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Celebrity Xpedition Review

2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
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Find a Celebrity Xpedition Cruise from A$5,386

Celebrity Xpedition
4.0 / 5.0
183 reviews

Pros
Offers nature exploration in more comfort than many expedition lines
Cons
Not the right ship for the latest Celebrity offerings or high-speed internet
Bottom Line

About

Passengers
48

Crew
64

Passenger to Crew
0.75:1

Launched
2001

Shore Excursions
10
Sails To
South America
Sails From
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Celebrity Xpedition Overview

Celebrity Cruises' owner Royal Caribbean acquired Sun Bay 1, a small luxury vessel, built in 2001, and launched it in June 2004. In an innovative move, Celebrity's Xpedition sub-brand, created a new strata of up-market, premium-priced cruises and shore excursions offering travelers unusual cruise experiences in exotic destinations.

The start-up of the venture marked the arrival of the first mainstream cruise company to operate around the Galapagos Islands year-round. This option opened up Galapagos cruises, formerly the province of backpacking (or high-end) "adventure travelers." In essence, Xpedition combines the exotica of this type of adventure on a small vessel with some of the amenities and features -- high level of service and cuisine, for instance -- that Celebrity is known for.

And indeed, the joy of the Galapagos operation is that it combines Celebrity stylishness with local, "small ship" ambience. Crewmembers -- almost entirely Ecuadorian from the captain down -- are sunny, charming and tirelessly obliging. Destination-oriented features are incorporated into the onboard experience, such as a performance of Ecuadorian folklorique preceded by a highly personalized slide show featuring pictures of passengers meeting wildlife during the course of the trip (guests are presented as a complimentary CD to take home).

Better still, all drinks (except for certain premium brands) and tips are included in the price, so the atmosphere is more relaxed and sociable than that on the big Celebrity ships, where passengers are more reluctant to mingle because of potential embarrassment over who buys drinks for whom!

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Top Celebrity Xpedition Itineraries

Celebrity Xpedition
7 night galapagos southern loop

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Fellow Passengers

Apart from a couple of Canadian ex-pats, we were the only Britons on the inaugural cruise and, apart from the Latino family group the vast majority of our fellow passengers were cheerful, eco-oriented, middle-class Americans.


Celebrity Xpedition Dress Code

On a ship with such an outdoors-based itinerary, casual is obviously the order of the day, but guests seemed to enjoy changing out of their daytime swimmers and shorts and dressing fairly smartly for dinner.


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Celebrity Xpedition Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.3
Dining4.04.3
Entertainment3.03.6
Public Rooms3.04.5
Fitness Recreation3.03.8
Family1.01
Enrichment4.04.7
Service4.04.9
Value For Money3.04.5

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Where does Celebrity Xpedition sail to?

Celebrity Xpedition cruises to Bremerhaven

How much does it cost to go on Celebrity Xpedition?

Cruises on Celebrity Xpedition start from A$5,386 per person.

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Celebrity Xpedition won 26 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best Overall
  • 2018 Best for Embarkation
  • 2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2018 Best for Service
  • 2018 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2018 Best for Value
  • 2017 Best Overall
  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Embarkation
  • 2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
  • 2017 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2017 Best for Service
  • 2017 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2017 Best for Value
  • 2016 Best Overall
  • 2016 Best for Cabins
  • 2016 Best for Dining
  • 2016 Best for Embarkation
  • 2016 Best for Service
  • 2016 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Embarkation
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2014 Best for Value
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Celebrity Xpedition Member Reviews

Celebrity Xpedition
lisabickford
Sail Date: Aug 2018
I would go to the Galapagos on Celebrity again any time! We're planning Outer Loop for next time and we want to find a way to Scuba Dive, which we did not get to do with Xpedition.... Read More
Celebrity Xpedition
PhilnPhil
Sail Date: Mar 2019
We were surprised how much she felt like a true Celebrity ship just on a much smaller scale.... Read More
Celebrity Xpedition
Petersonfcu
Sail Date: Jan 2019
Currently there are three Celebrity ships, the Xpedition (100 passengers), the Xperience (48 passengers), and the Xploration (16 passengers).... Read More
Celebrity Xpedition
MsRC10
Sail Date: Jun 2018
It's not like any embarkation you are used to, except for the Celebrity standard of sparking wine. More joyful tears as we are escorted further into the ship. The CREW!... Read More

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4.0 / 5.0
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5.0 / 5.0
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4.5 / 5.0
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4.5 / 5.0
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Celebrity Apex

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Celebrity Beyond

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