The new 100-guest Celebrity Flora has been purposely built for the Galápagos. The ship tastefully accentuates the one-of-a-kind destination that it sails year-round. Every room is a suite, and every suite makes use of outward-facing design, putting scenery and wildlife front and center. Custom-built Novurania tenders will transport you in comfort to the islands, with hydraulic ramps making landings easier. Expert-led tours provide insight and enrichment as you encounter blue-footed boobies, Darwin’s finches, land and marine iguanas and other interesting creatures. Other unique aspects include a stargazing platform and a glamping experience that allows you to sleep under the stars in a cabana, waking up to the sunrise.
Celebrity’s 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.
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 Major – Cruising
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 also home for sea lions, pelicans, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.
Gardner Bay, Espanola
The sparkling white sand of Gardner Bay offers one of the best places to relax and swim in the Galapagos. 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. Suarez Point is home to a colony of sea lions, as well as the entire world population of Waved Albatross. While their astonishing 8-foot wingspan makes them 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.
Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
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.
Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers, whalers, and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.
Moreno Point, Isabela Island
Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardened black lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. The mangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to see marine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins, and the flightless cormorant.
Urvina Bay, Isabela Island
Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active, the latest eruption having occurred in 2015. Here we will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magma below one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 6 meters, and today we can walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef.
Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and, as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense deluges of black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary black lava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants.
Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride to remember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish
South Plaza, Santa Cruz 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.
Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
Dragon Hill, or “Cerro Dragon” is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we’ll cross a beautiful “white forest” of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high-intensity snorkeling from a zodiac followed by a short walk and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation.
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.
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