Travel with us back in time to the magical islands that enchanted Charles Darwin and inspired his studies.
10 Night GetAway, including 7 nights on board the new all-suite Celebrity Flora
Jan 22 – Feb 1, 2021
Six hundred miles due west of Ecuador, for millions of years they have been home to plants and animals that adapted to this unique environment. The islands are beautiful, yes. But their true splendor comes from their unique place in our ecosystem and the opportunity they give us to encounter the past, face to face.
The average life-span of the Blue-footed booby is 17 years. Known for their blue-feet and unruffled attitude toward humans, this booby is one of the most popular wildlife attractions in the Galapagos.
Perhaps the best known creature in the Galapagos though is the one for which the islands are named. Galapago is an old Spanish word for tortoise. The Giant Tortoises are justly the most famous residents of the islands, weighing up to 400 lbs (and more) and living for up to 150 years!
Here’s our typical day in the Galapagos
Morning: Start the day with a leisurely breakfast, the perfect combination of fresh coffee and fresh air. Then climb into your wet suit for the day’s adventures. Get seated comfortably in the specially designed RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) for the commute to your first island, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by hundreds of marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and so much more. Relax at the beach, do some snorkeling, or join a guided hike and get to know the incredible inhabitants up close.
Afternoon: Exploring works up an appetite! Return to the ship for a freshly prepared lunch as you recall the morning’s adventures. As you dine, your ship moves to the next destination. After lunch, suit-up, hop in the RIBs, and get ready for another afternoon of excursions. The RIBs are fixed to the ship with clamps, which means they move with the ship making it very easy to get on and off. They are twice the width of traditional RIB so your knees will have plenty of room and won’t be pressed against the person opposite of you. From white sand beaches to black lava flows each island presents unique discoveries
Evening: As the sun begins to lower, meet at the bar to unwind and share your experiences with fellow travelers. Take in an evening briefing about what the next day holds before settling down for a gourmet dinner, full of fresh seafood and local flavors. Relax and get ready for tomorrow’s adventures.
Every day of experience will bring a lifetime of memories
Spend part of your day snapping photos of marine iguanas and ancient tortoises and hiking amid the beautiful flowers and cacti. Stop along the way to greet the sea lions. You can snorkel with sea turtles, learn about hundreds of bird species and return to your ship for a well earned dinner – prepared from scratch and grilled masterfully. Unwind and linger casually under the breathtaking stars as you reminisce about the day and look forward to new adventures tomorrow.
What’s included in our adventure?
- Transfers from the Quito Airport to your hotel and back to the airport.
- Two nights in a shared double occupancy room at a hotel in Quito, Ecuador, prior to your flight to Baltra.
- Meals during the pre-land portion of the package in Quito, including all meals on Saturday, and Sunday breakfast pre-cruise.
- A guided tour of Quito (full day).
- Round-trip air transportation (coach class) from Quito, Ecuador to Baltra.
- 7 night Voyage aboard the amazing new all-suite, eco-friendly Celebrity Flora in Galapagos
- Accommodation in the largest and most luxurious Suite staterooms in the Galapagos islands featuring incredible interior design using sustainable natural materials that complement the destination perfectly.
- All meals and complimentary beverages on board the vessel including select wines, sparkling wines, spirits, soft drinks,bottled water, coffee and teas.
- Personal suite attendant
- Complimentary room service.
- Complimentary internet access.
- On-board entertainment, including programs or lectures by on-board, Galapagos National Park certified naturalists or our experienced Celebrity staff.
- Complimentary snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks provided for the duration of the cruise.
- Gratuities while on board for the crew and lecturers, as well as gratuities for the naturalist guides.
- The Galapagos National Park admission fee.
- Galapagos Tourist Card fee.
- Transfers from/to the Baltra, Galapagos airport to/from the ship.
The Celebrity Flora
An all suite mega yacht that’s a true complement to the destination and merges seamlessly with the surroundings. There is no better way to check Galapagos off your list than discovering this corner of the world with the most in-depth experience and the most luxurious ship there.
Every guest on Flora is a suite guest and will enjoy premium services and amenities including:
- Personal Suite Attendant
- Welcome bottle of Champagne
- Full in-suite breakfast, lunch and dinner service
- Complimentary mini-bar with beer, soda and water
- Unlimited WiFi
- 24/7 room service
- Laundry service twice per sailing (some restrictions apply)
- Daily delectables delivered to your suite
- Celebrity Cashmere Bedding Collection
- 100% pure cotton linens, bath towels and bathrobes
- Pillow menu
- Luxury bath amenities
- Bedroom slippers
- Fresh fruit on request
- In-suite filtered water station
- In-suite delivery of espresso and cappuccino
- Complimentary use of binoculars
- …and so much more!
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This open air hideaway is the ultimate place for unwinding. Slip into the hot tub for muscle soothing soak. Sink into a luxurious cocoon-style lounger with a favorite book (or drift off for a recharging nap). Head to one of the cabanas to enjoy cocktails with new friends or some quite time on your own.
