Rating: Luxury Price from: £4,085pp for 8 days
The Celebrity Xperience, previously known as Eclipse, is the most comfortable expedition vessel cruising the Galapagos Islands, and preserves the attention to details and atmosphere of the best smaller boats. Other vessels of this size in the Galapagos accommodate about twice the number of passengers but the emphasis onboard Celebrity Xperience is firmly on comfort and accommodation is spacious.
The staterooms are all well propertioned and have ensuite bathrooms with either bath or shower. All are air conditioned and have sea views. The staterooms on the main deck have portholes while the deluxe and superior staterooms on boat deck have picture windows. Two of the deluxe staterooms have an extra bed so can accommodate 3 passengers. Cabins are serviced three times a day.
Amenities include a comfortable lounge, where evening briefings take place and a well-stocked library. There is an indoor dining room as well as an al fresco dining area. Meals are served buffet style. All guests are given a free bottle of water on arrival and there are numerous refill points on the boat. Outdoors the observation/sun deck is a popular place for relaxation and enjoying the views. This deck also houses the jacuzzi and two cross training machines. Celebrity Xperience has indoor and outdoor bars and a boutique selling souvenirs and clothing.
Operates: All year.
Specifications: Celebrity Xperience is a 210 foot cruise ship with a cruising speed of 11 knots.
Cabins: Celebrity Xperience has 27 cabins accommodating a maximum of 48 passengers. All have private bathroom with either a shower or bath. Cabins are air conditioned.
Facilities & Crew: There is a spacious lounge, a well-stocked library and a dining room. Meals can also be enjoyed on the deck. Celebrity Xperience has an observation/sun deck with sun loungers. Additional facilities include a Jacuzzi, bar, a separate pool bar and a boutique. She carries snorkelling equipment and wet suits, free for passengers to use. The ship is air conditioned throughout. There is a crew of 31 plus up to 4 naturalist guides and a resident physician.
Itineraries: Celebrity Xperience offers 4, 5, 6 and 8-day itineraries.
Children: Children over 10 years of age are welcome on all departures. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 are welcome on family departures. Children under 5 years of age are not allowed on board.
Health: The Galapagos Islands are not a malarial area.
"All fine but again room cold even without the air-conditioning. We were upgraded as there were only 20 guests which was good. Staff very good and helpful. Generally sailed at night so if we had been in the cabins are the bottom of the ship the noise would have been dreadful. Fortunately being a level up the engine noise was slightly less."