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Introducing Celebrity Flora: The Celebrity Revolution Continues with a New Ship Designed for the Galapagos Islands

Celebrity Flora seamlessly combines modern luxury, sustainability and design, redefining the expedition travel experience

MIAMINov. 16, 2017 – Celebrity Cruises unveils another stunning revolution in ship design: Celebrity Flora is an elevated and inspired approach to marine exploration, meticulously designed expressly for the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands.

One of the most energy-efficient ships of its size in the diverse archipelago[1], the 100-guest Celebrity Flora will offer seamless sea-to-shore transportation, and includes anchorless technology that maintains the ship’s position while protecting the sensitive sea floor. Innovative outward-facing design gives guests 360-degree views of the islands, while personal suite attendants, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, and expert-led ecological seminars will round out the modern luxury vacation experience.

Celebrity Flora marks another example of our revolutionary ship design by allowing the destination and its environment to influence every decision we’ve made,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “From the luxurious all-suite accommodations to industry-first, eco-friendly innovations, we created a ship that brings a new level of luxury, sustainability and natural exploration to the region. Guests will feel as though they’re boarding a high-end yacht for a week of unparalleled adventures, and they are!”

“We are very pleased with the announcement of Celebrity Cruises' decision to build a cruise vessel with cutting-edge technology, designed specifically to operate around our wonderful islands,” said Enrique Ponce de León, Ecuador's Minister of Tourism. “Celebrity Flora will undoubtedly mark a very important milestone in the tourism development of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, offering high quality and sustainable tourism.”

Designed with the Destination in Mind:
The natural beauty of the islands, the diversity and uniqueness of the species that it harbors earned this archipelago the reputation of being a living laboratory of evolutionary processes still in progress. The region made room for the development of a large number of flora and fauna that do not exist anywhere else in the world, making the Galapagos a very unique place of global importance for the common heritage of humanity.

Featuring Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design, Celebrity Flora virtually erases boundaries and brings this typically remote destination closer to guests. Educational, research-based programming gives travelers an opportunity to continue learning about the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands.

The Marina is the primary point of access to the ship and can accommodate up to three Zodiacs at once, reducing transport time to and from land and allowing more time for guests to explore the practically untouched islands. While onboard guests will unwind in the Sunset Lounge, find solace in The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas, and enjoy the breathtaking surrounds in the floor-to-ceiling glass-wrapped Observatory.

Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center provide a bounty of information on the destination, wildlife and environmental efforts, while the Discovery Lounge will be home to Naturalist presentations and excursion information. Guests can participate in a guided astronomy tour or enjoy star-lit skies on their own from the Stargazing Platform.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant. The Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views and Dinner Under the Stars, or guests can choose from an indulgent in-room dining experience.

Sophisticated Accommodations, Attentive Service:
Celebrity Flora transports travelers in all-suite accommodations featuring oversized bathrooms perfect for post-adventure refreshing. These modern retreats bring the outside in through Celebrity’s signature outward-facing layouts and heralded Infinite Verandas, and come complete with sustainable, natural, regionally inspired materials. Personal suite attendants cater to guests’ every need.

Celebrity Flora’s two Penthouse Suites are the largest in the Galapagos with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customizable lighting and shades, and a telescope for stargazing or sea lion-peeping. Guests can also find relaxation in Royal Suites, Ultimate Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda, Premium Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda and Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda.

Environmental Stewardship and Innovation:
Celebrity Flora is one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class, with a 15 percent reduction of fuel consumption and equivalently fewer air emissions[2], thanks to the introduction of an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines. Two more firsts in the Galapagos, Celebrity Flora’s dynamic positioning system allows the ship to stay in position without physically anchoring and damaging the sea floor, with zero speed stabilizers promising smooth sailing throughout.

Celebrity will reduce the need for plastics onboard by introducing in-room water filtration stations and by converting sea water and air conditioning condensation into pure, fresh water. Any materials that can be recycled, reused or donated will be as part of a strict waste management system.

"I think this is a clear example of an intelligent investment, not only because the boat design was thought with the characteristics of the Galapagos, but because it is based on the best technology available to protect a Natural Heritage of Humanity,” said Walter Bustos, Director of Galapagos National Park. “This proposal is a mix of experiences and education so that each visitor returns to their country with a different mindset, more committed to the conservation of the environment, which is one of the objectives of the Galapagos National Park "

Experience the Evolution of Travel in the Galapagos:
Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making her first sailing on May 26, 2019. Bookings are now open at www.celebritycruises.com/galapagos/ships/celebrity-flora or through a travel agent, for the ship’s alternating seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries.

