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Galapagos Athala I Cruise

Celebrity Xploration Catamaran

Celebrity Xploration Yacht Description

The Celebrity Xploration is one of the most stable and luxurious catamarans that cruise the Galapagos Islands. Their luxury services truly make the difference offering an unbeatable experience.

The Cruise Manager onboard will take care of every guest's need while enjoying the spacious social areas including Jacuzzi, an ample indoor dining room, an al fresco area with spectacular views of the surrounding Galapagos Islands, exercise equipment and a large lounge with comfortable seating where daily briefing will take place, complemented with plenty of books, videos and documentaries.

Activities that are included on the Celebrity Xploration cruise include island excursions, snorkeling, and kayaking. Onboard enjoy a special ceremony if you cross the Equator. Visit the bridge where you can learn how the Celebrity Xploration navigates in the Galapagos waters. If guests are lucky, they may even have the chance to spot whales nearby. No matter what activity, guests will always be accompanied by their Naturalist Guide.

Galapagos Celebrity Xploration Staterooms

Guests will delight in Celebrity Xploration's lavish staterooms and great interior design with large photographs of Galapagos wildlife and two large windows to view the stunning scenery in comfort. All staterooms include A/C, a private bathroom with hairdryer and biodegradable amenities. Staterooms with twin beds can easily be converted into king size beds.

After a long day of adventure, it will be a relief to enter their room which is serviced three times a day and rest on premium bedding, taking advantage of the modern vanities placed in each stateroom. Guests are also free to drink from their one time fully stocked bar and use the safety deposit box available in each room.

People who liked Celebrity Xploration also like the Cormorant, Ocean Spray, Eclipse, and Evolution.

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Celebrity Xploration Cruise Prices

2019 prices per person (except charter)

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Accommodation 8 Days
High Season
Elite Ocean View (Upper) US$ 6,200
Junior Suite with Veranda (Main) US$ 6,450
Charter US$ 95,450
Accommodation 8 Days
Low Season
Elite Ocean View (Upper) US$ 5,950
Junior Suite with Veranda (Main) US$ 6,200
Charter US$ 91,700

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Additional Information:

  • Special discount for kids may apply to the published rate. Please consult with your destination expert for more information and special deals.

  • Charter rates don't apply for Christmas and New Year.

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Rates include:

  • Accommodation in staterooms with air conditioning, private bathroom and showers, and refrigerators with complimentary bottled water

  • All meals and complimentary beverages on board the vessel including select wines, sparkling wines, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and teas

  • Complimentary room service

  • Complimentary internet access

  • Onboard entertainment, including programs or lectures by onboard, Galapagos National Park certified naturalists or our experienced Celebrity staff

  • Complimentary snorkeling equipment, mini-wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks provided for the duration of the cruise

  • Gratuities while on board for the crew and lecturers, as well as gratuities for the naturalist guides

  • Transfers from/to the Baltra, Galapagos airport to/from the ship

Not included:

  • Air transportation of any type

  • The Galapagos National Park admission fee

  • Galapagos Tourist Card fee

  • Any ground transfers other than as stated

  • Any food or beverages obtained off of Celebrity Galapagos vessels

  • Purchases on board

  • Personal services such as spa, laundry, and telecommunication services

  • Travel insurance

  • Optional pre/post packages

Celebrity Xploration Itinerary

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Celebrity Xploration Photos

M/C Celebrity Xploration

Celebrity Xploration Cruise

Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

Double Cabin

Double Cabin


Private Bathroom


 Jacuzzi on upper deck

Panga Ride

Panga Ride

Al Fresco Dining

 Al Fresco Dining on Athala

Dining Room

 M/C Athala Dining Room


 M/C Athala Saloon

M/C Celebrity Xploration Upper Deck

 M/C Athala Upper Deck

Cabin Balcony

Cabin Balcony

M/C Celebrity Xploration rear view

 M/C Athala Rear View

Celebrity Xploration Deck Plans & Specs

M/C Celebrity Xploration Main Deck

M/C Athala Main Deck

M/C Celebrity Xploration Upper Deck

M/C Athala Upper Deck

M/C Celebrity Xploration Lower Deck

M/C Athala Lower Deck

M/C Celebrity Xploration Sun Deck

M/C Athala Sun Deck


  • Year of construction: 2007
  • Category: Luxury class
  • Type: Motor catamaran
  • Length: 98 feet / 30 m
  • Beam: 37 feet / 11 m
  • Draft: 4.6 feet / 1.40 m
  • Gross Tonnage: 320 tons
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Cabins: 8 cabins each a minimum 175 square feet
  • Main Engines: 2 John Deere 6081 AFM 300 HP
  • Max Speed: 13 knots
  • Water maker capacity: 2000 gallons / day
  • Interiors: wooden flooring
  • Exterior: Mature Teakwood flooring
  • Crew: 10 + 1 naturalist bilingual guide III
  • Navigation equipment: 2x 17 MEC 24 naval radars, Navned sonar, GPS

