Experience the most untouched areas of the world with just the right touch of pampering. 600 miles off the western coast of Ecuador lies a group of islands so isolated that many of its creatures cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Welcome to the Galapagos, the inspiration for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. On his 1835 expedition, Darwin found a cluster of islands formed four to five million years ago when underwater volcanoes erupted in the Pacific Ocean. Today, these rock outcroppings, rivers of frozen lava, and coral beaches form a varied landscape that's home to the islands' collection of rare birds and animals.
Baltra Island,or Isla Baltra is as small island of the Galapagos Island.Also known as South Seymour(named after Lord Hugh Seymour),Baltra is a small flat island located near the created by geological upfit.The island is very arid and vegetation consists of salt bushes,prickly pear cactus and palo santo trees.
Bartolome is a small island off James that offers beautiful white sand beaches fringed by luxuriant green mangroves.A recently volcanically active island,Bartolome Island has a moon-like landscape and volcanic cones.The view from the top of Pinnacle Rock is perhaps the most famous in the Galapagos with the opportunity to see up to 28 islands if visibility allows.On the beach watch for the endemic Galapagos penguins,the only penguins in the world found north of the equator.As you walk along the white sand beach you might catch a glimpse of them swimming along side marine turtles a variety of brighty colored tropical fish and white-tipped reef sharks,while the Galapagos Hawk files overhead.Marine turtles come ashore to nest here between January and March.
Black Turtle Cove is a mangrove delta located on Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador. There are several wildlife species around the national park, such as sea turtles, which is specially protected through strict regulations.
Tagus Core is located west of Darwin Volcano on Isabela Island.The route of the trail is about 1800meters.This was a favorite spot of pirates and whalers,a tradition is still observed that has continued since that time,the inscription of the names of boats.At the start of the walk,going up and passing the staircase,is a small where we find inscriptions dating to the 1800s.It is name originated from a British warship that went through the islands in 1814 looking for Galapagos Torroise for food.During the walk you can see various land birds,we can identify the characteristic vegetation of the arid zone.Finally we observe the lava fields of Darwin Volcano.
Daphne Island has much to offer to those who love volcanos due to a tuff crater that exists on the island. Also visitors who love birds might have the only chance to see some of the most spectacular species.
Daphne Island at Galapagos is devided in two islands Daphne Major and Minor. Daphne Major is a volcanic island just north of Santa Cruz Island and just west of the Baltra Airport in the archipelago Colon. Although easily accessible to most visitors to the Galapagos,the national park service has restricted visits to the island. Daphne Major is the area in which two biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant examined for about 20 years examined the behaviour and life cycles of finches, with the results confirming Darwin's theory of evolution.
El Barranco lies on Genovesa Island, Galapagos. El Barranco’s steep, rocky path leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
Genovesa Island is located at the inner part of Darwin Bay, it is a small and relatively flat island, rim of a sunken crater that forms Bahia Darwin. The island is geologically young and the only island north of the equator that tourist are permitted to visit and is well worth the effort. It is also rich in wildlife as the other islands of the Galapagos.
Las Bachas is considered one of the most important sites in the Galapagos fo the Pacific Green Sea turtle as nesting site.It is quite interesting during their nesting season to see the tracks they leave on the sand as they come in and out from their labour.Several steps behind the beach there are some brackish water lagoons where several waders or lagoon birds can be seen like flamingoes,lava gulls,wandering tattlers,plovens,black neck stilk,sandpipers,great blue nerons and such as well as marine iguanas basking in the sun at the edge of the lagoon.At the beach also we can see marine hermit crabs and also it is common to see small sharks right at the edge of the water.At this site it is also possible to swim and snorkel from the beach.
Puerto (Port) Egas on San Salvador Island, also called James or Santiago Island, offers the most popular walk along James Bay on a black-sand beach. On the trail, look for oystercatchers, marine iguanas, sandpipers, Galapagos hawks, Sally lightfoot crabs, and Galapagos and fur sea lions. Excursion options include a high-intensity "Survival of the Fittest" hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, a hight-intensity coastal walk followed by swimming/snorkeling, and a low-intensity animal observation followed by beach relaxation.
Puerto Ayora is in Santa Cruz island and it is the largest city of the Galapagos islands, ready to welcome the numerous tourists that visit the area every year. It is a nice starting point for exploring all the islands. It is a small, picturesque place, easy to explore. Discover the Tortuga Bay, a great beach with white sand and live the experience of scuba diving. Admire the beautiful wildlife. Puerto Ayora is certainly the best place to stay as it offers many options of luxury and relaxation.
Punta Espinoza is a narrow stretch of land in Fernandina Island, where hundreds of marine iguanas gather in large groups on black lava rocks. The famous Flightless Cormorant inhabits this island, as well as galapagos penguins, pelicans, galapagos land iguanas, rice rats, and sea lions. Mangrove forests also abound on the island.
