Celebrity Xpedition
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Celebrity Xpedition

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

Launched in June 2004 and last refurbished in 2018, the 48-guest Celebrity Xpedition was designed to explore unusual destinations and offers a more intimate and active alternative to the larger ships that make up the Celebrity Cruises' fleet. Operating soft-adventure style cruises in the Galapagos Islands, the upscale vessel features exceptionally warm service, a casual ambiance that requires no suits or cocktail dresses, and sundeck barbecues that are real crowd-pleasers. In 2019, Xpedition was joined in the Galapagos by 100-guest Celebrity Flora.

What We Love

Onboard Naturalists: Galapagos National Park-certified guides accompany guests during the entire journey. Knowledgeable and passionate, they're readily available for individual questions onboard.

Inclusions: The fare includes drinks (except some premium labels), gratuities, shore excursions, and use of wetsuits and snorkeling equipment. If you book a cruise tour, the pre- and post-cruise overnights in Quito are also incorporated into the fare.

Well-Equipped Outside Cabins: Accommodations are compact but each room features an interactive flat-screen TV, dual voltage (110/220 AC) outlets, and binoculars. All staterooms have outside views, but if you want a balcony, you should book a suite. 

Best Known For

Once-in-a-Lifetime Journeys: A voyage to the Galapagos changed Charles Darwin's life — and it could change yours too. For many people, this is a truly transformative experience to spot rare, endemic animals that range from nesting birds to land iguanas.

Who It's Best For

Flora and Fauna Lovers: Celebrity Xpedition caters to guests who want to see the unknown corners of the world — and its exotic creatures: blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and sea birds.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Galapagos Cruises are Pricey: Due to the islands’ isolation and strict regulations that limit the size of cruise ships and number of visitors, it’s hard to visit the Galapagos cheaply. Expect cruise fares for Xpedition to be three to four times higher than most Celebrity cruises.

Beware of Curious Wildlife: Passengers are warned not to pet the seal pups on the islands, since they may be abandoned should their mothers detect a human scent. Hard to do, however, when the friendly critters rub themselves against your legs and offer you sticks to throw.

Marilyn Green
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger