Celebrity Xploration

Former name: MC Athala II

Current itinerary of Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands. The itinerary starts on 18 Jun, 2022 and ends on 25 Jun, 2022.

Date / TimePort
18 Jun 15:00    Departing from Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels
18 Jun 16:00 - 18:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Puerto Ayora
19 Jun 07:30 - 10:30    Santiago Island, Galapagos
19 Jun 14:00 - 16:30    Bartolome Island, Galapagos
20 Jun 08:00 - 17:00    Isabela Island, Galapagos
21 Jun 07:30 - 11:30    Fernandina Island, Galapagos
21 Jun 15:30 - 18:00    Isabela Island, Galapagos
22 Jun 07:30 - 18:00    Santiago Island, Galapagos
23 Jun 08:00 - 18:00    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Puerto Ayora
24 Jun 07:30 - 18:00    Genovesa Island, Galapagos
25 Jun 06:00 - 07:00    North Seymour Island, Galapagos
25 Jun 08:00    Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos hotels

Specifications of Celebrity Xploration

Year built2007  /  Age: 15
Flag state Ecuador
BuilderBotto Astilleros y Marina (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
ClassGalapagos Islands expedition ship (motor catamaran)
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
OwnerRCG-Royal Caribbean Group (via RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
OperatorCelebrity Cruises Galapagos

Celebrity Xploration Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 May 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6761
2022 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6761
2022 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7654
2022 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
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
2022 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7470
2022 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6771
2022 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7072
2022 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7072
2022 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7693
2022 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9499
2022 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Nov 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9305
2022 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2022 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7557
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 $9994
2022 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $9382
2022 Dec 31 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8781
2023 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6897
2023 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7431
2023 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8227
2023 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6470
2023 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7431
2023 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7752
2023 Apr 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6790
2023 Apr 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7043
2023 Apr 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6286
2023 May 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6499
2023 May 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 May 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 May 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7276
2023 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7256
2023 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6557
2023 Jun 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Jun 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6732
2023 Jul 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Jul 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6557
2023 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6596
2023 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5557
2023 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6062
2023 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7120
2023 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5907
2023 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5742
2023 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6810
2023 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6402
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 $6256
2023 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6849
2023 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6985
2023 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $5674
2023 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6315
2023 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island
2023 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8198
2023 Nov 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6577
2023 Dec 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8130
2023 Dec 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6684
2023 Dec 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6247
2023 Dec 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7227
2023 Dec 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7227
2024 Jan 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Jan 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6943
2024 Jan 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Jan 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7099
2024 Feb 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Feb 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7477
2024 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $7099
2024 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6943
2024 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 May 04 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 May 11 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 May 18 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 May 25 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Jun 01 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Jun 08 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Jun 15 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6837
2024 Jul 06 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Jul 13 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Jul 27 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Aug 03 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6623
2024 Aug 10 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6623
2024 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6623
2024 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6623
2024 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Sep 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2024 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6458
2024 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6196
2024 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6196
2024 Oct 26 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6351
2024 Nov 02 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Nov 09 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Nov 16 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6730
2024 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $6516
2024 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8545
2024 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Galapagos Islands Baltra Island $8545

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).

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Celebrity ship Xploration was passed for ~2 years (March 2020 thru January 2022) and scheduled to restart operations in the Galapagos on Jan 1st (out of Baltra).

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One of the top-luxury Galapagos ships, Celebrity Xploration was the ever-smallest boat in Celebrity's fleet. She officially joined Celebrity's Galapagos fleet in January 2017, following a major drydock refurbishment.

In March 2016, Celebrity 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 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 Alban (Ecuadorian) has served 12 years on various vessels in the Galapagos region. She joined the Celebrity cruise company on Celebrity Xpedition.

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