Celebrity Xploration (formerly Athala II)

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  • Celebrity Xploration (formerly Athala II)
  • Celebrity Xploration (formerly Athala II)
  • Celebrity Xploration (formerly Athala II)
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Luxury catamaran with capacity for just 16 passengers, offering a private and personalised Galápagos cruise experience.

Following extensive refurbishment under the supervision of her new proprietors, the MV Xploration (formerly Athala II) returned to the Equatorial waters for which she was specifically designed, complete with stylish, modern interiors and a luxuriant and spacious sundeck. With a maximum of just 16 passengers, accommodated in eight double state rooms on two decks, the first class vessel offers a private and personalised Galápagos cruise experience.

Décor is refreshingly contemporary, with wood panelled floors, simple white walls and occasional artwork or splash of bright colour. 

With her stable design for smooth sea travel, the catamaran has several spacious and comfortable relaxation areas on board, including a dining room, bar and separate lounge, al fresco dining areas and an outdoor Jacuzzi surrounded by sun loungers.

What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

Delighted to have done my research and chosen this lovely Catamaran. It is usually booked for family parties so lucky on this occasion. Balcony is small as expected but lovely to sit and watch the beautiful islands from. Crew were superb and looked after us extremely well. Hot drinks and snack waiting after every excursion and the chef produced wonders from the galley. Our guide was incredible. Such knowledge and passion about the beautiful area she worked in. Perfect English spoken. Cant fault this.

KS Southampton

Tailor made holiday

Our specialists have been expertly crafting award-winning tailor-made holidays to Latin America for 40 years. We would be delighted to create a truly personalised trip which perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

Lina Fuller
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant

Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.


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  • Evie Oswald
    Evie Oswald - Travel Consultant

    It’s hard to believe that Evie has had time to cram so much in to her life so far. Having lived as a child in the Americas and Europe she found herself immediately attracted to Latin America.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Consultant

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.

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