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Availability : Through Dec 2023
Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador

Nothing opens your world—and your imagination—like the Galapagos Islands. Sealed off for millions of years, this pristine archipelago is home to foliage and wildlife found nowhere else. Our all-inclusive Galapagos packages offer you the chance to explore these unspoiled islands to the fullest, and it doesn’t end there.

While the Galapagos Islands are Ecuador’s most famous destination, its capital, Quito, is a remarkable place unto itself. At 9,350 feet, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers one of the largest, least-altered, best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Start your adventure with a pre-cruise tour of Ecuador’s mountaintop capital of Quito, then head for your incredible 7-Night Galapagos cruise. Post-cruise, spend 1 or 2 additional nights in Quito.

 

 

 


About Celebrity Cruises

An unforgettable journey is yours to create with Celebrity. Travel to exciting destinations aboard ships resplendent with elegant finishes and spacious accommodations. Encounter new perspectives with guided shore excursions or further enhance your journey with a Cruisetour – a cruise combined with a truly refined land tour venturing inland. Our exceptional level of personal service, award-winning cuisine, world-famous amenities and accommodations that are the most spacious at sea, not only ensure an unforgettable cruise experience, but forge a lasting relationship between ourselves and our guests.


Itinerary

Day 1 Friday

Quito Arrival

On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

 

Day 2 Saturday

Quito

Breakfast is served at the hotel. During your guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you’ll stand on the equatorial line at the Intiñan Solar Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and la Compañia Church. Your Tour Director will escort you throughout your Quito stay, and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

Day 3 Sunday – AM

Quito/Baltra Island

You will be transferred to the Quito, Ecuador airport to board the flight to Baltra, Galapagos, where naturalist guides will be waiting to transfer you to the ship.

During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport.

Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. This island is famous for the scientific investigation led by Peter and Rosemary Grant on the finches’ population, one of the most important studies in the field that supports Charles Darwin’s Theory.

Day 3 Sunday – PM

Daphne Island

During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport.

Day 3 Sunday – PM

Daphne Major

Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.

Day 4 Monday – AM

Egas Port, Santiago Island

With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, andblue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful tasteof the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds,Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, andGalapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish,and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling.

Day 4 Monday – PM

Rabida Island

A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some sea birds. Excursion options: coastal exploration, short walk, swimming, and snorkeling from the beach.

Day 5 Tuesday – AM

Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay is one of the western-most points in the Galapagos. A scenic coastal exploration along this sheltered inlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem.

Day 5 Tuesday – PM

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found. Excursion options: coastal exploration, walk, snorkeling and kayak.

Day 6 Wednesday – AM

Sullivan Bay ( Santiago Island)

During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900’s, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geologic wonderland. We will take advantage of the cool of early morning for awalk to view strange twisting hardened lava flows, collapse craters, and everyone’s favorite, the hornitos orlava ovens. Tall red scoria cones and pioneer plants also dot this unusual and very young landscape.

Day 6 Wednesday – PM

Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island hosts one of the region’s most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

Day 7 Thursday – AM

Las Bachas, Santa Crus Island

A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word “barges” by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other  shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.

Day 7 Thursday – PM

North Seymour Island

North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.

Day 8 Friday – AM

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island

Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.

Day 8 Friday – PM

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

Enjoy breakfast onboard before disembarking and heading to the Baltra airport for your flight to Quito and on to Lima. Upon arrival at the Quito airport a Celebrity representative will be on hand to assist you with your Lima flight check in. For your convenience, they will provide an entry voucher to the airport VIP lounge in Quito. Upon your arrival in Lima, and clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be greeted by a Celebrity Cruises representative at the airport. A detailed schedule of events will be provided. Dinner and overnight at the Westin Lima.

Day 9 – Saturday

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

This is the main population center of the islands, andhome to the National Park Service tortoise-breedingcenter and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Youwill be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center andwalk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Day 10 – Sunday

Baltra Island(Galapagos)

During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport.

Day 10 – Sunday – Touring

Baltra To Quito Disembarkation

You will be transferred to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinner is served at the hotel.

 

Day 11 – Monday – Touring

Quito, Ecuador

Enjoy your day on your own in Quito. Breakfast is included. Overnight at the JW Marriott.

 

Day 12 – Tuesday – Touring

Quito, Ecuador Departure

Your Celebrity Cruises representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast is included.

 

Note: *Massage services available at an additional cost.


During the rainy season (January 1st – April 30th) the train service between Machu Picchu and Cuzco adopt a bimodal route due to weather. During this time all trains conclude their journey in the Ollantaytambo station upon return from Machu Picchu. Guests traveling during this period will disembark in the Ollantaytambo station, and will spend an additional night at El Tambo del Inca hotel in the Sacred Valley. After breakfast, guests will continue their journey to Cuzco as scheduled. All site visits and services remain the same. Please note this change does not add additional nights to the program and is offered for the safety and comfort of our guests.

 

 

About the Celebrity Flora

Celebrity Flora? marks an evolutionary turning point in the approach to ship design—creating a sense of being truly immersed in the destination, instead of just visiting it. Indulge in the largest and most luxurious accommodations in the Galapagos Islands, where every stateroom on board is a suite. Dine on delectable menus, curated by a Michelin-starred chef, and allow your Personal Suite Attendant to help you unpack. All this to ensure that your visit to these primitive islands
is anything but.

CELEBRITY FLORA? FACTS:
Occupancy: 100
Tonnage: 5,739
Inaugural Date: May 2019
Length: 333 ft
Beam: 55.7 ft
Draught: 14.7 ft
Cruise Speed: 14 kts
Flora Suite Features and Amenities
  • Full room automation
  • Private Veranda
  • In-room drinking water filtration system
  • Personal Suite Attendant
  • Unpacking assistance
  • Complimentary laundry service twice per cruise
  • Extensive offering of live TV and on demand movies and programing
  • Complimentary Premium Backpack
  • Marine binoculars
  • Locally sourced turndown chocolates
  • Stocked Mini-bar with favorite soft drinks and beers
  • Locally sourced and organic bath amenities
  • Champagne / Sparling Wine set-up
  • Delivery of afternoon in-suite daily delectable
  • 24 hour in-suite room service
  • Full in-suite dinner service
  • Monogrammed premium bathrobes*
  • Premium linens, terry, slipper
  • Pillow menu offering
  • Complimentary Rain Ponchos
  • Sunglasses and reading glasses
  • In-suite Espresso machine with daily pods replenishment*
  • Open Deck Amenities: Sunscreen, Aloe Vera cooling gel, and lip balm

*Available in Penthouse Suites and Royal Suites Only

Pricing Terms and Conditions

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply. Ship’s Registry: Malta & Ecuador

 

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