Xperience (Capacity: 48 passengers) Southern Loop Itinerary 8 Days / 7 Nights

Xperience (Capacity: 48 passengers) Southern Loop Itinerary 8 Days / 7 Nights

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One of the best small ships sailing in the Galapagos Islands Celebrity Xperience is an upscale expedition vessel that offers unparalleled levels of comfort and service. Large enough to travel the Pacific in comfort and safety, small enough to dock at remote ports and negotiate inter-island landings with agility, Celebrity Xperience is the perfect size for an expedition-style adventure and the choice for travelers who prefer the intimate, comfortable atmosphere and attentive service of a smaller boutique vessel to a larger cruise ship. She features outstanding open-air spaces, comfortable cabins, and spectacular al fresco dining. Highlights Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Station), Floreana (Post Office Bay, Baroness viewing Point, Champion Islet, Cormorant Point), San Cristobal (Kicker Rock, Lobos Island), Santiago (Sullivan Bay), Isabela (Sierra Negra Volcano, Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove, Vicente Roca Point), Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill), Española (Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay), Mosquera Islet, Fernandina (Espinoza Point), Santiago (Egas Port), Genovesa (El Barranco, Darwin Bay), North Seymour. Highlighted species Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to January), Greater & Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Mockingbirds, Española Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Lava Lizard, Española Lava Lizard, Darwin Finches, Short-Eared Owls, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Lava (striated) Herons, Greater Flamingoes, Brown pelicans, Galapagos penguins, Lava gulls, Española mockingbirds, Floreana mockingbirds, Santa Fe land iguana.

Itinerary

Saturday: Baltra Island: Airport / PM North Seymour Island: North Seymour Island

Sunday: AM South Plaza Island: South Plaza Island / PM Santa Fe Island: Santa Fe Island

Monday: AM San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point / PM San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo

Tuesday: AM Floreana Island: Post Office Bay & Baroness Viewing Point / PM Floreana Island: Champion isle & Cormorant Point

Wednesday: AM Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay / PM Isabela Island: Moreno Point

Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station, Highlands / PM Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora free time

Friday: AM Española Island: Gardner Bay / PM Española Island: Suarez Point

Saturday: AM Mosquera Islet / Airport

Baltra Airport

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you will clear immigration and be met by your guide, who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor. A motorized dinghy will then transfer you to the Celebrity Xperience, where the captain and crew will welcome you aboard.
North Seymour Island

North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Although the island is characterized by arid vegetation, fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigatebirds and more.

South Plaza Island

South Plaza Island is home to a large opuntia cactus forest, land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds, as well as different types of finches.

Santa Fe Island

During the hike you will see some of Santa Fe’s endemic species, including the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, various finches and the Galapagos mockingbird. Playful sea lions usually join swimmers and kayakers during beach time.

Pitt Point (San Cristobal Island)

Pitt Point is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. You will hike up to a plateau where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. The power hike is followed by kayaking, snorkeling or a dinghy ride.

Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

In addition to the magnificent scenery, there is wonderful swimming and a dinghy ride at this visitor site. Cerro Brujo’s spectacular beach is home to a large colony of sea lions, and it is famous for being the first place in the archipelago that Charles Darwin visited.

Post Office Bay & Baroness Viewing Point (Floreana Island)

Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” inspired by 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mailbox. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. The Baroness’ Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana.

Champion Islet & Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

After snorkeling at Champion Islet, you will visit Cormorant Point, where there is a beautiful lagoon that is home to flamingos, stilts and pintail ducks. A great site for birdwatching.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)

Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that we will visit on our cruise. We will enter a sheltered cove that is only accessible by dinghy – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays and herons.

Moreno Point (Isabela Island)

Moreno Point, which is southwest of Elizabeth Bay, is famous for its large population of seabirds. You’ll be able to get close to them on a dinghy ride along the cliffs of the island, or on a hike through lava rock that leads to tide pools and mangroves teeming with life. You will also have time for snorkeling.

Puerto Ayora & Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station you will gain insight into the extensive efforts underway to preserve the Galapagos Islands. You will also encounter the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit we will drive to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. In the afternoon you will have free time for shopping or mingling with the locals, or you can simply relax on board.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)

Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a pristine white sandy beach. In addition to being a nesting site for sea turtles, it is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. Activities include swimming snorkeling and kayaking.

Punta Suarez (Española Island)

Punta Suarez is home to large populations of Nazca and blue-footed boobies, as well as the beautiful waved albatross (seasonally). The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatross on Española represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Mosquera Islet / Baltra airport

This tiny islet is home to a huge population of sea lions, as well as many shorebirds. Keep your eyes peeled, as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas around Mosquera.

Important notes:

Xperience reserves the right to alter ITINERARIES and/or ACTIVITIES due to prevailing or forecast weather conditions, for technical or safety considerations or to meet National Park regulations. Itineraries may also vary due to force majeure or according to the need to refuel the vessel on certain Saturdays
Cruise prices, Air tickets, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
In case of increase in fuel prices, fuel surcharge will apply
Private transfers from Puerto Ayora to the airport in Baltra are available at an extra cost
Single Supplements applies
Children are accepted from the age of 4 years old onwards
Children under 12 years sharing the cabin with an adult will benefit from a discount except Easter, Christmas and New Year cruises
Children booked in double cabin for single use pay the adult rate

Deluxe Staterooms $ 7700.00
Superior Staterooms $7300.00
Staterooms $6700.00
Standard Staterooms $6400.00

**During low season special rates applies
**During peak season Christmas (Dec 23-30) and New Year (Dec 30-Jan 06) a surcharge of $400 per person applies

The rate includes:

All shore excursions with English speaking guides
All meals & snacks while onboard
Complimentary beverages including select wines & spirits
Complimentary Internet access
Private refrigerator
Gratuities
Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment & 3mm “shorty” wet suits
Complimentary use of Kayaks
Sharing transfer between the airport in Baltra and the dock upon arrival & departure
VIP lounge at the airport in Baltra on outgoing flights
Sharing transfers between the following hotels and the airport for flights to / from Galapagos:

Quito: Marriott, Swissotel, Casa Gangotena and Plaza Grande
Guayaquil: Oro Verde, Hilton, Wyndham and Hampton Inn. Sharing transfers are only provided upon previous confirmation exclusively for our operational cruise dates using our Avianca flights AV 1634, 1635

Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos
Galapagos National Park entrance Fee $100 per adult / $50 per child under 12 years
Galapagos Transit Control Card $20 per person (adults and children)

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