The suite was very roomy and accommodated three of us with no problems. The balconies are not as private as on other ships but still a great place to gaze and dream. The bathroom is even smaller than on other ships but that goes along with the overall smaller ship size.
Lots of amenities and although many complained of how hot their cabin was we asked for a fan early on and it was fine. Stay away from cabin 318! We saw some of the regular cabins and they were nice also. Read entire member review >>
Room 500 was very quiet. As a newly added room, it is separated by thick bulkheads from the other suites forward as well as from the Deck 5 grill immediately aft of the room. The door is heavy too. We requested a fan to keep the air moving and were comfortable all day and all night. Keeping the curtains closed in the heat of the day made a big difference. As noted in other posts the motion of the ship is dramatic but the doors and drawers stayed closed.
The room is probably a third larger than any of the other 5th floor suites I peeked in the final morning. Howver, the balcony in 500 is much smaller than other XSuites, about 6.5 feet by 3 feet. We faced the chairs and put the desk chair between us to prop our feet on. It was enough for our needs and great for drying clothes. We also watched a lot of wildlife from there, as well as the cruises by Daphne and Kicker Rock.
I peeked in the deck 3 rooms as well. We would have been comfortable in any of those rooms, though a tad more crowded. The balcony is great but do not hesitate to take a 3rd floor room.
As has been noted in other posts, the room is not the primary focus of the outstanding adventure that is the Galapagos. Read entire member review >>
The suite was wonderful, the service exemplary The fruit plates and snacks and very well stocked refrigerator, especially the unlimited bottled water all well appreciated. The veranda a good size with table and comfy chairs. The views wonderful.
Suite 602 Large narrow balcony which makes room hot because sliding glass is so large, king size bed, tiled large shower, two flights of stairs to get to anything, floor plan on Celebrity Website is incorrect, beds very comfortable, closet space is enough, plenty of drawers and shelves.
The cabin was larger than others on Xpedition but smaller than the standard cruise suite. The location of the couch made the cabin seemed cramped. The bed is hard and lumpy but that seems to be a standard complaint. There is a closet with a safe and a couple of nightstands with drawers. We put our suitcases under the bed and had enough storage space in the closet and drawers for our clothes. The bathroom is cramped like a normal cruise ship and only has a shower - no tub. The balcony was fabulous! We spotted many animals, including sharks, dolphins, boobies, pelicans, turtles, gulls, and frigates. We were on the starboard side so we were able to stand on our balcony as were passed Kicker Rock. Read entire member review >>
We probably had the best cabin on the ship. A corner room with balcony away from the anchor. It was close to the main social areas and even picked up the wifi that was only available in the lounge. Read entire member review >>
HOT! This suite is exposed to the sun all day on two sides and from overhead, and apparently is not well-insulated. By evening it is very uncomfortable -- the a/c just cannot keep up. I would say the in-room temp at that time of day was between 85 and 90, no lie. Usually by about 1 or 2 am it became comfortable. Also, because it's at the top of the ship, the wave motion is exaggerated. This suite has a very big balcony but there is almost no shade, ever, because the sun is overhead all the time at the equator! Plus it's a very busy itinerary: you're on excursions or eating or sleeping. We probably spent a total of 15 minutes on the balcony. If I had it to do over, I'd pick a stateroom on a lower deck, and skip the balcony. Read entire member review >>
The penthouse, 503, is spacious. We split it with friends without a problem. The balcony is small and we didn't use it: too much to see topside. It is quiet and away from any noise from the engines or the anchor. Read entire member review >>
501 - suite - deck 5.
Small compared to big cruise ships, but plenty of room for this type of cruise. Storage was good - wardrobe with plenty of hanging space, and shelves; three sets of 3 x drawers. Bathroom was very cosy, but the shower was very good, powerful and refreshing. Towels were changed three times a day and there were lots of them too. Beds were singles pushed together but were very comfortable. Bed settee was comfy but as it was plastic, it was a bit "sticky" to sit on. The balcony was small but enough room to sit out and enjoy the lovely warm evenings - and to spot the dolphins chasing the ship. Read entire member review >>
e stayed in Suite 501 (we were upgraded from 509 on the Thursday before we left - the PH never sold on our trip). I LOVED this room. The American outlet (3 prong) is what the clock is plugged into; when you unplug the clock to plug in your power strip the clock will remember the time. There is no clothesline in the shower but they have an over-the-door hooks which I thought was better. I personally thought the bathroom and room were good size. The shower is a glass door. Our beds were two twins pushed together with a gap created by the two frames touching each other (others have described this). After the first night, I left a note for our steward, Salome, requesting if it was possible to make a queen bed. Later that morning she had eliminated the gap and we had a queen bed. Whatever she used did not cause any bumps/lumps and lasted the whole week. We had a sofa in the room that comfortably sat 2 people and pulled out into a bed with a real, but thin, mattress (we looked). We had a TV we never watched and a frig always filled with sodas, and water but nothing was ever very cold, I preferred to go to the bar for an iced drink. There is also a desk, which I used for storage (note the blow dryer is in one of the drawers). We had a balcony which was tight but could sit two with a small table. When you were sitting in the chairs, sofa, or bed you could easily see the water and views even though most of the balcony isn't glass like on other ships its metal. You no longer get chocolate every night but we did get it two nights. The chocolates were just small plain pieces not the fancy box people use to talk about. Our luggage fit under the bed no problems but we only had carry-on size (45 linear inches). The room got cool/cold when we turned the air on at night, during the day we had the air off with the glass door open when we were there. The room is extremely sound proof; we didn't even hear the anchors unless we were awake. The only problem with this is it is extremely difficult to hear someone knocking and I mean knocking hard. Safe is still difficult to use, we failed twice to get ours to work. Neither safe on the ship or Marriott will hold a normal laptop (14/15 inch widescreen), if you have a smaller one it might. Shampoo/Conditioner are in the shower, bar soap, bath gel, lotion, sewing kit are all in the bathroom. We did get champagne in the room on arrival, we had a bowl of fruit (which we asked Salome to take away because it was going to waste), and we got appetizers in the room (which weren't bad but note they always have some snack in the bar/grill during the cocktail time). Read entire member review >>