Celebrity Xpedition Review

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Why Choose Celebrity Xpedition?

  • Pro: Offers nature exploration in more comfort than many expedition lines
  • Con: Not the right ship for the latest Celebrity offerings or high-speed internet
  • Bottom Line: Soft-adventure ship sails the Galapagos all year with fantastic results
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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

If you're looking at the Galapagos then you understand you are paying for access to one of the most remote and extraordinary places in the world. The Xpedition is NOT a high-end luxury cruise ship - it is an EXPEDITION class ship, so understand the ... Read more
Almost Perfect alpinista
12/16
We had a prior experience with Celebrity (eastern Mediterranean) with which we were very pleased. There were some negatives with this cruise (food), but the overall experience was nothing less than outstanding. To get the negatives out of the ... Read more
The Xpedition is a small comfortable ship that promotes guest interaction because of its small size and layout. There are several outside areas and one inside lounge where daily briefings are held. The lounge is the only place on the ship with ... 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
4.6
Cabins
4.0
4.4
Entertainment
3.0
3.6
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.8
Family & Children
1.0
2.8
Shore Excursions
5.0
4.9
Enrichment
4.0
4.7
Service
4.0
4.9
Value-for-Money
3.0
4.6

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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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