Celebrity Xploration

Former name: MC Athala II

Specifications of Celebrity Xploration

Year built2007  /  Age : 13
Flag state Ecuador
BuilderBotto Astilleros y Marina (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
ClassGalapagos Islands expedition ship (motor catamaran)
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorCelebrity Cruises Galapagos
Speed10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Length (LOA)30 m / 98 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage319 gt
Passengers16 - 19
Crew10
Passengers-to-space ratio17
Decks4
Cabins8
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesMC Athala II
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Celebrity Xploration Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2020 May 16 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $10304
2020 May 30 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $6772
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $11362
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $3768
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4664
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $3917
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4172
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7428
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7268
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5663
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $3920
2020 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8415
2020 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island
2020 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7020
2020 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $11439
2020 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island
2020 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8017
2020 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $6420
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7521
2020 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5132
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8283
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5423
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos and Ecuador Xploration Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9318
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $11804
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $14632
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5350
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5462
2021 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5599
2021 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9501
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9510
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5658
2021 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5465
2021 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5358
2021 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5461
2021 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9659
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5854
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9455
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $14805
2021 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8728
2021 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5086
2021 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9510
2021 May 01 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5829
2021 May 08 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9658
2021 May 15 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5348
2021 May 22 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5609
2021 May 29 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5353
2021 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9501
2021 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9501
2021 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5447
2021 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9601
2021 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8448
2021 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5457
2021 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5357
2021 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9506
2021 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5451
2021 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9509
2021 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5351
2021 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5350
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4903
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $14662
2021 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8419
2021 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8585
2021 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5065
2021 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8426
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5290
2021 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9127
2021 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9358
2021 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5300
2021 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5205
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9352
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9352
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5202
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5291
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9339
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $6600
2021 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $10451
2022 Jan 01 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5179
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $6932
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4706
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $6931
2022 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4539
2022 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7190
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4711
2022 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7590
2022 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7801
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7322
2022 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4661
2022 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7332
2022 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4710
2022 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7340
2022 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7797
2022 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7599
2022 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4715
2022 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7337
2022 May 07 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4706
2022 May 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7334
2022 May 21 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4924
2022 May 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7340
2022 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4711
2022 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7327
2022 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4671
2022 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7333
2022 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7929
2022 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7337
2022 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4675
2022 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7322
2022 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4707
2022 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7323
2022 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $6995
2022 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7055
2022 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4578
2022 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7324
2022 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7660
2022 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7057
2022 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7647
2022 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $6656
2022 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4336
2022 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7073
2022 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos / Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4523
2022 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7056
2022 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7653
2022 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7067
2022 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7785
2022 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7062
2022 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7667
2022 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7072
2022 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos / Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8792
2022 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $9331

Celebrity Xploration Review

Review of Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration cruise ship entered Celebrity Cruises Galapagos fleet in January 2017. The boat features indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar lounge, sun deck with Jacuzzi. The vessel belongs to company's small-sized "expedition fleet" - with fleet mates Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xperience, 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.

Celebrity Xploration cruise ship (Galapagos)

The 319-ton, 16-passenger Galapagos cruise ship Celebrity Xploration is a luxury catamaran-class designed specifically for exploration of Galapagos Islands. Outfitted with a wealth of luxuries that cater to her 16 guests, just as her environmentally sound design helps preserve this immaculate archipelago. In spring 2016, following the acquisition of the local 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 Xploration 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 16 passengers and active itineraries attract younger and better educated demographic.

Cruise itinerary program

Celebrity Xploration itinerary program is based on 5- and 7-night year-round, round-trip 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).

Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary map

Celebrity Xploration staterooms are total 8, all oceanview, fully air-conditioned staterooms (with a size of at least 17 m²) and 4 decks. There are 4 cabins on the Upper Deck, which feature interconnecting doors, and 4 cabins on the Main Deck that boast private balconies. All amenities offer an intimate atmosphere and all the gear you will need, such as wetsuits, snorkelling equipment, and binoculars, included to help guests fully experience the most amazing archipelago in the world.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Celebrity Xploration cruise ship offers excellent service and food, intimate setting for exotic voyages, together with many of the larger ships’ amenities. Celebrity Xploration 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 ambiance. 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, Dinner Under the Stars. 

Celebrity Xploration cruise ship (Galapagos)

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The relaxing indoor atmosphere of the lounge is perfect for watching a documentary, reading, or having a cocktail. This is also the area where Naturalist briefings take place. One of the most popular areas on Celebrity Xploration, the Sun Deck is best for stargazing, whale watching, or relaxing in the hot tub. This intimate ship is ideal for family get-togethers, small groups who wish to explore together and getaways with friends.

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One of the top-luxury Galapagos ships, Celebrity Xploration is the ever-smallest vessel in Celebrity's fleet. The boat officially joined Celebrity'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 the acquisition, Celebrity Cruises' Galapagos passenger capacity was increased by 65%, after both ships started operations in February 2017 - joining 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.

In August 2017, Celebrity Cruises announced that the female Captain Nathaly Albán will be the chief commanding officer on Celebrity Xploration.  This was Galapagos cruising industry's first time when a woman serves as Captain on a Galapagos Islands-based passenger vessel. Captain Nathaly Albán (of Ecuadorian origin) has served 12 years on various vessels in the Galapagos region. She joined the Celebrity cruise company on Celebrity Xpedition.

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