Isla Baltra is small part of the world-famous, exotic Galapagos Islands that once played an important part in World War II. Now a cruise port, this flat island was originally a U.S. military base that offered protection to the Panama Canal from enemy submarines. Baltra has a very dry atmosphere, making it an ideal growth area for wildlife such as prickly pear cacti, salt bushes, and palo santo trees. It is also home to the Galapagos Land Iguana, a species that once went extinct on the island, and are now slowly being re-introduced.
Among the select cruise lines that offer cruises from Isla Baltra are Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises. Celebrity Cruises offers a series of all-inclusive 7-night outer, southern, northern, and inner loop cruises roundtrip from Baltra onboard Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xploration, and their newest expedition ship, Celebrity Flora. Silversea’s ultra-luxury, all-inclusive vessels Silver Galapagos and Silver Origin feature 7- and 11-night cruises from Baltra to San Cristobel, complete with complimentary beverages and special amenities.
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Isla Baltra, along with a brief description:
♦ North Seymour Island
Cruises that sail a Galapagos Inner Loop itinerary from Baltra are likely to stop at North Seymour Island, where you can experience close encounters with some of the most fascinating wildlife of the Galapagos. Among the species of animals you can experience on North Seymour Island include blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, iguanas, sea lions, crabs, and more. It’s also a wonderful vantage point to catch a romantic sunset!
♦ Daphne Island
Cruises that sail a Galapagos Outer Loop itinerary from Baltra are likely to include a stop near Daphne Island, a volcanic island that is part of the Galapagos. Daphne Island is primarily used as a research island for Finches, but from your boat, you might be able to witness other birds such as masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, Martins, red-billed tropicbirds, and short-eared owls. Keep your eyes peeled for these birds to fly over your ship, as it is truly a sight to see.
♦ Mosquera Islet
Cruises that sail a Galapagos Southern Loop itinerary from Baltra are likely to include a stop at Mosquera Islet, which is one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos. Since there are many coral reefs located off this island, it’s a wonderful spot for snorkeling. You will also have a great chance of seeing Sea Lions while you are here, as this small island is home to the Galapagos’ largest colony. Other wild life you might catch a glimpse of include orcas, iguanas, crabs, and boobies.
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