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Galapagos Southern Islands Family Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Celebrity Xperience
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This 8-day family friendly cruise is a great way to explore the highlights of the southern islands aboard the Celebrity Xperience, an upscale expedition vessel. Give your children a first treat in their cabin set up with colorful decorations and kid-friendly bathroom amenities. As you relax on board or enjoy a kayaking day, a child coordinator is assigned to educate and entertain your children, allowing them to make their own discoveries about these unique islands. Enjoy onboard educational activities for children, including game and movie night, making your own pizza, or creating personalized Galapagos postcards.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Baltra | North Seymour
Day 2 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe
Day 3 : San Cristobal
Day 4 : Floreana
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Center
Day 7 : Espanola
Day 8 : Mosquera | Disembark in Baltra


  • Explore South Plaza Island, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies
  • Visit the Post Office Bay´s mailbox used by pirates & buccaneers
  • Explore Elizabeth Bay´s cove, refuge for sea turtles, rays and herons
  • Swim and snorkel with your children in Española´s crystal-clear waters


Celebrity Xperience

Places Visited

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


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Green sea turtle swimming Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos About to go kayaking with my son (Seymour) Male Blue Footed Boobie Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip.

Day 1 Embark in Baltra | North Seymour

Arrive with your family 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. Find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue-footed boobies. Keep your 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. Although it 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 family hike past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to wander. Friendly and playful sea lions may accompany your family 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 family 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 relax with your children and kayak, snorkel, or take a panga ride.

Disembark at Cerro Brujo for an excursion, kayaking, snorkeling, and 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 first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot 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 left untouched and completely natural over these many years.

Enjoy kid-friendly 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, have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing entire family snorkeling trip at Champion Islet.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Elizabeth Bay, the furthest point of the Galapagos on your trip. 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, all the family has the 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 | Charles Darwin Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station the entire family can learn about the great efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you 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 and visit a tortoise reserve. Take some time and search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. This is a leisurely afternoon.

Day 7 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gardner Bay offers the entire family a chance to enjoy a breathtaking white sandy beach. This is the home of one of the most important colonies of sea lions as well as a nesting site for sea turtles. Throughout the morning there are many opportunities for swimming, kayaking. and kid-friendly snorkeling.

One of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos is Punta Suarez. Espanola is very isolated from the other islands, allowing it to have a high proportion of endemic fauna. Right off the landing site, view groups of Española marine iguanas basking in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail. Watch as Galapagos doves peck around and finches go about their day-to-day business unaware of visitors. Further down the trail there is a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air resembling a geyser. Swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds find their homes in the cracks of the cliffs. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees find a nesting site for the albatross. The 15,000 to 17,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent almost the entire population of this species on the planet. Have a chance to see them perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Day 8 Mosquera | Disembark in Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Mosquera Islet is a tiny islet, which is actually home to a huge population of sea lions. Have the chance to view many different types of shorebirds. While at Mosquera, keep your eyes peeled as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas. Disembark with your family, begin your trip to the airport, and return 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 children aged 4 years old onwards) include great children learning material, cabin decoration with gift, and 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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