Our itinerary is designed to showcase the very best of the Galapagos Islands, including the most iconic sites. On island excursions, you will explore different landscapes and walk among the wildlife in its natural habitat, learning firsthand about the volcanic nature of the islands and their extraordinary fauna. Celebrity Xploration anchors offshore at the visitor sites, and a motorized dinghy carries you to landing points. On the islands, you follow marked trails, walking at a leisurely pace, with your guide explaining the unusual sights you see.
Throughout the cruise there are several opportunities to explore the magnificent marine reserve of the Galapagos Islands. There is an abundance of life just a few feet down, and your snorkel and mask provide a window into an underwater world teeming with fish, rays, sharks and turtles. We offer two types of snorkeling: from the beach, which is suitable for beginners, and deep water snorkeling from a motorized dinghy. The use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits is complimentary on Celebrity Xploration.
Sea kayaking is always enjoyable, but never more so than in the milky aquamarine waters of the Galapagos Islands, with a close-up view of the spectacular wildlife. Blue-footed boobies, herons and marine iguanas perch along jagged cliffs, while sea turtles and rays glide through the water. Your guide and a motorized dinghy are always nearby for safety, and no prior experience is required.
In order to reduce human impact on the Galapagos Islands, certain sites can only be visited by motorized dinghy, giving you the chance to explore wonderful mangrove estuaries, coves and caves, all of which are home to sea turtles, penguins, sea birds and much much more.
Although sightings are not guaranteed, with a keen eye and some luck you may see some whales during your cruise, especially between June and September. An announcement will always be made if a whale is spotted from Celebrity Xploration.
During our Northern Loop itinerary we cross the Equator in the late afternoon on Tuesday. Guests are welcome to join the captain on the bridge and observe the GPS showing latitude 0°.
Open Bridge Policy
Celebrity Xploration has an open bridge policy, which means that guests are welcome to visit the captain for a lesson in navigation throughout the cruise.
Briefings & Lectures
Our expert naturalist guide offers nightly briefings and lectures on the day’s discoveries and specific topics related to the islands.