Where Are The Galapagos Islands?
The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon) is a Province of Ecuador located 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast. The island chain lies directly on the equator.
What Is Included In The 7-Night Cruise Itineraries?
What Is Not Included In The 7-Night Cruise Itineraries?
What Is Included In The 10-Night Or Longer Cruisetour Packages?
All 10, 11, and 16 night packages include the following 2-night pre-cruise stay in Quito, Ecuador:
Post-Cruise Arrangements for the 10 and 11 night packages:
Post cruise arrangements for the 16-Night package (Machu Picchu extension):
What Is Not Included In The 10-Night Or Longer Cruisetour Packages?
Are There Any Luggage Restrictions?
The air carriers flying between Quito and Baltra typically limit the amount of luggage per guest to one checked piece (not to exceed 44 lbs.) and a small carry-on bag (not to exceed 15 lbs.). Guests may bring a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects on board the vessels. However, for guests’ comfort and convenience, it is recommended that they limit the number of items they take
What Documents Do I Need To Sail?
Each guest is required by Ecuadorian law to have a valid passport with at least six months validity from the departure date from Ecuador. Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship, or from debarking or entering a country, and may be subject to fines.
Also, it is important that the name on the reservation be exactly as it is stated on the passport or other official citizenship document. If the guest’s name has changed since the document was issued (i.e. marriage/divorce), it is required that the document be updated with the new name, or provide official supporting document(s) of the name change. Otherwise, it may result in delay or possible denial of boarding.
Visit celebritycruises.com/documentation for up-to-date information on documentation.
For additional passport information, visit www.travel.state.gov or the passport service of your choice, such as CIBT – Passport and Visa Service at www.cibt.com/celebrity.
For more information on Special Groups (requirements for U.S. and Canadian children, groups of children, U.S. Military…), please visit www.cbp.gov/travel.
Are There Any Medical Documents Necessary Or Restrictions Before Sailing?
All guests must ensure they are medically fit for travel. As such, we remind you to check with your physician at least 4 to 6 weeks before sailing to make sure you are up to date with any required immunizations or vaccines you may need to ensure you will be permitted to visit each of the exciting destinations and tours on your itinerary. At this time, no inoculations are required for US, Canadian, and UK citizens. For further information, you may contact the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Traveler’s Health website at www.cdc.gov/travel/ or toll-free at 800-232-4636.
Are There Accommodations For Persons With Special Medical Needs On Board The Ships And Throughout The Galapagos Experience?
Please note the ability to accommodate guests with special needs aboard the vessels in the Galapagos Islands is limited. The ships do not have elevators or accessible staterooms. Also, there is very little wheelchair accessibility on the Galapagos Islands, and service animals are not permitted in the Galapagos National Park. During a Galapagos journey, guests will need to ascend or descend steps into a motor coach, use stairs, walk and/or climb over uneven ground for extended distances and get on and off inflatable Zodiac tenders. In addition, the land portion of these vacations, including Quito and Galapagos in Ecuador, as well as Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu in Peru are not suited to persons who are wheelchair users. Celebrity welcomes guests with disabilities and special needs, and we will provide reasonable and appropriate assistance. Guests requiring assistance should consider their specific needs when making a Galapagos vacation decision. While we do not require information about the extent of your specific situation, the more information you can share with us about your specific needs, the better we are able to assist you. We encourage you to notify us of your needs at time of booking but no later than 30 days prior to sailing.
Are There Shops On Board?
Yes, there are small shops with limited expedition gear as well as some souvenirs. In addition, there is a limited quantity of sunscreen and other sundries available.
What Is The Currency In Ecuador And Peru?
The country of Ecuador uses the US dollar. Peru’s currency is the Sol.
What Does One Pack When Visiting Some Of The Most Unique, Unspoiled Islands In The World?
Daytime and Shore Excursions:
What Is The Weather Like In The Galapagos Islands?
Located on the equator, the Galapagos Islands are subject to oceanic currents that influence temperatures on the archipelago. The weather is pleasant at any time of the year, making it a year-round cruise destination.
There are two seasons in the Galapagos:
The dry, or garua, season runs from July to December. “Garua” refers to the fog and mist that commonly hangs on the higher elevations during this season. The hot or wet season lasts from January through June, with March and April generally being the wettest months.
Is There Wi-Fi Onboard?
Yes, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi is available throughout Celebrity Flora & Celebrity Xpedition.
What Is The Onboard Smoking Policy?
Smoking is permitted only on the ship’s outer decks in designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on the Zodiac rafts or other transport vessels.
What Are The Payment And Cancellation Schedules For Our Celebrity Galapagos Trip?
Celebrity Flora and Celebrity Xpedition
Deposit requirements: A deposit must be made in order to reserve a stateroom and receive a written confirmation.
Minimum Deposit Requirements: $450 USD per person. All Suites require double the deposit amounts listed above.
Charges for late cancellation of cruises (days prior to sailing / charges per person):
||Deposit ($450 for Staterooms or $900 for Suites)|
||50% of total fare|
||75% of total fare|
|21 days or Less No refund|
What Is Flights By Celebrity?
We created Flights by Celebrity to provide you with the easiest, most convenient airfare service. You’ll not only receive our lowest airfare guarantee, but you’ll also have the flexibility to choose your favorite airline and flights, receive round-the-clock support throughout your entire vacation, and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that you’ll get to your ship—no matter what. Plus, there are absolutely no booking fees. Visit celebritycruises.com/flightsbycelebrity for details.
What Protection Is Provided When I Purchase Flights Through Flights By Celebrity?
