Celebrity Xploration

Former name: MC Athala II

Current itinerary of Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration current cruise is 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour. Prices start from USD 9129 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 25 Sep, 2021 and ends on 02 Oct, 2021.

Date / TimePort
25 Sep 15:00    Departing from Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels
25 Sep 16:00 - 18:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
26 Sep 07:30 - 10:30    Santiago Island, Galapagos
26 Sep 14:00 - 16:30    Acajutla, El Salvador
27 Sep 08:00 - 17:00    Isabela Island, Galapagos
28 Sep 07:30 - 11:30    Fernandina Island, Galapagos
28 Sep 15:30 - 18:00    Isabela Island, Galapagos
29 Sep 07:30 - 18:00    Santiago Island, Galapagos
30 Sep 08:00 - 18:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
01 Oct 07:30 - 18:00    Genovesa Island, Galapagos
02 Oct 06:00 - 07:00    North Seymour Island, Galapagos
02 Oct 08:00    Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels

Specifications of Celebrity Xploration

Year built2007  /  Age: 14
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
Passengers19
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
2021 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2021 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2021 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8586
2021 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9129
2021 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $8572
2021 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9344
2021 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9134
2021 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9350
2021 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5296
2021 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9357
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5196
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5198
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7946
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $9350
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5189
2021 Dec 18 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $10733
2021 Dec 25 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $10439
2022 Jan 01 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5131
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $6922
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4657
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $6932
2022 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7659
2022 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7194
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4672
2022 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7599
2022 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7785
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7331
2022 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7791
2022 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7332
2022 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7799
2022 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7336
2022 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4719
2022 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7601
2022 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4668
2022 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7334
2022 May 07 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7785
2022 May 14 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7323
2022 May 21 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4928
2022 May 28 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7330
2022 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7790
2022 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7332
2022 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island
2022 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7329
2022 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4853
2022 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7332
2022 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7794
2022 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7324
2022 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7784
2022 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7332
2022 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $6997
2022 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $15505
2022 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4576
2022 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7330
2022 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip 11 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4572
2022 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7061
2022 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7653
2022 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $6675
2022 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip 16 Night Galapagos Machu Picchu Xperience Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $7453
2022 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7067
2022 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4540
2022 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7056
2022 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4527
2022 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7056
2022 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4665
2022 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7065
2022 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $4524
2022 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $7062
2022 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip 10 Night Galapagos Ecuador Cruise and Land Tour Baltra Island $5664
2022 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip 7 Night Galapagos Southern Loop Itinerary Cruise Baltra Island $9330
2023 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5847
2023 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6369
2023 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5847
2023 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6673
2023 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5945
2023 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6151
2023 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7352
2023 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6151
2023 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6151
2023 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6151
2023 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7352
2023 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7692
2023 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6151
2023 Apr 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6151
2023 May 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5945
2023 May 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5945
2023 May 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 May 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6260
2023 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6976
2023 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7546
2023 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5945
2023 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6454
2023 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6976
2023 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6563
2023 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5945
2023 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7146
2023 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7546
2023 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5847
2023 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5847
2023 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5847
2023 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6272
2023 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7000
2023 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6952
2023 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6952
2023 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6260
2023 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8384
2023 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7000
2023 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8602
2023 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7110
2023 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5750
2023 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7656
2023 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7656

Celebrity Xploration Review

Review of Celebrity Xploration

The 2007-built Celebrity Xploration cruise ship entered the Celebrity Cruises Galapagos fleet in January 2017. The boat features indoor and outdoor dining areas, bar lounge, Sundeck with Jacuzzi. The vessel belongs to the company's small-sized "expedition fleet" - with fleetmates Celebrity Xpedition (2001) and Celebrity Flora (2019).

The vessel (IMO number 9455882) is currently Ecuador-flagged (MMSI 735057940).

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 Xploration cruise ship (Galapagos)

The 16-passenger Galapagos ship Celebrity Xploration is a luxury catamaran-class yacht designed specifically for expedition voyages in the Galapagos Archipelago. 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 (fka 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 the company's larger vessels and offers personal attention which is afforded by the smaller size. The boat's capacity of just 16 passengers and active itineraries attract younger and better educated demographic.

Decks and Cabins

Celebrity Xploration staterooms (8 total) are all outside/oceanview, fully air-conditioned and sized 180-190 ft2 / 17-18 m2. The 4 Upper Deck cabins are with interconnecting doors. The 4 Main Deck cabins are with private step-out 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.

The boat has 4 decks, of which 3 are passenger-accessible and 2 with cabins.

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.

Itineraries

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.

Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary map

The above 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).

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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 Alban will be the chief commanding officer on Celebrity Xploration.  This was the 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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