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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 29 Jun 2024
  • Sails from Baltra, Ecuador
  • Ship Celebrity Xploration
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1942916
  • Voyage code ‍XO07G049

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Galapagos Islands

Baltra, Ecuador Sat 29 Jun 2024

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 29 Jun 2024

Cruises to Galapagos
Galapagos Islands

Sullivan Bay, Galápagos Sun 30 Jun 2024

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 30 Jun 2024

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 01 Jul 2024

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

Tagus Cove, Isabella Mon 01 Jul 2024

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

Espinoza Point (Fernandina) Tue 02 Jul 2024

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.

Vicente Roca Point

Vicente Roca Point Tue 02 Jul 2024

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 03 Jul 2024

Cruises to the Galapagos
Espumilla Beach, Santiago

Espumilla Beach, Santiago Wed 03 Jul 2024

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 04 Jul 2024

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 05 Jul 2024

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 05 Jul 2024

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 06 Jul 2024

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 06 Jul 2024

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
  • 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
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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 Galápagos Islands.

What’s onboard: Al Fresco Terrace, Bar, Buffet, Dining Room, Jacuzzi, Lounge, Porch and much, much more.

Celebrity Xploration

Experience the Difference

  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL licence protects all our packages or tailor-made 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 over 25 years as a cruise-only specialist
  • Insurance Guidance - ROL Cruise will assist you with obtaining insurance cover, including Covid-cover.
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Celebrity Cruises FAQs

What is the dress code onboard a Celebrity Cruise?

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. 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 6 nights or less, there will be only 1 Evening Chic night and on sailings of 7 nights or more, there will be at least 2 Evening Chic nights.


What is a Celebrity SeaPass?

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 onboard purchases.


What currency is used onboard Celebrity Cruises?

The currency onboard is US Dollars.


Is room service available with Celebrity Cruises?

Yes, room service is available 24 hours a day. Simply order from the room service menu located in your stateroom.


How do I pay for onboard purchases with Celebrity Cruises?

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 onboard purchases to your account. At the end of your cruise, you’ll receive an itemised statement. Please note: all items onboard are priced in US Dollars.


Do I need to pay for gratuities with Celebrity Cruises?

Yes, gratuities are required. However, you can choose to opt-out when on board.


Can I take alcohol onboard a Celebrity Cruise?

With the exception of two bottles of wine at embarkation, guests cannot take alcohol on their Celebrity Cruises cruise. Should guests consume their two bottles of wine in a public area, they will be subject to a corkage fee.


Can I smoke onboard a Celebrity Cruise?

Celebrity Cruises have designated smoking areas onboard.


Can I access the internet while onboard a Celebrity Cruise?

Basic Wi-Fi and Premium Wi-Fi services are available onboard at an additional charge. Suite guests and All-Included package offerings include this charge. The Basic Wi-Fi Package allows you to browse the web, send emails and text family and friends via select messaging apps. The Premium Wi-Fi Package puts internet streaming at your fingertips throughout your cruise. You can message or video chat with your friends and family, browse the web, send emails even with larger files attached, post on social media as well as enjoy videos, movies, shows and music on your favourite streaming apps.


Are drinks packages available with Celebrity Cruises?

Yes, Celebrity Cruises offers different drinks packages allowing you to personalise your time on board. 

If you have chosen an 'All Included' package when booking you will receive the Celebrity Cruises Classic Drink Package. This includes unlimited drinks, such as beer, spirits, cocktails, wine by the glass (up to $10), soft drinks, premium coffees, teas and more. 

Those booked in Suites will receive the Premium Package included in the price of their cruise. In the Premium Package, you get all the benefits of a Classic Drinks Package plus more.

Other packages Celebrity offers include a Soda Package, a Premium Bottled Water Package and a Wines by the Bottle Package. 

Find out more about Celebrity Cruises drinks packages

Please note, that terms and conditions apply. All included fares exclude cruises to the Galapagos. 

If you already have a cruise booked and would like to add a drinks package to your booking, please sign in to your Celebrity Account here


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**Please note that the drink package pricing may fluctuate due to the exchange rates, the prices shown are an estimate and are subject to change. **Where stated all Inclusive refers to the drinks package & Wi-Fi. Gratuities will be an additional charge.

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