Emerald Dream

Former names: Celebrity Xperience (Celebrity Cruises), MV Eclipse, MS Xperience

Emerald Dream current position

Emerald Dream current location is at Aegean Sea (coordinates 37.96126 N / 23.56526 E) cruising en route to Piraeus. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Emerald Dream

Year built1998  /  Age: 23
Flag state Ecuador
BuilderGrupo Astilleros Construcciones (Vigo, Spain)
ClassGalapagos Islands expedition ship (yacht)
OwnerEmerald Blue Cruises SA
OperatorEmerald Blue Cruises Panama
Speed11 kn / 20 kph / 13 mph
Length (LOA)64 m / 210 ft
Beam (width)13 m / 43 ft
Gross Tonnage1610 gt
Passengers48 - 58
Passengers-to-space ratio28
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2017
Former namesCelebrity Xperience (Celebrity Cruises), MV Eclipse, MS Xperience

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The 1998-built Emerald Dream cruise ship (fka "Celebrity Xperience") entered the Celebrity Cruises' Galapagos fleet in March 2017. The boat features indoor and outdoor dining areas, a library, 2 bars, a Sundeck with Jacuzzi. Until 2020, the vessel belonged to the company's small-sized "expedition fleet" - with fleetmates Celebrity Xpedition (2001), Celebrity Xploration (2007), Celebrity Flora (2019).

History - construction and ownership

Celebrity Cruises was founded in 1988 as "Chandris Line" (Greece-based company with cruise shipping operations between 1974-1996). In 1997, RCI-Royal Caribbean International merged with "Celebrity Cruises Ltd" to become "Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd" (RCCL/now RCG-Royal Caribbean Group). The "Χ" on ship funnels is the Greek letter chi (standing for "Chandris").

Celebrity Xperience cruise ship (Galapagos)

The 48-passenger ship Celebrity Xperience was advertised as a top-luxury Galapagos 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 (fka "Athala II"), Celebrity Cruises increased Galapagos Islands passenger capacity by 65%. Both vessels continued to sail on Ocean Adventures itineraries up until January 2017 (when were drydock-refurbished by Celebrity). The Xperience ship is an adventurous alternative to line’s larger vessels and offers personal attention which is afforded by the smaller size. The boat’s capacity of just 48 passengers and active itineraries attract a younger and better educated demographic.

In December 2020, Celebrity's parent company RCG (Royal Caribbean Group) sold the Galapagos-based boat Celebrity Xperience to the Panamian company "Emerald Blue Cruises". The 22-years-old vessel (IMO 8112902) was operated under the names "Celebrity Xperience" (January 2016 through March 2020), "MS Xperience" (April through November 2020) and "Emerald Dream" (since December 2020). Following the acquisition from Emerald Blue Cruises (May 2021), the boat was reflagged from Ecuador to Panama (MMSI number 735057561).

EMERALD BLUE CRUISES SA (Panama) is a new travel brand/company founded on October 22, 2020, under Company Number 155698196. The company's management includes Pedro Ortega Jones (President) and Ioanis Karnakis Kosmas (Director).

In May 2021 was announced that Emerald Dream's shipowner is the Athens Greece-based company ELIXIR CRUISES (led by President and CEO Ioannis Termidos). The ship (to be renamed "Elysium") was scheduled to start operations in the Aegean Sea with an inaugural season for ELIXIR (8-day Greek Isles itineraries) starting June 26 and ending in October 2021. The company's two Greek Islands cruises are themed "Ancient Paths" (Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corinth Canal transit) and "Divine Cyclades" (visits 14 islands in the Cyclades archipelago, including Mykonos and Santorini).

Cruise itinerary program

Celebrity Xperience itinerary program was based on year-round roundtrips (7-13-day cruises) throughout the Galapagos region. In addition, Celebrity also started to offer the new "Xperiential Galapagos" packages, interactions with locals, multi-night hotel stays, expanded itineraries visiting Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island), Puerto Villamil (Isabela Island), Wall of Tears (Isabela Island), Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island), Chinese Hat Island.

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

Decks and Cabins

Celebrity Xperience staterooms (24 total) are all outside/oceanview and fully air-conditioned. 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.

The boat has 5 decks, of which 4 are passenger-accessible and 2 with cabins.

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 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, consider Dinner Under the Stars. 

Celebrity Xperience cruise ship (Galapagos)

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.

The boat was previously named "Celebrity Xperience" (January 2016 through March 2020), "MS Xperience" (April-November 2020) and "Emerald Dream" (since December 2020).

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