Those desiring a “taste of luxury.” Celebrity Cruises positions itself in the “premium” category, meaning that pricing is significantly below the “luxury” category and quality of service and amenities are slightly above the “contemporary” category. Still, Celebrity aspires to deliver “tastes of luxury.” On a Celebrity cruise, guests can expect chilled towels upon return from shore excursions, fresh sorbet served poolside, elegant tea service, 24-hour butler service in every suite and more.
Classy Folk. Available only in certain categories of veranda-class
staterooms, Celebrity Cruises’ ConciergeClass includes everything from
priority embarkation, fresh flowers and champagne on ice upon arrival to a
pillow menu, plush duvets and Frette robes.
Spa Lovers. Celebrity Cruises’ Aquaspa offers an array of treatments
inspired by rituals from exotic cultures. Celebrity cruise lines also
delivered the first-of-its-kind experience, Acupuncture at Sea.
Healthy Diners. Celebrity Cruises AquaSpa Café offers light, healthy
fare in a relaxing environment.
Lifetime Learners. Celebrity Cruises’ Discovery Enrichment Series program features lectures that range from finance and astronomy, to wine education and politics, to history and culture. Computer Training At Sea offers workshops and instruction help passengers enhance their computer skills.
The odd man out in Celebrity’s otherwise mega-sized fleet, Celebrity Xpedition is a tiny, 2,842-ton, 92-guest expedition vessel that offers year-round cruises in the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s most pristine and unusual ecosystems. She was built in 2001 at the German shipyard Cassens Werft and spent two years sailing European itineraries under the name Sun Bay before Celebrity bought, renamed, and refurbished her in late 2003.
Celebrity Xpedition Public Rooms
Xpedition mimics the style of her larger fleetmates to some degree, but there’s only so much you can do in the amount of space available, and in an expedition context. In total, Xpedition’s public rooms comprise a comfortable main dining room, an outdoor buffet, one indoor bar/lounge, one cozy outdoor bar, a small gym with sauna and steam room, and an outdoor whirlpool tub — and that’s it.
The contemporary decor in the public areas isn’t up to the level of Celebrity’s newer vessels, but it’s light years beyond what you find on most competing Galapagos vessels.
Celebrity Xpedition Cabins
Standard cabins are of expedition ship size at just 145 square feet, and even so-called “premium” and “deluxe” cabins are only 160 square feet. Bumping up to a junior suite will get you 180 square feet of elbow room, plus a private balcony. Xpedition Suites and Penthouse Suites are the top of the food chain, the latter measuring 460 square feet and including a double-wide balcony, separate living room and bedroom areas, and a list of extras, like a pillow menu and dinner one night with a ship’s officer.
Celebrity Xpedition Service & Ambience
Service by the mostly Ecuadorian, Celebrity-trained crew is friendly, and crew members offer some nice perks that are particularly welcome on these hot-weather itineraries, like offering guests cold towels and fresh fruit juices as they return from expeditions ashore. Daily morning and afternoon excursions are included in the price of Xpedition’s trips, with guests traveling to and from the islands in inflatable Zodiac craft, which they embark and debark at a launch platform in the ship’s stern. Five naturalists sail with each cruise, providing expertise both on board and in the field.
Celebrity Xpedition is Celebrity Cruises' expedition ship in the Galapagos Islands. A "Must-Go" for nature lovers. Here one will actively explore the islands, with professional naturalist guides explaining the animal sightings along every step of the way. The guided tours are included (you cannot wander off on your own), and offered at different levels of activity, but it should be noted that getting ashore on some of the islands does require some agility. Zodiacs are used in every port.
Year Built 2001 ♦
Year Refurbished 2003 ♦
Country of Registry Equador ♦
Tonnage 2,842 ♦
Length 296 ft - 90 m ♦
Cruising Speed 15 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 92 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 98 ♦
Passenger Decks 4 ♦
Officers and Crew 64 ♦
Officer's Nationality International ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 46 ♦
Suites with Balcony 8 ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 38
Flat screen TV ♦
Binoculars for use during the cruise ♦
Complimentary bathrobes for the cruise ♦
Private Safe ♦
Open Seating ♦
No Formal Nights ♦
Elegant Casual ♦
Fine Dining Resturant And Outdoor Grill
Bar and Lounge
Presentations By Professional Naturalists
Daily Island Visits ♦
Three Levels Of Activity
Children and Teens
Not Recommended For Small Children
Other Facilities and Services
No Shops and Boutiques ♦
Concierge Desk ♦
Business Center Services ♦
Accessibility and Special Needs
Not Recommended For Passengers With Special Needs