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 Celebrity Expedition – January 28 – February 7, 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 your Zodiac 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 your Zodiac, and get ready for another afternoon of excursions. 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.
- Voyage aboard the Celebrity Expedition in Galapagos
- Accommodation in staterooms with air conditioning, private bathroom and showers, and refrigerators with complimentary bottled water.
- All meals and complimentary beverages on board the vessel including select wines, sparkling wines, spirits, soft drinks,bottled water, coffee and teas.
- 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 Expedition
When you set foot aboard the state-of-the-art 64-passenger Celebrity Xpedition® in the Galapagos Islands, be prepared for an experience like no other. Filled with indulgences, including room service, in-suite dining, massage services, complimentary plush bathrobes, a fitness room, nightly lectures by certified naturalists from the Galapagos National Park (who are on board during your entire vacation), and live music in the Discovery Lounge, you’ll experience the Galapagos Islands with style. Recount the day’s activities over a drink as you take in the spectacular outdoor views from the Panorama Deck. Enjoy a snack from the Beagle Grill, and on the Sunrise Deck, a hot tub and sunning area are all it takes to unwind from head to toe after a day’s adventures.
Staterooms – Decks 3 & 4
All Staterooms feature:
- Two lower beds, convertible to Queen
- Duvet and Pillow Top mattress
- Dual voltage 110/220 AC
- Plentiful storage space in on-suite bathroom & wardrobe
- Flat screen TV’s with DVD players
- Direct-dial telephone
- Individual safe
- Thermostat-controlled air conditioning
- Private refrigerator
- Room service (breakfast, lunch & dinner upon request)
- Luggage delivery at boarding
- Laundry services (additional charges apply)
- Duvet and pillow-top mattress
- Hair dryer
- Complimentary use of premium bathrobes
- Binoculars for use
Suites – Decks 5 & 6 – total of 13 on-board
In addition to the standard stateroom amenities, Suites include:
- Personal Suite Attendant
- Private Veranda
- Unpacking assistance
- Stocked mini-bar with your favorite soft drinks and beers
- Locally sourced turn-down chocolates
- Champagne/Sparkling Wine set-up
- In-suite room service
- Locally source and organic bath amenities
- Full in-suite dinner service
- Complimentary laundry service twice per cruise
- Premium bathrobes
- Premium linens, terry, slipper
- Pillow menu
- Complimentary premium backpack
- Afternoon in-suite daily delectable
- Sunglasses and reading glasses
- Complimentary use of marine binoculars
- Complimentary rain ponchos
- In-Suite espresso machine with daily pod replenishment* (*penthouse and royal suite only)
- Open deck amenities: sunscreen, aloe vera cooling gel, and lip balm
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 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.