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Celebrity Xpedition Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Celebrity Xpedition Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    4.3
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.6
    3.0
  • Cabins
    4.4
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.6
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.8
    3.0
  • Family & Children
    2.8
    1.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.9
    5.0
  • Enrichment
    4.7
    4.0
  • Service
    4.9
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.6
    3.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Cruiser Rating
Why Choose Celebrity Xpedition?
  • Soft-adventure ship sails the Galapagos all year
  • Offers nature exploration in modern comfort
  • Gratuities & most drinks included in cruise fare

Celebrity Xpedition Overview

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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126 Celebrity Xpedition Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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flipper314
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
This is a review of an inner loop trip with the Quito add-on. The cruise itself could not be better. The islands are fantastic, the naturalists are knowledgeable and helpful and engaged and enthusiastic, the staff are uniformly ... Read more
Angela.Binder
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Wow well what a trip of a lifetime. We booked this trip 2 years ago and it was definitely worth waiting for. The trip to the equator was amazing did not expect the experiments etc. From the flight to the islands with wonderful food and ... Read more
eugenea
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We were encouraged to join my sister and brother-in-law of their 25th wedding anniversary trip to the Galapagos. They were considering a much smaller ship, but after I saw Celebrity offered on of the biggest ships in the region I suggested ... Read more
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