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  • Celebrity-Xploration-composite.jpg - Celebrity Xploration began sailings to the Galapagos in 2017.
  • Galapagos-iguana-about-to-scratch - An iguana spotted in the Galápagos.
  • Galapagos-sea-turtle-and-crab - Christine Loomis: “I love this shot. Once the turtle starting swimming toward shore, all I had to do was lay on a rocky beach for a while and wait. The Galapagos are just zillions of photo ops waiting to happen.”
  • sally-lightfoot-crab.jpg - A Sally Lightfoot crab in the Galapagos.
  • Galapagos-sea-lion - A sea lion  in the Galápagos.
  • galapagos-giant-tortoise.jpg - A giant tortoise in the Galapagos.
  • galapagos-fur-seal.jpg - A fur seal seems nonplussed by approaching visitors in the Galapagos.
  • sally-lightfoot-galapagos2.jpg - A Sally Lightfoot crab in the Galapagos.
  • marine-iguana-galapagos.jpg - A marine iguana lazes on a rock in the Galapagos.

Celebrity Xploration: Intimate expeditions to the Galapagos


The 16-guest Celebrity Xploration from Celebrity Cruises is an expedition ship that offers 7-night Galapagos cruises packaged with a number of pre- and/or post-cruise experiences. The small ship debuted in March 2017.

Look for intuitive service and creature comforts galore on this intimate ship. Xploration is ideal for family get-togethers, getaways with friends and group members (friends, relatives, fellow hobbyists) who want to explore together. Celebrity Xploration features itineraries with ports of call no other cruise ship visits. 

Xploration is a catamaran formerly known as MC Athala II from Ocean Adventures. For a larger ship, see Celebrity Xpedition (96 guests).

Where Celebrity Xploration sails

Celebrity Xploration guests go on round-trip luxury cruises in the Galapagos region throughout the year. In addition, Celebrity's new Xperiential Galapagos packages features interactions with locals, multi-night hotel stays and an expanded list of destinations, including Darwin Bay, Puerto Villamil, Black Turtle Cove, Wall of Tears and Chinese Hat Islet.

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Cruises on this ship
Albatrosses courting in the Galapagos.
Christine Loomis / Special to CruiseableAlbatrosses courting in the Galapagos.

What's included in your fare

Celebrity Xploration offerd above-average service and food, intimate setting for exotic voyages and many of the amenities found on larger ships." Cruise fares include beer, liquor, soft drinks, house wine and all gratuities and shore excursions.

Dining options

Dining options feature a main dining room with elegant yet casual ambience. Guests can also enjoy an Early Riser continental breakfast and lunch under the open air shade canopy including specialty drinks and music. On special nights, they can choose Dinner Under the Stars.

Activities on board

The relaxing indoor atmosphere of the lounge is perfect for watching a documentary, reading or having a cocktail. This is also the area where naturalist briefings take place. The Sun Deck is ideal for stargazing, whale watching or relaxing in the whirlpool. 


Celebrity Xploration has eight spacious, all ocean view, fully air-conditioned staterooms. The four cabins on the Upper Deck feature interconnecting doors, and the four cabins on the Main Deck boast private balconies. All amenities offer an intimate atmosphere and all the gear you'll need, such as wetsuits, snorkeling equipment and binoculars, included to help guests fully experience the most amazing archipelago in the world.

Interested in a cruise on this ship?

Contact a Cruiseable travel consultant at 1-877-322-3773 or by email to get additional information and to find the best rates and value for your vacation dollar.


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Fast facts

16 Passengers [?]
10 Crew
4 Decks
2007 Maiden voyage
319 Tonnage [?]
98 Length in feet
37 Width in feet (max beam)

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