Celebrity Flora joins the Celebrity Cruises Fleet
The first ship ever specifically designed for the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Flora, has been launched and named during a ceremony on Baltra Island by her godmother Yolanda Kakabadse, an environmental advocate and former World Wildlife Fund International president.
“Being here in the beautiful Galapagos Islands on board Celebrity Flora has reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Charles Darwin: ‘In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed,’” said Kakabadse. “Darwin was right; this is the time to collaborate with all sectors of society, and permanently innovate to seek new ways to address development challenges. Tourism can be at the center and Celebrity Flora is at the forefront.”
The revolutionary new 100 guest Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Flora boasts a wealth of market-leading features:
- Anchorless technology to protect the ocean floor
- All-suite accommodation with personal attendants
- Onboard certified naturalists
- Signature outward-facing design to bring guests even closer to the region’s stunning landscapes and ecosystem
First-look at Celebrity Flora
Celebrity Flora really is a ground breaking proposition and will lead the way in expedition travel in the region. Blending exploration and research, Celebrity Flora is 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.
Darwins Cove featuring Oceanscope
Guests will enjoy breath-taking experiences in one of the world’s top destinations for incredible wildlife and biodiversity whilst embracing the beautiful and unspoilt white sandy beaches of the Galapagos Islands. The daily agenda will include making friends with iguanas at the enchanting Dragon Hill, snorkelling alongside sea turtles at Daphne Island and taking in the breath-taking views of the undiscovered archipelago.
“Every once in a while, a unique ship comes along in the industry and changes things, and Celebrity Flora is that ship,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “The Galapagos is a truly unique destination and deserved a ship with sustainability at its core. Today was an incredibly special day, with a very special Godmother.”
Celebrity Flora will have in-room water filtration stations and the ability to reuse air conditioning condensation to provide water to the shipboard laundry facilities. Reverse osmosis equipment will be used, so the ship can process sea water into fresh water to supply 100-percent of her needs. Plus, 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 its first sailing on June 30, 2019. Bookings are open for the ship’s alternating seven-night inner and Galapagos outer loop itineraries and selection of 10-, 11-, and 16-night packages, which feature either pre- or post-cruise expeditions.
What is included in the 7-night Celebrity Flora Galapagos cruises?
- Accommodation in staterooms with air conditioning, private bathroom and showers, and refrigerators with complimentary bottled water
- All meals and complimentary beverages on board the vessel including select wines, sparkling wines, spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and teas
- Complimentary room service
- Complimentary internet access
- Onboard entertainment, including programs or lectures by onboard, Galapagos National Park certified naturalists or the experienced Celebrity Cruises staff
- Complimentary snorkeling equipment, mini-wetsuits, binoculars and walking sticks provided for the duration of the cruise
- Gratuities while on board for the crew and lecturers, as well as gratuities for the naturalist guides
- The Galapagos National Park admission fee
- Galapagos Tourist Card fee
- Transfers from/to the Baltra, Galapagos airport to/from the ship