1) The internet is VERY slow if you can get on at all. There should be a way that they can fix this.
2) I would recommend that if you have your own snorkeling mask, you bring it. The ones that they provide are a 1 size fits all style that doesn't.
Warning! The ship had run aground a few months ago and was out of service for several months. We called Celebrity about a month before we sailed and we’re told the ship was already back in service. However, we were actually the first time it sailed. We were told that previous sailings were cancelled each week two days before embarkation! Most people had other travels arranged before and/or after the cruise. Celebrity dropped the ball in cancelling week after week. (Celebrity- if there is more to the story, please post). Still, we did get to go and it was an amazing experience!
This is a small ship in the Pacific. We did rock a lot, but the wave frequency was slow enough it didn't seem to be a problem for seasickness. I am not aware of anyone who had bad seasickness, but plan of bringing an ear patch if you tend to get sick.
Practice snorkeling and walking before you come. Each day is rigorous and exhilerating. Prepare 1-3 miles over sometimes difficult terrain.
Do not expect to use the Internet for anything but slowly getting email.
Do not try to meet them in Baltra. Take the whole roundtrip package from Quito
Bring good walking shoes and socks for the hikes. Even though you are on the equator, long sleeve shirts and long pants are very useful for hiking and for your days in Quito before and after. Bring a hat with a chin strap that will not blow off when you are traveling back and forth on the Zodiacs.
The one area most apprciated was housekeeping and food/bar service attention to detail. Three time daily our room was addrssed by houskeeping and maintained well above that whichg was expected. Bar service/attetinon to needs was most pleasant and friendly.
Internet was very slow but it was good to unplug for a bit. I used the ships mask and snorkels and they were great but I'm a recreational snorkeler. There is a small ships store on board for a few gift type items and clothing but bring batteries if you need them and plenty of sun screen! nausea meds
Pack light, keeping comfort in mind. No need for dressy clothing or heels! And don’t worry about getting the “best” picture. The crew snaps photos along the way and shares with each passenger at the end.
1. Structured trip relying on excursions with lots of walking consider your level of mobility. 2. When you board there will be nice Nalgene water bottles in your room. Write your name and room number on them and fill them with ice water before leaving on any excursion. Waiters will fill them for you at end of breakfast and lunch. 3. They have walking sticks available when you leave for an excursion don't be embarrassed take one if you need it 4. Get an expedition type hat with a wide brim, baseball cap will not cut it.
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