Think “wildlife” and “Galapagos Islands,” and chances are one creature comes to mind: the giant Galapagos tortoise, which can live longer than any other vertebrate on earth (an average of more than 100 years). Magnificent as they are, the turtles are far from the only notable fauna on and around these volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador. Lava lizards, sea lions, humpback whales, geckos and more make their home here, and they’re unique not in their biological diversity but in the way they evolved. Seeing the ways these animals adapted to the environment inspired Charles Darwin to come up with the theory of evolution, and visitors can see for themselves the results of centuries of isolation.
Members with Elite status will have this opportunity on an unforgettable 10-night land and sea adventure through the islands and Quito City beginning on September 20, 2019. The first two days will be on land in Quito City, followed by a 7-day cruise on the Celebrity Flora, and concluding with one last night on land in Quito.
One of Celebrity Cruises’ newest offerings, the Celebrity Flora was designed specifically to cruise the Galapagos Islands: Anchorless technology maintains the ship’s position without harming the sensitive sea floor, helping keep the ecology of the region rich and stable. Guests benefit from the ship’s innovative design, too, with an outward-facing setup that grants 360-degree views of the islands.
In addition to complimentary room service, select sparkling wines, spirits and soft drinks, Members will be free to use the ship’s wetsuits and snorkeling equipment. There will also be an on-board naturalist to answer questions about the rich wildlife of the area, providing the ship’s 100 guests with an intimate look at the Galapagos Islands.
Cabins range from Sky Suites to Royal Suites. Pricing begins at 20,000 Points plus $19,778 for a two-person Sky Suite cabin.
More information about this Elite offering is available on CruisesOnly, with reservations accepted by phone only. Why wait? Call 888-492-6683 to book your spot today.
*The photo featured at the top of this article is by Boris Mann/Flickr Creative Commons.
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