Rábida Island, is one of the Galápagos Islands. The island has also been known as Jervis Island named in honour of the 18th-century British admiral John Jervis. In Ecuador it is officially known as Isla Rábida. The island is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, has red sand beaches and a saltwater lagoon inhabited by flamingos and a bachelor sea lion colony. The landscape is studded with small volcanic craters along sharp slopes and cliffs. The rich wildlife attracts a large number of tourists.
Urvina Bay is situated on the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast of Isabela, the largest island of Galapagos islands. As a result of a volcanic eruption, the landscape is very interesting and the wildilife amazing. Large land iguanas and giant tortoises are everywhere on the island. Magnificent beaches with coral reefs make the place the perfect spot for snorkelling. It is very possible to swim together with turtles, tropical fish and rays.
Isabela is the largest island of the Galapagos islands and Punta Vicente Roca is large,magnificent bay with amazing sea life. The whole place is a result of a volcanic eruption and that makes the scenery just beautiful. You will be amazed by the rare sea creatures that live here. Penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, cormorants and rare species of fish are very common here. The crystal blue waters are ideal for water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling! It is certainly a paradise on earth and a nice chance to watch and get in touch with this special sea nature!
|1||Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island||16:00||18:00|
|2||Rabida Island, Galapagos||07:00||11:00|
|2||Puerto Egas, Island San Salvador||15:00||18:00|
|3||Caleta Tagus (Isabela)||07:00||11:00|
|3||Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)||14:00||18:00|
|4||Urviva Bay, Isabela, Galapagos||07:00||10:30|
|4||Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela||14:30||17:30|
|5||Bartolome (San Salvador)||07:00||11:30|
|5||Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)||14:30||17:00|
|5||Daphne Island (Galapagos)||18:00||19:00|
|6||El Barranco, Genovesa, Galapagos||07:00||11:45|
|6||Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Galapagos||14:30||18:00|
|7||Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz), Galapagos||08:00||------|
Celebrity Xpedition® offers the perfect combination of explorer's voyage and cosmopolitan bliss. Travel to one of the last uninhabited places on earth, the legendary Galapagos Islands. Make moonlight toasts under the stars that led sailors and scientists alike to this extraordinary archipelago. This 96-guest mega-yacht sails to the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's last pristine environments, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our knowledgeable crew, environmentally sound ship design, and Galapagos National Park-certified onboard naturalists all help to preserve this delicate archipelago.
|Max Beam||49 ft|
|Cruising Speed||15 knots|
|Guest Capacity (Double Occupancy)||98|
Since Celebrity's first sailing in 1990, it has been recognized as an industry leader, praised for providing spacious, stylish interiors; dining experiences elevated to an art form; personalized service, with a guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1 and unexpected, trendsetting onboard activities, all designed to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. The introduction of Celebrity Cruises' stylish, widely heralded Solstice Class of ships has reinforced Celebrity's position as an industry leader.
It all began when Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1989 with the objective of fulfilling the travel industry's need for a high-quality, premium cruise product at an intelligent price. The company was determined to set a new, worldwide standard for cruising, and to create a distinctive expression of superior quality, grand style, attentive service, spacious accommodations, and exceptional cuisine. Believing that the dining experience is an essential part of a quality cruise vacation, Celebrity custom-built galleys to create the finest gourmet cuisine at sea, preparing everything from scratch, using only the finest, freshest ingredients. Along with the launch of the Century Class fleet in 1995, Celebrity created another industry first: a luxurious spa experience within the environment of a cruise ship, with the introduction of the AquaSpa® by Elemis. In 1997, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean International, bringing together two extraordinary cruise brands within one corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
In 2000, Celebrity launched the appropriately named Celebrity Millennium, and with it the industry's first application of gas turbine engines, which reduce exhaust emissions by up to 95 percent over traditional propulsion systems. Celebrity Millennium and her sister ships - Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Constellation - nearly doubled the line's capacity in just two years (2000-2002), with each ship offering guests an unmatched dining experience in distinctive, intimate specialty restaurants. Celebrity Millennium's "Olympic," Celebrity Infinity's "S.S. United States," Celebrity Summit's "Normandie" and Celebrity Constellation's "Ocean Liners" each boast original paneling and artifacts from the famed transatlantic luxury liners after which they are named ("Ocean Liners'"includes paneling from the Ile de France), and feature dramatic tableside cooking, carving and flambé in the true French style.