Celebrity Xploration Reviews

Comments and recommendations received on this Galapagos cruise:

Everything was amazing. The tour of Quito was very nice. We liked La Casona de Rhonde a lot, the room was wonderful, the only drawback is the nightly noise, but with the window closed it was fine.

The cruise was better than I could have imagined. Our naturalist Karina was so friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable. She was terrific with everyone on the cruise.

Julie Hohman

USA, January 2017
2 guests

Dear Maria,

I am not member on facebook, so I cannot upload a review. Nevertheless I would like to give feedback:

Our vacation went very well. Your organization and support was extremely good. The boat tour was extremely nice – 5 guest on board of a ship which is designed to host 16 people was pure luxury.

Many thanks especially for your personal efforts on all the details which we asked (although our questions might have been annoying sometimes…)!

best regards from even more sunny Vienna (37°Celsius today)

Austria, July 2017

Hi Francisco,
We have had a fabulous time! Each part of tour has been handled well. The hotels were wonderful, the guides in La Selva and the Galapagos were fantastic. We were well taken care of when we made connections between locations.

The one thing that was wasted on us was the extra day at Machu Picchu. No one went back for a second look.

We are all sad that the Walters had to miss Peru. I'm glad to say that Jim is getting out of the hospital today. Cynthia Fortier had a wonderful 2 weeks after she was able to join us.

Thank you so much for arranging this wonderful tour!

Judy Matlock

USA, February 2017

Hi Francisco,
Thank you for your kind thoughts on Jim.   We received an email from him today and he seems to be doing much better.  We also hope and pray that he gets well soon. 
Regarding the trip, I will let others speak for themselves but, Jane and I really enjoyed all parts of the trip and we think everyone else did also.  Hotels, connections, food, daily excursions, etc. were very well done.  Our guides at all locations were also very good. 

Our nature guides, Luis and Daniel, at La Selva and Gustavo in the Galapagos were particularly exceptional and kept us very busy in a good way.  Gregorio drove us from Machu Picchu to Cusco last night in a constant rain storm on difficult roads in heavy traffic and he was great.  Hotel staffs were most accommodating at all locations. 
This was a trip of a lifetime and it made it even more special for Jane and me that we could share this experience with so many of our good friends. 
Thanks again.  We would highly recommend your services to anyone interested.

Ed & Jane Graves

USA, February 2017

Hi Maria Soledad
We had such a great time!!! The crew was very professional and made sure we had everything we needed. I will be recommending both the trip and your company to friends
Well done 
Warm regards

Cheli Podesta

Argentina, March 2017

Hello Maria,

You were fantastic. Service was very good and we enjoyed the cruise very much. We would highly recommend


December 2016

Hello Francisco,
We booked this trip via Columbus Travel after reading favorable reviews in Lonely Planet and elsewhere. Francisco was very helpful and efficient and all the arrangements went as planned.

The boat Athala 11 which we chose from several that were recommended, was really excellent and we had a fantastic trip. Francisco also put us in touch with a colleague who booked our connecting flights from the USA, and again this service was very efficient.

I would certainly recommend Columbus Travel to anyone visiting the beautiful country of Ecuador and the fabulous Galapagos.

With best wishes
Alan Sonnex

March 2016
Traveled on the Athala
2 Guests

Hello Francisco,

I very much appreciated the level of professionalism and knowledge that Columbus Travel provided for us. From the initial email to the final follow up, every detail was taken care of.
Francisco was especially helpful in leading us to the best experience during our Ecuadorian travels.

Thanks, Columbus Travel.

Julie Wendel
June 2015

Hello Elena,

I think I can speak for our group when I say that our trip to the Galapagos Islands on the Athala was an amazing, magical experience. It far exceeded my own expectations.

