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Artemis Braemar Arcadia M/V Xpedition
M/V Xpedition vital statistics Company: Celebrity Cruises Home Port: Puerta Ayora, Galapagos Islands Gross Tonnage: 2, 829 tons Cruising Speed: 17 knots Passenger Capacity: 96 Passenger Decks: 6 Built: 2001 (refitted 2012) Voyages sailed on this ship: Galápagos Islands
M/V Xpedition anchored off Isabela Island, Galapagos
M/V Xpedition is a luxury expedition vessel belonging to Celebrity Cruises.  It cruises the famed Galápagos islands 365 days a year, alternating between the inner and outler loops.  It is the only cruise line which offers 7-day cruises from Puerta Ayora, Santa Cruz. With fewer than 100 passengers and 68 crew, the service on the Xpedition is personal and first class, and everyone soon gets to know everyone else as we cruise through the unique and idyllic settings that form the archipelago of the Galápagos.  The Xpedition carries six Zodiac landing craft to carry limited numbers of passengers ashore.
Cabin 416 on the Xpedition.  It provided very comfortable and clean accommodation for us and included a fair-sized bathroom with a large shower stall, as well as a fridge with complimentary soft drinks.  Fruit and canapés were placed in the cabin on a daily basis by our very efficient cabin stewardess.
Another view of the pleasant cabin 416.
The Beagle Grill on the aft deck, deck 4. Casual al fresco dining took place each lunchtime and evening, as well as cold drinks and canapés being served to the passengers on returning from our adventures hiking, swimming or snorkelling.  Captain Fausto Pacheco was also very visible here, personally welcoming us back on board.
The Discovery Lounge on Deck 4.  This pleasant lounge was the main meeting place for the passengers to relax in after a long, eventful day.  It was also where any entertainment took place, from films, to wildlife lectures, to presentations or even dancing, quiz nights or karaoke.  On one evening we enjoyed a “Line- Crossing Ceremony” on one of the four occasions on which we crossed the Equator during our expedition.
The bar area of the Discovery Lounge (with Trevor in the background!) and doors leading outside to the Beagle Grill and aft decks.
The very pleasant seating area at the Beagle Grill.  We spent many an hour out here socialising with our fellow passengers and making the most of the chilled all- inclusive drinks, while admiring the stunning scenery.
Stateroom 416 on board the Xpedition Another view of cabin 416 The Beagle Grill on Deck 4 The Discovery Lounge on Deck 4 Disovery Lounge bar area, leading to Beagle Grill Parasoled tables on the aft deck, deck 4 Seating area on Deck 5, the Boat Deck Three of the Zodiac inflatables carried by the Xpedition Xpedition at anchor off Santa Cruz, photographed from a Zodiac
Seating area on Deck 5, the boat deck.  This was the overspill area to sit and eat if the lower decks became crowded, although with only 96 passengers maximum the word ‘crowded’ is a bit of a misnomer.
Three of the Zodiac landing craft (one complete with pelican!) which provided our means to get ashore, or to tour the islands.  Landings were either ‘wet’, where you needed water shoes as the dinghies were beached, or ‘dry’, where you could disembark onto a convenient rock or flatter area,
Celebrity Xpedition at anchor off Santa Cruz island.  Photo taken from our vantage point on one of the Zodiac craft.  You can see the distinctive conical shape of Daphne Major in the background.