Operated by: Celebrity Xpeditions
â€‹Celebrity Xploration was formerly named Athala II.
One of the most intimate and personalised ways to discover Ecuador's Galápagos Islands, Celebrity Xploration is an outstanding catamaran that combines adventure with comfort. She can accommodate 16 expeditioners in just eight spacious, fully air-conditioned cabins. There are four cabins on the Upper Deck, which have interconnecting doors, and four cabins on the Main Deck with private balconies.
In addition to an beautifully-appointed indoor dining room and lounge, Celebrity Xploration provides ample outdoor space, including a large sun deck, an open-air bar and an al fresco dining area, where you can take in the islands’ spectacular scenery whilst enjoying dinner straight from the BBQ. Celebrity Xploration shore excursions are aboard a fleet of motorised dinghies, known locally as 'pangas' and there are also a number of kayaks available for guest use.
On board, the atmosphere is relaxed, intimate and friendly. Cabins are well-appointed, meals delicious, and the service reminiscent of a private yacht.
Main Deck Cabin with Balcony
SIZE:20m2 / 215sqftSLEEPS:2
Situated on the Main Deck, near the lounge and dining room, these cabins feature a private balcony with chairs along with air conditioning, and ocean-view picture windows. These spacious cabins measure 20 sqm. in size and have either a queen or twin bed arrangement, and all twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request. The well-appointed bathrooms include biodegradable toiletries, as well as the complimentary use of bathrobes. All cabins come with a complimentary one-time fully stocked minibar, and they are serviced three times a day.
Upper Deck Cabin
SIZE:16m2 / 172sqftSLEEPS:2
Located near the al fresco dining area, our Upper Deck cabins are ideal for families, since Cabins 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 have interconnecting doors. These comfortably-sized cabins have air conditioning and ocean-view picture windows and either a queen or twin bed arrangement, and all twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request. The well-appointed bathrooms include biodegradable toiletries, as well as the complimentary use of bathrobes. All cabins come with a complimentary one-time fully stocked minibar, and they are serviced three times a day.
Cuisine aboard Celebrity Xploration is a blend of international and local flavours, freshly prepared and served buffet-style. In the indoor dining room, which features two large tables and scenic windows, guests can enjoy quality meals combined with efficient service and outstanding views. The al fresco dining area is located at the stern of the ship. This means that guests can savour a scrumptious meal with the islands’ stunning scenery as a backdrop. The al fresco area also features a bar, which is open at lunchtime and in the evening.
Celebrity Xploration offers a generous amount of usable space due to her low guest numbers. The main lounge provides a relaxed atmosphere for reading, socialising or watching documentaries and movies. The comfortable seating is ideal for the nightly briefings and lectures given by the naturalist guide who brings this complex region to life and illuminates your time in the Galapagos. There is also a small boutique, which carries a selection of T-shirts, books and Celebrity Xploration apparel, as well as toiletries and other convenience items.
One of the most popular areas on board is the Sun Deck, ideal for stargazing, soaking in the Jacuzzi, or relaxing in the comfortable sun loungers. It is the best seat in the house for wildlife viewing - an excellent spot for whale and dolphin sightings. For the more active passengers the Sun Deck is also equipped with two exercise machines.
Expeditions ashore are undertaken by motorised dinghy, locally known as 'pangas' due to the fragile nature of the islands’ ecosystems. Certain visitor sites do not allow land excursions, so these are explored by panga. The ship also features a fully-equipped snorkelling department, and a fleet of kayaks which allow a wonderful opportunity to observe the wildlife up-close along the cliffs and in the water.
Celebrity Xploration has an open bridge policy, which means that guests are welcome to visit the captain and his officers for a lesson in navigation throughout the cruise.
Celebrity Xploration Expeditions
From USD $5050.00 Per Person
DURATION:6 Days/ 5 Nights REGION:South & Central America SHIP:Celebrity Xploration
This 5-night voyage aboard the intimate Celebrity Xploration will see you exploring some of the Galapagos Islands' most iconic islands and wildlife.