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Galapagos Southern Loop & Machu Picchu

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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 16 nights
  • Departs 27 Mar 2025
  • Sails from Quito, Ecuador
  • Ship Celebrity Xploration
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍2040380
  • Voyage code ‍XO16G051

Your Itinerary

Quito (Manta), Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador Thu 27 Mar 2025

Quito (Manta), Ecuador
Galapagos Islands

Baltra, Ecuador Sat 29 Mar 2025

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 29 Mar 2025

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 30 Mar 2025

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 30 Mar 2025

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.

Celebrity Xploration, Celebrity Cruises

At sea Mon 31 Mar 2025

Celebrity Xploration, Celebrity Cruises
Puerto Villamil

Puerto Villamil, Isabella Mon 31 Mar 2025

Puerto Villamil

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

Post Office, Floreana, Ecuador

Post Office Tue 01 Apr 2025

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 01 Apr 2025

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 02 Apr 2025

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 02 Apr 2025

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 02 Apr 2025

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 03 Apr 2025

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.

Galapagos Islands

Punta Suarez (Espanola) Fri 04 Apr 2025

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.

Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Gardner Bay (Espanola) Sat 05 Apr 2025

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 Major Sat 05 Apr 2025

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 05 Apr 2025

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.

Lima, Peru

Lima, (Callao) Peru Sun 06 Apr 2025

Lima, Peru

The colourful capital of Peru, Lima has long been renowned for its rich history.

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco Mon 07 Apr 2025

Cuzco, Peru

This former capital of the Inca Empire and current archeological capital of the Americas is literally built on its ancient past. Here, ancient ruins serve as the foundation for colonial churches and palaces, creating a unique fusion of styles. Top sights include Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), Catedral, and the fortress of Sacsayhuamán.

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley Tue 08 Apr 2025

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru's Andean highlands. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Stretching roughly 60 kilometers, it’s an area of fertile farmland and Spanish colonial villages like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Pisac is known for its Sunday handicraft market and hilltop Incan citadel.

Cuzco, Peru

Cuzco Wed 09 Apr 2025

Cuzco, Peru

This former capital of the Inca Empire and current archeological capital of the Americas is literally built on its ancient past. Here, ancient ruins serve as the foundation for colonial churches and palaces, creating a unique fusion of styles. Top sights include Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), Catedral, and the fortress of Sacsayhuamán.

Lima, Peru

Lima, (Callao) Peru Fri 11 Apr 2025

Lima, Peru

The colourful capital of Peru, Lima has long been renowned for its rich history.

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.

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Experience the Difference

  • 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 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

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

All guests who are eligible to be vaccinated must have all initial doses administered 14 days prior to sailing. From 15th April 2022 on voyages departing from the U.S guests aged 5 and over will also be required to be vaccinated. Guests will also be required to show a negative RT-PCR test result 72 hours prior to sailing. On sailings departing from a non-U.S port, 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.

From 5th September 2022, fully vaccinated guests will no longer be required to test for sailings which are nine nights or less. For any sailings of ten nights or more, a negative test result taken within three days of departure will be required to embark the ship. Self-tests will be accepted for all sailings departing from Europe, with the exception of those visiting Greece where current supervised text requirements remain in place. A negative test result from any commercially available test, including self-tests, will be accepted. Tests do not have to be monitored or proctored. Test results may be presented as a printout, screenshot or photo of the test result or the actual test.

Unvaccinated guests wil be required to show a negative test result taken within three days of departure, regardless of cruise length. 

Children under 5 years of age sailing from the U.S. and guests under 12 years of age sailing from Europe do not need to test prior to boarding.


Will transfer arrangements be made at each port of call with Celebrity Cruises?

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 Celebrity Cruises?

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 on Celebrity Cruise?

If you have chosen an 'All Included' package you will receive Celebrity Cruises 'Classic Drink Package', including, 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 on an 'All Included' fare will receive the Premium Package. In the Premium Package, you get all the benefits of a Classic Drinks Package plus more.

Celebrity Cruises also offers a range of non-alcoholic packages if you feel this would be better suited to your needs. A Classic Non-Alcoholic package includes the likes of fresh-squeezed juices, premium coffees and teas, and bottled water. You can also upgrade your non-alcoholic package to a Premium Package. This includes the same as the Classic Non-Alcoholic Package plus premium bottled water, speciality coffees, organic teas, Red Bull energy drinks, and more. 

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

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


How do I pay for on board 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 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 on Celebrity Cruises?

Gratuities are automatically added to your onboard SeaPass. The amount varies depending on cabin grade booked. You can amend these at the guest relations desk.

A 20% gratuity will be added to all beverages, mini bar purchases and beverage packages.


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 No Perk Rate?

Celebrity Cruises have introduced a NO PERK RATE, passengers sharing a stateroom can travel with Celebrity Cruises without any extra amenities included such as Drinks, Wi-Fi or Gratuities.


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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. **All Inclusive refers to drinks package & wifi. Gratuities will be an additional charge .

M&S Gift Card is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booking an Oceanview or above by 8pm 5th December 2023. The amount is tiered on cabin grade booked.

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