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Galapagos Northern Islands Family Cruise

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Surpass all of your children´s expectations on this 8-day family-focused cruise through the Northern Islands of the Galapagos. Snorkel with sea lions, watch a blue-footed booby feed its chicks, and follow giant tortoise through the forest in the company of your young explorers on this educational and unique Galapagos adventure. Relax on board as your children take part in exciting activities such as game and movie nights, making their own pizza, or creating personalized Galapagos postcards.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Black Turtle Cove | Embark
Day 2 : Rabida | Santiago
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Isabela
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Center
Day 6 : Genovesa
Day 7 : Bartolome | Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 : Bachas Beach | Baltra | Disembark


  • Explore Black Turtle cove, a nursery site for sea turtles, rays, and sharks
  • Enjoy kid-friendly snorkeling and swimming at Rabida Island
  • Visit Isabela Island and meet its land iguanas, tortoises & penguins
  • Encounter the famous Galapagos tortoise in the wild


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Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Darwin Bay
  • Dragon Hill
  • El Barranco
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • Puerto Egas
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Vicente Roca Point


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Galapagos penguin swimming underwater Kids loving Santa Cruz Island Someone take a picture of us together.... Beautiful Galapagos landscape Iguana found during a Galapagos wildlife cruise

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz Island | Black Turtle Cove | Embark

Arrive with your family at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Celebrity Xperience, where the captain and crew welcome all of you aboard. Travel to Black Turtle Cove, one of the most beautiful marine sites with its complex maze of tranquil saltwater inlets. It is surrounded by three different species of mangrove and its waters are a nursery site for sea turtles, rays, and sharks. It is also 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 saltwater 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 snorkeling with your children, 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 pass the remains of a salt mining enterprise and then continues along the coast. Tidal pools are home to an abundant variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus, and starfish. Have the chance to also see marine iguanas, finches, oystercatchers, and possibly the Galapagos hawk. There is a trail that leads to the fur sea lion grottos, one of the only places in the islands where the fur sea lion can be viewed. After the walk, take some family time to swim or snorkel from the beach. This allows your entire family the chance to see sea lions, various fish, and possibly turtles, rays, and reef sharks.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tagus Cove was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers, and whalers. They would paint the names of their ships on the high ridges, a practice that is now forbidden. There are names of hundreds of ships left on these walls. Take a family hike through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin Volcano. At the top of the trail, enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake.

The early morning activity is followed by kayaking or a panga ride. This gives you and your children the opportunity to see a large number 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, an encounter with dolphins and whales is sometimes possible.

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
Located in Western Isabela, Urbina Bay is at the foot of Alcedo Volcano. Land on a breathtaking black sand beach, and prepare your children to observe sea turtle nesting sites. This area is also known for penguin and flightless cormorant sightings as well. It is also one of the best places to see Darwin’s finches and large land iguanas. Keep an eye out for Galapagos tortoises while on this family excursion. They like to feed within the site’s dense vegetation.

Punta Vicente Roca is a fantastic snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as several varieties of fish. For those who do not snorkel, a panga ride gives you 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

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station your family gains insight into the great efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here your children can view the tortoises at many stages of life. Newly-hatched tortoises average 3 inches long, while the adults can reach over 4 feet. This research station helps prepare these incredible creatures for reintroduction into their natural environment. After the visit drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you visit a tortoise reserve. Take some family time and search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. This is a leisurely afternoon.

Day 6 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, your children can spot a short-eared lava owl.

Darwin Bay’s soft, coralline white sand is only the beginning of this next spectacular family excursion. A trail from the beach immerses you and your kids in lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other local inhabitants include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates, and more. Kid- friendly snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and tortoises are common.

Day 7 Bartolome | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bartolome is a small island with has two visitor sites. Snorkel with your family 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 on 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 includes 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 family 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 with your children after the walk.

Day 8 Bachas Beach | Baltra | Disembark

  • 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 with your family, take a bus to the airport and head back to the mainland.

Celebrity Xperience

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Standard stateroom on the Celebrity Xperience
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Deluxe Ocean View
12 staterooms located on the Main Deck, with porthole windows. The cabins have either a queen or twin bed arrangement, and all twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request. Private bath facilities with biodegradable toiletries and complimentary use of bathrobes.
Superior stateroom on the Celebrity Xperience
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Premium Ocean View
8 staterooms located on the Boat Deck with picture windows. The cabins have either a queen or twin bed arrangement, and all twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request. Private bath facilities with biodegradable toiletries and complimentary use of bathrobes.
Deluxe stateroom on the Celebrity Xperience
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Elite Ocean View
4 staterooms located on the Boat Deck, with large scenic windows and a complimentary one-time stocked minibar. The cabins have either a queen or twin bed arrangement, and all twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request. Private bath facilities with biodegradable toiletries and complimentary use of bathrobes.


- 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

Please Note
- Gratuities and complimentary beverages such as wine and spirits are included on this cruise.
- Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at anytime. Contact us for current rates.

Please Note: 
- Our Family cruises (for ages 4 years old onwards) include great learning material for children, cabin decoration with gift, special activities on board and during excursions with our Children Coordinator.
- Since safety is our number one priority, there are certain visitor sites and/or activities to which certain age or experience restrictions may apply, especially with regard to snorkeling and kayaking. However, there are plenty of options and activities that will guarantee an unforgettable experience that can be shared by the whole family.

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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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