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Celebrity Xploration overview

The most intimate of Celebrity's three ships visiting the Galapagos, Celebrity Xploration debuts in March 2017. Carrying only 16 lucky travelers, the Xploration is perfect for family get-togethers, getaways with friends or small groups wishing to explore together. Offering every creature comfort possible as well as the expertise of Galapagos National Park certified onboard naturalists and sound environmental design, this small ship is the perfect vessel for exploring one of the world's last pristine environments.

Celebrity Xploration ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 5.0
  • Food and Dining 5.0
  • Onboard Activities 4.3
  • Service and Staff 5.0
  • Ship Quality 4.7

Celebrity Xploration cabins

8 cabins and 2 cabin categories.

Oceanview Cabin


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Avg. Cost: $925/night
Suite Cabin


Avg. Cost: $1061/night

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Celebrity Xploration dining

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Al Fresco Dining

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4 Celebrity Xploration Reviews

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Our Great Galapagos Adventure by thegaspars2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Celebrity Xploration / Destination: Galapagos

This was a great adventure and we loved every minute. There is a 2 meter distance you are required to maintain between you and the wildlife, however no one explained this to the animals so be prepared for some amazing up close encounters. This ship is a great choice for teens through active seniors without mobility issues. Although it was not a problem for us, if you're prone to motions sickness come prepared.

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Put it on Your Bucket List! by JerichoGirl

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Celebrity Xploration / Destination: Galapagos

I was in the Galapagos in 1993, it is still very similar to my 1st trip 25 years ago. You will not be disappointed, bring good walking shoes (or hiking boots) and be prepared to walk on lava rocks in some areas. The ship did provide walking sticks if you need one. Bring a great zoom lens, you will be thrilled if you buy a 60x zoom. Be prepared to take LOTS of pics, everything is a picture opportunity. Be in the moment and enjoy nature. Thank goodness the wifi is very slow on the ship it really makes you unplug.

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Too bad Celebrity is retiring this ship by looneyjm

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Celebrity Xploration / Destination: Galapagos

It is really too bad that Celebrity is moving away from the 16 person ship. We had 6 of our friends with us so we felt like we had our own charted boat. Even if just a couple, you will feel that way. We knew all the crew quickly and they knew us as well. I would definitely recommend Celebrity for the Galapagos. I don't see how another company (i.e. Lindblad) could do much better. Seems like it was a bit cheaper also.

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3 Celebrity Xploration tips


Feb 20, 2018

Book now! Celebrity is going to decommision the smaller catamarans and use the 100 passenger ships as the norm (I believe you have about a year to still book the smaller catamarans). This smaller way of cruising is excellent for seeing and experiencing the Galapagos Islands.

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Apr 01, 2019

For Galapagos in general, take clothes to keep you out of the sun. Good hats, long sleeve fishing type shirts, at least one pair of long fishing type pants. You don't need water bottles because one is given to you on ship. Take an underwater camera. Have shoes with good treads for hiking.

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