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Celebrity Xpedition Review

Celebrity Xpedition
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Celebrity Xpedition
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Pros

Offers nature exploration in more comfort than many expedition lines

Cons

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


About

Passengers 48
Crew 64
Passenger to Crew 0.75:1
Launched 2001
Shore Excursions 10

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.

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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!

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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More about Celebrity Xpedition

Where does Celebrity Xpedition sail to?
Celebrity Xpedition cruises to Bremerhaven.
How much does it cost to go on Celebrity Xpedition?
Cruises on Celebrity Xpedition start from $4,733 per person.
Is Celebrity Xpedition a good ship to cruise on?
Celebrity Xpedition won 26 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 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

Celebrity Xpedition Member Reviews

Celebrity Xpedition
lisabickford
Sail Date: Aug 2018
We knew we would love the Galapagos, but we didn't know how much! My husband, my son and I shared cabin XS 500 on Xpedition and had a fantastic time. The ship focused on the activities, including snorkeling and...Read More
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....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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