Celebrity Flora. Evolution Meets Revolution.
July 2019 | By Celebrity Cruises |
Celebrity Flora — the first ship designed for the Galapagos Islands. Step aboard the Galapagos Islands.
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity FloraSM , is the first ship of its kind ever to be designed and built specifically with the destination in mind – in this case, the captivating Galapagos Islands. In its creation, we followed in the footsteps of our revolutionary new ship, Celebrity EdgeSM, by designing Celebrity Flora in 3-D. This advanced technology let us experience every space on board in virtual reality to fine-tune every detail of the design before she’s even built. This process allows us to create the most state-of-the-art ship to ever sail the Galapagos Islands.
Celebrity Flora marks an evolutionary turning point in the approach to ship design by allowing the destination and its environment to inspire and influence every decision made. Our long-time, talented Celebrity partner, Francesca Bucci of BG Studio International, was trusted to create and execute our vision for Flora. Francesca’s design concept focused on sustainable luxury, so the interior of FloraSM pairs exquisite custom furnishings with intimate spaces that blend seamlessly with the sea, the islands, and the sky above. Flora’s design invites guests to celebrate the magnificent environment and connect with their surroundings from anywhere they are on Flora.
Francesca’s design also thoughtfully honors the heritage of the Galapagos islands by sourcing upscale and sustainable materials, including chic and comfortable furniture created by world-renowned designer, Adriana Hoyos, an Ecuadorian native. Adriana’s furniture collection for Flora is inspired by the landscape and character of the diverse islands of the Galapagos. She uses local elements that connect organically with the environment, which helps make Flora as unique as the Galapagos Islands themselves.
Celebrity Flora also features our innovative outward-facing design that makes the destination the center of attention to create a definite connection between guests, the ocean, and the stunning islands. By focusing the direction of spaces outward at every opportunity (including suites and even bathrooms), we virtually erase the boundaries between ship and destination to create a sense of truly being in the destination, experiencing the destination, instead of just visiting it.
Despite all the technology and concentrated focus on the destination, there’s another important element we took into consideration in the design of Celebrity Flora—YOU (our guests). We know modern explorers have high expectations when it comes to traveling in comfort, and we set our sights on exceeding every expectation to create a modern experience that stayed true to the destination experience. In setting out to meet our goal, we turned our attention to the most important space for our guests, the accommodations. Celebrity Flora offers the largest and most luxurious accommodations in the Galapagos Islands. In fact, every stateroom on board is a Suite with incredible design features, including full room automation. With just the touch of a button, you can adjust your lighting, air conditioning, curtains, even the Infinite Veranda, so you can set just the right mood for every moment you’re in your suite. You’ll also enjoy indulgent services and amenities that make unwinding after a day of adventures in the islands easier than ever.
Every suite will have a Personal Suite Attendant whose number one goal is making sure you never have to lift a finger on your vacation. From helping you unpack when you arrive and keeping your personal mini-bar stocked with your favorite beer, sodas and water to bringing you your morning espresso (or cappuccino, or American coffee—it’s your call), your Personal Suite Attendant delivers seamless service throughout your entire vacation.
Not only will your Personal Suite Attendant pamper you—every guest will also be indulged with premium services and amenities, including a welcome bottle of Champagne or Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine; king-size beds from our premium linens and a pillow menu; plush 100% cotton bathrobes and bath towels, bedroom slippers, and custom- designed, luxury bath amenities from Kuno (a local Ecuadorian brand to support local business); unlimited Wi-Fi access; complimentary 24-hour room service and full in-suite breakfast, lunch, and dinner service; local chocolates on your pillow at turn down, complimentary laundry service twice per cruise, in-suite Daily Delectables (to satisfy your afternoon cravings), integrated drinking water filtration systems in each suite, binoculars, and more. When you book a Royal or Penthouse Suite, you’ll enjoy an in-suite espresso machine and even receive a personalized, embroidered bathrobe you can take home with you. All this to ensure that your visit to these primitive islands is anything but primitive on board.
There’s nothing that connects you to a place better than being outdoors there— breathing the air, seeing the sights, and feeling its spirit in the breezes, in the smells, in the sky above. On Celebrity Flora, we’ve created incredible opportunities to be outdoors and be immersed in the Galapagos Islands like never before. The Marina is a new concept for our fleet and was designed specifically with the Galapagos Islands in mind. Located on Deck 3, The Marina is the primary point of access to the ship—where you’ll feel like you’re boarding a high-end yacht for a week of adventure. Large enough to hold 36 guests, it’s at water level and offers direct access to the ocean.
The platform of The Marina serves as the gateway to the Galapagos Islands via Flora’s exclusive, custom-built Novurania tenders that will transport you in comfort and style. They feature stairs with a metal railing that fits flush against the open aft of The Marina to allow you to walk directly in and out of the tenders. This creates a seamless ship to shore transportation system that makes it even easier to go exploring the islands—a first in the Galapagos.
