Celebrity Xpedition Evacuated in the Galapagos

   November 6, 2019 ,   Accidents

On November 5, 2019, at ~11:30 pm, the Galapagos Islands-based cruise ship Celebrity Xpedition carrying 46 passengers ran aground on a sand bar at Isabela Island (near Punta Vicente Roca). All passengers and some of the crew were immediately evacuated via the ship's lifeboats and soon transferred to the fleetmate Celebrity Flora that arrived at the scene to assist the vessel.

Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship

With the assistance of its tender boats, after ~30 min the vessel was refloated and moved (under its own power) to Fernandino island (Punta Espinosa) where anchored for a hull inspection. No injuries, damages or an environmental impact were reported.

The accident occurred during a 7-day Galapagos Islands cruise (Galapagos Northern Loop itinerary Nov 2-9) roundtrip from homeport Baltra Island (Ecuador).

Date / TimePort
02 Nov 15:00Departing from Baltra Island
02 Nov 16:00 - 18:00Santa Cruz Island
03 Nov 07:00 - 11:00Rabida Island
03 Nov 15:00 - 18:00Santiago Island
04 Nov 07:00 - 11:00Isabela Island
04 Nov 14:00 - 18:00Fernandina Island
05 Nov 07:00 - 10:30Isabela Island
06 Nov 07:00 - 11:30Bartolome Island
06 Nov 14:30 - 17:00Santa Cruz Island
06 Nov 18:00 - 19:00Daphne Island
07 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Genovesa Island
08 Nov 08:00 - 18:00Santa Cruz Island
09 Nov 08:00Arriving in Baltra Island

The current cruise was officially canceled. All Celebrity Xpedition passengers (via Celebrity Flora) were transported back to Baltra Island, from flown to Quito City and accommodated overnight in hotel rooms. On November 6, the cruisers were bused to Quito International Airport for their home flights.

As compensation, all passengers were fully refunded (100%) and also received a free Celebrity Galapagos cruise. The next scheduled cruise (Galapagos Southern Loop itinerary Nov 9-16) was also canceled.

Date / TimePort
09 Nov 15:00Departing from Baltra Island
09 Nov 15:30 - 18:00North Seymour Island
10 Nov 07:00 - 18:30Santa Cruz Island
10 Nov 15:00 - 18:00Santa Fe Island
11 Nov 07:00 - 18:00San Cristobal Island
12 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Floreana Island
13 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Isabela Island
14 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Santa Cruz Island
15 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Espanola Island
16 Nov 06:00 - 07:15Mosquera Island
16 Nov 08:00Arriving in Baltra Island

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