Galapagos Cruise15 day cruise/tour - November 28, 2022
This is the first time we have been able to put together a luxurious Galapagos Cruise. Celebrity is highly awarded in its quality of ships, service and food. What makes this opportunity sweet is our agreement to charter Celebrity’s whole ship. The ship can take 98 passengers plus 58 crew members. We will only have a grand total of 48 passengers along with the 58 crew members on each of our two chartered cruises. We will have more time ashore and also be able to do two islands a day instead of just one. Dr. Michael Wilcox will be the educator for both sailings. Late November, early December is a great time to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The average temperature in the Galapagos Islands this time of year is 81, the low at night is usually above 70 degrees. Perfect Temperatures! With Ecuador located on the Equator, temperatures do not vary much.
After the cabin for Michael Wilcox – we will only have 23 cabins to sell, but we do have a good allotment of choices. Staterooms can be with 1 large bed or two twins. The Premium Ocean View Cabins have a decent size window and all of the suites have outside balconies, perfect to use while sailing through the Galapagos Islands. Pictures of the different cabin categories can be seen on the following page.
Our special tour is a lot more than just a Galapagos Cruise. We studied many publications of the top 10 places to see and experience in Ecuador. We have also talked to those that we know in Ecuador to determine what else we should do in addition to Galapagos. We have determined that the top 5 places to see and experience in Ecuador are: #1 is obvious: The Galapagos Islands – #2: is Quito & the Equator- #3 is Cuenca – #4 is Cotopaxi National Park and #5: is the Nariz del Diablo Train. We designed a special tour that would include all 5. Most of our 7 nights in hotels in Ecuador are rated 5-Star Luxury Hotels.
Package Price Includes:
15 Day Complete Package Price Includes:
- 8 day 7 night Chartered Celebrity Cruise in the Galapagos Islands.
- Cabin Category: Premium outside widow cabin.
- Limited to a total of 48 passengers on the whole ship.
- Crew of 58.
- All shore excursions.
- All port charges.
- Galapagos National Park Fees.
- Cotopaxi National Park Fees.
- Small groups of approx. 12 passengers that will have an expert Nationalist Guide during your shore excursions!
- Snorkel equipment provided by the ship for everyone!
- 4 Airfares:
- Quito to Galapagos.
- Galapagos to Quito.
- Quito to Cuenca.
- Cuenca to Quito.
- Flight taxes and fees.
- Three quality meals on our luxurious Celebrity Cruise.
- All tips for the 58 crew members and Nationalist Guides.
- Drinks and beverages.
- 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Quito.
- 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Cuenca.
- Exclusive 1 bus tour.
- Dr. Michael Wilcox as guest educator in Galapagos.
- Fun For Less Tour managers throughout your cruise and tour.
- All buses, guides, entrance fees throughout your land tour.
- Guide and bus driver tips.
- All transfers to and from all airports, ship and hotels.
- Nariz del Diablo Train.
- Use of our “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers.
Package Price: $8,499*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare or visas.
Upgrade to Suite with Balcony $2,299 per person.
Upgrade to Royal Suite with Balcony $3,399 per person.
Upgrade to Penthouse Suite with huge Balcony 5,999 per person.
Important Note Regarding The Two Itineraries: The tours in the Quito area and Cuenca area, including the train, will be the same; they will just happen in a different order. However, Celebrity Cruise has designed two different itineraries to the Galapagos Islands – a northern route and a southern route. BOTH are great itineraries. There is so much to see in the Galapagos that they had to create two itineraries. We have not included a lot of details on our land portion as we are still working on them. BUT, we have included in detail Celebrity’s two cruise itineraries. Both will be great, but if you want to read each itinerary before deciding, then do it reasonably fast, as we expect both sailings along with choice of cabins will sell fast!!!
*Please understand because of the wild nature of these animals we cannot guarantee the sighting of any specific species.
Itinerary For Group 2: Galapagos Southern Route
Day 1: Nov 28: Fly to Quito
Upon arrival you will transfer to your 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Quito.
Day 2: Nov 29: Quito – Cuenca
Most of today will be touring around Quito – late this afternoon; we fly from Quito to Cuenca. Upon arrival, we will check into our 4-Star Deluxe Hotel.
Day 3: Nov 30: Cuenca – Nariz del Diablo Train – Cuenca
Today will be a full-day tour into the countryside. The beautiful scenery and majestic mountains will only be topped by our Nariz del Diablo old train ride on tracks cut into the steep mountain to a wonderful viewpoint. At the end of the day, we will return to Cuenca to our 4-Star Deluxe Hotel.
Day 4: Dec 1: Cuenca – Quito
Today we will enjoy the quaint town of Cuenca. After our day of touring, we will head to the airport for our flight back to Quito. Upon arrival, we will transfer back to our 5-Star Luxury Hotel.
Day 5: Dec 2: Quito
Full day tour to Cotopaxi National Park – overnight Quito 5-Star Luxury Hotel.
Day 6: Dec 3: Fly to Galapagos
Baltra 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 Island: 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 7: Dec 4: Galapagos Cruise
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.
Santa Fe 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 species include the 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 8: Dec 5: Galapagos Cruise
Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island: 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.
Puerto Baquerizo Morena San Cristobal Island 3 pm to 6 pm: 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 9: Dec 6: Galapagos Cruise
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.
Cormorant Point, Floreana Island: Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands’ Governor. Its 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 10: Dec 7: Galapagos Cruise
Elizabeth Bay: Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. A scenic zodiac ride within this sheltered inlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem.
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.
Day 11: Dec 8: Galapagos Cruise
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.
Day 12: Dec 9: Galapagos Cruise
Gardner Bay (Espanola): The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand, 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.
Punta Suarezm: 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 13: Dec 10: Baltra Island – Quito
This morning we will transfer to the airport to await our flight to Quito. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our 5-Star Luxury Hotel. The rest of the afternoon will be free time to enjoy the hotel and relax.
Day 14: Dec 11: Quito – Equator – Quito
Today we will spend time on the Equator. It is amazing how water spins different a few feet apart from one side of the Equator line to the other. Upon returning to Quito we will fly out late this evening back to the US and home. (There is no hotel included this night).
Day 15: Dec 12: Quito – Home
This morning we connect back to our home cities.