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Celebrity Xpedition Review

Celebrity Xpedition
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  • Soft-adventure ship sails the Galapagos all year
  • Offers nature exploration in modern comfort
  • Gratuities & most drinks included in cruise fare
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Celebrity Xpedition Overview

Editor Rating
4.0
Celebrity Cruises' owner Royal Caribbean acquired Sun Bay 1, a small luxury vessel, built in 2001, and launched it in June 2004. In an innovative move, Celebrity's Xpedition sub-brand, created a new strata of up-market, premium-priced cruises and shore excursions offering travelers unusual cruise experiences in exotic destinations.

The start-up of the venture marked the arrival of the first mainstream cruise company to operate around the Galapagos Islands year-round. This option opened up Galapagos cruises, formerly the province of backpacking (or high-end) "adventure travelers." In essence, Xpedition combines the exotica of this type of adventure on a small vessel with some of the amenities and features -- high level of service and cuisine, for instance -- that Celebrity is known for.

And indeed, the joy of the Galapagos operation is that it combines Celebrity stylishness with local, "small ship" ambience. Crewmembers -- almost entirely Ecuadorian from the captain down -- are sunny, charming and tirelessly obliging. Destination-oriented features are incorporated into the onboard experience, such as a performance of Ecuadorian folklorique preceded by a highly personalized slide show featuring pictures of passengers meeting wildlife during the course of the trip (guests are presented as a complimentary CD to take home).

Better still, all drinks (except for certain premium brands) and tips are included in the price, so the atmosphere is more relaxed and sociable than that on the big Celebrity ships, where passengers are more reluctant to mingle because of potential embarrassment over who buys drinks for whom!

Celebrity Xpedition Fellow Passengers

Apart from a couple of Canadian ex-pats, we were the only Britons on the inaugural cruise and, apart from the Latino family group the vast majority of our fellow passengers were cheerful, eco-oriented, middle-class Americans.

Celebrity Xpedition Dress Code

On a ship with such an outdoors-based itinerary, casual is obviously the order of the day, but guests seemed to enjoy changing out of their daytime swimmers and shorts and dressing fairly smartly for dinner.

Celebrity Xpedition Gratuity

Gratuities are included in the cruise fare on Celebrity Xpedition.
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Celebrity Xpedition Member Reviews

Galapagos Review WestonOne
02/15
A wonderful trip where we saw no end of wildlife, and I would recommend to anyone interested in birds and aquatic life. In terms of giving an account of what you will see and the standards of the crew and naturalists I don't think I can improve on ... Read more
Well Organized Adventure artlovingfoodie
02/15
There were so many things I was worried about when selecting a Galapagos Cruise so I'll try to address those. 1. Itinerary A or B? We talked with a couple who just came off A and were doing B with us and asked their opinion. They said that they saw ... Read more
A Bucket List Cruise! Arling2nGal
02/15
I'm not going to repeat what many other reviewers have already said about this fantastic cruise. I found their reviews to be very helpful, and I am going to add a few of my own comments and suggestions. Most importantly, this is a very "casual" ... Read more
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Celebrity Xpedition Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
4.0
4.3
Public Rooms
3.0
4.7
Cabins
4.0
4.4
Entertainment
3.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.7
Family & Children
1.0
2.6
Shore Excursions
5.0
5.0
Enrichment
4.0
4.7
Service
4.0
4.9
Value-for-Money
3.0
4.7

Sailing From

Galapagos

Cruises To

South America

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Ship Stats
Crew:
64
Launched:
2001
Decks:
6
Tonnage:
2,329
Passengers:
98
Registry:
Ecuador
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
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