The first ship designed specifically for the beautiful Galapagos Islands – Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Flora – is preparing to embark on her transatlantic journey to her new home following a delivery ceremony.
In honour of the significant moment – a culmination of more than two years of planning and 18 months of construction – Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman Richard 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 delivery of Celebrity Flora is a momentous occasion,” said Fain.
“Designing a new ship specifically for the Galapagos Islands was an exciting challenge and we think Celebrity Flora succeeded beautifully.
“It is of course luxurious – but it’s also the most energy-efficient ship of its kind in the region, which further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and protecting the vital ecosystem of this unique place.”
The cutting-edge new ship will feature Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design concept, giving guests 360-degree views of the islands, and all-suite accommodations – including an unprecedented 50-per cent Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda – with service provided by personal attendants.
Unique to Celebrity Flora is the first-ever glamping experience at sea, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, expert-led ecological seminars, and custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders, which create a seamless sea-to-shore experience.