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7 Night South America Cruise from Galapagos

7 Night South America Cruise from Galapagos

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Galapagos
  • Day 1
    Black Turtle Cove
  • Day 2
    Galapagos
  • Day 2
    Galapagos
  • Day 3
    Galapagos
  • Day 3
    Galapagos
  • Day 4
    Galapagos
  • Day 4
    Galapagos
  • Day 5
    Isla Bartolome
  • Day 5
    Las Bachas
  • Day 5
    Galapagos Islands
  • Day 6
    Galapagos
  • Day 6
    Bremerhaven
  • Day 7
    Galapagos
  • Day 8
    Galapagos

Celebrity Xperience

Celebrity Xperience - Celebrity Cruises

Pros

All-inclusive pricing, superb wildlife guides and some alfresco dining

Cons

No stabilizers -- you can certainly feel the roll

Bottom Line

An elderly ship with contemporary Celebrity touches and a house party vibe


Cruise Reviews

4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
The Galapagos has been top of our wish list for some time and it is the only trip which would persuade me to take to the water! However, I must say that the cruise experience was very enjoyable - albeit the ship was small and by no means a ... Read More
The Galapagos has been top of our wish list for some time and it is the only trip which would persuade me to take to the water! However, I must say that the cruise experience was very enjoyable - albeit the ship was small and by no means a luxury liner. My only criticism is that information about the cruise was lacking beforehand. Celebrity Cruises are clearly all about luxury cruises and much of the information we received by email didn’t apply to our trip and only served to confuse us non-cruising people! Our agent was as helpful as she could be, but didn’t seem to have access to specifics - not her fault I think. We were definitely told that the flight from Quito to Galapagos was non stop and chartered - it wasn’t. The flight home from Quito to Amsterdam wasn’t either. The instruction booklet which arrived shortly before we set out did not really allow enough time for us to equip as we would have liked - we live a long way from joined-up shops! Enough of that - this was the trip of a lifetime. The city guide in Quito (Diana P) was extremely well prepared and was good company. The volcanic landscape is dramatic and Quito was fun, with a great vibe as we walked through the streets. The hotel (Marriott) was pleasant and comfortable. The number on our expedition was just about right - 40 people and one naturalist per ten guests. The company was good. We were the only Brits among our Canadian and US friends but we really enjoyed the diversity of conversation and experiences. The planning of the wildlife cruise was second to none. Every day we saw different species in peaceful locations. It was like stepping into another world. Each night, the briefing would say ‘if we are lucky, we will see a, b, and c’. We were very lucky! The only omission was a volcanic eruption and I do understand those things are hard to plan. If, like us, you only have one go at the Galapagos, this is definitely the cruise to choose. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My family and I just returned from our seven day cruise in the Galapagos. It was honestly one of the best cruises we have ever done. The staff was spectacular learning everyone’s name by the end of the second day and some of the ... Read More
My family and I just returned from our seven day cruise in the Galapagos. It was honestly one of the best cruises we have ever done. The staff was spectacular learning everyone’s name by the end of the second day and some of the friendliest hardest working people I have ever met. The naturalists were outstanding. They knew everything from what type of bird that was or when that animal arrived to what we were going to see that day and why. The drivers of the zodiacs made transpiration easy and uneventful. The shore excursions were beautiful. We saw dozens of species of birds countless numbers of sea lions and iguanas and even got to see about three to four dozen land tortoises (the most iconic animal in the Galapagos). My family and I chose to do all of the snorkeling excursions (which I would recommend to do in order to see the most wildlife) and saw countless fish, turtles, sea lions, and even swam with sharks and penguins. Two of our naturalists Angel and Alex cake on every snorkeling trip and helped us see the most wildlife. The food was to die for (especially the chocolate cake) with so many options. For almost every meal there was a choice for vegetarians and also fish, chicken, and beef. There was always fresh fruit and vegetables, which was remarkeable since we were at sea for seven days. The common areas were very nice and clean and making friends with people in our free time was great because we all played cards together and laughed and told stories. The sun deck was great ezpecilaly with the hot tub. There’s a nice close line which allowed us to dry our clothing without having to use the laundry service. Another great thing was that before or after dinner each night there wasn’t a briefing for the next days activities. Everyday we were given two options on what we would like to do in the morning and two options on what we were going to do in the afternoon. After the options were explained to us and the wildlife that was expected to be seen on each option was given we then went to the naturalists and they checked our names off on the list for what option we chose. The choices for two options was nice since on our cruise we had older people who did not want to do long hikes everyday. Since they didn’t want to do long hikes there was always an option for a short hike or a zodiac ride so that everyone had an option which fit them best. Although my family did all of the longer options (which I would strongly recommend) the people that went on the shorter options always talked about how much they saw and how amazing it truly was. Overall this trip will was definitely one of the most memorable trips I have ever been on. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We sailed the Northern itinerary May 19-26 on Xperience. Definitely recommend a trip to the Galapagos - incredible wildlife and scenery. If I went again, I would look elsewhere than Celebrity. I had counted on Celebrity providing luxury ... Read More
