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Small ship expedition cruising*

All shore excursions included with expert guides*

Free drinks, wifi & included gratuities*

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 7 nights
  • Departs 13 May 2023
  • Sails from Baltra, Ecuador
  • Ship Celebrity Xploration
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1806063‍
  • Voyage code ‍XO07G042‍

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Galapagos Islands

Baltra, Ecuador Sat 13 May 2023

Galapagos Islands

More than 560 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their extraordinary biodiversity. Discover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna on a cruise here.

Galapagos Islands

Mosquera Islet (Galapagos) Sat 13 May 2023

Galapagos Islands

More than 560 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their extraordinary biodiversity. Discover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna on a cruise here.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) Sun 14 May 2023

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon," is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high intensity snorkeling from a zodiac followed by a short walk and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation.

Galapagos Islands

Rabida, Galapagos Sun 14 May 2023

Galapagos Islands

More than 560 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their extraordinary biodiversity. Discover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna on a cruise here.

Puerto Villamil

Puerto Villamil (Isabella) Mon 15 May 2023

Puerto Villamil

Puerto Villamil is a small port village located on the southeastern edge of Isla Isabela in the Galapagos Islands. Of the 2,200 people who live on Isabela, the majority live in Puerto Villamil.

Wall Of Tears (Isabella)

Wall Of Tears (Isabella) Mon 15 May 2023

Wall Of Tears (Isabella)

The Wall of Tears is a historical site 5 km west of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Post Office, Floreana, Ecuador

Post Office Tue 16 May 2023

Post Office, Floreana, Ecuador

Located on Isla Santa Maria (Floreana). Bring your postcards with you to a special spot on this island called Post Office Bay. It's the historical site where an 18th-century whaling crew placed the wooden barrel that tourists still use today as a post office.

Galapagos Islands

Cormorant Point (Floreana) Tue 16 May 2023

Galapagos Islands

More than 560 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their extraordinary biodiversity. Discover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna on a cruise here.

Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal

Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal) Wed 17 May 2023

Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal

Another stop on San Cristobal Island brings the opportunity to explore a fascinating geologic landscape, beach, and satellite volcanic cone. Zodiac rides along the shore bring you to a huge natural cutout that makes for a unique photo opportunity and then swings into a natural cathedral of towering rocks that is nothing less than astonishing. Along the way crabs and shorebirds dot the volcanic landscape. Afterwards, you are brought to a fine white sand beach for a short walk and/or swim amidst a colony of sea lions. A sunset circumnavigation around the spectacular eroded volcanic cone of Kicker Rock is the perfect way to end the day.

Kicker Rock (San Cristobal)

Kicker Rock (San Cristobal) Wed 17 May 2023

Kicker Rock (San Cristobal)

Off the northwest coast of San Cristobal lies Kicker Rock, where thousands of years ago a volcanic eruption left behind enormous vertical rock faces that rise nearly 500 feet from the ocean. There are actually two volcanic rocks here, with a channel between where small boats can navigate. Nicknamed Sleeping Lion because of its shape, Kicker Rock is an important ecological monument as it's home to many species of nesting birds including frigates and blue-footed boobies. It's also magnificent for snorkeling as tropical fish are abundant and the water is crystal clear.

Los Lobos (San Cristobal), Ecuador

Los Lobos (San Cristobal) Wed 17 May 2023

Los Lobos (San Cristobal), Ecuador

Named after its large colony of sea lions, this island usually allows visitors to observe sea lion pups, especially while snorkeling. In addition, we may see blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and even a glimpse at the second type of sea lion species found in Galapagos: The Fur Sea Lion. It is a seasonal nesting location for blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds.

Visit Puerto Ayora on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands

Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) Thu 18 May 2023

Visit Puerto Ayora on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galapagos and home to Puerto Ayora (the largest town in the islands). In 1959, the Ecuadorian government declared all the islands, except areas already colonized, as a national park. In the same year, the Charles Darwin Foundation was founded to promote scientific research and ensure the conservation of the Galapagos. In 1992, the waters surrounding the Galapagos were declared a marine reserve. Here, you have the opportunity to visit a giant tortoise reserve in the lushly vegetated highlands, where the animals roam free in their natural habitat. On another excursion, a short drive through town brings you to the Galapagos Park Service giant tortoise breeding station and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Afterwards there is time to wander through the lovely streets of Puerto Ayora for some shopping.

