Celebrity Xpedition

Former names: MS Xpedition, Sun Bay

Celebrity Xpedition current position

Celebrity Xpedition current location is at South America West Coast (coordinates -0.48000 S / -90.31116 W) cruising en route to GPS. The AIS position was reported 1 minute ago.

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Current itinerary of Celebrity Xpedition

Celebrity Xpedition current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands. Prices start from USD 6151 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 27 Nov, 2021 and ends on 04 Dec, 2021.

Date / TimePort
27 Nov 15:00    Departing from Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels
27 Nov 16:00 - 18:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
28 Nov 07:00 - 11:00    Rabida Island, Galapagos
28 Nov 15:00 - 18:00    Santiago Island, Galapagos
29 Nov 07:00 - 11:00    Isabela Island, Galapagos
29 Nov 14:00 - 18:00    Fernandina Island, Galapagos
30 Nov 07:00 - 17:30    Isabela Island, Galapagos
01 Dec 07:00 - 11:30    Bartolome Island, Galapagos
01 Dec 14:30 - 17:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
01 Dec 18:00 - 19:00    Daphne Island, Galapagos
02 Dec 07:00 - 18:00    Genovesa Island, Galapagos
03 Dec 08:00 - 18:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
04 Dec 08:00    Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels

Specifications of Celebrity Xpedition

Year built2001  /  Age: 20
Flag state Ecuador
BuilderCassens Schiffswerft (Emden, Germany)
ClassGalapagos Islands expedition ship
Building costUSD 35 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorCelebrity Cruises Galapagos
Speed15 kn / 28 kph / 17 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 namesMS Xpedition, Sun Bay
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Celebrity Xpedition Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6151
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $11939
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6588
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $11102
2021 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9488
2022 Jan 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9646
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9670
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8481
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8869
2022 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8602
2022 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9136
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8590
2022 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9682
2022 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8893
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8930
2022 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9961
2022 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8918
2022 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8918
2022 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8214
2022 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $13019
2022 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8214
2022 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8542
2022 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8214
2022 May 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8226
2022 May 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8226
2022 May 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8214
2022 May 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8214
2022 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8214
2022 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8238
2022 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8554
2022 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7619
2022 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8214
2022 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7122
2022 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $12959
2022 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7571
2022 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $12971
2022 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7910
2022 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $12995
2022 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9791
2022 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8529
2022 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2022 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $10726
2022 Dec 31 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7170
2023 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8614
2023 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8906
2023 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8918
2023 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7947
2023 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7947
2023 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7935
2023 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8651
2023 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5945
2023 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7194
2023 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6466
2023 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7607
2023 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6248
2023 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6248
2023 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8129
2023 Apr 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7401
2023 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 May 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 May 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 May 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 May 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7292
2023 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6770
2023 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6806
2023 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6806
2023 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8129
2023 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6830
2023 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7680
2023 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6843
2023 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7037
2023 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6855
2023 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7959
2023 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6430
2023 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5908
2023 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7352
2023 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5908
2023 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7595
2023 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7813

Celebrity Xpedition Review

Review of Celebrity Xpedition

The 2004-built (as "MS Xpedition") cruise ship Celebrity Xpedition is the oldest vessel in the Celebrity Cruises Galapagos fleet. It belongs to the company's small-sized "expedition fleet" - with fleetmates Celebrity Xploration (2007) and Celebrity Flora (2019).

The vessel (IMO number 9228368) is currently Ecuador-flagged (MMSI 735023483).

History - construction and ownership

Celebrity Cruises 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 "X" 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 100-passenger Galapagos ship Celebrity Xpedition is an adventurous alternative to the company's large liners. It offers personal attention which is afforded by the smaller size. The ship operates an active itinerary program that attracts younger and better-educated travelers. 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 boat's freshwater needs), dedicated recycling staff and room.

IMPORTANT: In June 2019, cruise ship's passenger capacity was officially reduced from 98 down to 68. All deck 3 cabins and some of deck 4's rooms (numbers 401-409-415-416-417-418-419-420) became no longer offered/available for booking. In September 2019, the occupancy was further reduced to 48.

Decks and Cabins

Most Celebrity Xpedition staterooms (33 out of 49 total, in 5 grades) are sized 15-m2/160-ft2 and in categories Premium and Deluxe. All passenger cabins are outside/with oceanviews and include 8 Suites. Two are wheelchair-accessible cabins. The largest is the Penthouse Suite (460 ft2 / 43 m2 plus 150 ft2 / 14 m2 terrace).

The boat has 6 decks, of which 4 are passenger-accessible and all with cabins.

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 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 the 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 Galapagos 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 sun loungers).

Itineraries

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).

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Celebrity Cruises Xpedition ship is the company's only Expedition-class boat and has no sisterships. MS Xpedition is a nice alternative to the Celebrity's much bigger liners. 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 is the fleet's smallest vessel - built in Germany, launched (floated-out from drydock) on February 17, 2001, and inaugurated in 2004 (June 13). Despite the smaller size, MS Xpedition still is luxurious and even offers more personal attention to each passenger. The boat 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 cruise ship is more like a mega-yacht. Its former name is "Sun Bay 1" (first cruise January 1, 2001). Its shallow drought allows access to Galapagos island destinations that larger vessels can't visit. The boat'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.

In 2017, MS Xpedition became Celebrity Cruises Galapagos fleet's biggest ship after the company acquired in 2016 Ocean Adventures' vessels Celebrity Xperience (formerly Eclipse, 48-passenger yacht) and Celebrity Xploration (formerly Athala II, 16-passenger catamaran). Both new Celebrity Galapagos boats officially entered the fleet in February 2017. They both were acquired in March 2016 following Celebrity's acquisition of "Ocean Adventures" (Galapagos travel company). The deal increased Celebrity's passenger capacity in the Galapagos by 65%.

IMPORTANT: In June 2019, cruise ship's passenger capacity was officially reduced from 98 down to 68. All deck 3 cabins and some of deck 4's rooms (numbers 401-409-415-416-417-418-419-420) are no longer offered/available for booking. The change was noted following feedback from Geoff Shepherd.

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 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 refurbishment 2018 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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