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
|Owner:||Islas Galapagos Turismo|
Sun Bay Cruises (2001–2004)Celebrity Cruises (2004–)
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|Builder:||Cassens Schiffswerft, Emden, Germany|
|Launched:||17 February 2001|
|Christened:||15 June 2001|
|Completed:||11 June 2001|
|In service:||1 January 2001-present|
|Length:||296 ft (90 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13 m)|
|Speed:||17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)|
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.