Celebrity Xpedition is comparable to the Regent, Crystal & Silversea cruises we have taken with regards to how you are treated on board.
Our cruise stared in Quito, Ecaudor with a two night stay in the J.W. Marriott Hotel. This was a very nice hotel. For future cruisers my only concern is that next week the new Quito Airport opens which is nearly two hours outside of town. I'm not sure how the flights home will work.
We spent two night in Quito. Our second day included a city tour which was well done and included lunch and dinner. Both meals were in the city and was a great chance to get to know our fellow passengers.
We flew to Baltra on a chartered A319 jet for the two hour flight to Baltra. Celebrity put all suite guests in Business Class and allowed other passengers to upgrade for $222 round trip. The plane was very nice.
Upon arrival in Baltra we waited in an area at the airport (not air conditioned) while all of the passengers were cleared. Celebrity takes your luggage from the Hotel in Quito to the Ship so you don't have to worry about that. Good news is that a new terminal building is being built in Baltra which will hopefully be air conditioned.
A short bus ride followed to a dock where we were tendered on Zodiacs to the ship. The ship never docks during the trip so you will be tendered everywhere. Some are dry landings and others you step out into the water. The cruise manager keeps everyone updated on the type of landing so you can wear appropriate shoes.
We stayed in the Penthouse Suite (601) which was very nice. It is on the top deck of the ship and had 460 s.f. of space with a separate living and sleeping area. It is located on the the front of the ship and we had a large deck which included our own private jacuzzi which was very nice in evening to sit out and enjoy the evenings.
The food and beverages are first class. Everything is included.....
Shore excursions were amazing. The ship had two or three different types of excursions based on passengers capacity. Some were long walks which a snorkel trip and for others who didn't want to be out in the sun so much they did a zodiac tour of the islands with a short walk.
We saw so much wildlife which is why we went....and we weren't disappointed......
It is hot in the Galapagos.....it is on the equator. Clothing is very casual. We took way too many nice things. Clothing is normally shorts and t-shirts or Columbia style pants and shirts. All meals were also very casual. Some people dressed up more at night than others....but nothing dressy. Shorts and golf shirts were fine for men....women were normally in shorts or sun dresses.
Best parts of cruise........what you get to see and the staff on the ship. Both were amazing.
Worst parts of the cruise.....the sitting at the airport in Baltra in the heat while waiting when arriving and leaving. Celebrity should provide and air conditioned area for it's passengers. Maybe this will be taken care of with the new terminal. Also it rained the day we flew back to Quito and when we got our luggage I would guess 60% of the luggage had wet clothing inside. They offered to clean it at no charge but we were leaving too soon to get it back and many people for headed for other locations and had the same issue. I suggested getting those very large plastic zip bags and placing your clothing inside of them and then in your luggage.
Overall.....a very active cruise and a wonderful experience. I will reply to anybody that has questions. I also have over 1,100 photos from the trip.