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Galapagos Northern Loop

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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 26 Aug 2023
  • Sails from Baltra, Ecuador
  • Ship Celebrity Xploration
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1807323
  • Voyage code ‍XO07G041

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Galapagos Islands

Baltra, Ecuador Sat 26 Aug 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.

Cruises to Galapagos

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island Sat 26 Aug 2023

Cruises to Galapagos
Galapagos Islands

Sullivan Bay, Galápagos Sun 27 Aug 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

Bartolome Island, Galápagos Sun 27 Aug 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

Urvina Bay (Isabela) Mon 28 Aug 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.

Tagus Cove, Isabela

Tagus Cove, Isabella Mon 28 Aug 2023

Tagus Cove, Isabela
Punta Espinoza

Espinoza Point (Fernandina) Tue 29 Aug 2023

Punta Espinoza

Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and,as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense delugesof black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary blacklava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony ofmarine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lionsand a nesting site for flightless cormorants.

Vicente Roca Point

Vicente Roca Point Tue 29 Aug 2023

Vicente Roca Point

About one million years ago, six volcanoes (five of which are still active) coalesced to form seahorse-shaped Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands. At 1,790 square miles, it’s larger than all of the other islands combined, and, because it’s located on the western edge of the archipelago near the Galápagos hotspot, it’s one the world’s most volcanically active places. While many of the Galapagos islands are home to wildlife only, Isabela had a robust population of 1,749 in the 2006 census. From Tagus Cove on the northwestern side (which sheltered whalers, pirates, and buccaneers in days of old) to the laid-back resort town of Puerto Villamil at its southern tip, the island offers visitors a dazzling variety of terrains, wildlife and experiences. The Cromwell Current hits the base of Isabela’s west coast, causing nutrient-rich water to up well creating the perfect feeding environment for ground for fish, whales, dolphins, and birds. Because 16 species of whales have been identified in the area (including humpbacks, sperms, sei, minkes and orcas), it’s regarded as the best place to see whales in the Galapagos. As is often the case in the region, animal species abound. Visitors can hope to see penguins, cormorants, marine iguanas, boobies, pelicans, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Galápagos land iguanas, Darwin’s finches, Galápagos hawks, and Galápagos doves. There are many and varied ways to encounter wildlife on Isabela: at Moreno Point, near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast, visitors traverse a lava path to find pools at which a wide variety of birds feed. Vicente Roca Point offers some of the most dramatic landscapes in the Galapagos and the opportunity to see the remains of Ecuador Volcano

Cruises to the Galapagos

Puerto Egas, Santiago Island Wed 30 Aug 2023

Cruises to the Galapagos
Espumilla Beach, Santiago

Espumilla Beach, Santiago Wed 30 Aug 2023

Espumilla Beach, Santiago

Santiago Island, which is made up of two overlapping volcanoes, was historically a stopping place for Spanish sailors to refill their water barrels and stock up on perishables. The island is currently uninhabited, though there were colonization attempts throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. At one time there was a salt mine on Puerto Egas. The mine was closed in the 1960s, but you can still tour the site today. Santiago was the second island Charles Darwin visited in the Galapagos. When he arrived, the land iguanas were so abundant that he and the crew of the HMS Beagle had trouble finding a spot to pitch their tents for the night. Yet today, there are no land iguanas remaining on Santiago Island. Conservation of native wildlife has presented something of a challenge here: Feral pigs, donkeys, and goats, which were brought by early island settlers and passing mariners wreaked havoc on the endemic plant and animal life over the years and taxed precious resources. At one point, the goat population was estimated to have blossomed to around 100,000. To date, all three species have been eradicated. While you’re on Santiago Island, you’ll have the chance to stop at Puerto Egas, which is home to a colony of playful fur seals. You can visit them at the sea caves and grottoes (essentially collapsed lava tubes) where they enjoy swimming and lounging on the rocks. You’ll also pay a visit to Espumilla Beach, renowned as a sea turtle nesting site. At Sullivan Bay, you’ll see firsthand the effects of volcanic eruptions and have the unique experience of walking across a recent lava flow.

Visit Puerto Ayora on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands

Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) Thu 31 Aug 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.

El Barranco

El Barranco (Genovesa) Fri 01 Sep 2023

El Barranco

Named after the birthplace of legendary explorer Christopher Columbus, Genovesa Island is a Galapagos Island crown jewel. This horseshoe-shaped island is also known for its diverse population of birds and distinct shape. Those characteristics are where Genovesa draws its two nicknames from: Bird Island and Tower Island. And you’ll likely notice both as you step off your zodiac. You’ll walk up the same rocky path Prince Phillips did when he visited the Galapagos Islands in 1965 and 1981. As you scale the cliffs, you’ll make your first encounter with the colonies of colorful seabird. You’ll disperse into the thin Palo Santo forest where your path inland is a birdwatcher’s dream. Flocks upon flocks of birds nesting in their natural habitats. Swallow-tailed Gulls. Red-footed Boobies. Nazca Boobies. Blue-footed Boobies. Storm Petrels. Galapagos Mockingbirds. Galapagos Doves. Great Frigate Birds. Lava Gulls. Fiddler Crabs. And that’s not all.

Darwin bay

Darwin bay Fri 01 Sep 2023

Darwin bay

If you love eclectic cuisine, Darwin, which sits at the top of the Northern Territories and is therefore at the crossroads of so many cultures, will not disappoint. Sample everything from crocodile and barramundi to mud crabs and buffalo. Once you've had your fill of culinary adventures, saunter into the street and watch musicians and performers show off traditional Aboriginal culture.

Visit North Seymour on a cruise to the Galapagos

North Seymour (Galapagos) Sat 02 Sep 2023

Visit North Seymour on a cruise to the Galapagos

North Seymour Island is just north of Baltra and was formed through a series of sporadic uplifts. It took about a million years for the island to reach its current level. Now above the sea, the layers of lava that originally erupted underwater have created a low-lying island packed with wildlife. The island is home to the largest nesting colony of frigatebirds in the Galapagos along with blue-footed boobies, finches, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and sea lions. A hike along shore and into the island’s interior brings you up close and personal to just about everything the island has to offer. You can also choose to go on a short Zodiac ride along the coast to search for fur seals, sea lions, and red-billed tropic birds. And for the more adventurous and experienced, jump in for a deep-water snorkel.

Galapagos Islands

Baltra, Ecuador Sat 02 Sep 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
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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 4.9/5.
  • 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 30th April 2022. Those who cancel will receive the fare paid back in a 100% Future Cruise Credit to use toward any Celebrity Cruise departing before 31st December 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 17th December 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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