My wife and I took the Galapagos/Xpedition trip this past June............what a remarkable experience!
We were on the 10-night package, which included 2 pre-cruise and 1 post-cruise nights at the Marriott in Quito, Ecuador. Almost everything was included in the package: almost all meals in Quito, full day tour of Quito, round-trip air fare to/from the Galapagos/Quito, the $100 per person Galapagos National Park fee, all alcoholic beverages on board the Xpedition, and of course, all excursions (two each day) from the ship. The on-board naturalists were very knowledgable, friendly and enthusiastic. The ship itself is probably the most comfortable way to cruise the Galapagos. It's not a mega-liner by any stretch, but the cabins are comfortable (albeit small), the food was fairly good (considering the import restrictions placed on ships by the Ecuadorian government), and the service was typical "Celebrity" (excellent). The Xpedition was large enough for fast, comfortable sailing between islands and for the ability to avoid any unpleasant/unfriendly cruisemates (my biggest fear about taking a smaller yacht was being stuck with one of those grouchy types).
Visited 9 islands during the 7 night cruise.........each island different from the next, with respect to topography, plant & animal life. If you enjoy snorkeling, you'll love swimming with the sea turtles, sea lions and even penquins! The baby seal lions stole the show. Not only will they play, they will actually interact with you.........we were swimming with one that began tugging on a snorkeler's fin when the snorkeler tried to get back on the boat. I had one retrieve a sand dollar from the ocean floor, bring it up to me and drop it. As I dove down to retrieve the sand dollar, the seal lion followed me. I brought the sand dollar to the surface, dropped it and the sea lion retrieved it again!
Can't say enough about the Galapagos and the Xpedition. I would say it was a once in a lifetime trip.............but we plan on taking this cruise again someday. If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to try and answer them.
If you're interested, our photographs of the Galapagos (two albums), the Xpedition (one album) and the Quito Marriot/Quito Tour (one album) can be viewed at:
Oosterdam - 10/2005
Tahitian Princess - 12/2005
Norwegian Sun - 01/2006
Xpedition - 06/2005
Ryndam - 12/2004