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.
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 / Time||Port|
|02 Nov 15:00||Departing from Baltra Island|
|02 Nov 16:00 - 18:00||Santa Cruz Island|
|03 Nov 07:00 - 11:00||Rabida Island|
|03 Nov 15:00 - 18:00||Santiago Island|
|04 Nov 07:00 - 11:00||Isabela Island|
|04 Nov 14:00 - 18:00||Fernandina Island|
|05 Nov 07:00 - 10:30||Isabela Island|
|06 Nov 07:00 - 11:30||Bartolome Island|
|06 Nov 14:30 - 17:00||Santa Cruz Island|
|06 Nov 18:00 - 19:00||Daphne Island|
|07 Nov 07:00 - 18:00||Genovesa Island|
|08 Nov 08:00 - 18:00||Santa Cruz Island|
|09 Nov 08:00||Arriving 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 / Time||Port|
|09 Nov 15:00||Departing from Baltra Island|
|09 Nov 15:30 - 18:00||North Seymour Island|
|10 Nov 07:00 - 18:30||Santa Cruz Island|
|10 Nov 15:00 - 18:00||Santa Fe Island|
|11 Nov 07:00 - 18:00||San Cristobal Island|
|12 Nov 07:00 - 18:00||Floreana Island|
|13 Nov 07:00 - 18:00||Isabela Island|
|14 Nov 07:00 - 18:00||Santa Cruz Island|
|15 Nov 07:00 - 18:00||Espanola Island|
|16 Nov 06:00 - 07:15||Mosquera Island|
|16 Nov 08:00||Arriving in Baltra Island|