Not everything we hoped for: Celebrity Xpedition Cruise Review by luvcrusin12
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Not everything we hoped for
Destination: South America
We purchased the before and after package and had only 1 minor issue. Our flight back home was very early in the morning (0610). The Quito airport does not open until 0400. Unfortunately our boarding passes were unable to be printed the night before. Celebrity had our bus to the airport scheduled at 0400. It did not leave on-time and it take 15+ minutes to get to the airport. This caused a bit of a panic when we arrived at the ticket counter and stood in line for almost 45min. For some passengers it is imperative to get to the airport when it opens if there is a short amount of time before takeoff.
The flight to and from Baltra was fine, it was nice to have a chartered flight. Did have to wait a long time in the lounge at Baltra to return. But I understand that More they needed us off the ship so that they could prepare it for the incoming guests.
All the excursions were lead by wonderful and knowledgeable guides. They all had a passion for the area and were a delight to be around. That being said, our itinerary got switched after we booked and we had specifically chosen the other itinerary. Oh well, not much we could do about that. The only problem was that many of the islands were so similar in what we say, a few excursions could have been skipped and nothing would have been missed. Also be aware that if they mention wasps...it is a real possibility that you could encounter swarms as we did. Several people got stung, at least one in every group.
Stateroom was as we anticipated. The cabin stewards keep them immaculate.
Now the major downfall...the food. We are not gourmets eaters by any means. But when we pay over $1000 a day for a vacation, we expect to have some really wonderful food (especially after our fantastic previous experience with Celebrity). It is sad when the best meal I ate was garlic pasta that I could have made at home. The steaks were always undercooked and covered in some kind of sauce. The alternative dining site for lunch often closed earlier than posted times. Leaving you only with the main dining room or room service (with an incredibly limited menu). I know that many of our fellow passengers experience similar food woes.
So expect unforgettable contact with animals but only mediocre at best meals. Less
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