Galapagos expedition cruises

Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration is a modern, stylish catamaran that offers guests excellent service and facilities as well as a friendly, relaxed atmosphere on board.

Class: Luxury
Style: Motor catamaran
Passengers: 16 maximum
Length: 98 ft
Cruising speed: 12 knots

Cabin prices: £,
Service rating: 100
Guides rating: 80
Cabins rating: 100
Smoothness at sea: 80

Introducing 'Celebrity Xploration'

'Celebrity Xploration' was formerly the Athala, a favourite boat of ours. Relaunching in March 2017 after a refit, she promises much. She will be largely the same in her fundamentals, with just 8 well-appointed air-conditioned cabins with glamorous picture windows. The 4 cabins on the upper deck will continue to have private balconies. There is the option of al fresco dining, a spacious sun deck, and a comfortable lounge for guests to socialise.


Celebrity Xploration offers 2 itineraries which can be taken individually or combined, making 4 possible cruise choices.

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Starts on alternate Saturdays

Cruise Day 
1Arrive at Baltra Airport
Baltra Quay
Chinese Hat
2Cerro Dragon
Rabida Island (Red Beach)
3Puerto Villamil
Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Centre
The Wetlands
Wall of Tears
Puerto Villamil
4Post Office Bay
Baroness Viewpoint
Champion Islet
Punta Cormorant
5Cerro Brujo
Sleeping Lion (Kicker Rock)
Lobos Island (Land)
6Puerto Ayora
Charles Darwin Research Station
Highlands of Santa Cruz
Puerto Ayora
7Punta Suárez
Gardner Bay
8Daphne Island (circumnavigation)
Baltra Quay
Depart from Baltra Airport
Itinerary map for Celebrity Xploration 'Southern Loop' Galapagos cruise

Highlights of the sites visited on this cruise

Blue-footed booby
Masked booby
Waved albatross
Great frigatebird
Red-billed tropicbirds
Darwin's finches
Galapagos hawk
Green Sea Turtle
Sea turtles
Marine iguana
Land iguana
Sea lion
Lava formations
Lava tubes

On board 'Celebrity Xploration'


Celebrity Xploration cabin Junior Suite

Junior Suite

Number of cabins of this type: 4

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed

Celebrity Xploration cabin Elite Ocean View

Elite Ocean View

Number of cabins of this type: 4

Bed configuration: twin beds, or a double bed


Celebrity Xploration deck Main Deck

Main Deck

(Deck level: 3)

Celebrity Xploration deck Upper Deck

Upper Deck

(Deck level: 2)

Celebrity Xploration deck Sun Deck

Sun Deck

(Deck level: 1)

The Athala II's upper deck features a bar and a beautiful open area for relaxation and al fresco dining.

The sundeck is great for whale and dolphin watching or to simply relax in the jacuzzi.

The dining area can be found on the main deck, along with a really comfortable lounge. All meals are served as a buffet style with all soft drinks included.


According to National Park regulations, kayaking is only permitted at certain sites with a maximum number of 8 passengers in 4 double kayaks. Kayaking takes place before or after island excursions and this is one of the best ways to live Galapagos and its ecosystem to experience nature in its purest form.

Lectures and briefings

The expedition leader and the guides will give nightly lectures about the islands, in addition to briefings on the next day’s activities.


Most of the snorkeling activities take place before or after island excursions, so that you will not miss the hikes. It is an optional activity while the rest of the passengers stay on board or on the beach.


If you would like to learn about the equatorial night skies, your guides will be happy to join you for stargazing on the Sun Deck (December to April) or climate conditions are appropriate to make this activity.

Whale watching

Although sightings are not guaranteed, with a keen eye and some luck you may see some whales during your cruise, especially between June and September.

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Other technical information

Capacity: 16 passengers

Length: 98 feet / 30 m

Draft: 4.6 feet / 1.40 m

Gross tonnage: 320 tons

Crusising Speed: 12 knots

Crew: 11 ( including 1 naturalost bilingual guide)

Type: Sailing catamaran


This information has been provided by the boat operator and is subject to alteration

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Our prices

Prices are per person. The prices shown here are the current prices charged locally by each boat in their chosen currency. We charge our UK customers the equivalent price converted to British pounds at the current exchange rate. This protects you from currency fluctuations. You also benefit from our 100% financial protection and the knowledge that if anything goes wrong, or your plans change, our friendly experienced and resourceful travel specialists are here to help you.

Special offers

Special offers are often available (some are very generous) but they may only be open for short periods. Contact us to find out which offers available now.

Cruise Start date End date Nights Junior Suite Elite Ocean View