2023 Galapagos Cruise

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Galapagos Cruise

12 day cruise/tour - November 30, 2023




#1 Why this is the last time: Many Galapagos Cruises have 100 passengers on board. We have chartered a 100-passenger ship, but have limited our number to 48 passengers. The ship company has not been willing to work with us related to our needs in the number of passengers and the pricing after 2023. If we can’t get what we need for our passengers, we would rather not bring our groups. We understand they can make more money selling to more individuals. With us not being able to charter, we will not be returning after 2023.  

This is your last opportunity to experience Galapagos with Michael Wilcox and Fun For Less Tours.

OUR GIGANTIC ADVANTAGE: The number of passengers on a ship can limit the number of shore excursions and experiences you will have during a Galapagos Cruise! Our ship has 50 cabins for 100 passengers and a crew of 58 – BUT we are only going to use 24 of the cabins for a total of 48 passengers. There are more crew members on the ship than passengers. There will be no waiting in line for others to return before it is your turn to go ashore. To make it even better, we will split into 4 groups of approximately 12 passengers per small group for shore excursions. Each group will have their own experienced National Park Guide. Our National Park Guides will travel with us on the ship and be with your small group each day. With us you will see more and experience more!

We have not included any inside cabins for our cruise, our price includes Premium Cabins with a window. For your best experience of Galapagos, we recommend reserving one of our 11 suites with a balcony. Pictures of the different cabins can be found below.

The Galapagos Islands are not the only stunning places to visit in Ecuador. The other most important area to visit is Quito, where we will be staying in the 5-Star Luxurious J.W. Marriott. Your visit to the equator and Parque Nacional Cotopaxi Park from Quito will add highlights you will remember forever! This is your last opportunity!!! While the Coronavirus was at its height of decimating all cruise lines – we were able to negotiate a fantastic deal for our passengers – the Charter of the full ship while only allowing 48 passengers. Now that the cruise line believes Covid is not going to be as big a problem in the future, the cruise line is no longer willing to give us what we need, related to full charters. We have parted friends, but will no longer be chartering Galapagos cruise ships. The GREAT news is – THAT DOES NOT AFFECT OUR 2023 FULL CHARTER!!! If Galapagos is anywhere on the list of places you want to experience – then Galapagos needs to move to the top of the list in 2023!!!! We have the best Galapagos Cruise, with a small number of passengers AND with Michael Wilcox as your educator – it can’t get any better than this!

Cotopaxi National Park

Package Price Includes:

12 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!
  • 2 Airfares: Quito to Galapagos & Galapagos 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.
  • 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.
  • Use of our “Whisper Perfect” headset receivers.

Package Price: $7,999*

*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare or visas.

Upgrade to Suite with Balcony $1,999 per person.
Upgrade to Royal Suite with Balcony $2,999 per person.
Upgrade to Penthouse Suite with huge Balcony $3,999 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!!!  Remember that all Itineraries on land and sea are always subject to change.

*Please understand because of the wild nature of these animals we cannot guarantee the sighting of any specific species.

Itinerary For Group 2:

Day 1: Nov 30: Fly to Quito
Upon arrival you will transfer to your 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Quito.

Day 2: Dec 1: Quito
Full day tour to Cotopaxi National Park – overnight Quito 5-Star Luxury Hotel.

Day 3: Dec 2: 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 4: Dec 3: 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 5: Dec 4: 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 6: Dec 5: 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 7: Dec 6: 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 8: Dec 7: 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 9: Dec 8: 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 10: Dec 9: 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 11: Dec 10: 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 12: Dec 11: Quito – Home
This morning we connect back to our home cities.