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Xperience is a luxury all-inclusive expedition yacht for up to 48 passengers, with all drinks and tips included in the price.
The Celebrity Xperience is one of a fleet of 3 luxury Celebrity Cruises vessels sailing in the Galapagos Islands. She is a medium size expedition vessel carrying up to 48 guests, with a choice of 7, 10 or 13 night itineraries.
Guests on board you will find a well stocked library for reading and study, as well as a super restaurant, lounge, bar and ample space for lunch al fresco, whilst the the top deck is the observation/sun deck with jacuzzi and sun loungers.
Your experience on this cruise is of the highest quality with 4 expert naturalist guides, certified to the highest level by the Galapagos National Park, and who will lead your excursions and give briefings during your cruise.
Passengers appreciate the "non-cruise" atmosphere aboard the Celebrity Xperience: informal and un-regimented with a warm sense of camaraderie.
Spacious indoor and outdoor areas, with more outdoor space than any other luxury ships of the same size.
- Family cruises that include special activities, programs and materials for children, as well as a child coordinator.
- The only ship this size that has two single cabins available, and therefore no single supplement.
- Al fresco dining with an average of 15 meals served outdoors while cruising.
- Small groups with a maximum of 12 guests per naturalist guide, compared to 16 guests per guide on some other boats.
- A well-equipped infirmary with an on-board medical doctor that provides services free of charge. The doctor accompanies passengers during some of the excursions, and is available whenever assistance may be required.
- Gourmet dining from a Michelin star chef.
- Drinks on board including beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, coffee, tea and bottled water.
- Twice daily expeditions ashore led by expert naturalist guides.
- FREE Wi Fi.
- Tips and gratuities are included in the cost of your cruise.
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee and Galapagos Tourist card fee.
- Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment, mini wet suits, binoculars and walking sticks.
- Complimentary room service on request.
- Premium bedding and amenities in each stateroom.
Deck plan & cabins
Southern Loop Itinerary 7 nights
Saturday to Saturday
Day 1 - Baltra and North Seymour Island
Arrive in Baltra by plane and embark the Celebrity Xpedition for your 7 night cruise on a full board basis. During World War II, Baltra was a military base, protecting the Panama Canal from attack. Set sail after lunch and an introductory briefing to North Seymour Island. Here, layers of lava that originally erupted underwater have created a low-lying island packed with wildlife. A hike along the shore and into the island’s interior reveals mystery upon mystery.
Day 2 - South Plaza and Sante Fe Islands
We explore the small island of South Plaza this morning, located off the coast of Santa Cruz. Observe seal pups up close. South Plaza has one of the biggest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos. After lunch, we continue to Santa Fe, southeast of Santa Cruz Island and one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos. Sea lions are again the main attraction here, as well as multiple dive sites and walking trails brought to life by the excellent naturalist guides.
Day 3 - San Cristobal Island and
This morning we explore Punta Pitt, San Cristobal. It's a truly unique destination, the only place in the Galapagos where you are able to witness all three species of boobies in one place. After lunch, we sail to Purto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the Galapagos Islands. Here you can opt for a tour of the local interpretation centre or take some time out for shopping in the town.
Day 4 - Bahia Post Office and Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
This morning we arrive at Post Office Bay, Floreana. This site is home to the Bahia Post Office barrel where whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. Continue the tradition and post your own letter. In the afternoon, we explore Cormorant Point, Floreana, the first capital of the Galapagos and where Charles Darwin met the islands' Governor. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos and stilts.
Day 5 - Isabela Island
After breakfast, we go ashore at Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island. The beach is a sheltered inlet and one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. Enjoy a scenic boat ride offering excellent wildlife viewing and access to a rich mangrove ecosystem. In the afternoon, we explore Punta Moreno. This place will make you feel like you’ve travelled back into a prehistoric era. Located on the extreme north coast of Isabela Island, you may see huge marine iguanas and Galapagos Penguins.
