Celebrity Xpedition

Celebrity Xpedition Review and Specifications

Specifications of Celebrity Xpedition

Year built2001  /  Age : 18
Flag state Ecuador
BuilderCassens Schiffswerft (Emden, Germany)
ClassGalapagos Islands expedition ship
Building costUSD 35 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorCelebrity Cruises Galapagos
Speed17 kn / 31 kph / 20 mph
Length (LOA)88 m / 289 ft
Beam (width)14 m / 46 ft
Gross Tonnage2842 gt
Passengers98 - 118
Crew48
Passengers-to-space ratio24
Decks6
Cabins49
Decks with cabins4
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesSun Bay, MS Xpedition

Current itinerary of Celebrity Xpedition

Celebrity Xpedition current cruise is 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island. Prices start from USD 5289 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 24 Mar, 2019 and ends on 31 Mar, 2019.

Date / TimePort
24 Mar      Departing from Baltra Island, Galapagos   
24 Mar     Galapagos Islands, Ecuador(Daphne Island)   
25 Mar     Rabida Island, Galapagos   
25 Mar     Santiago Island, Galapagos(Puerto Egas)   
26 Mar     Isabela Island, Galapagos(Caleta Tagus)   
26 Mar     Isabela Island, Galapagos(Elizabeth Bay)   
27 Mar     Bartolome Island, Galapagos   
27 Mar     Santiago Island, Galapagos(Sullivan Bay)   
28 Mar     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos(Las Bachas)   
28 Mar     Galapagos Islands, Ecuador(North Seymour)   
29 Mar     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos(Puerto Baquerizo)   
29 Mar     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos(Cerro Brujo)   
29 Mar     San Cristobal Island, Galapagos(Kicker Rock)   
30 Mar     Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos(Puerto Ayora)   
31 Mar      Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos   

Review of Celebrity Xpedition

Launched in 2004 as "MS Xpedition", Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship is the oldest vessel in Celebrity Cruises Galapagos fleet. It belongs to the company's small-sized "expedition fleet" - with fleet mates Celebrity Xperience, Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Flora.

History - construction and ownership

Celebrity Cruises line was founded in 1988 as the Greece-based Chandris Line (cruise shipping operations between 1974-1996). In 1997, Royal Caribbean International (RCI) merged with "Celebrity Cruises Ltd" to become "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd" (RCCL). The "Χ" on ship funnels is the Greek letter chi (standing for "Chandris"). Common features of Celebrity Cruises ships include aft located glass-walled dining rooms, signature alternate dining venues, bars and lounges, spacious Atrium lobby areas, a large number of balcony staterooms, large sundecks with swimming pools, The Retreat (adults-only sundeck with full-size swimming pool, Jacuzzi, cabanas, poolside full bar service). Rooftop Terrace (top-deck outdoor lounge-restaurant-cinema), large Spa (with Thermal Suites), premium retail shops selling top-brand merchandise.

Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship (Galapagos)

The 2,842-ton, 100-passenger Galapagos cruise ship Celebrity Xpedition is an adventurous alternative to company’s large liners. It offers personal attention which is afforded by the smaller size. Ship’s capacity of just 100 passengers and an active itinerary attract younger and better educated demographic. The vessel is honored consistently as the best Galapagos eco-friendly ship. It features wastewater treatment advanced system in the islands, onboard desalination system (which covers the ship’s freshwater needs), dedicated recycling staff and room.

Cruise itinerary program

Celebrity Xpedition itinerary program is based on year-round, round-trip 7-day luxury Galapagos Islands cruises with departures from Balta. The ship offers Ecuador and Peru land tour packages for up to 12-day exotic South America vacations.

Next map of Galapagos Islands cruise ship itineraries shows the park's two main routes (inner loop and outer loop) and the archipelago's all-island stops (ports/landing sites).

Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary map

MS Xpedition Galapagos cruise packages

MS Xpedition Galapagos package deals are inclusive of:

  • Quito airport transfers to and from your hotel
  • 3 overnight hotel stays in Quito (JW Marriott, 2 before and 1 after the Galapagos cruise)
  • (full-day, before sailing) Quito city tour
  • (afternoon, after sailing) Quito shopping tour
  • 8 days Galapagos Islands cruise (all inclusive) - accommodation, meals, wine and champagne, alcohol, beer, and soft beverages, also tips/gratuities
  • air travel from Quito to Galapagos to Quito
  • Baltra transfer to the ship
  • complimentary National Park Entrance
  • All Galapagos Islands shore excursions and tours (guided).

