7 Night Cruise to the Galapagos Islands departing from Isla Baltra roundtrip aboard 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.
DAY 1 SUNDAY AM - Baltra Island/Embarkation
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 and where you will meet the ship. From the airport, it is just a short bus and Zodiac ride to the ship.
DAY 1 SUNDAY PM - Daphne Island
Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. This Island is famous for the scientific investigation led by Peter and Rosemary Grant on the finches’ population, one of the most important studies on the field that supports Charles Darwin’s Theory. 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 2 MONDAY AM - Egas Port, Santiago Island
With its sandy beach and black –rock, blue-water grottos, this stop offers a taste of the Galapagos geology, some great snorkeling, and an opportunity to see shore birds and Galapagos fur seals. Excursion options: long walk along the shore to the grottos to see fur seals, followed by optional swimming and snorkeling or a shorter coastal walk.
DAY 2 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: Zodiac ride, short walk, swimming, and snorkeling from the beach.
DAY 3 TUESDAY AM - Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
Elizabeth Bay is one of the western-most points in the Galapagos. A scenic Zodiac ride along this sheltered inlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem.
DAY 3 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: a scenic Zodiac ride for wildlife viewing, a long, faster-paced walk, and optional snorkeling.
DAY 4 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 the early morning for a walk at this amazing site.
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY PM - Bartolomé Island
Bartolomé 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. Excursion options: hike up some 368 stairs “To the Top” of the volcano, a Zodiac ride, and an optional beach swim or snorkel.
DAY 5 THURSDAY AM - Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island
This is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in all of the Galapagos, and behind it are two small ponds that often have flamingos feeding in the shallows. It is also one of the largest nesting areas for the Pacific green sea turtle. Excursion options: short beach walk to look for flamingos, followed by an optional opportunity to swim, snorkel, or just relax on the shore. It is also possible to simply go to the beach to swim, snorkel, and relax. Deep water snorkel for experienced snorkelers.
DAY 5 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: a guided, long rocky walk, Zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply a scenic Zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area. Experienced snorkelers will also have an option to do a deep water snorkel at this site.
DAY 6 FRIDAY AM - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island
Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options: 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 6 FRIDAY PM - Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island
Our visit to this location, thought by many to be the most spectacular site in San Cristobal, allows us the rare opportunity to visit the only location in Galapagos where you can observe all three species of boobies, Blue, Red and Masked, and two species of frigates birds nesting in the same area. In addition, there is an opportunity to explore its volcanic terrain as well as beach swimming.
DAY 7 SATURDAY AM/PM - Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
This is the main population center of the islands, and home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center and walk through the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will also have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. In addition, you will have an exclusive opportunity to participate in the Scalesia reforestation project in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island.
DAY 8 SUNDAY – BALTRA DISEMBARKATION - Baltra disembarkation / Airport transfer for flight home
Baltra is home to the region’s main airport, and where you will fly out. You will have a zodiac and bus ride to the airport.
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|28/06||Baltra, Galapagos Is||2.30pm|
|28/06||Daphne Island, Galapagos||5.00pm||6.00pm|
|29/06||Puerto Egas (Santiago), Galapagos Islands||7.00am||12.00pm|
|29/06||Rabida, Galapagos Islands||3.00pm||7.00pm|
|30/06||Isabela Island (Bahia Elizabeth), Ecuador||7.00am||12.00pm|
|30/06||Isla Isabela, Galapagos Island||3.00pm||7.00pm|
|01/07||Isla Santiago, Galapagos Islands||7.00am||12.00pm|
|01/07||Bartolome Island, Santiago||1.00pm||7.00pm|
|02/07||Las Bachas, Santa Cruz||7.00am||12.00pm|
|02/07||North Seymour, Galapagos||1.00pm||9.30pm|
|03/07||Puerto Baquerizo (San Cristobal)||7.00am||12.00pm|
|03/07||Punta Pitt, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands||3.30pm||6.00pm|
|04/07||Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Is||7.00am||7.00pm|
|05/07||Baltra, Galapagos Is||7.00am|
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