Celebrity Flora Review

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Quito and Celebrity Flora - perfect except for Covid.

Review for Galapagos Cruise on Celebrity Flora
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Sail Date: Jul 2022

My wife and I (mid-50's) did the 10 night Quito and Flora Inner Loop with our two adult children (19, 22). Overall this was a great experience except for covid which I will save for the last paragraph for those of you cruising during covid (hopefully limited to just the rest of 2022). I have tried to provide info here that I wish I had known prior to sailing (so my apologies if it is long).

Pre-Quito: the Quito pre-tour was excellent. The JW Marriot is a beautiful hotel and Adrianna our guide was awesome (she even remembered us a week later when she met us at the airport upon our return from the Galapagos). The 7 hr day tour of Quito was interesting and we especially enjoyed the trip to the Equator line. The group buffet lunch at the monastery during the tour and sit-down dinner that evening at a local restaurant was good as well. I am very glad we did the Quito tour. All transfers and meals were included (except for the arrival day - but we ate in the hotel and that was excellent).

Ship: the Flora is a beautiful ship. If feels like your own private yacht. There is plenty of space to make your own on this ship both outside and in. The staff was absolutely amazing. I had multiple staff members who knew my name within the first day or two. I cannot say enough positive things about the ship. In the age of the ugly mega-cruise ship it was refreshing to find a ship that not only felt like a ship but looked good doing it. We are not a seasick-prone group but be advised that this little ship does rock a bit. We had 2 nights (at the eastern side of the Galapagos) where she rolled pretty good all night long. I found that enjoyable, but I could tell many passengers did not.

Cabin Review

We had a 2 cabins on deck 5 with the conventional balcony. I peeked into the infinite veranda cabins on the day we were leaving and I didn't find that overly appealing. The cabin was great. There are plenty of US 110V electrical sockets so you don't need any converters. You can pre-arrange your bed setup so my wife and I had one bed together and our kids had 2 beds separate in their cabin. Our cabins were side-by-side and on our balcony we could open the barrier between so we could walk between our balconies which was nice. This was definitely the nicest cabin we've ever had on any ship.

Yes, the one complaint is the window between the bathroom and the bedroom. See my picture. I had read about this and couldn't quite picture it. The issue is that the bathroom sits between the bedroom and the inner ship hallway. There is a 10 foot window between the bathroom and bedroom. The window is frosted at the bottom but transitions to clear at the top. This causes 2 problems: 1) at night if you turn on the bathroom light you may as well wake up the person in the bed since the whole room illuminates; and 2) anyone in the bedroom or balcony can see right into the bathroom to the shower or toilet. The frosting isn't strong enough to prevent this. I have no idea what they were thinking when they designed this. There should be a blind you can pull down. So Celebrity, if you read this, maybe consider that.

Port Reviews

We chose this for the wildlife and this cruise did not disappoint.

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