Punta Suarez

Punta Suarez (Espanola) Fri 19 May 2023

Punta Suarez

One of Espanola’s and the islands true gems, Punta Suarez is where wildlife viewing is at its very best. A hike from the beach over boulders to the steep southern cliffs leads to a dramatic blowhole where water can gush up to 50 feet into the air. Along the way, you’ll pass through a sea lion colony (make sure you avoid stepping on colorful marine iguanas), and walk past an abundance of Nazca boobies nesting on the nearby rocks. Blue-footed boobies, Galapagos hawks, mockingbirds, finches, and red-billed tropic birds also make their home at this end of the island. From about May to December, Espanola hosts the only colony of Waved Albatross in the Galapagos. It’s a special treat to catch a courtship dance or watch the juveniles try to take off at the Albatross Airport.

Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Gardner Bay (Espanola) Fri 19 May 2023

Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Gardner Bay on Espanola’s northern side hosts one of the longest beaches in the Galapagos, and a beautiful way to start the day. During a morning walk along a soft white sand beach, you’ll visit a sea lion colony, look for pups playing in shallow water pools, and search for the startlingly red Sally Lightfoot crabs, shorebirds, and marine iguanas. Afterwards, go for a swim, snorkel or just relax on the sparkling white sand.

Galapagos Islands

Daphne Island (Galapagos) Sat 20 May 2023

Galapagos Islands

More than 560 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their extraordinary biodiversity. Discover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna on a cruise here.

Galapagos Islands

Baltra, Ecuador Sat 20 May 2023

Galapagos Islands

More than 560 miles from the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their extraordinary biodiversity. Discover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna on a cruise here.

What's included *

  • Full board small ship cruising on board Celebrity Xploration including:
  • FREE beverages including select wines, sparkling wines, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea
  • Gratuities & Wi-Fi INCLUDED
  • All meals, including room service
  • Onboard entertainment, including lectures by Galapagos national park certified naturalists
  • All Shore Excursions INCLUDED
  • Highly qualified naturalist guides accompany your time ashore
  • FREE use of snorkelling equipment, mini wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks
  • National park admission and Galapagos tourist card
  • Upgrade your package and enjoy: Flights, VIP personalised check-in service, pre & post-cruise hotel stays Quito, Ecuador and a Quito city tour - call for supplement details
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 20th September 2021 and receive a FREE Champagne Gift Box

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Elite Oceanview Stateroom

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Service: Room service (breakfast, lunch, and dinner available upon request), Luggage delivery at boarding and Laundry service* Amenities: Choice of soft or firm mattress, Duvet cover, Pillow menu, 300 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton linens, Hair dryer and Complimentary use of premium bathrobes. Stateroom Features (190 sq. ft.) An ocean view with large picture window, two lower beds, convertible to king, dual voltage 110/220 AC, plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe. Flat screen TV, Direct-dial telephone, individual safe, Desk, thermostat-controlled air conditioning, private refrigerator stock with choice beverages and Wi Fi.

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Service: Room service (breakfast, lunch, and dinner available upon request), Luggage delivery at boarding and Laundry service* Amenities: Choice of soft or firm mattress, duvet cover and pillow menu, 300 thread count and 100% Egyptian cotton linens. Hair dryer, complimentary use of premium bathrobes, complimentary beach towel service, binoculars for use and available for purchase and complimentary use of snorkel equipment and wetsuits. Suite Features (180 sq. ft. and veranda 45 sq. ft.) Large picture window and door, two lower beds, convertible to king, dual voltage 110/220 AC, plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe. Flat screen TV, direct-dial telephone, individual safe, desk, thermostat-controlled air conditioning, private refrigerator stocked with choice of beverages and WiFi.

