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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 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
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.
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.