The custom Novurania tenders are the perfect vehicle for the Celebrity Galapagos experience. They’re designed to hold up to 18 guests, but we’ll only have 10 guests per tender, so everyone will enjoy plenty of space. The tenders also feature a hydraulic ramp that makes wet landings in the islands much more convenient— and less wet. It can also be used as a platform that makes getting on and off for snorkeling much easier. They have more features than a standard tender, including storage space for snorkel gear, and have interior seating, in case you’re not comfortable sitting on the sides of the tender. They also feature rubber grips on the sides for a comfortable place to hold on while you explore the islands. Celebrity Flora has two tender garages that conveniently hold all six Novurania tenders, so they’re completely out of the way when not in use.
The Marina has everything you need, whether you’re heading out to explore the islands or you’re returning from a day’s adventures. The ship’s tenders pull right up onto the platform, so getting in and out is quick and easy. There’s a supply area to house all the equipment you may need for your day’s activities, including wet suits, fins, masks, snorkels, and life vests. There’s also a rinsing station, complete with plush towels for drying off, so when you come back from your journeys ashore (or in the water), you can quickly rinse off before stepping inside.
A staircase leads from The Marina to the Sunset Lounge, another exceptional outdoor space perfect for unwinding and enjoying being a part of the magical islands around you. The Sunset Lounge features a hot tub you can slip into for a muscle-soothing soak, shaded areas to escape the rays and sunning places to catch them. This is an intimate outdoor area with cozy, eco-conscious furniture, including chaise lounges and tables that invite you to sink in and reflect on the days activities, gaze at the views, enjoy your favorite beverage or cocktail—or all of these at once. The Sunset Lounge is a great meeting place to gather and get prepared before going down to The Marina, stepping into the tenders, and embarking on a day of discovery. The natural materials used in The Sunset Lounge (and everywhere on board, for that matter) creates an atmosphere that blends in with the destination and blur the boundaries between being on board and being in the islands.
Aboard Celebrity Flora, we take relaxing in style to incredible new heights—all the way up on Deck 7—where every venue gives you a different opportunity to experience the great outdoors. Starting with The Vista, an inviting space with a relaxed, comfortable, modern vibe. This open-air hideaway is the ultimate place for unwinding. Take a dip in the plunge pool. Sink into a luxurious, cocoon-style lounger with a favorite book (or drift off for a recharging nap). Get comfortable in one of the private cabanas to enjoy cocktails with new friends or just enjoy some quiet time on your own. A South Beach chic lounge area creates the perfect spot for chilling in the sun or gazing up at the stars. Watch the brilliant sunrise. Enjoy cocktails. Recap your memories of the day with friends. Take a dip. Sun bathe. Watch the stunning sunset. The Vista is the hot spot in the Galapagos Islands to do all of this and more.
Ask anyone who’s been to the Galapagos Islands about the night sky, and you’ll see their eyes light up as bright as the stars. With no ambient light coming from cities, the stars in the sky over the Galapagos Islands are a brilliant sight to see. And, there’s no better place on Celebrity Flora to witness these celestial marvels than our Stargazing platform. Located on Deck 8, this space is designed for looking skyward at night, but during the day it offers unobstructed, panoramic views of the islands. At night, enjoy guided stargazing tours with our Naturalist or guest speakers, or just view the spectacle in awe on your own. Whether you’re gazing in sunlight or starlight, the Stargazing platform is the place to be. We even provide the telescopes and binoculars.
Celebrity Flora has an incredible variety of places indoors to observe, unwind, reflect, and celebrate the Galapagos Islands, and every one of them, even though inside, will connect you to the sea and the islands with their unique outward-facing design. The materials used in these spaces are eco-conscious, sustainable, and reminiscent of the islands themselves, which help create an even greater connection to the natural beauty of this unique archipelago.
Darwin’s Cove is your introduction to the inside world of Celebrity Flora and is located on Deck 3, just inside The Marina, where you’ll board the ship. Darwin’s Cove houses the Guest Relations area where you’ll check in before heading to your suite and where you can go for any questions you may have during your sailing. You’ll also find cold towels, infused waters, and other refreshments here that are just what you’ll want after a long day of exploration shoreside.
Within Darwin’s Cove you’ll also find The Lab—another first in the Galapagos Islands. The Lab is Celebrity Flora’s center of information and discovery, as it’s an actual functioning research facility. Explore The Lab on your own or join one of our Naturalists who’ll gladly to teach you about this incredible chain of islands. We hope every guest takes advantage of this enriching space, because discovering more about the islands and their inhabitants before seeing them up-close will help make your time ashore even more memorable.
Celebrity Flora will be the first vessel in the Galapagos to be equipped with cutting-edge oceanographic equipment, known as Oceanscope. The program builds on our long relationship with University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science that will benefit from Celebrity Flora’s consistent itinerary to create a perfect way for scientists to gather and measure data on ocean circulation dynamics, surface temperatures, and information critical to the prediction of El Niño and La Niña. All findings gathered by Flora will be brought back to the ship for guests to view on board and become open source data, globally accessible, a first for scientists and anyone with a passion for information.