We sailed the Northern itinerary May 19-26 on Xperience. Definitely recommend a trip to the Galapagos - incredible wildlife and scenery. If I went again, I would look elsewhere than Celebrity. I had counted on Celebrity providing luxury and everything top-notch, but didn't find this to be the case. It also was difficult to contact Celebrity by phone before the trip and get correct answers. Communication was lacking about what the ship truly had available or not available for guests. Activities were primarily hiking or snorkelling. Celebrity promised to provide mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit to guests. This equipment was of poor quality and there was not enough for everybody. This is inexcusable for a trip of a lifetime to see penguins, sea lions, etc in the water, and there was not enough masks, snorkel, fins for everyone to participate. At least 4 guests brought their own masks, so Xperience was way short on equipment. Masks and snorkels do break sometimes, so there should have been spares also. Snorkels were very poor; okay for pool, but not for deep water ocean. You were lucky if you got an appropriately-sized wetsuit; some guests were too small or way too big. They did provide snorkel vests, too (if they had enough!) I would definitely bring my own mask and snorkel. Many people ended up with sinus issues, so I'm not sure about the cleaning of snorkel equipment between guests. Ladders on the zodiac boats were inadequate. 3 steps is not enough to easily get out of the water. I am a 5.5 woman, so it was next to impossible without some help from others in the water; even then, I have a mass of deep bruises on my legs from wrestling with that ladder. Many guys (who obviously are taller) still complained about the short ladder and difficulty in getting out of the water. Having inadequate ladders that are too short to use comfortably does not make things easy or stress-free for guests who are supposed to be enjoying their vacation. There is one zodiac that has 4 steps, but they don't tell you about that; I found out by accident after my legs are all bruised. Binoculars are available, but they are small and cheap; bring your own. Hiking sticks are available, too. Celebrity promises internet access on the ship. Internet connectivity happens pretty rarely if you happen to be trying to get on at exactly the right time. Celebrity should be honest about this and let people know that there is no guarantee and it's very sporadic. You should also let people know that the best way to contact family is through Messenger or What's App (which I did not have on my phone and could not download onboard). The ship was nice; room was adequate with quite a bit of storage for its small size. We had Room 208 which was probably the worst room on the ship - very noisy with engine below us and some diesel smell; also ladder to zodiacs was right outside our window. The first night I got a splitting headache from the diesel smell; I mentioned this to the hotel manager, and he talked to the engineer. After that it was okay, but it would have been nice if they had offered to move us to another room as I believe there were only 42 on board. Staff were great - all the naturalists were very informative; captain, managers, waitstaff were all friendly and helpful. Meals were mostly buffet style, but very well prepared and a nice variety offered. The bar on the back deck was scarcely staffed; if after 9 pm, you had to go into the kitchen to find somebody to make your drink; not exactly the all inclusive drink service that I expected. This ship seemed tired and old; it was pretty rusted on the outside with a makeshift Xperience sign. The top deck was not cleaned up; there were always glasses and cups left there. Room attendant Salome was superb at keeping our room clean and tidy. Hint: there is a nice booklet/trip log and a map that is kept in a drawer in the reception area (just below the TV that shows the schedule); just help yourself - they are nice to have. I have no idea why staff did not offer these, or even have them available in each stateroom. There is a doctor on board which I don't believe Celebrity tells you about. She is accessible 24/7 for free, with free medications. Many on our sailing experienced diarrhea; she will give you some pills and Oralyte to drink. My advice is to get a prescription for traveler's diarrhea from your own doc to take with you. We did the 10 night itinerary with 2 nights in Quito at the JW Marriott Hotel which is a gorgeous hotel; the rooms were huge and well appointed, beds and pillos very comfy; free breakfast buffet. Final night of trip spent there, too, and they offer you late check-out for a minimal fee if you have a late flight out. The city tour of Quito was excellent, except for the Equator visit; I expected to go to "mitad del mundo", but they took us to a quaint tourist trap place where they demonstrated the effect of the equator on water and such. Overall, disappointed with Celebrity, but not disappointed with the Galapagos - these islands and their wildlife are incredible! Read Less
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