Celebrity Xperience Review and Specifications
Specifications of Celebrity Xperience
|Year built||2002 / Age : 18|
|Flag state||Cayman Islands|
|Builder||Grupo Astilleros Construcciones (Vigo, Spain)|
|Class||Galapagos Islands expedition ship (yacht)|
|Owner||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd|
|Operator||Celebrity Cruises Galapagos|
|Speed||11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph|
|Length (LOA)||64 m / 210 ft|
|Beam (width)||13 m / 43 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||1610 gt|
|Passengers||48 - 58|
|Decks with cabins||2|
|Former names||MV Eclipse|
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Review of Celebrity Xperience
Celebrity Xperience cruise ship entered Celebrity Cruises Galapagos fleet in March 2017. The boat features indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library, 2 bars, a sun deck with Jacuzzi. The vessel belongs to company's small-sized "expedition fleet" - with fleet mates Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xploration and Celebrity Flora.
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 "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.
The 1,610-ton, 48-passenger Galapagos cruise ship Celebrity Xperience is a luxury expedition yacht. In spring 2016, following the acquisition of the tour operator Ocean Adventures and its two ships - the 48-passenger yacht Xperience (formerly Eclipse) and the 16-passenger catamaran Xploration ((formerly Athala II), Celebrity Cruises increased Galapagos Islands passenger capacity by 65%. Both vessels continued to sail on Ocean Adventures itineraries up until January 2017 dry-dock. The Xperience ship is an adventurous alternative to line’s larger vessels and offers personal attention which is afforded by the smaller size. Ship’s capacity of just 48 passengers and active itineraries attract younger and better educated demographic.
Cruise itinerary program
Celebrity Xperience itinerary program is based on year-round, round-trip 7-13-day luxury cruises throughout the Galapagos region. In addition, Celebrity also offers new Xperiential Galapagos packages, interactions with locals, multi-night hotel stays, and expanded list of destinations, including Darwin Bay, Puerto Villamil, Black Turtle Cove, Wall of Tears and Chinese Hat Islet.
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).
Celebrity Xperience staterooms are total 24, all oceanview, fully air-conditioned staterooms, and 4 decks. All amenities offer an intimate atmosphere and all the gear you will need, such as wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, and binoculars, included to help guests fully experience the most amazing archipelago in the world.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
Celebrity Xperience cruise ship offers excellent service and food, intimate setting for exotic voyages, together with many of the larger ships’ amenities. Celebrity Xperience cruise fares include beer, liquor, soft drinks, house wine, and all gratuities and shore excursions. The dining options feature a main dining room with an elegant yet casual ambience. Guests can also enjoy an Early Riser continental breakfast and lunch under the open air shade canopy including specialty drinks and music, or on special nights, consider Dinner Under the Stars.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
The Lounge Bar, located on the WeatherDeck, is where passengers get daily briefings, lectures, movies, entertainment, and full bar service. The Reception area is a gathering place before dinner time or prior to going ashore. It houses the Guest Relations area and a Boutique. Located on the Boat Deck, the library features a variety of books, table games, and video games. The outdoor relaxation area offers a shade canopy, lounge chairs, and a hot tub. There are also two exercise bikes.
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One of the top luxury Galapagos cruise ships, Celebrity Xperience is among Celebrity fleet's smallest vessels. This luxury yacht joined company's Galapagos fleet in January 2017, following a major drydock refurbishment In March 2016,
Celebrity Cruises acquired the Galapagos travel company "Ocean Adventures" and its two vessels - the 48-passenger yacht Celebrity Xperience (formerly Eclipse) and the 16-passenger catamaran Celebrity Xploration (formerly Athala II), With this deal, Celebrity Cruises' Galapagos passenger capacity was increased by 65%, after both ships joined in February 2017 the 96-passenger ship Celebrity Xpedition. Both newly added vessels continued to operate on their pre-scheduled Ocean Adventures itineraries until their 2017 dry-docks.
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