1. Celebrity Flora: Blending Education and Exploration
Celebrity Flora is dedicated to understanding the unique ecology and ocean currents of the Galapagos Islands in order to better protect and preserve them. Equipped with an innovative piece of equipment known as an Oceanscope, it will be the first ship of its kind which gathers data crucial to studying El Niño and La Niña. It’s a product of our 20-year relationship with the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, to whom our cruise itineraries provide access to gather and measure ocean circulation dynamics.
According to Peter B. Ortner, Celebrity Flora will “yield data essential to understanding the physical system that has created and maintains the unique Galapagos ecosystem”.
2. A Passionate Advovate For Sustainability
We’re thrilled to announce Celebrity Flora’s Godmother – Yolanda Kakabadse. A former Minister of Environment for the Republic of Ecuador and one-time President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the World Wildlife Fund International, we can think of no one more suited to representing one of the most eco-conscious ships sailing the Galapagos Islands.
Kakabadse is particularly passionate about the reduction of food waste, and together, it’s our aim to keep striving to make our ships more environmentally friendly in this manner. “I am proud to partner with a company that is committed to sustainability in the Galapagos and showing leadership on an issue critical to sustain this beautiful eco-system, food waste,” says Kakabadse.
3. A Ship Inspired By Its Destination
We wanted Celebrity Flora to feel part of its surroundings – a natural extension of the rare flora and fauna found in the Galapagos Islands. That’s why we enlisted Ecuadorian-native designer, Adriana Hoyos, to help. Her personal connection to, and passion for, the archipelago shines everywhere from the Penthouse Suite to the Discovery Lounge. Hoyos says that, “each island has different elements like the sand, the volcanic ashes, the leaves and all of those textures put together have a place in my furniture”. Look out for these organic elements when you set sail with us on Celebrity Flora.