Celebrity Cruises revealed it would be building a ship, specifically to sail around the Galapagos. The new Celebrity Flora will be launching in May 2019.
The 100-guest Celebrity Flora will be one of the most environmentally friendly ships utilising new technologies. For example, the ship will be anchorless which means the sea floor will remain protected.
For guests, the outward-facing design will mean stunning 360-degree views of the islands and there will also be an open-air stargazing platform. The ship will also have new dining venues and personal suite attendants.
“Celebrity Flora marks another example of our revolutionary ship design by allowing the destination and its environment to influence every decision we’ve made,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “From the luxurious all-suite accommodations to industry-first, eco-friendly innovations, we created a ship that brings a new level of luxury, sustainability and natural exploration to the region. Guests will feel as though they’re boarding a high-end yacht for a week of unparalleled adventures, and they are.”
“We are very pleased with the announcement of Celebrity Cruises decision to build a cruise vessel with cutting-edge technology, designed specifically to operate around our wonderful islands,” said Enrique Ponce de León, Ecuador’s Minister of Tourism. “CelebrityFlora will undoubtedly mark a very important milestone in the tourism development of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, offering high quality and sustainable tourism.”
Designed with the Destination in Mind:
Natural beauty, along with the diversity and uniqueness of its species earned the Galapagos Islands the reputation as a living laboratory of evolution still in progress.
Featuring Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design, Celebrity Flora virtually erases boundaries and brings this typically remote destination closer to guests. Educational, research-based programming gives travellers an opportunity to continue learning about the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands.
The Marina is the primary point of access to the ship and can accommodate up to three Zodiac boats at once, reducing transport time to and from land. Onboard guests, can unwind in the Sunset Lounge, find solace in The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas, and enjoy the surrounds in the floor-to-ceiling glass-wrapped Observatory.
Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center provide in-depth information on the destination, wildlife and environmental efforts, while the Discovery Lounge will be home to Naturalist presentations and excursion information. Guests can participate in a guided astronomy tour or enjoy star-lit skies on their own from the Stargazing Platform.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant. The Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views and Dinner Under the Stars, or guests can opt for an in-room dining experience.