Embark on a once in a lifetime voyage of discovery with a Galapagos bound luxury cruise holiday onboard the Celebrity Xpedition.
This is a ship that benefits from being part of the successful Celebrity Cruise line but is like no other in the fleet. Whereas some of this ship's big sisters can comfortably carry 3,000 passengers, the Celebrity Xpedition accommodates less than 100. There is no cinema, no theatre, not casino. Nature puts on the entertainment during a Celebrity Xpedition cruise and it’s a show that cannot be matched as this ship specialises in tours around the Galapagos Islands.
Built in 2000 this modern, intimate ship is suited to inshore and expedition cruising and is designed with explorers in mind. Lectures on the exotic destinations this ship calls at are a regular feature and informative tours are held each day.
Destinations and Itineraries
This ship has been designed with the express purpose of visiting one of the most exotic destinations in the world and a feature on the to-do list of every serious explorer - the Galapagos. Such is the delicate sensitivity of the island chain, tourists are not allowed to stay overnight on the islands, making the Xpedition one of the only ways to catch a glimpse of this fabled destination.Read more
The ship has three itineraries from the beginning of 2014 and alternates between two routes throughout the year. Beforehand, for the remainder of 2013, the itinerary is simply entitled The Galapagos Cruise and makes 12 ports of call on a seven night cruise. Planes land at Baltra Island and the passengers embark on a voyage of discovery. Seymour Island, San Cristobal Island, Espanola Island, Floreana Island, Santa Cruz Island, Bartolome Island, Isabela Island, Fernandina Island, and Santiago Island are all visited.
Passengers can catch a glimpse of wildlife that’s not found anywhere else on the planet - from flightless cormorants and giant turtles, to Cerro dragons and marine iguanas. 2014 cruises are labelled The Galapagos A or B and also visit 12 ports on a seven night expedition, just taking slightly different routes. Visits to the Charles Darwin research station are included, as well as volcanoes and black sand beaches. However, the island chain's world famous wildlife is the real draw here.
Let yourself be inspired on an unforgettable Galapagos cruising holiday, onboard the Celebrity Xpedition.
Passenger numbers vary between 92 and 94 people and there are 54 crew members - creating a ratio of one crew member to every 1.8 passengers when all the cabins have double occupancy. There are no single cabins on board this ship. The absence of a swimming pool does not mean there is nothing to do when the ship is between destinations - the Sunrise Deck has a spa and fitness area, a hot tub, sauna and beauty area. There is plenty of deck space for sunbathing and a marine platform in the Beach Club at the stern of the ship offers zodiacs for exploration. This is a ship for curious travellers keen to see some of the world's most exciting wildlife - there are no facilities for children. The main dining room is the Darwin's Restaurant, which accommodates all passengers in a single sitting and the food served is part of the all inclusive package. The alternatives are the Beagle Grill out on deck, or passengers can simply take advantage of the 24 hour room service.
A world away from the vast ocean liners that make up the rest of the fleet, there are no swimming pools or aqua play parks on board the Celebrity Xpedition. There are 46 cabins - nine of them have balconies and the remainder benefit from ocean views. Despite the ship's modest size, cabins are reasonably sized and are equipped with TV, direct dial telephone, a hair dryer and bathrobes.
This is a ship for curious travellers keen to see some of the world's most exciting wildlife - there are no facilities for children. The main dining room is the Darwin's Restaurant, which accommodates all passengers in a single sitting and the food served is part of the all inclusive package. The alternatives are the Beagle Grill out on deck, or passengers can simply take advantage of the 24 hour room service. The dress code is casual and comfortable during the day and evenings range from informal, which on a Celebrity ship means a jacket and tie for men, to formal evenings where men are required to wear a dinner suit and ladies a cocktail dress. After dinner entertainment takes place in the Discovery Lounge and takes the form of live music of nightly lectures from the on board naturalists.
You will find all the information you need to know about what is on each deck, find your accommodation, which deck the pool is located on.
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