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San Cristobal, Galapagos

San Cristobal is an amazing starting destination, or port of call, for your next cruise! Not only because it is part of the spectacular and super exotic Galapagos Islands, but because it’s filled with so many incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities! For example, you could dive with sharks, snorkel with giant tortoises, get up close with sea lions and marine iguanas, or even go on a kayaking excursion in the deep blue waters! San Cristobal is also the perfect island for learning the history of the Galapagos, as it is home to an Interpretation Center where you can acquaint yourself with the Galapagos through time. Other activities you can enjoy include hiking, swimming, highland tours, birdwatching, and more! Plus, the locals are rather friendly and welcoming when you explore San Cristobal’s downtown area, where you can find a bunch of great restaurants and gift shops. With so much natural beauty and so much to do, you might consider spending some additional time in San Cristobal before your cruise, to ensure you make the most of your visit!

Silversea Cruises offers cruises from San Cristobal. Their ultra-luxury, all-suite, all-inclusive ship Silver Origin features an incredible variety of Galapagos itineraries from this stunning port city. In fact, the ship was purpose-built for traveling to the Galapagos! Cruises range between 7- and 10-nights in length. A great time to visit San Cristobal for enjoyable weather is between December and February.

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Destinations for Cruises to San Cristobal, Galapagos

The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes San Cristobal, Galapagos. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:

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Cruise Lines with Cruises to San Cristobal, Galapagos

The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to San Cristobal, Galapagos. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit San Cristobal, Galapagos:

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River Cruise Lines

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.

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Premium Cruise Lines

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.

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Specialty Cruise 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.

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Luxury Cruise Lines

When the finest cruise vacation is your top priority, this is the place to start.

On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.

All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.

Avalon Waterways
  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 19 (16 - 166 Guests)
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Celebrity Cruises
  • Premium Cruise Line
  • Ships: 16 (16 - 3,260 Guests)
  • Inclusive Packages Available
  • Award-Winning Cruise Line
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Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Cruises to San Cristobal, Galapagos Onboard Credit or Pre-Paid Gratuities!
Celebrity Xpedition Class
  • All-Inclusive
  • Shore Excursions Included
  • Beverages & Gratuities Included
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Celebrity Xpedition Class to San Cristobal, Galapagos Onboard Credit or Pre-Paid Gratuities!
Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 7 (90 - 970 Guests)
  • Unique Expedition-Style Voyages
  • Wide Range of Excursions
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Lindblad Expeditions
  • Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 16 (28 - 148 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • National Geographic Partnership
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Silversea Cruises
  • Luxury / Specialty Cruise Line
  • Ships: 13 (100 - 728 Guests)
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
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Silversea Expeditions
  • All-Inclusive
  • All-Suite Accommodations
  • Personalized Butler Service
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Tauck Cruises
  • River Cruise Line
  • Ships: 25 (40 - 310 Guests)
  • All inclusive pricing
  • Family owned cruise line
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Things to do near San Cristobal, Galapagos

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in San Cristobal, along with a brief description:

♦ Interpretation Center

San Cristobal’s Interpretation Center is where you can go to learn about the history of the Galapagos islands. Some of the topics you can discover revolve around natural history, anthropology, and environmental conservation. For example, you can learn more about colonization, climate, native wildlife, and more. You can also learn more about the current state of the Galapagos, as well as today’s conservation efforts. All of the exhibits are laid out so that you can take a self-guided tour throughout the Galapagos’ past. Best of all, you will discover a bunch of scenic viewpoints around this building, which truly ties together the whole experience!

♦ Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado

One of the most highly-rated attractions in San Cristobal is Galapaguera de Cerro Coloardo nature preserve. In fact, if you’re especially interested in learning more about giant Galapagos tortoises, this is the perfect place to come. This reserve features a breeding ground for tortoises, where you can see them in several different age stages before they are released back into the wild. You will also have the opportunity to watch them get fed! This is a wonderful activity for families with children, as you can get pretty close to the tortoises, making for some great photo opportunities.

♦ Cerro Tijeretas

If you’re looking for a great place to hike or snorkel, look no further than Cerro Tijeretas. Snorkelers have a great chance at seeing sea lions, sea turtles, colorful fish, coral, and more. The water is very refreshing! Hikers can climb the ridge to a trail leading to scenic viewpoints, and also have a great chance at spotting a bunch of frigates along the way! You can easily reach this area when visiting the Interpretation Center, which is close by. Don’t forget to bring your hiking shoes (and you’re bathing suit, if you plan to go down to the water!).

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