Celebrity has offered rich, pampering experiences since its inception. More than 100 brand enhancements and new "tastes of luxury" were unveiled across the fleet in 2003, including welcome champagne and mimosas, cold towels and fresh sorbet poolside, expanded options in dining, including Sushi Cafés and pasta/pizza bars, sunset yoga and Pilates classes, and more. During the same year, Celebrity introduced "Concierge Class," an enhanced level of accommodations featuring new amenities and priority services, and introduced "Acupuncture at Sea," another undisputed industry first.
In 2004, the line launched "Celebrity Xpeditions," a series of highly unique events and excursions designed to offer savvy travelers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be treated famously in new environments. The one-of-a-kind program gives guests the premium experiences they have come to expect from Celebrity, in new and exotic settings, including cruises in the enchanting Galapagos Islands on a luxurious mega yacht, Celebrity Xpedition, and a series of premium excursion options on select itineraries.
Today, among Celebrity’s ten ships are its Solstice Class ships, which exemplify Celebrity's emphasis on designing stunning ships and inviting onboard experiences for vacationers who appreciate the finer things. The ships have taken stylish cruising and impeccable service to new heights. Celebrity Solstice set sail in 2008, Celebrity Equinox in 2009, and Celebrity Eclipse in 2010. All three hold 2,850 guests (double occupancy) and have a tonnage of 122,000. Celebrity Silhouette joined the fleet in 2011 and Celebrity Reflection in 2012. Celebrity Silhouette holds 2,886 guests (double occupancy) and has a tonnage of 122,400. Celebrity Reflection holds 3,030 guests and has a tonnage of 126,000.
Celebrity's Solstice Class features the industry's first "Lawn Club" - an outdoor, country club-like venue featuring a lawn of real, growing grass where guests can practice their putting, play lawn games like croquet and lawn bowling, or simply relax under the sun and stars; the first Hot Glass Show at sea, presented in collaboration with The Corning Museum of Glass; and a slate of breathtaking new shows created in partnership with POET Theatricals. The Solstice Class also offers larger, more intuitive staterooms influenced by "Celebrity's Leading Ladies," five Boomer women with unique travel and hospitality insights. The new ships present fewer inside staterooms than other ships - 90% of the ships' staterooms offer outside views and 85% of staterooms have verandas - and feature an entirely new category of staterooms, "AquaClass," designed with spa enthusiasts in mind, offering a host of exclusive amenities. AquaClass guests enjoy unlimited access to the Relaxation Room and Persian Garden, as well as priority seating in Blu, a specialty restaurant with healthy dishes created specifically for AquaClass guests. The ships also present a two-story AquaSpa, with the Relaxation Room and Persian Garden similar to those found on several other Celebrity ships. Celebrity's Solstice Class ships also are the first in the industry to utilize solar technology, with some of the solar panels serving the dual purpose of providing shade within the Solarium as well as energy production. Celebrity Silhouette introduced several new venues, including The Lawn Club Grill, the industry's first outdoor, interactive grill venue; The Porch, with a chic Hampton's-style design, and offering casual breakfasts and lunches overlooking The Lawn Club and the sea; The Art Studio, where guests can participate in intimate, hands-on instruction from experts in drawing, painting and beading, as well as the art of food, with culinary-themed classes; The Alcoves, eight cabana-style settings for partial or all-day rentals on the perimeter of The Lawn Club, offering themed picnic baskets, an á la carte beverage menu and WiFi; and The Hideaway, with its avant-garde, cozy, tree house design, creating a quiet retreat for reading a good book or a high-tech escape for vacationers relaxing with iPads, which are available to rent.
Dining on Celebrity's ships is an exceptional experience. The vision of our James Beard featured chef for creating fresh, exciting, innovative dining experiences has produced such successes as Qsine, the "uniquely unordinary" specialty restaurant first introduced on Celebrity Eclipse, and the Lawn Club Grill, the first outdoor, interactive barbecue grill experience at sea introduced on Celebrity Silhouette. Our culinary vision is evident everywhere, from the recipes and ingredients to the table presentation to the service. Our hope is that you'll leave a Celebrity cruise having tried new tastes and gained a deeper appreciation for the way cuisine can influence your experiences. Before the launch of Celebrity Solstice in 2008, Celebrity Cruises had five specialty restaurants fleetwide; by the end of 2012, there be 45 in total.
Just as we elevated Celebrity's culinary excellence, Celebrity's Solstice® Class has redefined the brand overall. Many of the design elements, experiences and dining concepts introduced on the Solstice Class ships are so compelling that in early 2010, Celebrity announced plans to "Solsticize" its Millennium Class ships by incorporating iconic Solstice Class attributes through a significant revitalization. The first ship to be "Solsticized" was Celebrity Constellation®, that same year. Since then, four other ships have been enhanced to a Solstice Class sheen.
With its pulse on what guests want, and with an eye toward the future, Celebrity Cruises continues to innovate and to deliver unforgettable, award-winning vacation experiences.