Seeing the Galapagos on the Xpedition turned out to be better than one could imagine. The boat is really first class in every aspect. A tour of the engine room and explanation of the working of the ship was a real experience too. This must be one of the most Eco friendly ship afloat.
The tour starts with a two night stay at the J.W. Marriott in Quito, a tour of Quito with an excellent guide and a chance to visit the equator (a real kick to take a picture with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern). The next day off to Baltra and arrive on the Xpedition.
The ship takes normally 90+ passengers with a crew of 60+. As this was "low" season we had only 43 passengers and we were treated like royalty. Amazing that you experience a day that you feel was an experience of a life time only to be blown away the next day by what seemed a even more memorable experience. Snorkeling with sea lion pups, thought, was probably the highlight. The crew was super friendly and the guides, one couldn't say enough about their excellence.
The food for Ecuador was outstanding. The final surprise the guides took pictures all week and the last night we saw the week in review set to music and then were given a PowerPoint CD of the show. What a great touch.
The final verdict, if you have chance to do this...GO! You will never forget an experience like this. Celebrity has hit a home run with not only this ship but with the all inclusive policy of an open bar, tips included ( I find the practice of making an optional item, based on service, compulsory on other cruises...obnoxious to say the least) all land and water trips are part of the package and everything, and I mean everything is included. The final verdict, if you have chance to do this...GO! You will never forget an experience like this.