Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Flora is preparing to embark on her transatlantic journey to her new home in the Galapagos following an intimate delivery ceremony.
In honor of the moment, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain hosted a ceremony aboard Celebrity Flora, while docked in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Company and shipyard executives were also in attendance, plus more than 70 crew members, many of whom are Ecuadorian natives.
The 100-guest Celebrity Flora was designed specifically to explore the Galapagos. The new ship will feature Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design concept, giving guests 360-degree views of the islands, and all-suite accommodations – including 50-percent Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda – with service provided by personal attendants. Unique to Celebrity Flora are a glamping experience at sea, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, expert-led ecological seminars, and custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders.
With the launch of their newest ship, Celebrity had the opportunity to blend exploration and research by equipping Celebrity Flora with oceanographic research equipment, known as Oceanscope. The program 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.
The system will track and map the region while measuring sea-surface temperatures and gathering data critical to research prediction of El Niño and La Niña. All findings gathered by Celebrity Flora will become open source data.
Another first is that guests will be able to view the data through real-time visualizations on board the ship. These visualizations will give guests the opportunity to learn more about the Galapagos Islands region and its scientific importance.
Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making her first sailing on June 30, 2019. Bookings are open for the ship’s alternating seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries and selection of 10-, 11-, and 16-night packages, which feature either pre- or post-cruise expeditions.