Celebrity Cruises has taken delivery of its new 100-passenger cruise ship, Celebrity Flora, which has been specifically designed for cruise to the Galapagos Islands.
The unique vessel, the first to be customer built for the Galapagos, was constructed in the Netherlands by De Hoop and was delivered during a hand over ceremony in Rotterdam.
Richard D. Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, said: “The delivery of Celebrity Flora is a momentous occasion. 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.”
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises, said: “More than two years of planning, collaboration and construction have led to this very exciting moment. Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of architects, artisans, engineers and more, we’re one step closer to the first-ever sailing of the beautiful Celebrity Flora, which will forever change the way guests experience the Galapagos. Travelers will soon be able to step on board our stunning 100-guest mega yacht with the largest and most luxurious all-suite accommodations in the Galapagos Islands.”
Celebrity Flora features a signature outward-facing design, offering 360-degree views. The ship has all-suite accommodation and also has Infinite Verandas which were first introduced on board Celebrity Edge.
A first at sea, the ship offers a glamping experience, new dining venues, an on-deck stargazing platform, expert seminars as well as state-of-the-art customer built tenders.
Celebrity Flora will sail from the Netherlands across the Atlantic to the Galapagos Islands, where she will offer cruises throughout the year. The first sailing from Baltra will depart on 30 June 2019.