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Overview

The Galapagos Islands are a nature lover's dream come true. They're an archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean, by the equator. More specifically, these islands are located 604 miles west of Ecuador. In fact, the Galapagos Islands are all actually a province of Ecuador, and are all in Ecuador's national park system as well.

The Galapagos Islands are famous for the vast array of interesting species that are native to this area of the world only. These islands are also particularly well known because they're the site of the famous studies of Charles Darwin, and heavily contributed to this theory of evolution by natural selection. In fact, because of their important history and relevance the Galapagos Islands are actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Galapagos Islands are made up by 16 main islands, 6 smaller islands and 10 rocks and islets.

The warm season in the Galapagos is from December to May. Although the Galapagos are located on the equator, there is a current that brings cold air to this area. From June through November this area goes through a colder, rainy and foggy season. Furthermore, the temperature between the different islands, and between the different locations on each island, can vary quite a bit.

Of the world's major cruise lines, only Celebrity Cruises offers cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity specifically uses the Celebrity Xpedition for its Galapagos Islands itineraries. Relative to the rest of the Celebrity fleet the Xpedition is a very small ship (at only 2,842 tons), offering lots of personal service. This is made possible due to a great guest to staff ratio (98 passengers to 64 crew members). Pricing for such cruises can be quite high, to due to the excellent quality and service provided, as well as the uniqueness and high demand (relative to availability) of the product.

If you plan to take a cruise going to the Galapagos be prepared to be on the move a lot, as this is a destination perfect for those looking to roam around and explore one of the most beautiful and unique parts of the world.


Destinations
The following destinations can be visited on a cruise leaving from the Galapagos Islands:
Galapagos Islands (South America)



Cruise Lines Departing Here

Via Isla Baltra,Galapagos Islands:
Celebrity Cruises

Via Isla North Seymour,Galapagos Islands:
Celebrity Cruises


Currency
The official currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar (USD). Using a credit card whenever possible is a great way to avoid having to exchange currency (if you don't use USD normally).


Language
The official language of Ecuador is Spanish, which is why Spanish is the main language spoken in the Galapagos Islands. English is understood and spoken by most of the locals involved in tourist areas and tours.


Tourist Attractions
The primary reason that someone would take a cruise in the Galapagos is to enjoy and experience the truly unique and diverse wildlife that live on the islands. Each island offers a unique experience you're sure to never forget!

The islands of Baltra (also known as South Seymour) and North Seymour are the departure points which Celebrity Cruises utilizes for their Galapagos Islands itineraries.

Baltra is a flat and arid island which, during World War II, served as a US Air Force Base. On this island are some iguanas as well as many salt bushes, palo santo trees and prickly pear cactus.

North Seymour is the home to a wide range of wildlife. For instance, on this island there are many blue-footed bobbies (one of the most famous species found in the Galapagos), as well as many frigate birds, sea lions, iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls.

Española is the oldest of the Galapagos Islands, formed around 3.5 million years ago. It's also the most southern of the Galapagos Islands. There are many species on this island as well, such as marine iguanas, waved albatross and blue-footed bobbies. Gardner Bay is a beach area on this island, featuring swimming and snorkeling.

On the island of Santa Cruz is the largest human population found within the Galapagos Islands, specifically in the town of Puerto Ayora. In this town you can enjoy international cuisine, shopping, snorkeling and scuba diving. Located on this island is the Charles Darwin Research Center and the headquarters of the Galapagos National Park Service. This island is particularly famous for its lava tunnels, and is also the site of a tortoise breeding center. Las Bachas is a white-sand beach on this island, where many Pacific green turtles lay their eggs. At Dragon Hill you can find beautiful vistas, many land iguanas and an area where flamingos sometimes feed.

Floreana, also known as Santa Maria, is where pink flamingos and green sea turtles can be found. This was one of the first islands in the Galapagos to be inhabited by humans. Champion Island is a popular island right off of Floreana that's popular to take a snorkeling excursion at. Cormorant Point is an area of the island where you can participate in some advanced snorkeling at Devil's Crown Volcanic Cone.

On the island of Ferdandina (the youngest island in the Galapagos) you can find many Galapagos penguins, (the famous) flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, pelicans and sea lions. At Punta Espinoza you can walk on recent lava flows.

Some people that take part in a Galapagos Islands cruise opt to take a pre- and/or post-cruise hotel stay in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.
This gives such travelers the opportunity to enjoy the nature-filled richness of the Galapagos, as well as a major South American city and all that each venue has to offer.


Port Location
The Celebrity Xpedition departs from either the island of Baltra or the island of North Seymour, both a part of the Galapagos Islands.
 
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