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Celebrity Xpedition

Former names: MS Xpedition, Sun Bay

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
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

Current itinerary / position of Celebrity Xpedition

Celebrity Xpedition current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands. Prices start from USD 7371 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 14 Sep, 2019 and ends on 21 Sep, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
14 Sep 15:00    Departing from Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels
14 Sep 15:30 - 18:00    North Seymour Island, Galapagos
15 Sep 07:00 - 11:30    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
15 Sep 15:00 - 18:00    Santa Fe Island, Galapagos
16 Sep 07:00 - 11:30    San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
16 Sep 15:00 - 18:00    San Cristobal Island, Galapagos
17 Sep 07:00 - 11:30    Floreana Island, Galapagos
17 Sep 15:00 - 18:00    Floreana Island, Galapagos
18 Sep 07:00 - 11:30    Isabela Island, Galapagos
18 Sep 15:00 - 18:00    Isabela Island, Galapagos
19 Sep 07:00 - 18:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
20 Sep 07:00 - 15:00    Espanola Island, Galapagos
20 Sep 15:00 - 18:00    Espanola Island, Galapagos
21 Sep 06:00 - 07:15    Mosquera Island, Galapagos
21 Sep 08:00    Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels

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 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 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. 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 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 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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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 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2019 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7360
2019 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7371
2019 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6181
2019 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9960
2019 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6173
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $8562
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $5925
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7303
2020 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9051
2020 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7574
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8555
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8273
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8487
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8487
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7360
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9524
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7506
2020 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8588
2020 Apr 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7811
2020 May 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9051
2020 May 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9513
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9524
2020 May 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7427
2020 May 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7811
2020 Jun 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6976
2020 Jun 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2020 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2020 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $7749
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $10222
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $7377
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $10031
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $10031
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9816
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $8824
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $10040
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9659
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2020 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $10172
2020 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $10229
2020 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $8493
2020 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $7609
2020 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $7377
2020 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6638
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6447
2020 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5646
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7596
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6142
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7371
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7078
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6548
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6548
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6548
2021 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6356
2021 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6255
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6255
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6661
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6356
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6255
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6559
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6559
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6559
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5590
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6683
2021 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6841
2021 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $7817
2021 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $10215
2021 May 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9164
2021 May 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9173
2021 May 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6733
2021 May 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2021 May 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2021 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2021 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island
2021 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9090
2021 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9098
2021 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $9024
2021 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6766
2021 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6683
2021 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6766
2021 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6832
2021 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $7428
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Xpedition Baltra Island $6758
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6255
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5195
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6153
2021 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6153
2021 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6153
2021 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5387
2021 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6142
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6142
2021 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5387
2021 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6153
2021 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2021 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7585
2021 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7123

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