Galapagos Southern Loop - Celebrity Xpedition Expedition Ship

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Our all-inclusive packages to the Galapagos have everything you need for an incredible adventure. On board, you’ll enjoy menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef, unlimited beverages, Wi-Fi, room service and more. For your experiences off the ship, you’ll have use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits and excursions led by Galapagos National Park certified naturalists. And that’s not all. There’s more to the list that only gets better.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Airport & North Seymour 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.
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 2: Santa Cruz Island & Santa Fe Island

A small uplifted island just off the northeast coast of Santa Cruz. The island's low-lying landscape is covered with colorful saltbush, scrub, and giant prickly pear cactus. A subspecies of land iguana is found on the island in plentiful abundance and sometimes can be seen munching on the cactus. The southern cliffs are steep and rocky, and home to numerous seabirds as well as a bachelor colony of sea lions. Looking down into the clear blue waters, schools of surgeonfish swim by as birds shoot in and out of the holes in the cliff. A short hike and Zodiac ride provide ample opportunity to observe the beauty and wildlife of the island

The visit at Santa Fe begins with a wet landing on the small beach in Barrington Bay on the northeast side of the island. Large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches and can often be seen surfing in the waves. Some of the island’s endemic species include massive Santa Fe Opuntia cactus, the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. The visit includes a hike past saltbush where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam.

Day 3: San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point & Baquerizo Moreno Port

Pitt Point is located on the northeastern tip of San Cristobal Island. After disembarking onto the small greensand beach, you'll hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is well worth the effort.  A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies: red-footed, blue-footed, and Nazca. It’s one of the few places in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together.

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 4: Floreana Island

Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrelestablished in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers,whalers, and others could leave their mail to be pickedup by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, asvisitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sortthrough left mail to deliver at home.

Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands' Governor. It's small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land.

Day 5: Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay

Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in theGalapagos. A scenic zodiac ride within this shelteredinlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and awonderful mangrove ecosystem.

Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardenedblack lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools,which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. Themangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to seemarine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins,and the flightless cormorant.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station

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 7: Española Island: Gardner Bay & Suarez Point


The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand,offers one of the best places to relax and swim in theGalapagos. It's home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago, and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Española mockingbirds may also be seen here.

Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At Suarez Point, be greeted by a colony of sea lions upon arrival. This area is also home to nearly the entire world population of Waved Albatross—though they're graceful in the air, their clumsy behavior on land is a sight to see. A cliffside hike leads to a natural lava fissure that spews water like a towering geyser.

Day 8: Baltra Airport & Transfer out

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.

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Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
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