Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration Review and Specifications

Specifications of Celebrity Xploration

Builder Botto Astilleros y Marina (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
Year built 2007
Owner Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
Speed 10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Length (LOA) 30 m / 98 ft
Beam (width) 11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage 319 gt
Passengers 8 - 16
Crew 10
Decks 4
Cabins 8
Decks with cabins 2
Last Refurbishment 2017
Former names MC Athala II

Review of Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration is scheduled to debut for Celebrity Cruises in 2017. Currently, it offers indoor and outdoor dining areas, a lounge and sun deck Jacuzzi. More details and January 2017 dry dock will be soon released.

History - construction & ownership

Celebrity Cruises is a cruise line founded in 1988 by the based in Greece Chandris Group. In 1997, Royal Caribbean International merged with Celebrity Cruises Ltd. to become Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisières de France and Pullmantur Cruises. The signature "Χ" on the funnel of all Celebrity vessels is the Greek letter chi, standing for "Chandris". The company is headquartered in Miami, Florida. Common features onboard Celebrity brand ships include aft-glass dining rooms, alternate dining venues, formal foyer areas, balcony and suite staterooms, large lounging areas and pools, signature bars and lounges, elegant spas and relaxation areas.

The 319-ton, 16-passenger Galapagos Islands catamaran Celebrity Xploration is in a class by herself. The luxury yacht is designed not just for travel, but for exploration of Galapagos Islands, one of the last pristine environments in the world. Outfitted with a wealth of luxuries that cater to her 16 guests, just as her environmentally sound design helps preserve this immaculate archipelago. In spring 2016, following the acquisition of Ocean Adventures tour operator and its two ships, 48-passenger Xperience (formerly Eclipse) and 16-passenger Xploration (catamaran formerly known as MC Athala II), Celebrity Cruises increased Galapagos Islands passenger capacity by 65%. Both ships continued to sail on Ocean Adventures itineraries up until January 2017 dry-dock. The Xploration ship is an adventurous alternative to line’s larger vessels, and offers personal attention which is afforded by the smaller size. Ship’s capacity of just 16 passengers and active itineraries attract younger and better educated demographic.

Cruise itinerary program

Celebrity Xploration itinerary program is based on 5- and 7-night year-round, round-trip luxury cruises throughout the Galapagos region. In addition, Celebrity also offers new Xperiential Galapagos packages, interactions with locals, multi-night hotel stays, and expanded list of destinations, including Darwin Bay, Puerto Villamil, Black Turtle Cove, Wall of Tears and Chinese Hat Islet.

Celebrity Xploration


Celebrity Xploration has 8 spacious, all oceanview, fully air-conditioned staterooms (with a size of at least 17 m²) and 4 decks. There are 4 cabins on the Upper Deck, which feature interconnecting doors, and 4 cabins on the Main Deck that boast private balconies. All amenities offer an intimate atmosphere and all the gear you will need, such as wetsuits, snorkeling equipment and binoculars, included to help guests fully experience the most amazing archipelago in the world.

Dining options - Food & Drinks

Celebrity Xploration cruise ship offers excellent service and food, intimate setting for exotic voyages, together with many of the larger ships’ amenities. Celebrity Xploration cruise fares include beer, liquor, soft drinks, house wine and all gratuities and shore excursions. The dining options feature a main dining room with elegant yet casual ambience. Guests can also enjoy an Early Riser continental breakfast and lunch under the open air shade canopy including specialty drinks and music, or on special nights, Dinner Under the Stars. 

Entertainment options - Fun & Sport

The relaxing indoor atmosphere of the lounge is perfect for watching a documentary, reading, or having a cocktail. This is also the area where Naturalist briefings take place. One of the most popular areas on Celebrity Xploration, the Sun Deck is best for stargazing, whale watching, or relaxing in the hot tub. This intimate ship is ideal for family get-togethers, small groups who wish to explore together and getaways with friends.

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