From the giant tortoises that bear the Galapagos name, to the marine iguanas and "Darwin" finches, the Galapagos islands afford visitors the chance to observe a living laboratory of adaptation. Celebrity Cruises provide guests with this rare, up-close experience with the smallest possible environmental impact to these precious shores.
The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands, found west of Ecuador, are one of the most intriguing and highly protected places on earth. Here, while viewing wildlife found nowhere else, Darwin created his theory of evolution which has sparked controversy ever since.
What can I do on a Galapagos Cruise?
While visiting the Galapagos Islands you will encounter a number of exciting adventures and exotic wildlife. Your excursions may include climbing to the top of the hill on the Island of Bartolome for a classic
view of the island. You can also visit the Charles Darwin Research Center to see the Giant Tortise breeding and rearing program. The islands of Isabela and Floreana include unique animals such as
the Galapagos Penguins. Or snorkel with the native sea lions and sea turtles. Hiking, biking and kayaking are also available on a number of the islands.
Where does a Galapagos cruise go
The Galapogos Islands are made up of the following islands. Itineraries and ports of call may vary by cruise line.
- Darwin & Wolf
- North Seymour
- San Cristobal
- Santa Cruz
- Santa Fe
- South Plaza
When can I go on a Galapagos Cruise
The Galapagos Islands may be visited year-round. January through May is considered the Wet season, with May through December as the Dry season.
Average temperature highs are 85-90 degrees Farenheight, lows are 65-70.
How do I get there?
Galapagos cruises set sail from the port of Baltra. Lindbald Expeditons cruises may also include a stop in Guayaquil, Ecuadour.
There are two major cruise lines that offer cruises to the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity Cruises offers the Celebrity Xpedition - a small luxury ship holding 92 guests. You'll see the
sights up close and personal with Celebrity's naturalists guiding you.
In addition to Celebrity Cruises, Lindblad Expeditions has two ships sailing to the Galapagos: the National Geographic Islander and Endeavour. Each offers a unique experience on the islands
and includes a team of Naturalists as your guides.
What is the local currency and language?
The primary language spoken is Spanish. The official currency in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands in the US dollar.