Adjacent to Darwin’s Cove is the Naturalist Center, where our environmental efforts in the Galapagos Islands are displayed. Darwin’s Cove also serves as a meeting place for groups before they head out on shore excursions, and a place to interact with crew members, including the Lead Naturalist and the Naturalist team, regarding anything from daily activities to casual conversations.
Forgot something at home? Looking for a souvenir to take home that’s the perfect reminder of your trip in the Galapagos Islands? Don’t worry. There’s a shop where we hope you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.
Just above Darwin’s Cove, on Deck 4, is The Discovery Lounge, which could have easily been named the hub of activity (we liked the Discovery Lounge much better). Here, you’ll enjoy presentations and briefings put on by our Naturalists. In fact, there are 11 Naturalists on board—that’s a 9:1 guest to Naturalist ratio—so you’ll have every opportunity to interact with and learn from the experts. In the Discovery Lounge specifically, you’ll learn all about the activities and excursions you’ll have
the opportunity to participate in during your cruise. The Naturalists and crew members will guide you in personalizing your experience in the islands to ensure your vacation is exactly what you’d hoped for.
But, the Discovery Lounge isn’t all business; here, you’ll find a full bar, a stage for entertainment, and comfortable seating, including sofas and lounge chairs for relaxing. The walls are almost all glass, so stunning views are a part of the ambiance. All-natural materials create the perfect complement to the islands just beyond the windows. When you’re not learning about opportunities to explore the islands, you’ll be socializing, unwinding, or being thoroughly entertained by performances and conversations with your crew, team of Naturalists, and fellow explorers.
Want to learn even more about the Galapagos wildlife? The history of the islands? The sea life in the water just below your ship? Head up to the Observatory on deck seven, where you’ll find a library dedicated to the Galapagos Islands. Not only is there a library, but there’s an inviting area to cozy up with the books you chose from the library. The space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows (yes, there’s a reason we named it the Observatory), so stunning views surround you and make you feel connected to the environment—even as you learn about it. Want to play cards with newfound friends? Tables with comfortable chairs make this the perfect place for that. The Observatory serves many purposes, all of which are designed to enrich your experience on board—and in the destination itself.
You’ll be very active exploring the Galapagos Islands, from snorkeling to hiking, you’ll be on the go. But, if you feel you aren’t getting enough daily activity, we offer our Spa & Fitness area, on deck 5, where you can continue your fitness regime with a variety of aerobic machines and weight training equipment. Or, if all the activity has your muscles looking for some relief, we offer a serene spa room where you can enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating massage to prepare you for the following day’s explorations.
We know the daily excursions, activity, and excitement build up a healthy appetite. Don’t worry, you know us. As you’d come to expect from a Celebrity Cruises vacation, we take our culinary expertise very seriously. Our dedication to providing you the best possible dining on board knows no boundaries or borders (just like the innovative spaces on board Celebrity Flora). In the Galapagos Islands, we’re feature menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chef. He’s dedicated to creating an authentic dining program by sourcing the freshest, local ingredients and using the highest quality, sustainable seafood available. All this means you’ll have a culinary journey in the Galapagos like no one else provides.
With two dining venues and other lite bites, refreshments, and room service available, you’ll have every opportunity to satisfy your cravings on Celebrity Flora. The main restaurant, Seaside Restaurant on Deck 4, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a dinner menu that offers Celebrity Signature dishes every night throughout your cruise as well as Ecuadorian inspired dishes that change nightly. This spacious restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout offering stunning vistas to complement the mouthwatering meals you’ll enjoy here. We like to refer to the atmosphere here as upscale casual. The design elements—from the natural stone floor to the sustainable, hard wood chairs (comfortably upholstered, of course)—are all-natural materials to highlight the natural beauty of the islands.
The second restaurant on board Celebrity Flora is Ocean Grill, an outdoor casual dining space that offers panoramic views during the day and stunning, starlit skies at night. Here, there’s every opportunity to enjoy both the destination and our culinary expertise daily. Ocean Grill offers a different lunch menu than the main restaurant, so you have a wide variety of choices to satisfy your inner foodie—both indoors and outdoors. From grilling up the highest quality, sustainable seafood from the area for lunch to what we like to call Dinner Under the Stars, Ocean Grill is the envy of any destination restaurant around.
Feeling a little hungry after returning from your excursions? We have light bites and refreshments available throughout the ship to satisfy that craving. Want a romantic dinner in your suite? We’ve got you covered with our complimentary room service.
So, you see, there’s every opportunity to enjoy our mouthwatering culinary experiences in the Galapagos Islands.
To accompany all the delicious dishes you’ll find on board, you’ll also find a wide variety of beverages to quench your thirst—or thrill your palate. From locally inspired cocktails, as well as the classics, that use local ingredients to a variety of craft beers. You’ll even have a wide range of South American wines to create the perfect pairing with your meals. You’ll also have sodas, juices, specialty coffees, and water available throughout your journey.
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