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Celebrity Xpedition Cruise Review to Galapagos

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Celebrity Xpedition

7 Night Galapagos Islands Inner Loop (Baltra Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 19, 2019

Ship: Celebrity Xpedition

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 411

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

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!

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy and streamlined

Ship experiences

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.

Onboard Activities

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.

Ship Quality

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.

Ship tip

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.

Ports of call

Baltra, Galapagos

5 out of 5
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.

Daphne Island, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Puerto Egas, San Salvador, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Rabida, Galapagos

5 out of 5
Red island, flamingos and beautiful hikes and lots of cactus.

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
Inhabited with actual people, got to do a great hike and just enough time for quick shopping.

North Seymour, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Puerto Baquerizo, San Cristobal, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Punta Pitt, San Cristobal, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

5 out of 5

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Everything works like a well oiled machine: disembarkation was same as embarkation, includes zodiac and a life vest and very orderly.
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