16Ship Type: Motor Yacht
The elegant catamaran Celebrity Xploration (formerly known as the Athala) is unrivaled in offering the generous, comfortable accommodation and amenities of a larger boat while still preserving the relaxed exclusivity of a smaller vessel. The Celebrity Xploration was specifically designed and built to cruise the Galapagos Islands in style. The elegant design provides more comfort, superior speed, excellent stability and meets all the latest safety standards. Guests aboard the Celebrity Xploration are sure to find the layout, furnishings, cuisine and professional crew to provide the most excellent of standards.
Amenities on board the Celebrity Xploration
Enjoy a blend of international and local flavors, 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.
Al Fresco Dining
Savor 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.
The lounge has a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable seating ideal for reading, socializing, watching documentaries, movies,nightly briefings and lectures given by the naturalist guide.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.
The Sun Deck is ideal for stargazing, soaking in the Jacuzzi, or relaxing in the comfortable sun loungers.Is is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing, whale and dolphin sightings. For the more active passengers the Sun Deck is also equipped with two exercise machines.
Accommodations on board the Celebrity Xploration
The Celebrity Xploration has 2 types of cabin, all of which have sea views:
4 Elite Ocean View cabins located on the Upper Deck
4 Junio Suite with Veranda cabins located on the Main Deck
Stylishly decorated cabins, equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, and ocean-view picture windows. The spacious cabins feature twin beds that 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.
Activities on board the Celebrity Xperience
Explore the most iconic sites in the Galapagos and walk among the wildlife in its natural habitat, learning firsthand about the volcanic nature of the islands and their extraordinary fauna. On the islands, you follow marked trails, walking at a leisurely pace, with your guide explaining the unusual sights you see.
You can choose between two types of snorkeling: from the beach, which is suitable for beginners, and deep water snorkeling from a motorized dinghy. Delve into the spectacular underwater world of the Galapagos Islands and share the marine environment with rays, sea turtles, sharks, flightless cormorants, penguins, marine iguanas, a multitude of fish, and of course the ever playful sea lions.
For those who don't want to snorkel, kayaking provides a wonderful opportunity to observe the wildlife up-close along the cliffs and in the water.
Due to the fragile nature of the islands’ ecosystems, certain visitor sites do not allow land excursions, so you can explore the area by motorized dinghy.
Since Galapagos offers cloudless skies most of the year, stargazing should not be missed. There are nightly lectures on the top deck with visual aids to enhance the sightings (December to April).
There is always the opportunity to whale-watch while traveling between the different islands, especially from June to September. However, the best chance of seeing whales is off the northwest coast of Isabela on Tuesday. An announcement will always be made if a whale is spotted.
During your Northern Loop itinerary we cross the Equator in the late afternoon on Tuesday. Guests are welcome to join the captain on the bridge and observe the GPS showing latitude 0°.
Open Bridge Policy
Navigation lessons from the Captain and officers are available whenever the ship is anchored.
Lectures and Briefings
The expedition leader and the guides will give nightly lectures on the islands, in addition to briefings on the next day´s activities.
Guests of Celebrity Xploration enjoy a crew of 10, including a dedicated Cruise Manager, plus an excellent Naturalist guide. The crew is friendly, full time, experienced and highly professional. The Naturalist guide is guaranteed to be bilingual (minimum fluent English and Spanish) and of the highest standard, providing an exceptional Galapagos experience, whether on or off the yacht.