If you’re not into crowds and want lots of personalized attention, then the recently refurbished Celebrity Xploration (formerly the Athala) is just the thing for you. It is, without a doubt, one of the best luxury cruises to the Galapagos Islands.
This highly acclaimed 16-passenger luxury catamaran features eight incredibly spacious cabins on two decks – making it feel as if you’re cruising with new friends on a private yacht. The ship’s fully-air conditioned passenger accommodations consist of eight (8) double staterooms. Of these, four (4) have private balconies and are located on the main deck, while the other four (4) are located on the upper deck. These stylishly designed cabins are equipped with private facilities, air conditioning, and ocean-view picture windows. The spacious cabins 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. Its upper deck features a bar and a beautiful open area for relaxation and al fresco dining (all meals are served as a buffet style with soft drinks included). The cuisine is a fusion of international and local flavors, freshly prepared and served buffet-style. The al fresco dining area is located at the stern of the ship. This means that guests can savor a scrumptious meal with the islands’ stunning scenery as a backdrop. It also features a bar, which is open at lunchtime and during the evening. One of the most popular areas on board is the Sun Deck, ideal for soaking in the Jacuzzi, or relaxing in the comfortable sun loungers. Many love to hang out here at night under the hypnotic moment of stargazing. It is also 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. Thus, with a mixture of adventure and intimacy, the Celebrity Xploration offers a perfect setting for a unique honeymoon safari to the Galapagos Islands. In addition, it is capable of reaching 12 knots, making it one of the fastest ships in the islands and hence allowing you more time to enjoy all the marvels the islands have to offer. This brings you to the next exceptional feature.
The catamaran alone does not make it a luxury holiday to the Galapagos. The programs with Celebrity Xploration are designed to showcase the most emblematic sites, making it one of the best itineraries of the Galapagos Islands. On island excursions, you will explore different landscapes and walk among the wildlife in its natural habitat, learning firsthand about the volcanic nature of the islands and their extraordinary fauna. It anchors offshore at the visitor sites, and a motorized dinghy carries you to landing points. On the islands, you follow marked trails, walking at a leisurely pace, with your guide explaining the unusual sights you see. In addition to daily hikes to some of the islands’ most spectacular spots, guests are invited to paddle sea kayaks, snorkel with a host of aquatic friends or simply relax on the beach.
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“The trip was excellent from beginning to end. The Isabella II was a fine ship and the crew and guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend them to others. For us, the ship was the perfect size – not too small and not too large”