Celebrity Cruises is offering new sailings to the Galapagos Islands. The brand is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in the region, launching land excursions that range from dining on cuisine prepared by local residents to contributing to the protected islands by planting trees.
Now for vacationers, Celebrity has introduced more Galapagos experiences that include:
- Dining in the Highlands – Dine on local fare at a family’s farm nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz, Galapagos. Arranged exclusively by Celebrity, the cultural experience directly connect vacationers with residents of the local community and the island, its farms and the giant tortoises roaming in their natural habitat.
- Scalesia Reforestation Project – In close collaboration with the Galapagos National Park, in Santa Cruz, guests guided by Celebrity’s naturalists now can join a reforestation project with the goal to plant 5,000 Scalesia trees – an endemic tree that has lost much of its habitat in the Galapagos, adversely impacting wildlife that call the forest home. The Scalesia-saving project is the first-ever of its kind conducted by a cruise line with the Galapagos National Park.
- Collaborating with Farmers for Onboard Menus – The dining menu onboard Celebrity Xpedition reflects Celebrity’s effort to preserve the natural conditions and support local growers and farmers in the Galapagos region. From Ecuadorian ceviche to roasted fish, soups and even desserts such as tres leches – a variety of the locally caught, sustainable fish and seafood, vegetables and fruits served onboard are fresh, organic and sourced from Galapagos fishermen and farmers.
- Commemorative Book – Each modern explorer onboard Celebrity Xpedition between June 2014 and December 2015 will receive a complimentary coffee table book including stories and photos submitted via Facebook by past guests who have explored the islands with Celebrity Cruises, along with information on the Galapagos Islands environment and community. Vacationers whose stories were featured also will receive a copy of the exclusive book.
Galapagos vacations range from seven to 15 nights aboard the 98-guest Celebrity Xpedition – select packages include all-inclusive amenities, including adventure gear, chartered luxury air transfers and creature comforts such as gourmet cuisine, in-stateroom dining and cocktails.
For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com.