Posted August 12th, 2007, 12:00 PM
We went in April, 2006. It absolutely was the vacation of a lifetime. If you can afford it in any way, do it. I doubt if our price would have any bearing on today's.
We were sorry we didn't do the Machu Picchu part, but if you can afford to only do the Galapagos, so be it.
We did the Celebrity one, two nights in Quito, seven in the islands and then one more night in Quito. The Quito part was quite enjoyable, too.
Be aware this is, or at least can be, a very physical cruise. There were two older ladies on our voyage who didn't belong there. They both had asthma, suffered severely with it in Quito due to the elevation, and could barely get in and out of the Zodiacs. We started with the highest level of exertion but I came down with Norovirus
, missed two days of the tours and then was too weak to do the more strenuous stuff.
We are planning to go back in 2008 or 2009 if we are physically able.
74 cruises (682 days) and counting:
Carnival: 8 (57 days)
Celebrity: 2 (14 days)
NCL: 18 (124 days)
Princess: 39 (435 days)
RCCL: 6 (42 days)
Viking: 1 (10 days)
Nov. '16 - Caribbean Princess, Western Caribbean
July '16 - Explorer of the Seas, Alaska rt Seattle
Aug. '15: Ruby Princess, Alaska rt Seattle