In a first for any non-expedition focused cruise line, Celebrity Cruises is building a new vessel custom-designed for sailing the Galapagos archipelago. Celebrity Flora will be a 100-passegner all-suite vessel featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows throughout, the latest in environmentally friendly operating systems and all the comforts Celebrity cruisers expect from the line. It debuts May 26, 2019.
Celebrity Flora will feature environmentally friendly systems, including anchorless technology (dynamic positioning) that can maintain a ship's position while also protecting the sensitive sea floor. It will also be energy-efficient with a 15 percent reduction of fuel consumption and fewer air emissions thanks to an advance propulsion system, unique hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines. The ship will also feature the ability to convert sea water and air-conditioning condensation into fresh water, as well as provide in-room water filtration stations for even further purification.
Notable spaces onboard will include those reserved for dining, enrichment, relaxation and outdoor activities.
Seaside Restaurant (Deck 4): The main restaurant onboard is where breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Like most other spaces on Celebrity Flora, the Seaside Restaurant will feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views. Natural stone flooring and sustainable, hard wood chairs with comfortable upholstery are other hallmarks of the dining venue.
Ocean Grill: A casual, outdoor dining space with panoramic views, Ocean Grill will offer lunch and a culinary experience referred to as Dining Under the Stars. Menu will feature fresh, local ingredients and seafood cooked on an outdoor grill.
Cruisers may also opt for room service.
Enrichment & Entertainment
Discovery Lounge (Deck 4): The main gathering spot on the ship, Discovery Lounge is where cruisers will gather for presentations and to find out more about their excursion options. At night, the lounge transforms into an entertainment venue with full bar, stage for live entertainment and comfortable seating including sofas and lounge chairs.
The Observatory (Deck 7): A room with a view is putting it mildly. This upper-deck lounge will be wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows for stunning views from inside the ship. It's also the place to go to learn more about the Galapagos, with a library stocked with books about the wildlife and history of the region. Comfy chairs and tables make it an excellent place to just sit and watch the world go by.
Darwin's Cove (Deck 3): Darwin's Cove will house the Guest Relations area, and will also be the spot for cruisers to find cold towels, infused waters and other refreshments. This is also the meeting place for groups before they head out on shore excursions, as well as where passengers will find the naturalist team to ask about daily activities or to talk more about the Galapagos.
Naturalist Center (Deck 3): Passengers will find displays of Celebrity's environmental efforts in the small Naturalist Center, which has room for just 12 passengers at a time.
Celebrity Flora will be an all-suite vessel, with 50 rooms featuring oversized bathrooms, Infinite Verandas (which are being introduced on Celebrity Edge) or actual balconies and personal suite attendants. Suites will be decorated with sustainable, regionally inspired materials.
Penthouse Suites: The ship's two Penthouse Suites will each be 1,288 square feet in size with separate bedroom and living space, customizable lighting and shades. The bedroom will feature a king-sized bed and floor-to-ceiling windows, while the sitting area with have a flat-screen TV, two sofas, a glass table with chairs for in-cabin dining and a telescope for stargazing or wildlife spotting. The bathroom in the Penthouse Suites will have a spa-like shower, a double vanity, separate toilet area and spa tub that faces one wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The private 321-squre-foot balcony will feature two daybeds.
Royal Suites: There will also be two 559-square-feet Royal Suites with a separate living area with sofa and desk, bedroom and 129-square-foot balcony with sun bed, chairs and small table.
Ultimate Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda: Celebrity Flora will have a single 365-squre-foot Ultimate Sky Suite. The modern layout of the space features a glass divider with a coral-like design separating the bedroom and bathroom into two distinct spaces. The bedroom will have a sofa, two chairs, large flat-screen TV and king-sized bed that faces outward, while the bathroom will feature a glass-enclosed spa tub and shower that faces the floor-to-ceiling window. The Infinite Veranda concept gives cruisers the option to have an indoor sun room like space or open the windows for a French balcony experience.
Premium Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda: There will be seven, slightly smaller Premium Sky Suites (337 square feet) with Infinite Verandas, with nearly identical layouts to the Ultimate Sky Suite.
Sky Suites with Infinite Verandas: There will be 16 330-square-foot Sky Suites with Infinite Verandas, with a nearly identical layout to the Ultimate Sky Suite.
Sky Suite with Balcony: Lastly, there will be 22 Sky Suites with balcony. These 330-square-foot rooms feature a 75-square-foot balcony (with lounge furniture and table) and king-sized bed facing the floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathroom will have a large vanity with two faucets.
Cruisers looking to unwind after a day exploring the islands can do so in several venues. The Vista will be an open-air lounge with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers, private cabanas and a Jacuzzi, while the Sunset Lounge offers a plunge pool, chaise lounges and tables for relaxing with a drink (a small bar is located here).
The Marina on Deck 3 will be the primary point of access to the ship and will accommodate up to three Zodiacs for easy loading and unloading of passengers. It will also have a supply area to house all the equipment needed for outdoor fun, including wet suits, fins, masks, snorkels and life vests, as well as a rinsing station.
There will also be a Stargazing Platform on Deck 8, complete with telescopes for late-night astronomy lessons.
Celebrity Flora will sail the Galapagos Islands year-round from Baltra on alternating seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries.