Celebrity Cruises unveils eco-friendly new expedition ship

16 Nov 2017

Celebrity Cruises is to build a brand new eco-friendly cruise ship for its Galapagos fleet of ships.

Celebrity Flora will enter service on May 26 2019. Carrying just 100 guests, the maximum allowed in the region, Celebrity Flora will operate 7-night itineraries out of Baltra year-round.

“By building a new ship for the Galapagos we have been able to build the most environmentally friendly ship that will operate in the region,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and chief executive of Celebrity Cruises. “There is going to be nothing like this in the Galapagos. We have taken a timeless and organic approach to the design buying materials and features from local Equadorian manufacturers.”

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 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 Centre 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.

Accommodation will all be luxury suites, designed to bring the outside in through Celebrity’s signature outward-facing layouts and revolutionary Infinite Verandas. Each suite will come complete with sustainable, natural, regionally inspired materials, and a personal suite attendant to cater to guests’ every need.

Celebrity Flora’s two Penthouse Suites are the largest in the Galapagos with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customisation 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.

For more information and to book on the new ship in the Galapagos, contact our sales team today on 0800 368 9059.