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The Celebrity Xpedition: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

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CELEBRITY XPEDITION
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The Celebrity Xpedition is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Celebrity Xpedition.

Tropical Destinations

The Celebrity Xpedition sails around the Galapagos Islands and visits Punta Suarez, Daphne Island and Urvina Bay. After the island cruise, some packages take passengers by air to Lima, Peru. There, passengers travel by bus and train to explore Machu Picchu, Cuzco and other archeological sites in the mountain region. Passengers then fly home from Lima.

Explorer

The Celebrity Xpedition is unlike the cruise line's other ships. This is a true explorer. It carries only 92 passengers and is designed to sail into the small coves and bays of the Galapagos Islands where larger ships are unable to trek.

Special Features

The smaller Celebrity Xpedition lacks many of the venues of the larger cruise ships. But the ship does have a salon where passengers can enjoy pampering and a relaxing massage. The ship also includes an observation lounge that serves as a classroom so passengers can learn about the islands and get the most out of their voyage.

Accommodations

All staterooms on the Xpedition have a view of the ocean. The smallest cabin is 145 square feet. The larger suites start at 180 square feet for a junior suite, and may be as large as 460 square feet for the penthouse suite.

Cost

The cost of a cruise on the Celebrity Xpedition varies depending on the season and the type of stateroom. A seven-night cruise of the Galapagos Islands will run $2,699 per person for an oceanview stateroom, and $4,499 per person for a suite. A seven-night cruise package to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu can cost as much as $8,699 per person for an oceanview stateroom, and $12,399 per person for a suite. The cost includes travel expenses to the mountains near Lima and the Machu Picchu land excursion.

Excursions

A Celebrity Xpedition passenger recommended the long walking excursion on the islands. Each day is a different island, so the walks showed different wildlife. The passenger warned that most of the landings were "wet," meaning that passengers waded through water before reaching the island.

Dining Experience

The Darwin is the main dining room on the Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship. With fewer passengers, the main dining room is far smaller than on other ships. In addition, the Beagle Grill serves sandwiches and salads throughout the day and evening barbeques are served on deck. Room service is also available 24 hours a day.

Maiden Voyage

The Clebrity Xpedition launched Jan. 1, 2001. This is one of the few Celebrity ships without a "godmother."

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Celebrity Xpedition.

WATCH:

Sea turtles in action during a Galapagos excursion on a Celebrity cruise.

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