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Old July 12th, 2005, 10:26 AM
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Default Galapagos On The Xpedition........Just Returned

Just returned from Celebrity's 11-day land/cruise package to Quito & the Galapagos Archipelago.............one of the best trips we've ever taken. If you have been considering Celebrity for the Galapagos, I'd be happy to try and answer any questions. Photos available upon request.
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Is it true that they cruise back to the embarkation port in the middle of the cruise to pick up new passengers. Thus you effectively lose a day of new ports and cruising?
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Old July 13th, 2005, 10:47 AM
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Frank B: Untrue.................all of the passengers on this cruise were on board for one week. Celebrity never provided me with an option for a shorter cruise aboard the Xpedition. I should point out that the itinerary on our cruise deviated from the normal itinerary, because we were unable to land on Baltra (airport was closed for resurfacing). We did return to Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz during our cruise, but this was welcomed by most of the passengers. Puerto Ayora was the only town we visited during the week and it provided us with a chance to do some shopping, use the internet (internet not available on the ship), etc. In addition, there was plenty to see & do in Puerto Ayora, as this is where the Darwin Research Station is located. Even with the return visit to Puerto Ayora, we still visited nine different islands in 7 days.

It is my understanding that the company that Celebrity bought the Xpedition from, used to run 4 and 7 night cruises. This might explain the rumor that Celebrity returns to the embarkation point to pick up additional passengers.

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Radiance of the Seas - 05/2004
Statendam - 12/2003
Vision of the Seas - 12/2003
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Old July 13th, 2005, 01:00 PM
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Shopping aside. Any animal or mammal encounters, I read in the brochure that you can walk around the island and they are all around. Seals, etc.

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Old July 13th, 2005, 01:21 PM
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Slot additct - This was the most incredible part of the "Galapagos Experience".........The birds & mammals have absolutely no fear of humans. On the islands, you actually had to watch where you were walking, so you didn't step on some of the birds or iguanas. In the water, it got even better.............snorkeled with dozens upon dozens of sea turtles, some white and black tipped sharks, rays, and even penguins (only place in the world where the water is warm enough to snorkel with penguins). The sea lions however, stole the show.................total interaction with them! Baby sea lions would follow you around in the water, dive with you, etc.. We had one that would pick up a sand dollar from the ocean floor, bring it up and drop it in front of you. On one occasion, when a group of snorklers tried to leave the water, a baby sea lion followed the last one to the Zodiac and actually began tugging on the snorkler's fin, as if attempting to keep him from leaving the water. I would say that this trip was a "once in a lifetime", but there's no doubt that I will return someday.

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Statendam - 12/2003
Vision of the Seas - 12/2003
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Old July 13th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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OH God it sounds fabulous, I am going to let my husband see this thread, I have to do this cruise. It does sound like once in a lifetime but this sounds like the one for me.
Thank you so much for sharing.

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Old July 13th, 2005, 08:23 PM
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Sceneisle - I am truly in awe of the entire thing, Thank you so much.

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Old July 13th, 2005, 09:17 PM
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You're welcome, Slotaddict................it was my pleasure.

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Old July 14th, 2005, 10:28 AM
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REALLY appreciated seeing someone so jazzed about this trip. Wife and I both like the idea (which is rare since I am the cruise junkie and she is soitenly not) plus you supposedly save 10% for being "elite" level in the "Captain's Club." You have me browsing through the material I downloaded form "Celebrity." Thx again, Robbie
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Old July 14th, 2005, 01:38 PM
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Robbie - It's easy getting jazzed about this trip.............it was a remarkable experience. The Xpedition is definetly the way to go, especially if you can get the 10% discount. If you have any questions about Quito, Galapagos or the Xpedition, just post or e-mail me direct.

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I enjoyed this trip report and comments enormously. Thanks for so much for posting!!

Your enjoyment, and excitement over the experience came through as though we were there sharing it with you. Well written!

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Default Re: Galapagos On The Xpedition........Just Returned

My only concern was the weight restriction on the luggage. Did you find it easy to deal with. We are not the type that would want to exceed the limit, just wondering if the dress code and weather make it very practical?
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Old July 15th, 2005, 10:40 AM
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Robbie - While we strictly adhered to the weight restriction, I spoke to other passengers who exceeded it by as much as 10 pounds (with no penalty). The weather and dress code does make the weight restriction practical. Although the brochure and my travel agent both indicated to me that the dress code for evening diner required men to wear slacks and a collared shirt, this was not true. Myself and lots of other men wore dress shorts, sandals and collared or tee shirts. I would under-pack, then if necessary, use the ship's laundry/dry cleaning service.

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XLNT..thx so much for the very useful info!
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