MS Xpedition

MS Xpedition is a cruise ship for Celebrity Cruises and one of three vessels making up the Xpedition class. The ship is an alternative to the line's larger ships, offering more personal attention afforded by its smaller size.

Xpedition at Galápagos Islands
  • Sun Bay (2001–2004)
  • Xpedition (2004–)
Owner: Islas Galapagos Turismo

Sun Bay Cruises (2001–2004)

Celebrity Cruises (2004–)
Port of registry:
Builder: Cassens Schiffswerft, Emden, Germany
Yard number: 228
Launched: 17 February 2001[1]
Christened: 15 June 2001[1]
Completed: 11 June 2001
In service: 1 January 2001-present
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 2,329 GT
Length: 296 ft (90 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Decks: 6
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Capacity: 96 passengers
Crew: 68

The ship currently sails to the Galápagos Islands, revisiting the ports of Charles Darwin. The ship's shallow draft allows it to access ports in the region that larger cruise ships cannot visit.

Accident: On 5 November 2019 at approximately 1730 local Galapagos time, the Celebrity Xpedition impacted rocks and sustained damage to the propellor, the left rudder, and a puncture to the hull at Point Vincente Roca, on the island of Isabella, resulting in the boat taking water. The Captain had parked the ship in 1600 foot/400 meter deep water to allow passengers to snorkel and photograph the sound via Panga. The water depth prohibited use of anchors, so a single engine was used along with electronics to maintain position approximately 1500 feet from the rocky shore. The engine failed after several massive waves, and the start of the other engine took some time. When it was finally engaged, the boat was on the rocks and the propellor was damaged. Since all but four of the passengers were on excursions at the time, they were diverted to small SCUBA dive boats nearby, and eventually to the Celebrity Flora, which was in the area at the time.


  1. Fakta om fartyg, M/S Sun Bay(in Swedish)
  2. "Xpedition (9228368)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
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