Celebrity Cruises has unveiled another stunning revolution in ship design: Celebrity Flora is an elevated and inspired approach to marine exploration, meticulously designed expressly for the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands.
“Celebrity Flora marks another example of our revolutionary ship design by allowing the destination and its environment to influence every decision we’ve made. 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!” – Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises
Designed with the Destination in Mind
The natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands, the diversity and the uniqueness of the species that it harbors has earned the archipelago the reputation of being a living laboratory of evolutionary processes still in progress. The region made room for the development of a large number of flora and fauna that do not exist anywhere else in the world, making the Galapagos a very unique place of global importance for the common heritage of humanity.
Featuring Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design, Celebrity Flora virtually erases boundaries and brings this typically remote destination closer to guests.
The Marina is the primary point of access to the ship and can accommodate up to three Zodiacs at once, reducing transport time to and from land and allowing more time for guests to explore the practically untouched islands. While onboard guests will 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 breathtaking surrounds in the floor-to-ceiling glass-wrapped Observatory.
The Observatory is be the place to learn even more about the Galapagos wildlife, the history of the islands and the sea life in the water just below the ship. The Observatory on deck seven, offers guests a library dedicated to the Galapagos Islands. The space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, so stunning views surround guests and make them feel connected to the environment
Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center provide a bounty of 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.
In the Dicovery Lounge guests will enjoy presentations and briefings put on by Celebrity’s own Naturalists. Guests will learn all about the activities and excursions they’ll have the opportunity to participate in during their cruise. The Naturalists and crew members will guide guests in personalizing their experience in the islands to ensure their vacation is exactly what they’d hoped for.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant while the Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views and Dinner Under the Stars. Guests can also opt for an indulgent in-room dining experience.
The Seaside Restaurant on Deck 4, features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, offering stunning vistas to complement the mouthwatering meals. Celebrity likes to refer to the atmosphere here as upscale casual. The design elements – from the natural stone floor to the sustainable, hard wood chairs (comfortably upholstered, of course) – are all natural materials to highlight the natural beauty of the islands.
The second restaurant on board Celebrity Flora is Ocean Grill, an outdoor casual dining space that offers panoramic views during the day and stunning, starlit skies at night. Here, there’s every opportunity to enjoy both the destination and Celebrity’s culinary expertise daily. From grilling up the highest quality, sustainable seafood from the area for lunch to what Celebrity is calling Dinner Under the Stars, Ocean Grill is the envy of any destination restaurant around.
Sophisticated Accommodations, Attentive Service
With room for only 100 guests Celebrity Flora transports travelers in all-suite accommodations featuring oversized bathrooms perfect for post-adventure refreshing. These modern retreats bring the outside in through Celebrity’s signature outward-facing layouts and heralded Infinite Verandas, and come complete with sustainable, natural, regionally inspired materials. Personal suite attendants cater to guests’ every need.
Celebrity Flora’s two Penthouse Suites are the largest in the Galapagos with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customizable lighting and shades, and a telescope for stargazing or sea lion-peeping. The 1,288 square feet Penthouse Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the private, spacious veranda and the sea beyond. The separate bedroom features a king-size bed facing the floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a large seating area with a flat-screen TV and comfortable chairs for waking up with a morning coffee or slowing down with for a nightcap.
Guests can also find relaxation in Royal Suites, Ultimate Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda, Premium Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda and Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda.
The second largest suite on board, the two Royal Suites are modern refuges thoughtfully designed to pamper guests and highlight the destination. With 560 total square feet feature a separate living area, bedroom, and private veranda.
Environmental Stewardship and Innovation
Celebrity Flora is one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class, with a 15 percent reduction of fuel consumption and equivalently fewer air emissions, thanks to the introduction of an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines. Two more firsts in the Galapagos, Celebrity Flora’s dynamic positioning system allows the ship to stay in position without physically anchoring and damaging the sea floor, with zero speed stabilizers promising smooth sailing throughout.
Celebrity will reduce the need for plastics onboard by introducing in-room water filtration stations and by converting sea water and air conditioning condensation into pure, fresh water. Any materials that can be recycled, reused or donated will be as part of a strict waste management system.
Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making her first sailing on May 26, 2019.