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Celebrity Xpedition Cruise Review to Galapagos

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5 out of 5
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Celebrity Xpedition

7 Night Galapagos Islands Inner Loop (Baltra Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 22, 2015

Ship: Celebrity Xpedition

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 500

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Outstanding adventure. It is not cliche in this instance to be considered a trip of a lifetime. As experienced travelers, the two of us tend to expect the promotion to far exceed the experience. In this case the Galapagos Islands, as seen from the Xpedition, is a correct use of "awesome."  I would have enjoyed a second week back-to-back for the outer loop but my sweetheart was satisfied with the one week.  We also are satisfied with the cooler temps and wildlife options during November.

We tend to avoid the herd and travel independently. But we are glad we opted for the 11 day package beginning and ending in the airport in Quito. The Galapagos restrictions and requirements are extensive and cumbersome. It was worth the cost to avoid navigating all of those contingencies. 

We likewise enjoyed the morning tour of Quito, lunch, and afternoon at the Equator. The Marriott is truly 5 star as well. 

Each day on the Xpedition includes two or three excursion options. A 1-3 mile hike, a Zodiac (Panga) ride, beach/swim snorkel or deep water snorkel. You need to do all of them to experience the full beauty and diversity of the Islands and wildlife. Bring a prescription dive mask if needed and a "dry top" snorkel. Celebrity provides gear including short wet suits. In November we found the water cool but did not need the wetsuits. With the 44 pound weight limit for the one suitcase, use their fins. Bring sunscreen and bug wipes. I am glad I brought hiking boots, water shoes and another pair of loafers. 

We could have worn shorts and short sleeves but opted for added sun/bug protection of long sleeves on the Islands. You may need a light rain jacket. 

Laundry came back same day even if you did not check the one day option. It is relatively inexpensive as hotels/cruises go but we chose to wash items ourselves. They dried rapidly on the deck or in front of the fan. The newly added room 500 suite is reviewed below. 

The usual Elite priviledges do not apply. We chose to eat in the suite each evening, ordering from the dining room menu. Food overall was excellent. Our Southern Sweet tooth would have preferred different desert options but the chocolate souffle was delicious.

We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and recommend it without hesitation. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Had read that food, particularly beef, were not good. The food was great. Service is attentive and not intrusive.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Same as above, the focus of the cruise is getting off the ship and on the Islands. The regulations imposed on them for size of ship, crew and number of people limits activties on board.


5 out of 5
Each day is very full so most are very tired in the evening. There are some movies, crew talent and discussions that are all fine.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
There were children on board but this is not an adventure for young children. The ship is designed to get people to the Islands for the daily excursions. There are very few activities on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Outstanding naturalists and crew.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The Xpedition was clearly the largest and most luxurious of anything else we saw in the Islands. Even after dry dock the AC did not seem adequate for a full lounge or dining hall. We requested a fan for our room and were comfortable through the night. Had to close the curtains (bummer since the view is the purpose) in the afternoons between excursions. It is meticulously clean and well-designed for the purpose.

Ship tip

Practice snorkeling and walking before you come. Each day is rigorous and exhilerating. Prepare 1-3 miles over sometimes difficult terrain. Do not expect to use the Internet for anything but slowly getting email. Do not try to meet them in Baltra. Take the whole roundtrip package from Quito

Ports of call

Baltra, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Daphne Island, Galapagos

3 out of 5
The ship cruises by on the first day. Use your binoculars to get first glimpse of sea birds.

Puerto Egas, San Salvador, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Rabida, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Elizabeth Bay, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Caleta Tagus, Isabela, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Sullivan Bay, Santiago, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Bartolome Island, San Salvador, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Las Bachas, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

5 out of 5

North Seymour, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Kicker Rock, San Cristobal, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

sea lions and fur seals in abundance grill day Kicker Rock Galapagos Tortoise room 500 is aft of other balconies on deck 5 balcony is 6.5x3 room 500 shower room 500 room 500, largest suite on deck 5 view from door, room 500 room 500 small balcony room 500
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