Just one day after Silversea Cruises re-launched its Silver Cloud cruise ship following an extensive refit to make her expedition cruising compliant, Celebrity Cruises has announced the order of a brand new expedition ship Celebrity Flora.
Celebrity Flora marks the luxury cruise line’s first entry into the premium expedition market and they’ve spared no expense in her design. Described by Celebrity as “an elevated and inspired approach to marine exploration”, the ship has been designed expressly for the Galapagos Islands.
She will have a guest capacity of 100 and every single cabin will be an outside stateroom, with sweeping views of the ocean.
“Innovative outward-facing design gives guests 360-degree views of the islands, while personal suite attendants, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, and expert-lead ecological seminars will round out the modern luxury vacation experience,” the cruise line said in a statement.
She will also be one of the most energy-efficient ships of its size in the diverse archipelago with anchorless technology that maintains the ship’s position while protecting the sensitive sea floor.
“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!”
Celebrity Flora will sail roundtrip 7-night cruises from Baltra Island in Ecuador year-round, making her first sailing on May 26, 2019.
“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’sMinister of Tourism. “Celebrity Flora will undoubtedly mark a very important milestone in the tourism development of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, offering high quality and sustainable tourism.”
See Celebrity Cruises’ announcement on Twitter below:
And here it is – the moment we’ve been waiting for! Here’s Celebrity President & CEO @LisaLutoffPerlo with one of our most exciting announcements yet! #CelebrityFlora. When Evolution meets Revolution. https://t.co/qjttQ575m3 Call our #Galapagos experts to book: 1-888-751-9303 pic.twitter.com/arfuBRZMqa
— Celebrity Cruises (@CelebrityCruise) November 16, 2017
A closer look at the ship
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.
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.
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 choose from an indulgent in-room dining experience.
Sophisticated Accommodations, Attentive Service:
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. 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.