Cruises will expand its Celebrity Xpedition brand in the Galapagos islands by
acquiring Ocean Adventures.
1999, Ocean Adventures has two vessels: the 48-passenger Eclipse and the 16-guest catamaran Athala II. The
expansion gives Celebrity more capacity in the Galapagos, where the government
requires ships to carry 100 passengers or less.
has sailed in the Galapagos since 2004 when it created the Celebrity Xpedition brand for
the destination. It has operated a single ship, the Xpedition, in the Galapagos
acquisition, the two Ocean Adventure ships will continue to offer their current
onboard experience until a scheduled drydock in January 2017, after which they
will offer Celebrity’s service, food and amenities. All
existing Ocean Adventures bookings and block space commitments will be honored
and will remain unchanged, regardless of the date of sailing, Celebrity said.
The Xpedition accommodates 98 passengers. It sailed from 2001 to 2004 for Sun Bay
Cruises under the name Sun Bay 1.