Cruz, wildlife-rich Isabela, cliff-laden Fernandina, and the amazing black beaches of Santiago. Enjoy the company of friendly sea lions while snorkeling or enjoy a hike across volcanic landscapes. There are many opportunities to get acquainted with the unique features of the islands, making this a truly unique vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove
Day 2 : Rabida - Santiago
Day 3 : Isabela - Fernandina
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

Ship

Celebrity Xperience

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Isabela
  • Puerto Egas
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion coming in from a swim With our favorite tortoise Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Snorkeling in the Galapagos. with the sun bathing iguanas

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Black Turtle Cove

Black Turtle Cove is one of the most beautiful marine sites. It is made up of a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays, and sharks as well as a nesting site for sea birds. This is a site that is only accessible by panga.

Day 2 Rabida - Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rábida is a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach. Here there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where you can view various types of shore birds. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, so enjoy the opportunity to go snorkel, or if you prefer to kayak or take a panga ride, that is also available.
Puerto Egas (James Bay) is located on the northwest side of Santiago Island. The landing is on a black beach with eroded rock formations surrounding it. The trail crosses the dry interior where you will pass the remains of a salt mining enterprise. Continue along the coast to see tidal pools that are home to an abundant variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus, and starfish. Have the chance to also see marine iguanas, finches, oyster catchers, and possibly the Galapagos Hawk. The Fur Sea Lion Grottos is one of the only places in the islands where the Fur Sea Lion can be viewed.
After the walk, take a relaxing swim or snorkel around the bay. This will allow you the chance to see sea lions, various fish, and possibly turtles, rays, and reef sharks.

Day 3 Isabela - Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers, and whalers. There are the name of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges, a practice that is now forbidden. Take a hike through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin volcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake.
The early morning activity is followed by kayaking or a panga ride. This will give you the opportunity to see a bounty of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs. Also enjoy the chance to see marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, enjoy the possibility of an encounter with dolphins and whales.
Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine and dynamic ecosystems in the entire world. La Cumbre Volcano last erupted in April 2009 and its lava flows dominate the landscape here all the way to the ocean. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen. These include the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk.

Day 4 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Urbina bay is located in Western Isabela, at the foot of Alcedo volcano. After a wet landing on a stunning black-sand beach, observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings and is one of the best places to see Darwin’s finches and large land iguanas. Keep an eye out for Galapagos tortoises while on this excursion. They like to feed within the site’s dense vegetation.
Excellent snorkeling can be found in Punta Vicente Roca. Sea turtles can usually be seen as well as several varieties of fish. For those who do not snorkel, take a panga ride for the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in the area.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After a delicious breakfast, disembark in Puerto Ayora and enjoy a quick yet informative visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After that you will be escorted to the Baltra airport for departure back to the mainland.

Celebrity Xperience

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$4,000
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Standard single staterooms
2 single staterooms on Main Deck with porthole windows. Air conditioning, private bath facilities, complimentary bathrobes & amenities. Cabins 1 & 2
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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
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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
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Superior staterooms
8 Superior Staterooms on upper Boat Deck. Air conditioning, private bath facilities, complimentary bathrobes & amenities. Cabins 21-28
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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

Single Supplement

This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

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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