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 internet but during our week on board we were only able to access internet a couple of days, most of the time it was down. Getting around the ship is quick and easy. We did not have any rough seas. Everyone dressed very casual so don't even think of bringing dressy clothes- think cool,comfortable and sun proof.
The dining room is very nice and tables seat 4-8 so you will find yourself sitting with different people at each meal and getting to know many of your fellow travelers. The food is good but not as high quality or as varied as the large Celebrity ships. The only alternate venue is the outdoor grill that served dinner four times -the same menu, and lunch most days.
Our cabin on deck 3 was comfortable and had adequate storage. The bed is tight against the wall on one side so very inconvenient to get in and out. We had it converted to two twins so we had a space of about 6 inches in between beds to allow the inside person access. The beds were comfortable if a little narrow. There is a fridge in cabin with complimentary water and soft drinks. There is also a safe. The window lets in lots of light. I do not think a balcony is worth the extra money on this cruise as you can be on deck in minutes and I didn't miss it at all.
Prior to taking this trip we had heard rave reviews from so many people - many named the Galapagos as their best cruise ever!
I did enjoy the trip but after a few days began to find the activities somewhat repetitive. The wildlife is interesting especially the giant tortoises and the naturalists were very knowledgeable. The scenery is beautiful in a stark kind of way. The sun is hot and I would avoid the hottest months of February and March.
Each day there was an AM and PM off ship included activity with transportation by zodiac.
The trips were very organized and there was never a problem getting the excursion you wanted. A lot of the snorkeling trips were categorized as advanced because of deep water and currents. There did not seem to be any scuba diving.
The on shore walks included a long or short option and there was an accurate description of difficulty. Expect to spend quite a bit of time in the zodiacs getting to and from each activity.
The Marriott hotel in Quito was beautiful and I am glad we arrived early to rest a day before the full day tour of Quito. The chartered flight to the ship was nice and included lunch both ways.
I recommend this trip if Galapagos is on your to do list but personally I feel there are many more interesting places to visit.