About Celebrity Cruises:
Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers’ precious time. Celebrity Cruises' 12 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents incredible cruise tour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of five cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel agent.

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[1] When compared to Celebrity’s Xpedition Class
[2] When compared to Celebrity’s Xpedition Class

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Just above Darwin’s Cove, on Deck 4, is the Discovery Lounge. Here, guests will enjoy presentations and briefings put on by Celebrity’s own Naturalists. Guests will learn all about the activities and excursions they’ll have the opportunity to participate in during their cruise. The Naturalists and crew members will guide guests in personalizing their experience in the islands to ensure their vacation is exactly what they’d hoped for.
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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 guests will find a library dedicated to the Galapagos Islands. Not only is there a library, but there’s an inviting area to cozy up with books they chose from the library. The space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, so stunning views surround guests and make them feel connected to the environment.
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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 Celebrity’s culinary expertise daily. From grilling up the highest quality, sustainable seafood from the area for lunch to what Celebrity is calling Dinner Under the Stars, Ocean Grill is the envy of any destination restaurant around.
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There are two Penthouse Suites on Celebrity Flora, and they’re the largest, most luxurious suites sailing the Galapagos Islands. With up to 1,288 total square feet of indulgent home-away-from-home comfort, these lush havens are the ultimate complement to this extraordinary destination.
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The separate Penthouse Suite bedroom features a king-size bed, fitted with our Cashmere Collection Bedding, facing the floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a large seating area with a flat-screen TV and comfortable chairs for waking up with a morning coffee or slowing down with for a nightcap.
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The Penthouse Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the private, spacious veranda and the sea beyond, and there’s a telescope to help guests get a closer view of the islands during the day and the stars above at night; step out on the veranda and relax in cozy chaise loungers, while gazing out over the sea—or up at the stars.
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The Premium Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda offers all the indulgences of the Ultimate Sky Suite, just in a slightly smaller package. The modern layout of these rooms offers a glass divider with a coral-like design that separates the bedroom and bathroom into two distinct spaces.
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The Premium Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda offers all the indulgences of the Ultimate Sky Suite, just in a slightly smaller package. The modern layout of these rooms offers a glass divider with a coral-like design that separates the bedroom and bathroom into two distinct spaces.
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The second largest suite on board, the two Royal Suites are modern refuges thoughtfully designed to pamper guests and highlight the destination. With 560 total square feet feature a separate living area, bedroom, and private veranda.
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The second largest suite on board, the two Royal Suites are modern refuges thoughtfully designed to pamper guests and highlight the destination. With 560 total square feet feature a separate living area, bedroom, and private veranda.
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The main restaurant, Seaside Restaurant on Deck 4, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This spacious restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, offering stunning vistas to complement the mouthwatering meals they will enjoy here. Celebrity likes 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.
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The Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda offers all the unique ability to create an open-air room with the touch of a button for a greater connection to the sea and the islands. These rooms offer a modern layout where the bedroom and bathroom are separated by a glass divider featuring a coral-like design.
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The Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda offers all the unique ability to create an open-air room with the touch of a button for a greater connection to the sea and the islands. These rooms offer a modern layout where the bedroom and bathroom are separated by a glass divider featuring a coral-like design.
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The perfect sanctuary in the Galapagos Islands, the Sky Suite with Veranda offers a private, spacious 75-square-foot veranda and a large flat-screen TV. The king-sized bed faces the floor-to-ceiling windows, the veranda, and the glorious Galapagos Islands beyond. The signature Cashmere Collection Bedding invites guests to sink into it.
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The perfect sanctuary in the Galapagos Islands, the Sky Suite with Veranda offers a private, spacious 75-square-foot veranda and a large flat-screen TV. The king-sized bed faces the floor-to-ceiling windows, the veranda, and the glorious Galapagos Islands beyond. The signature Cashmere Collection Bedding invites guests to sink into it.
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The Vista is an open-air hideaway and the ultimate place for unwinding: exhale in the jacuzzi, 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.
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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. From the luxurious all-suites accommodations that incorporate sustainable, natural materials that complement the destination, to the dynamic positioning system that enables the ship to stay on station without the use of anchors to help protect the seas, Celebrity has created a ship that truly differentiates between visiting this incredible corner of the world and experiencing it.
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