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The Ship - Celebrity Xploration

  • Occupancy16
  • Tonnage319 tons
  • Length98 ft (29.87 m)
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Celebrity Xploration is a ship that maintains the exceptional standards you expect from Celebrity Cruises, delivered via a highly intimate and sociable setting. Expect a luxurious combination of extravagant travel and astonishing exploration. Experience one of the world’s most incredible environments as Celebrity Xploration transports you to the Galapagos Islands.

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  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.8/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about Celebrity Cruises

Do Celebrity Cruises have a Flexible Cancellation Policy?

Yes, Celebrity Cruises do have a Flexible Cancellation Policy which is covered under their enhanced Cruise with Confidence, offering flexible cancellations and Best Offer Guarantee:

Celebrity’s flexible cancellations allow guests to cancel up to 48 hours prior to sailing on departures up to the 4th May 2022. Those who cancel will receive the fare paid back in a 100% Future Cruise Credit to use toward any Celebrity Cruise departing before 30th September 2022 and must be booked by 30th April 2022 or 1 year from the original sailing date, whichever is later.

Applicable to bookings made by 31st October 2021. Terms & conditions apply. Excludes exclusive Reader Offers Limited Package Holidays.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Celebrity ship?

Guests older than 18 years old will be required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing. All guests will also be required to show a negative RT-PCR test result 72 hours prior to sailing. Unvaccinated guests ages 6 months to 17 years will also require an antigen test at the terminal. On board Celebrity Silhouette children under 6 months are not permitted to sail. Please note this is subject to change.


Will transfer arrangements be made at each port of call?

Transfer arrangements vary at each port of call. At some, a complimentary shuttle available while at others, a shuttle can be provided for a charge. Information on transfer arrangements will be available on board.


Is there a dress code on board?

The majority of Celebrity Cruises sailings require casual attire during the day and smart-casual attire in the evenings. For formal nights, Evening Chic is required. Evening Chic is sophisticated but still relaxed so for women, this could be a cocktail dress, skirt or smart jeans paired with a top and for men, this could be trousers or dark jeans paired with a button-down shirt and blazer. Please note: Evening Chic nights are optional and the dress code will only be enforced in the Main Dining Room. On sailings of six nights or less there will be only one Evening Chic night and on sailings of seven nights or more there will be at least two Evening Chic nights.


Are drinks packages available?

Yes, Celebrity Cruises offers three different drinks packages allowing you to personalise your time on board. A classic drinks package will be included as standard but you can choose to upgrade to an Elevate Package ($30 per person per day) or Indulge Package ($60 per person per day). Those booked in Suites will receive the Indulge Package. The Classic Drinks Package includes a wide selection of beverages, premium teas and coffees, soda, juices, bottled water, and a selection of beers, wines, cocktails, branded spirits, liqueurs, frozen drinks and wine by the glass up to $9 per serving. If you’d like a drink from the Elevate Drinks Package, you’ll only pay the difference in the price and you’ll receive a 20% discount on all wines by the bottle. In the Indulge Package, you get all the benefits of Classic and Premium Packages plus more.

To see a full list of what is included in each please click here.


How do I pay for on board purchases?

Celebrity Cruises ships operate on a cashless system. All you need to do is validate your Celebrity SeaPass account with an acceptable credit card at the cruise check-in desk or during online check in. Then you can assign all on board purchases to your account, at the end of your cruise you will receive an itemised statement. Please note: All items on board are priced in US Dollars.


Do I need to pay for gratuities?

No, gratuities will be included as part of Celebrity Cruises' Always Included offering. 


What is a Celebrity SeaPass?

The Celebrity SeaPass is an identification card for reboarding the ship in various ports of call. It is also the key to your stateroom and the Charge Card for your on board purchases.


What is Always Included?

Always Included is an evolution of Celebrity Cruises luxury offering. All cruises include drinks, Wi-Fi and tips and you can also choose from two upgrade packages to ensure even greater convenience. Read more about the packages available here.


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