At a Glance
100-passenger yacht which explores the remote and wild Galapagos archipelago
A good choice for guests who prefer more level of home comforts, with TVs provided in all cabins, as well as WiFi in public areas, both a rarity in the Galapagos
Comfortable and spacious suites and staterooms, along with plenty of shared common areas
Get up close to the endemic Galapagos wildlife on twice-daily excursions, either on shore or in the water
Room service, in-suite dining and even massages available on board
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation. From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galapagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas can be rougher. Most boats go into dry dock around September for their annual refurbishment after the busy summer holidays.
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The 100-passenger Celebrity Xpedition is a comfortable ship which is perfect for exploring the Galapagos archipelago while offering a more luxurious cruising experience - think massages available on board, TVs in all cabins and room service on offer.
Due to its larger size, the Celebrity Xpedition offers plenty of on board facilities and space to ensure a good level of comfort to each of its 100 passengers. This luxurious expedition vessel sails the incredible Galapagos archipelago, bringing guests up close to the islands' impressive selection of endemic wildlife. Twice daily excursions include hiking across volcanic islands, observing giant tortoises in their forest habitats and snorkelling alongside rays, sea turtles, sharks and even penguins!
On board, passengers will have the option of attending evening lectures by naturalist guides to bring these magical islands to life. Those who prefer to relax and unwind can enjoy a session in the on board hot tub, relaxing on the sun deck's numerous loungers or even a dose of live music in the Discovery Lounge with a drink in hand. Suites and staterooms have TVs in case guests prefer to have some privacy while relaxing and WiFi is available in all common areas of the ship (please note that the signal may not always be strong).
A cruise on board the Celebrity Xpedition is fully inclusive of all meals, activities and lectures, as well as drinks and gratuities, so you can rest in the knowledge that everything is taken care of, leaving you free to simply enjoy the whole Galapagos experience.
The Celebrity Xpedition accommodates 100 passengers in a selection of staterooms and suites, all of which offer luxurious amenities. All cabins have twin beds which can be made into a queen-size bed, plentiful storage, flatscreen TV, safe, telephone, Mp3 docking station, binoculars and hairdryers, desks and individual AC.
All suites also feature a private balcony and sparkling wine, daily fruit bread and hors d'oeuvre are provided.
There are no specific family facilities or family departures on board the Celebrity Xpedition.
Darwin's Restaurant offers a casual setting with open-seating for all meals, allowing guests to dine with new friends from on board or even with the naturalist guides. Fresh local vegetables and even freshly caught fish are regularly on the menu. Other facilities include the Discovery Lounge which features a bar, often accompanied by live music and where evening lectures are held. The Panorama deck is the perfect place from which to enjoy the sunset and the sun deck boasts loungers and a hot tub for unwinding on a lazy afternoon following shore excursions.
The Galapagos Islands are a must for wildlife lovers who will be enthralled by the curious nature of many of the unique inhabitants such as Blue footed Boobies, Galapagos penguins, giant tortoises and sea-lions. Being in the Galapagos is much like a safari, the crew includes bilingual Galapagos National Park naturalist guides who will explain the fantastic flora and fauna that you will see on the islands. Your day is likely to include a couple of different visits on one particular island which are reached by inflatable rubber zodiacs and most days include snorkelling which is one of the highlights of a trip (wetsuits are provided free of charge onboard the Eclipse). If you are an active enthusiast, certain islands offer more adventure than others such as longer hikes or cave rapelling, but otherwise the Galapagos is a gentle experience.
Location & directions
Celebrity Xpedition cruises the remote and wildlife-rich Galapagos archipelago, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and straddling the equator.
How to get there
14-hour 45-minute international flight to Quito via Madrid, from there its a further 3-hour domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands.
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