Adventure cruise for the active cruiser. This would be difficult but possible for someone with limitations. The crew and naturalists go above and beyond to give each person the best experience. We had two naturalists who were there 9 years ago! They are still passionate about what they do and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this cruise. The price is steep but the service and “all included” is worth it!
5 out of 5
Easy and streamlined
Food and Dining
4 out of 5
The food on the Xpedition is very good. This being a smaller ship seems to have some challenges. Because they can not bring raw beef into the area (maybe just Galapagos) it is pre cooked a bit before being sent to the ship. This means it is never rare or medium rare. Despite this, it was tasty. Also no real top shelf liquors. The bar area is very small so the variety is limited.
3 out of 5
This is not the “cruise” to stay on board and enjoy the ship. This is a trip meant to get off the ship. Because of that, there are limited on board activities. They do a good job of evening entertainment, and there is a masseuse on board. It also has a beautiful hot tub on deck 6, which is the top deck! It is quiet there and the views spectacular.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
From the Captain to the naturalists, this is an amazing trip because of these people. The naturalists have many jobs and the crew interacts with the passengers. Again, small ship, so lots of interaction.
5 out of 5
This is an older ship, second time I’ve been on it. Last time was 9 years ago. It is still in great shape. They keep it looking polished. It is my understanding it is going in for a rehaul, so the updated version will no doubt be better.
Cabin / Stateroom
4 out of 5
We had an average cabin. There are really only 3 types of cabins. Ocean view, junior suite and the penthouse. We had people in all 3 categories. Starting with the ocean view, it is quite small, sufficient storage for a week, average bathroom of regular cruise ships and overall comfortable. The Jr. Suite was deck 5, nicely appointed, and our friends enjoyed the extra room and the balcony (very small but open door). Our coordinator/friend was upgraded to the penthouse and it was basically two junior suites put together. Two rooms, two bathrooms, two refrigerators (needed with our group of 15) and a hot tub on the balcony. Because time spent in the room is minimal, all of these rooms were sufficient for this type of cruise.
Pack light, keeping comfort in mind. No need for dressy clothing or heels! And don’t worry about getting the “best” picture. The crew snaps photos along the way and shares with each passenger at the end.
My response to all of these ports is pretty much the same, AMAZING. This is truly a once in a lifetime trip. I was fortunate enough to do it twice. The geography and wildlife will keep you interested at all times.
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