The discovery lounge is where you’ll learn all about the activities and excursions you’re able to participate in throughout your cruise. Galapagos naturalists and crew members will guide you in personalizing your experience to ensure this vacation is exactly what you hoped for. The lounge is not all business though with a full bar, stage for entertainment and comfortable seating. The walls are almost all glass so stunning views are always part of the ambiance – day and night.
Want to learn more about the Galapagos wildlife? The history of the islands? The sea life just below your feet? Head up to the observatory – featuring a complete library dedicated to the Galapagos islands. Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, stunning views connect you to the environment at all times.
In the Galapagos, the Flora menus are crafted by a Michelin-starred chef in 2 distinct restaurants. The chef is dedicated to creating an authentic dining program by sourcing the freshest, local ingredients and using highest quality sustainable seafood available.
Seaside is the main restaurant. It’s a spacious and upscale space featuring destination-inspired design elements and expansive windows throughout for stunning vistas that compliment the mouthwatering meals you’ll enjoy here.
Ocean Grill is a casual outdoor restaurant that offers panoramic views during the day and stunning starlit skies at night. From grilling up the highest quality sustainable seafood for lunch or for Dinner Under the Stars, Ocean Grill is one of the greatest destination restaurants around.
The Marina lowers down from the aft of the ship allowing passengers to simply step on one of the ships custom-built Rigid Inflatable Boats to head off for adventure. The Marina space includes a shower area, lockers and lots of places to hang wet-suits and snorkel gear.
Every stateroom on board is a suite – the larges and most luxurious in the Galapagos islands.
The Sky Suite with Veranda is the perfect sanctuary. The spacious veranda offers luxurious outdoor living. The king-sized bed faces floor-to-ceiling windows, the veranda and the glorious Galapagos Islands beyond. The bathroom features a vanity with double faucets, porcelain tile, stone counter-tops and a sliding panel that lets you open the room to the bedroom and the window so incredible views are available at all times.
The Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda offers the ability to create an open-air room with the touch of a button for greater connection to the sea and the islands. They feature a modern layout with an etched glass divider separating the bedroom and the bathroom. The king-sized bed faces outward for stunning views from the moment you wake to the moment you retire for the evening.
The Premium and Ultimate Sky Suites feature and outward facing spa tub and shower.
Royal Suites are modern refuges thoughtfully designed to pamper you while highlighting the unique destination. Featuring a separate living area, bedroom and private veranda.
The largest, most luxurious suite sailing the Galapagos Islands offering indulgent home-away-from-home comfort. Even the bathrooms feature outward facing spa tubs and floor-to-ceiling window, so spectacular views are featured in every room. These lush havens are the ultimate complement to this extraordinary destination.
ARE THERE ANY LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS?
The air carriers flying between Quito and Baltra typically limit the amount of luggage per guest to one checked piece (not to exceed 40 lbs.) and a small carry-on bag (not to exceed 17 lbs.). Guests may bring a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects on board the vessels. However, for guests’ comfort and convenience, it is recommended that they limit the number of items they take.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO SAIL?
(1) Embarkation forms (obtained via online check-in), (2) Valid passport with at least 6 months validity from the end of the trip (no photocopies). United States citizens as well as Canadian and UK citizens are not required to have visas for entry into Ecuador. For other nationalities and for more information, please contact the consulate of the countries you are
ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL DOCUMENTS NECESSARY OR RESTRICTIONS BEFORE SAILING?
All guests must ensure they are medically fit for travel. As such, we remind you to check with your physician at least 4 to 6 weeks before sailing to make sure you are up to date with any required immunizations or vaccines you may need to ensure you will be permitted to visit each of the exciting destinations and tours on your itinerary. At this time, no inoculations are required for US, Canadian, and UK citizens. For further information, you may contact the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Traveler’s Health website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel or toll-free at 800-232-4636.
ARE THERE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS ON BOARD THE SHIPS AND THROUGHOUT THE GALAPAGOS EXPERIENCE?
Please note the ability to accommodate guests with special needs aboard the vessels in the Galapagos Islands is limited. The ships do not have elevators or accessible staterooms. Also, there is very little wheelchair accessibility on the Galapagos Islands, and service animals are not permitted in the Galapagos National Park. During a Galapagos journey, guests will need to ascend or descend steps into a motor coach, use stairs, walk and/or climb over uneven ground for extended distances and get on and off inflatable Zodiac tenders. In addition, the land portion of these vacations, including Quito and Galapagos in Ecuador,are not suited to persons who are wheelchair users.
ARE THERE SHOPS ON BOARD?
Yes, there are small shops with limited expedition gear as well as some souvenirs. In addition, there is a limited quantity of sunscreen and other sundries.
WHAT IS THE CURRENCY IN ECUADOR?
The country of Ecuador uses the US dollar.