Day 6 - Charles Darwin Research Centre, Santa Cruz
We spend today on the island of Santa Cruz. Arriving at Punta Ayora, you have the opportunity to visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Centre, the giant tortoise reserve in the lushly vegetated highlands. There is also time to wander through the lovely streets of Puerto Ayora for some shopping.
Day 7 - Espanola Island
This morning we visit Gardner Bay, Española, home to one of the longest beaches in the Galapagos. You’ll visit a sea lion colony and search for more wildlife, such as the startlingly red Sally Lightfoot crabs. After lunch, explore Punta Suarez, Española. Here, you can observe Nazca and blue-footed boobies and waved albatrosses. It may be possible to see them performing spectacular mating dances around April and May time. A hike from the beach also reveals a blowhole where water gushes 50 feet into the air.
Day 8 - Baltra Island
Arrive in Baltra Island, where you disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.
Northern Loop Itinerary 7 nights
Saturday to Saturday
Day 1 - Baltra and Santa Cruz Island
During World War II, Baltra was military base, protecting the Panama Canal from attack. Now, Baltra is home to the region's airport and is where you will meet your ship in time for embarkation for lunch and a welcome briefing. After lunch, we visit Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz. We explore the shallow inlet by dinghy - Look out for white-tip reef sharks, rays and sea turtles.
Day 2 - Rabida and Puerto Egas
Enjoy a morning visit to Rábida, where the landscapes of this small island are visually stunning. Among other sights, there is an old volcanic cone bathed in crimson, sitting amid coves of clear, aqua-blue water. After lunch, we visit Puero Egas, Santiago. With its sandy beach, black rock and blue-water grottos this stop offers a taste of Galapagos geology, some great snorkelling, and an opportunity to see shore birds and Galapagos fur seals.
Day 3 - Isabela and Fernandinha Islands
After breakfast, we go ashore at Tagus Cove, Isabela Island. This cove has historically provided shelter for wayfarers and is one of the places Charles Darwin visited in 1835. A hike up a volcanic tuff cone offers views of Darwin’s Lake. We continue to Espinoza Point, Fernandinha Island, one of the least visited sites on Fernandinha due to its remote location and difficult access. Black volcanic rocks provide a stark contrast to the brilliant green of plant growth.
Day 4 - Exploring Isabela Island
We spend the morning at Urvina Bay, Isabela Island, where we take a ramble through this reef’s high-and-dry corals or stick to a shorter version and look for land iguanas and giant tortoises. Urvina Bay is great for swimming and snorkelling. After lunch, continue to Vicente Roca, Isabela Island. Here you’ll find Vicente Roca Point right at the mouth of the sea-horse-shaped Isla Isabela. While you’re there, don’t miss the sea horses in the spectacular bay – perfect for snorkelling.
Day 5 - Bartolme Island
We spend the whole day with our naturalist guides exploring one of the most spectacular settings in the Galapagos Islands. One of the youngest islands, Bartolme's volcanic origins are clearly evident. One visiting astronaut even said its landscape reminded him of the surface of the moon!
Day 6 - El Barranco and Darwin Bay - Genovesa Island
In the morning, we explore El Barranco, Genovesa Island, situated in the southern part of Darwin Bay. We explore the 1.5km trail of volcanic rock and look out for rare species. After lunch, we continue to Darwin Bay, also on Genovesa Island. Formed by a submerged crater, and the resulting steep cliffs provide the perfect protected homes for a range of seabirds. See how many you can spot.
Day 7 - Charles Darwin Research Centre and Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Morning visit to the exceptional Charles Darwin Research Centre, famous for its protection and conservation of giant tortoises. After lunch, you relax at your leisure in the charming port of Puerto Ayora where there are some excellent shopping opportunities.
Day 8 - Baltra Island and disembark
Arrive back in Baltra Island, where you disembark and transfer to the airport for flight back to the mainland.
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