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Southern Loop cruise with Quito, Ecuador

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Itinerary

Day 1

Thursday

Quito Arrival

On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

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Day 2

Friday

Quito

Breakfast is served at the hotel. During your guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you’ll stand on the equatorial line at the Middle of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and la Compañia Church. Your Tour Director will escort you throughout your Quito stay, and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

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Day 3

Saturday - AM

Quito - Flight to Baltra Island - Embarkation

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, Galapagos. 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 and where you will meet the ship. From the airport, it is just a short bus and Zodiac ride to the ship for embarkation.

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Day 3

Saturday - PM

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 see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options: Walk.

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Day 4

Sunday - AM

South Plaza, Santa Cruz Island

One of two islands off Santa Cruz, South Plaza was born of upheaval, uplifted during a geologic event. This small, but beautiful rocky island is strewn with tall prickly pear cactus and roaming land iguanas, marine iguanas, along with a colony of sea lions. Numerous seabirds nest in and soar over the cliff on the high side of the island. Excursion options: Walk.

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Day 4

Sunday - PM

Santa Fe Island

Begin with a wet landing on the small beach in Barrington Bay. Large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches and can often be seen surfing in the waves. Some of the island’s endemic species include massive Santa Fe Opuntia cactus, the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, finches, and the Galapagos Mockingbird. Hike past saltbush where Galapagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. While snorkeling, keep an eye out for sea lions and the occasional sea turtles or ray. Excursion options: Walk, swim, kayak, snorkel, Zodiac.

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Day 5

Monday - AM

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island

After disembarking onto the small green sand beach, 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 the only place in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together. Excursions options: Hike, kayak, snorkel, Zodiac.

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Day 5

Monday - PM

Warlock Hill (Cerro Brujo), San Cristobal Island

Located on the north coast of San Cristobal Island, Cerro Brujo is the eroded remains of a volcanic tuff cone. It is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. Captain Fitzroy climbed to the top of the hill to scout out reefs. The favorite attraction here is the gorgeous white sand beach, a wonderful place to swim, snorkel or take a walk along the shoreline. Excursion options: Walk, swim, snorkel.

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Day 6

Tuesday - AM

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 mail left behind to deliver at home.

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Day 6

Tuesday - AM

Baroness Outlook, Floreana Island

The Baroness’ Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana, and to learn about the intriguing history of the island, once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers. Observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and occasionally Galapagos penguins on a Zodiac ride around “La Loberia”. Excursion options: zodiac, walk, swim, snorkel.

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Day 6

Tuesday - PM

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 popular nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land! Excursion options: Walk and swim.

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Day 6

Tuesday - PM

Champion Bay, Floreana Island

This bay provides a wonderful opportunity for ocean adventures. When snorkeling, tropical fish abound with frequent sightings of sea turtles, rays, sharks, sea stars, and sea lions if they’re in a playful mood. On a zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline keep an eye out for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigate birds. Red-billed Tropicbirds nest in the crevices below prickly pear cacti. The rare Charles Mockingbird also makes its home here. Excursion options: Snorkel, zodiac.

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Day 7

Wednesday - AM

Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points in the Galapagos visited on our cruise. Enter a sheltered cove accessible only by Zodiac. It is a wonderful and secluded mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge, resting, and feeding site for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, lava herons, and more. Excursion options: Zodiac.

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Day 7

Wednesday - PM

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. On the Zodiac ride keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies. There may also be an opportunity to snorkel. Excursion options: Walk, Zodiac, deep water snorkel.

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Day 8

Thursday

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

The main population center of the islands, Puerto Ayora is home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. Optional time for shopping will be available. Excursion options: Tortoise-breeding Center/Charles Darwin Center, Highlands.

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Day 9

Friday - AM

Gardner Bay, Española Island

The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand, offers one of the best places to relax and swim in the Galapagos. It is 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. Excursion options: Swim, snorkel, and kayak.

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Day 9

Friday - PM

Suarez Point, Española Island

Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At this site, visitors can expect to see sea lions, Galapagos Hawks, marine iguanas, and both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Excursion options include a long, rocky walk to look for Waved Albatrosses (March to January), and observing an impressive blowhole that spews water like a towering geyser.

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Day 10

Saturday - AM

Mosquera Islet

This small, flat, islet sits in the channel between Baltra and North Seymour. It is almost devoid of vegetation, but is home to one of the largest populations of sea lions in the islands. Its sandy expanse offers visitors the perfect opportunity to observe sea lion behavior. It is also a beautiful site to spot lava gulls, coastal birds, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Keep your eyes peeled for occasional sightings of dolphins and orcas. Excursion options: Walk

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Day 10

Saturday - PM

Baltra Disembarkation / Airport Transfer

Baltra is home to the region’s main airport and where you will fly out after a zodiac and bus ride to the airport.

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Day 10

Saturday - PM

Quito

Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

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Day 11

Sunday - AM

Departure

*For 10-Night Package
On Sunday after breakfast, your Celebrity Cruises® representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return flight home.

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Day 11

Saturday

Quito

*For 11-Night Package
Enjoy a day in the Ecuadorean capital at your leisure. Breakfast is included.

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Day 12

Sunday

Quito Departure

*For 11-Night Package
Your Celebrity Cruises® representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast included.

Celebrity Xperience

Step aboard this stylish 48-passenger vessel to experience a vacation where absolutely nothing is middle-of-the-road, and luxury exploration is the norm. The Celebrity Xperience features luxury ocean view staterooms and detailed extras that make a big difference. Enjoy room service, premium linens, an expert and attentive staff and an onboard certified naturalist from the Galapagos National Park. Intimate yet generously spacious, you’ll find it easy to unwind and get to know your fellow travelers as you explore the Galapagos Islands.

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