Celebrity Xpedition’s $100,000 Internet Bargain?

July 29, 2005

These days, most savvy shoppers associate the Internet with bargains -- particularly regarding cruising and other travel. And sometimes a mere typo can yield the lucky surfer a great deal (airplane fares mistakenly listed for $5 are rare, but they do occasionally occur). What's a little more unusual is the really obvious bad deal. But as Cruise Critic's Laura Sterling discovered today while shopping on Celebrity's own Web site, booking a suite on Celebrity Xpedition more than a year out would cost a whopping $100,154 -- and that's a per-person quote, based on double occupancy.

"Can a seven-night Celebrity Xpedition cruise really cost $100,000 per person?" Sterling, incredulous, writes to Cruise Critic's Editor Carolyn Spencer Brown. "I'm thinking of going for my 25th anniversary next summer but I can buy a small house with that!"

While we're cognizant that Celebrity Xpedition's fares are one of the industry's most all-inclusive, including three-day pre- and post-cruise stays in Quito, and all liquor and shore excursions onboard, we're still a bit mystified...

At this point, it even looks like Xpedition's oft-pricier competitor -- that would be Lindblad Expeditions' Islander, which also offers a 10-day cruise/land trip -- is actually offering a bargain at rates that range from $5,220 to $6,280 (though it's also mostly all-inclusive, you will have to shell out some extra cash for alcoholic beverages and for gratuities).

Alas, a little digging -- via a call to a Celebrity Cruises reservations agent -- reveals that either the company is trying to dissuade travelers from booking online or that the $100,000 figure is simply a typo. The agent quoted us prices ranging from $5,764.66 to $6,064.66.

A call to a Celebrity spokeswoman for an explanation wasn't immediately returned.