Purchasing airline tickets through Flights by Celebrity will allow you to receive assistance on travel days, should there be a disruption to your scheduled airline service. While we monitor flights, you should first check with the airline to request re-accommodation, and then call us if the new flights will not enable you to meet the ship. We will work with you to find a seat on the next available flight, on a regularly scheduled airline, and in the same class of service to the ship. If there are no viable options, we will work with our airline partners to accommodate you on a flight to the next available port, where you may legally join the ship.
Is Cancellation Coverage Available?
The CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program waives the non-refundable cancellation provision of your Cruise Ticket Contract and pays you the value of the unused portion of your cruise vacation in the event that you or your traveling companion need to cancel the cruise for covered reasons. If you need to cancel for any other reason, you may be eligible for Cruise
Will Guests Need Extra Insurance?
Because our liability for loss or damage is limited by the Cruise Ticket Contract, we recommend that all guests check their own insurance coverage prior to departure. For some peace of mind, Celebrity Cruises’ CruiseCare Travel Insurance Program offers competitive medical, baggage, and trip delay coverage for the duration of their cruise vacation.
Is There Any Baggage Protection?
Our optional CruiseCare Travel Insurance Program provides up to $1,500 in baggage protection due to loss, theft, or damage. Should guests’ bags be delayed by the airline for more than 24 hours, they may be reimbursed up to $500 toward any purchase of necessary items.
How Many Islands Make Up The Galapagos?
The Galápagos chain of islands is made up of 18 primary islands, three smaller ones, and dozens of rock formations or very small islets. You can learn more about each of the islands we sail to by visiting http://www.celebritycruises.com/galapagos/islands/.
Do You Use Certified Guides And Naturalists?
We definitely do! We have carefully selected the most qualified certified naturalist guides from the Galápagos National Park Service. They are fully trained to lead Celebrity Cruises expeditions to the destination and are focused on giving you premium service and the most memorable experience, both on and off the ship.
The Naturalist guides will keep you informed about the flora and fauna that you will encounter on your expedition. They are there for you, so be prepared to ask questions and learn as much as you can about amazing species. Your Naturalist guide will also provide instructions on how maintain this very sensitive environment.
How Many Visitors Travel To The Galapagos Each Year?
Currently, about 60,000 people from all over the world visit the Galapagos each year. The Ecuadorian government has established a limit of 90,000 visitors per year in order to preserve Galapagos ecosystem. So now is a great time to be among the relatively few to visit this extraordinary destination.
What Time Zone Is The Galapgos In?
Ecuador is in the Eastern Time zone (GMT-5 in the mainland). Daylight savings time is not observed. Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador.
How Do We Get From The Ship To The Shore?
The Celebrity vessels will anchor offshore each landing site. Passengers are taken to the landing points in small boats called zodiacs or locally termed “pangas”. The landings can be ‘wet’ meaning guests must step into water anywhere from your ankles to your knees and wade to shore. Other landings are ‘dry’ where guests step from the zodiac directly to the shore. Your Celebrity naturalist guide and zodiac driver will assist each guest to maintain steadiness.
Will There Be Rough Seas Or Bad Weather?
If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend you reach out to you doctor. You may find that motion sickness medications convenient to bring. Most time is spent in the calm protected waters of coves in and around the islands where the waters are more still. It is a good practice to bring motion sickness medication so you are prepared for an unexpected challenge onboard.
What Kind Of Animals Will I Encounter On My Galapagos Expedition?
As a Celebrity Galapagos expedition guest you are very likely to see an abundance of wildlife including sightings of the marine iguanas, penguins, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, the giant tortoise (at the Charles Darwin Research Station), and many more. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Galapagos. To learn more about the wildlife you are likely to encounter visit http://www.celebritycruises.com/galapagos/wildlife.
Will Laundry Service Be Available Onboard?
Laundry services are available on Celebrity Xpedition at an additional cost. A full menu including pricing can be found in each stateroom. Penthouse Suite guests have complimentary laundry services. Elite members receive 1 bag of 20 items for complimentary wash, dry and fold.
Laundry services are included twice per trip on Celebrity Flora.
Please note dry cleaning is not permitted by the Galapagos National Park.
What Is The Difference Between The Itineraries?
The Galapagos Islands are regulated by the Galapagos National Park all of our itineraries are dictated by the park. Every time we renew our permits to sail in the Galapagos that comes with two alternating itineraries for each ship as an environmental mandate. The park decides where we will be going, how long we will stay at each island and what activities or shore excursions we are allowed to partake in. The itineraries are always subject to change based on the parks decisions but mostly stay the same. The most important thing for you to know is that the Galapagos Islands must be seen as a whole destination rather than where they will be in the morning versus the afternoon. All the itineraries in our program are very well balanced and will offer history, flora and fauna they won’t experience anywhere else. Among other animals, they will see blue footed boobies, sea lions, sea turtles and giant tortoises on all itineraries. You will have a fulfilling and memorable experience regardless of the loop you select.
What Are The Captain's Club Benefits In The Galapagos?
Elite members and above receive 1 bag of 20 items for complimentary wash, dry and fold.
Elite members and above also receive a complimentary 30 minute massage.
How Can I Share Comments Or Feedback Regarding My Cruise Experience With You?
We appreciate any and all feedback, and use it as opportunity to continue enhancing our product and services to exceed our guest’s expectations. Our goal is always to provide the most enjoyable and memorable cruise vacation experience for our guests, so it is helpful to review feedback such as yours in order to measure the success of our efforts. All sailed guests over the age of 18 who have provided us with their email address will now receive an email invitation to participate in an online survey on the day of departure. Guests will have one week to complete the survey, after leaving the ship. The survey works on smartphones, tablets, laptops and other computers. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to answer all questions in the survey. All responses will remain strictly confidential.