The crew was exceptional, warm, welcoming, fun, and provided utmost quality as far as service is concerned.
Our guide, George, did a fantastic job educating us along the way and was of great help to all who needed guidance during our snorkeling excursions;
Pepe (Jose Luis?), the bartender, sang lovely songs and entertained us, as well as served us beautifully for each meal. He made our stay especially fun.
The captain, Miguel, was kind, pleasant and courteous;
Our panga ‘drivers’ Herman and…..sorry I cannot retrieve the other name-both so helpful and kind;
Darwin, the chef –exquisite meals, each and every one! He is amazing;
Martin, who made us giddy with the pleasure of towel sculptures and kept our cabins beautifully clean, with a smile to be remembered;
And those who I cannot remember names….they were all wonderful. All of the crew, wonderful. Please if you can, extend once again our gratitude for such an enchanting time spent on the Athala. I will never forget it.

Athala charter

June 2011

Thanks Ivonne!!
We are flying back to quito in an hour.
The cruise was FANTASTIC!
Great crew! Awesome guide!
Terrific adventure!

Ron Wolotzky
Athala May 7-14

Elena -

Where to begin? From our first contact with Pilar when we landed in Guayaquil to our last contact with her when she said good-bye at the airport as we were going through security on our way home, the trip was beyond our wildest expectations and dreams! The Athala is a gem of a boat - luxurious accommodations, great space to lounge in, sunbathe in, eat and drink in, relax in - just superb; and the crew... first rate, 4-star, personable, attentive without hovering, friendly, always professional; the food was delicious, delectable and so beautifully and creatively presented; and Harry Jiminez, our travel guide, was so knowledgeable and passionate about this most special, treasured part of the world and so eager for us to share his enthusiasm and desire to protect it. AND, the majesty and beauty of the islands is even more than I imagined it to be! As I said on the comment card we all completed on our last night, I felt that, if I were ever lucky enough to return to the Galapagos Islands, I could contact every member of our crew and they'd be happy to hear from me - we really felt like they were our friends and were sorry to see us go.

No adventure like this just happens - it required hours of your time, your thoughtful attention to detail, and a genuine desire to make certain that my mother would celebrate her birthday in a most memorable and special way - AND, she did! So, thank you for all that you did to make our trip the unforgettable five full days that it was!

Fondly, and most appreciatively,

Charter Athala

February 2011

Hi Elena and a Happy New Year.

We are now back in the real world after our wonderful cruise aboard the MY Athala and I would just like to say that this holiday would be very difficult or maybe even impossible to beat! We had fantastic shipmates and a wonderful crew who worked so hard to make sure that everything was perfect for us and who went out of their way to make sure we saw as much as possible from the penguins to the flamingoes. The highlight of the cruise was when the Athala followed two killer whales to let the photographers get some brilliant close up shots.
We also enjoyed our stay in Guayaquil at the Hotel Oro y Verde and would highly recommend this hotel and especially the high standards of the restaurant Le Gourmet and the bar El Capitan. Just a few blocks from the hotel we enjoyed the delicious seafood of the Blue Snail restaurant which we would also recommend.
Thank you once again for all your help and for making this holiday very special.
I have attached a few photos and would just like to say that we took literally thousands between us so if you would like any for your publicity, please just ask.

Kind regards,

3 pax UK
Athala - Diciembre 2010

Hi Diego

Now that we're home & unpacked I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your efforts on our behalf. The Athala was all you promised & more. What a great ecperience. The companny you chose for the Peru trip did an excellent job. All the hotels were very good & the people working in them couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. All in all it was a great trip. I have sent a thank you note to the Travel Group in Peru and will be sending a review to trip advisor for both Columbus travel and Travel Group. Thanks again

Tom & Barbara Switzer
Travelled on Athala


Thank you so much for arranging our wonderful trip to the Galapagos and Quito. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and our memories will last forever. We loved the boat and crew. They were so great and we could not possibly have asked for anything more. Our guides were terrific, fun and knowledgeable and we couldn't have hoped for a better group of passengers. The itinerary was perfect and I can't tell you how much we appreciate all your help. You did a great job for us. All of our accommodations worked out wonderfully. Thank you again and we look forward to returning.

Best wishes.

Lauren Della Bella
USA, June 2010
Traveled on the Athala


Thank you so much for our honeymoon vacation you set up for us last Dec. 8-23. The cruise on the Athala was simply great. Everything from the crew to the food and of course our guide was the best. Please give a special thanks to the Captain and crew for the surprise wedding they gave us. It made a dream come true for us.
Our city tour guide was a charming young man. He did a great tour for us. Please thank him again for us.
Our jungle tour was top notch also.
We had the best of times. Everything went like clockwork. When you said we would be picked up at this time, your people where there at that time. We had such a wonderful time in your country. You did a wonderful job booking our tour and getting it all put together us. Thank you so much and our thanks to all of your staff that made our tour go so well.


