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Celebrity Xpedition Review

Celebrity Xpedition
Celebrity Xpedition

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Celebrity Xpedition Overview

For the foreseeable future cruisers booked on Xpedition are currently being moved to Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Xploration or Celebrity Xperience. 

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!

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About 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


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.


Celebrity Xpedition Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Shore Excursions
2018 Best for Value
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Cabins
2017 Best for Embarkation
2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2017 Best for Public Rooms
2017 Best for Service
2017 Best for Shore Excursions
2017 Best for Value
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Dining
2016 Best for Embarkation
2016 Best for Service
2016 Best for Shore Excursions
2016 Best for Value
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Embarkation
2014 Best for Service
2014 Best for Shore Excursions
2014 Best for Value

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Celebrity Xpedition Member Reviews

Celebrity Xpedition
jpohio
Sail Date: May 2018
We sailed on the Celebrity Xpedition in May 2018 to the Galapagos, on the inner loop itinerary. As many others have said, the service, food, and crew were excellent. We were met at the Quito airport...Read More
Celebrity Xpedition
guslu
Sail Date: Jun 2019
14 June 2019 Today is very close the end of the BEST CRUISE I have had. It has been an EXPERIENCE that we will not forget soon. I know that this ship “Celebrity Xperience” is no longer in service; our...Read More
Celebrity Xpedition
MsRC10
Sail Date: Jun 2018
This was our first "all inclusive" and I loved it. The fact it included the pre-cruise in Quito, including tours was a bonus and sealed the sale for us. Celebrity did not disappoint. If you like to hang on the ship...Read More
Celebrity Xpedition
PhilnPhil
Sail Date: Mar 2019
Our cruise on Xpedition was a celebration of my 40th birthday, and the trip truly exceeded expectations. From the exceptional staff to the fresh local food on board, we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation. Xpedition...Read More

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