Cabins

Most Celebrity Xpedition staterooms are 160-sq. foot Premium and Deluxe rooms (33). All onboard accommodations are oceanview. There are a total of 48 cabins (of which 8 Suites) in 5 categories. Two are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Celebrity Xpedition is the Penthouse Suite (460 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship is among the highest rated in the Galapagos Islands. She offers excellent service and food, intimate setting for exotic voyages, together with many of the larger ships’ amenities. Celebrity Xpedition cruise fares include beer, liquor, soft drinks, house wine, and all gratuities and shore excursions. The dining options include the main dining room, outdoor Beagle Grill and Darwin’s Restaurant with an elegant yet casual ambiance. Passengers can have a drink at the Blue Finch Bar while enjoying the perfect ocean views. The 24-hour room service menu includes fries, hot sandwiches, drinks and part of Darwin’s Restaurant dishes.

Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship (Galapagos)

Follows the complete list of Celebrity Xpedition restaurants and food bars.

  • Darwin Restaurant (106-seat forward Dining Room; features world-class cuisine, with a menu reflecting ship’s Galapagos itinerary: locally grown organic fruits, vegetables, fresh fish)
  • Beagles Restaurant & Grill (78-seat, aft buffet restaurant for casual breakfast, lunch grill and burger bar. Once on every Xpedition cruise, the Beagles serves as Dining Room with fresh seafood and barbeque).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The Discovery Lounge homes a small library and a stage for presentations and lectures given by naturalists accompanying guests during the voyage. The luxury onboard the Celebrity Xpedition is impressive and the cruise company is targeting younger and well-educated guests. Have your time to unwind in the spa, hot tub, sauna and sunning area on the Sunrise Deck. The route of the cruise ships includes the Galápagos Islands and ports visited in the past by the explorer Charles Darwin. The mega yacht is capable to visit smaller ports, something impossible to bigger cruise ships.

Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship (Galapagos)

Follows the complete list of Celebrity Xpedition lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Gift Shop (toiletries, clothes, lotions, sundries, logo merchandise)
  • Beauty Centre (Beauty Salon for cosmetics and treatments)
  • Beach Club (marine platform for launching Zodiacs and storing snorkel/diving equipment)
  • Internet Cafe (Internet computers room)
  • Library (books and board games)
  • Discovery Lounge & Bar (98-seat main lounge and entertainment area, with its own full bar, Wi-Fi, dance floor. The program features films, trivia games, karaoke, live piano performances, dance parties. The lounge hosts Galapagos Islands related lectures by certified naturalists and various discussions)
  • Blue Finch Bar (indoor complimentary bar, with canopied seats for panoramic sea views; most of the drinks served are complimentary)
  • Spa & Fitness area: Exercise Room (small fitness/gym with stationary bikes, walking/running treadmills, steppers, free weights)
  • Massage Room; Sundeck area (with Hot Tub and loungers).

Celebrity Xpedition wiki

  • Celebrity Cruises Xpedition ship is the sole vessel from the line's Expedition-class. She has no sister ships.
  • MS Xpedition is a nice alternative to the Celebrity's much bigger ships. Xpedition offers a more intimate cruising experience provided by its small but dedicated staff and crew. She has a limited capacity (98 pax), and her Galapagos cruising guests are usually younger and well educated active travelers.
  • Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship is the smallest vessel from the Celebrity's fleet. As an Xpedition-class vessel, she was built in Germany and debuted in 2004. Despite her smaller size, the Xpedition ship still is luxurious and even offers more personal attention to each passenger. Xpedition cruises the Galapagos Islands - an uncommon and exotic destination.
  • Celebrity Xpedition combines features, amenities, cuisine and the service of the Celebrity's high level with the intimacy and the calmness of a smaller vessel. Crew members are almost only Ecuadorian. The amenities onboard Xpedition ship include Sunrise Deck, The Blue Finch Bar, Discovery Lounge, Darwin's Restaurant and Beagle Grill. Staterooms are elegant, furniture is trendy.
  • The Xpedition cruise ship is more like a mega-yacht. Her former name is "Sun Bay 1" (first cruise January 1, 2001). Its shallow drought allows her to access ports in the region of the Galapagos Islands that larger ships cannot visit. The vessel's small capacity, active itinerary routes and not cheap prices make it most suitable for younger and better educated "high-end adventure" travelers. There are Galapagos National Park-certified onboard naturalists on each sailing. Crewmembers are all Ecuadorian, dress-code is casual.
  • The largest Galapagos cruise ship MS Xpedition is the smallest vessel in Celebrity's fleet. The vessel was constructed in Germany and launched on Feb 17, 2001. In 2017, MS Xpedition became Celebrity Cruises Galapagos fleet's biggest ship after the acquired in 2016 Ocean Adventures' ships Celebrity Xperience (formerly Eclipse, 48-passenger yacht) and Celebrity Xploration (formerly Athala II, 16-passenger catamaran). Both mew Celebrity Galapagos ships officially entered the fleet in February 2017. They both were acquired in March 2016 following Celebrity's acquisition of "Ocean Adventures" (Galapagos travel company) and its fleet. The deal increased Celebrity's passenger capacity in the Galapagos Islands by 65%.

