Ports of Call

Quito (Ecuador)
Start your journey in this historic South American capital, where you visit ancient cathedrals, lush jungles, and breathtaking mountain vistas. Surprisingly cool with an average temperature of 68F, you'll be amazed that you're right on the Equator.

Baltra (Galapagos)
Prepare for an adventure-filled exploration through the Galapagos Islands on this beautiful island. During World War II, the island's airport was a US Military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Surrounding the airport now you will see land iguanas indigenous to the island.

North Seymour (Galapagos)
Off the northern tip of Baltra is this flat, low-lying island where blue-footed boobies nest, sea lions play and the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos congregates.

Ketchikan, Alaska

P. Baquerizo (San Cristobal)
Eroded volcanic peaks in the north and rich vegetation in the south characterize the island. This island is also home to the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos.

Hubbard Glacier

Punta Suarez (Espanola)
Among the many sights of Isla Espanola is Punta Suarez, a rocky point of land where guests may observe various colonies of sea birds as well as fauna found nowhere else on the planet. Also on this island is Bahia Gardner, a beautiful beach offering an excellent opportunity to relax and swim.

Juneau, Alaska

Cormorant Point (Floreana)
Floreana Island was once a penal colony for Ecuador, the first capital of the Galapagos and where Charles Darwin met the viceroy of Galapagos. Your excursion options include a medium-intensity wet landing at Cormorant Point (or Punta Cormorant), where you may see two plant species found only at this particular site, as well as flamingos, stilts and whit cheeked pintail ducks. Or try advanced snorkeling in Devil's Crown Volcanic Cone to spy grunts, groupers, chubs, spotted eagle rays, white-tipped reed sharks, sea stars, parrotfish and rainbow wrasse.

Baroness Outlook (Floreana)
Baroness Outlook lends a little mystery to Floreana Island as the spot where a self-proclaimed baroness, who disappeared with her lovers in the 1930s, kept watch for incoming ships. Champion, a small satellite island off Floreana, is one of the very few that holds a Floreana Mocking bird population. Afternoon excursions include advanced snorkeling at Champion Island and a low-intensity Zodiac ride for wildlife observation with wet landing at Baroness Outlook. When the stars come out, join us for an alfresco dinner and stargazing with our bridge officers.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)
A white sandy beach with calm water makes the ideal place for swimming and snorkeling. The Pacific Green Turtle nests here, and tracks of the females, who come ashore at night, are often seen.

Bartolome (San Salvador)
The variety of volcanic formations found here give this small, barren island a moon-like appearance. A hike over the island's lava tubes and tuff cones leads to a spectacular view of Pinnacle Rock, where sea lions and penguins are often seen cavorting in the waters.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)
Isabela Island, the largest island in the Galapagos Archipelago, is composed of five volcanoes, with the latest eruption in October 2005. The cold, nutrient-rich waters of Elizabeth Bay and the small Mariela Islands provide the perfect home for the Galapagos penguin. This Morning, you may opt for a scenic Zodiac ride to view the Mariela Islands and Galapagos penguins. Then back on board the ship, we'll spend some time cruising along the scenic Isabela and Fernandina islands to search for whales and dolphins.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)
Here on Isla Fernandina, guests may walk on recent lava flows from La Cumbre volcano and also observe the flightless cormorant, one of the islands' best examples of evolution.

Puerto Egas (San Salvador)
Follow Puerto Egas, a coastal trail on Isla Santiago, and your rewards will be many: fur sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs and grottos made from black lava.

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.

Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)
A fifteen-minute stroll from one end to the other along Charles Darwin Avenue promises plenty of sights and sounds in this, the largest city of the Galapagos Islands. A charming seaside town, Puerto Ayora features Ecuadorian and international cuisine, local artisans and shopping as well as snorkeling and scuba diving.