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On the 24th of June, Celebrity Cruises officially launched the brand new Celebrity Flora. Designed specifically for the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Flora is the first mega yacht of its kind and intends to connect its guests to the incredible destination like never before.
Celebrity Flora was welcomed to our fleet in a sustainability-focused naming ceremony with the ship’s Godmother, environmental advocate and former World Wildlife Fund International President, Yolanda Kakabadse.
“Every once in a while, a unique ship comes along in the industry and changes things, and Celebrity Flora is that ship, The Galapagos is a truly unique destination and deserved a ship with sustainability at its core. Today was an incredibly special day, with a very special Godmother. Yolanda Kakabadse has been a moral force for sustainability, in Ecuador and around the world, and we are honoured to have her inspiration as Celebrity Flora sets sail.” - Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
“Our guests have never seen a destination quite like the beautiful Galapagos Islands, and the islands have never seen a ship quite like Celebrity Flora, perfectly blending intimate luxury with sustainability. The ship is designed to showcase this amazing destination, giving our guests incredible memories — and underscoring the critical importance of protecting our planet’s fragile ecosystems.” - Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises
As a nod to the ship’s sustainability and Celebrity Cruises’s commitment to The Galapagos Islands, the ribbon which is cut to trigger the ceremonial bottle-breaking was crafted by local female artisans known as Manos Magicas, and the Ecuadorian national anthem was sung by two schoolchildren from Ecuador.
“Being here in the beautiful Galapagos Islands on board Celebrity Flora has reminded me of one of my favourite quotes by Charles Darwin: ‘In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Darwin was right; this is the time to collaborate with all sectors of society, and permanently innovate to seek new ways to address development challenges. Tourism can be at the centre and Celebrity Flora is at the forefront.” - Yolanda Kakabadse
We are also proud to have announced a partnership with EarthEcho International, a nonprofit organization founded by Philippe Cousteau. Jr., to inspire young people to work towards a sustainable future. The programme will include youth-focused, environmental sustainability projects in the Galapagos Islands and activities for youth as part of our onboard programme.
“The launch of Celebrity Flora presents an incredible opportunity for EarthEcho International and Celebrity to jointly develop a meaningful and impactful, initiative that will engage and empower young environmental leaders both onboard and in the communities of the Galapagos Islands.” - Philippe Cousteau Jr.
Celebrity Flora is the most energy-efficient ship of its kind in the Galapagos. Offering 360-degree views, thanks to its outward facing design, and all-suite accommodation the ship is poised to impress. Celebrity Flora has brand new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, ecological seminars led by experts, custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders, not to mention the first-ever glamping experience at sea in the Galapagos! Celebrity Flora also has in-room water filtration stations and the ability to reuse air conditioning condensation to provide water to the shipboard laundry facilities.
In addition to these incredible features available for guests to enjoy, Celebrity Flora is the first vessel in the Galapagos to be equipped with Oceanscope - cutting-edge oceanographic research equipment. Scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science will use the data from Celebrity Flora to measure ocean circulation dynamics.
Thanks to an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines, Celebrity Flora has a 15-percent reduction of fuel consumption and equivalently fewer air emissions. Flora also has anchorless technology, which maintains the ship’s position without dropping an anchor - protecting the sensitive sea floor.
Celebrity Flora will sail year-round from Baltra completing alternating seven-night inner and outer loop Galapagos itineraries.
Find out more about Celebrity Flora and the Galapagos Islands.
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