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Enjoy the highlights of the northern islands on this 4-day cruise on the Eclipse. Swarming with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, the north islands of the Galapagos are an ideal place to spend a vacation! Relish in the beauty of this area by experiencing all it has to offer. Snorkel in the crystalline waters and view colorful fish, sharks, rays, and sea turtles. The wildlife here is abundant and the landscape is stunning to behold making this an incredible vacation.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Bartolome - Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 : Bachas Beach - Baltra


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos A pair of friendly sea lions Encounter tropical wildlife while you sail on the Aranui (Seymour) Male Blue Footed Boobie

Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz Island - Highlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the airport in Baltra and continue on to the boat for check-in and a brief introduction. After lunch, drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for incredible giant tortoises in their natural surroundings.

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Genovesa, or Tower Island, is the northernmost island in the archipelago that is allowed to be visited by non-diving cruises. This island is extremely remote and home to literally millions of birds belonging to many different species. Amongst these species include the red-footed booby as well as frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, and even endemic owls.
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep path with stairs carved into the rock. This path leads to a plateau full of bird life amongst a Palo Santo forest. Some of the inhabitants include Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, mockingbirds and petrels. With some luck, have a chance to spot a short-eared lava owl.
Darwin Bay’s soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of this next spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach immerses you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other locals inhabitants include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates, and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and tortoises are common.

Day 3 Bartolome - Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bartolome is a small island with has two visitor sites. Snorkel around Pinnacle Rock at the first where penguins are usually seen. Then take a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a nice climb to the highest point on the island. Encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow, and lava tubes and your way up. At the summit there is a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. There is the option of enjoying a panga ride instead of taking the hike. This will include a chance to see sea lions, pioneer plants, reef sharks, rays, and colorful reef fish.
The name Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) comes from the fact that it was one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a very large population of land iguanas were found. Take a hike to a salt water lagoon behind the beach that is frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks, and occasionally flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site. Also enjoy breathtaking views of the bay. Have an opportunity to enjoy a nice swim after the walk.

Day 4 Bachas Beach - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Las Bachas Beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island and has incredible soft, white sand that is derived from decomposed coral. This makes this area a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small slightly salty lagoon. Here it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Disembark to the airport and head back to the mainland.

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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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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


- 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


  • 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


  • 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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