Fred And Joan
USA, December 2009
Traveled on the Athala


I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know what a wonderful time we had on the Athala, as well as the cloud forest. They are going to be memories of a life time. You were recommended to us, and I was not disappointment. My emails were answered within in hours (not sure if you sleep at all), and from the time we were picked up from the states and throughout our time in Ecuador, the whole staff was wonderful. I will be passing your name and the Columbus travel to anyone who travels in South America, we possibly next year will head done to Chile or Argentina, I will let you know.

Thank you again for everything. (The staff on the Athala was impeccable)


USA, September 2009
Traveled on the Athala


We would like to say a big Thank you for a superbly organized trip to the Gallapagos. From the moment that we touched down in Quito until the end of our Galapagos trip, everything was excellent, The hotels were extremely comfortable and the guides excellent.

We would like to make a special commendation to the Athala which we found wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble for the crew and our guide (Yvonne) was fantastic with a wide knowledge of the islands and an amazing enthusiasm for the environment there. We cannot recommend Athala enough and feel we were extremely fortunate to have experienced a week on such a beautiful boat. We would be very happy to be a reference for any future holiday makers and thank you again for your excellent professional organization.

Anthony & Lorna Hamilton
UK, April 2009
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Elena,

Hope all is well. My wife, Emily and I wanted to share our appreciation and thank you and the team at Columbus Travel. We had such an amazing and unforgettable time. We truly were unexpected at the level of service and value we received.

The Athala II is a wonderful yacht. Clean, spacious and very friendly staff. Not to mention, the food was delicious and plentiful. Our Naturalist, Enrique was fun, energetic and very knowledgable. He was very passionate about his job and the well being of the islands. We saw so many animals and marine life. We will always remember.

Thank you for a wonderful vacation and I will definately recommend Columbus Travel to any of my friends and family. Please share this email with Xavier Proano and the rest of the team that served us.

Sincere Regards,

Greg & Emily Wong
Canada, February 2009
Traveled on the Athala

Dear Ivonne,

Although the week in the Galapagos was wonderful, my day in Quito was one of the very best days in my life. It was just so very good - the Gold Museum and the Amazon Equator village were both so exceptional.

I wish you a happy and joyous 2009.

Kindest regards

Kevin Collins
Australia, July 2008
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Christian

Thanks for checking in. Everything was great and so easy. Too easy - it was the least amount of thinking I ever had to do on vacation. Thank you so much for helping us arrange the trip. It was really fun.

USA, August 2008
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Christian,

We are now back home in the U.K. The dogs are very pleased to see us back.

Our holiday exceeded all our expectations! Everything was organised perfect.The hotel was great, the meal you booked for us in Quito was outstanding, the Jungle trip to Napo Lodge was wonderful and the Galapagos cruise on Athala could not be faulted. I have already recommended you and your company to friends.

Thanks very much for all your help.

Best regards


Robert Reynolds
UK, August 2008
Traveled on the Athala

Hi Elena,

We just returned from our trip to the rain forest and the Galapagos and we were both very pleased. We had a fansastic experience and would highly reccommend both of these places to others. You provided excellent customer service to us, being both prompt and comprehensive. We were lucky to catch the flight to the Galapagos but we made it with your help.

Thanks again!

Mark and Ellen Conover
USA, August 2008
Traveled on the Athala


El viaje excelente, el crucero excelente. Disfrutamos como enanos, como decimos por aqui. Nos encantaron las islas, los animales, y el control exquisito de la naturaleza....Igualmente, como digo, el crucero y su personal excelente. Dele recuerdos a Yoyi y a Kike de parte de "la pareja amorosa" (ellos ya saben....) Asi que repetiremos al menos Ecuador. Gracias por todo

Un saludo desde Bruselas

España, July 2008
Travelled on board Athala

Thanks for folowing up on the lost luggage, we did finally get it. We are back home today. Your agency did a great job, everything was perfect. The Athala was outstanding, beautiful ship, wonderful crew and fantastic quide.
Thanks for all your work,
Dale Dondero
USA, April 2008

Dear Fernanda,
Our cruise on the Athala was really wonderful... We started working very hard from the following day we came back to Italy, but we will always remember our fantastic days in Ecuador. And this is thanks to you, to Xavier, Jimmy, but also the wonderful crew of the Athala, Pedro, Orlando, Gabriel, Darwin, José, and all then others who are REALLY all fantastic people. Please, thank them all for us when you have a chance, and thank you again to you, Fernanda, for your excellent service and kindness! With our best regards
Paolo and Cristina
September, 2006

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