Celebrity Cruises announce new partnerships for Celebrity Flora
Celebrity Cruises has announced three new partnerships for their expedition ship, Celebrity Flora: A world-renowned conservationist and Godmother, a unique designer with an unmatched vision, and a leading university that specialises in marine sciences.
Celebrity Flora's Godmother
Sharing Celebrity Cruises passion for environmental issues was the most important factor in choosing a godmother for one of the most eco-friendly ships in the Galapagos Islands. No one was a better match than Yolanda Kakabadse.
A prominent environmental leader and a global champion of sustainable development, Yolanda Kakabadse is a former Minister of Environment for the Republic of Ecuador and a former president of World Wildlife Fund International, and she is passionate about reducing the economic, social, and environmental impacts of food waste.
Yolanda Kakabadse, Celebrity Flora
“The Galapagos Islands are an ecological treasure and I am excited to showcase its one-of-a-kind biodiversity through Celebrity Flora,” said Kakabadse. “I am proud to partner with a company that is committed to sustainability in the Galapagos and showing leadership on an issue critical to sustain this beautiful ecosystem, food waste.”
Celebrity Flora's Unique Design
When Celebrity Cruises set out to build the first ship specifically designed for the Galapagos, the brand knew it needed to bring on a designer who would drew inspiration from the region, and who also had a personal connection to this one-of-a-kind destination and would complement the stunning ship design.
Ecuadorian-native Adriana Hoyos was the perfect choice. A renowned interior and furniture designer, Hoyos pulls inspiration from her heritage and highlights sustainable materials when creating a collection. Her unique pieces can be found throughout Celebrity Flora in the the Discovery Lounge, Penthouse Suites and the Marina.
“The Galapagos have always been a great inspiration for my work. Each island has different elements like the sand, the volcanic ashes, the leaves and all of those textures put together have a place in my furniture. That is why we chose selected pieces to complement the ship’ design with local elements that will connect organically to the design of the cruise,” said Hoyos. “The ship is unique and Galapagos is a unique place as well!”
Oceanographic research on Celebrity Flora
The Galapagos Islands are located at the intersection of five ocean currents and feature some of the most diverse flora and fauna anywhere in the world. Understanding how those currents and weather patterns have impacted development of the unique island environment and wildlife is a key part of conserving the archipelago for years to come.
With the launch of their newest ship, Celebrity Cruises had the opportunity to blend exploration and research by making Celebrity Flora the first vessel in the Galapagos to be equipped with cutting-edge oceanographic research equipment, known as Oceanscope. The programme builds on a more than 20-year relationship with University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science that benefits from a cruise ship’s consistent itinerary to create a perfect and cost-effective way for scientists to gather and measure ocean circulation dynamics.
Celebrity Flora at sea
The system will track and map the region while measuring sea-surface temperatures and gathering data critical to research prediction of El Niño and La Niña. All findings gathered by Celebrity Flora will become open source data – globally accessible to research – a first for scientists around the world.
"Celebrity Flora's repeated circumnavigations of the Galapagos Archipelago will not only yield data essential to understanding the physical system that has created and maintains the unique Galapagos ecosystem but will be an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the effects of global weather and climate upon eastern equatorial Pacific circulation and regional ocean acidification,” said Peter B. Ortner, Research Professor, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
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