MS Xpedition Galapagos itineraries

Operating only the Galapagos Islands destination (South America), mv Xpedition Galapagos itinerary maps show two routes, both round-trips leaving from Baltra. The "Inner Loop" itinerary starts with the Daphne Island, followed by Jervis Island, Elizabeth Bay, and Caleta Tagus Cove, Sullivan Bay and San Bartolome, Las Bachas and North Seymour. Next are San Cristobal Island (Puerto Baquerizo, Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal again (Kicker Rock) and the Santa Cruz Island (Puerto Ayora) before the Baltra disembarkation.

Celebrity Xpedition Galapagos cruise itinerary map

The "Outer Loop" Galapagos itinerary starts again with the Daphne Island but continues to Gardner Bay, Floreana Island (Punta Cormorant), Bahia Post Office Bay, Urvina Bay, Fernandina Island, Santa Cruz Island, and the return to Baltra.

Celebrity Xpedition 2018 refurbishment review

The ship's drydock refurbishment in 2018 (September 16-23) resulted in the following changes:

  • All cruise cabins, restaurants, and lounges were redecorated.
  • Wi-Fi coverage was upgraded, to provide more reliable and faster connections.
  • All passenger staterooms were updated and upgraded with new balcony furniture, new carpeting, new bedding (Celebrity eXhale). All entry cabin doors were outfitted with RFID locks.
  • Ship's IT systems were upgraded, including O3b satellite reception, full (shipwide) WiFi coverage, enhanced bandwidth.
  • Beagle Grill (aft on Deck 4) received new lighting, furniture, and cooking equipment.
  • Discovery Lounge (midship on Deck 4) received a top-notch video wall, updated textiles, upgraded finishes, dedicated for DJs station.
  • Darwin's Dining Room (midship-aft on Deck 3) received new carpeting, lighting, millwork.
  • Water filtration systems were installed on each deck.
  • Crew areas (cabins and lounge) were upgraded with new mattresses (eXhale bedding), large TV, carpets.

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Celebrity Xpedition Itineraries

The below listed Celebrity Xpedition cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Celebrity Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Feb 24 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5209
2019 Mar 03 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5439
2019 Mar 10 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5449
2019 Mar 17 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island
2019 Mar 24 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5289
2019 Mar 31 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island
2019 Apr 07 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $6059
2019 Apr 14 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island
2019 Apr 21 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5589
2019 Apr 28 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $7519
2019 May 05 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5659
2019 May 12 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island $7559
2019 May 19 7 days, one-way from Galapagos Islands to Baltra Island Baltra Island
2019 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6400
2019 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6400
2019 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2019 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6400
2019 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6592
2019 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5814
2019 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5769
2019 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5825
2019 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $10402
2019 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6682
2019 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5048
2019 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5442
2019 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6457
2019 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2019 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5386
2019 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5442
2019 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2019 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $4946
2019 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6445
2019 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6648
2019 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2019 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6547
2019 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6344
2019 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5239
2019 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5239
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5138
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5138
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5442
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5499
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $11281
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7584
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5059
2020 Jan 11 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5099
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5139
2020 Jan 25 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5059
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5209
2020 Feb 08 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5169
2020 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5289
2020 Feb 22 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5099
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5209
2020 Mar 07 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5099
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5139
2020 Mar 21 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5209
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5169
2020 Apr 04 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5169
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5444
2020 Apr 18 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5749
2020 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $6859
2020 May 02 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5209
2020 May 09 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $7049
2020 May 16 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $6889
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5359
2020 May 30 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5059
2020 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5139
2020 Jun 13 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island
2020 Jun 27 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $6784
2020 Jul 11 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5444
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5524
2020 Jul 25 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5444
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5254
2020 Aug 08 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5144
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5414
2020 Aug 22 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5214
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5214
2020 Sep 05 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $4909
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $7169
2020 Sep 19 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $4909
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5019
2020 Oct 03 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5019
2020 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $6509
2020 Oct 17 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $5019
2020 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5139
2020 Oct 31 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $4909
2020 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $5139
2020 Nov 14 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $4909
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $4939
2020 Nov 28 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $4979
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $4939
2020 Dec 12 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $4979
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip The Galapagos Southern Loop Baltra Island $6714
2020 Dec 26 7 days, one-way from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island Baltra Island $6514