The Galápagos Islands have become the world’s model for sustainable travel, and Celebrity Cruises® is making it easier than ever with the launch of Celebrity Flora.®
The isolated volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador are breathtaking in their beauty.
It’s the incredibly biodiverse wildlife and flora that draws travelers to the Galápagos Islands — from giant tortoises lumbering across rugged rocks to sweet-faced penguins expertly diving into crystal-clear Pacific waters. The islands are much more than a living zoo; collectively, they’re a national park and World Heritage site where sustainable initiatives are an essential part of your journey.
While only authorized tour operators are permitted in the Galápagos Islands, it’s important to do your own research when deciding how to get there. Celebrity Cruises has a long history sailing in this region with an eye toward responsible measures. Now, you can be a part of a groundbreaking movement aboard Celebrity Flora, launching in spring 2019 as the first ship of its kind that was purpose-built to cruise the Galápagos Islands in style.
State-of-the-art technology sets Celebrity Flora apart as one of the most environmentally safe ships to cruise these fragile waters. That includes a dynamic positioning system so the ship can stay in position without anchors, solar panels to supplement electricity supply, and an advanced propulsion system and hull configuration to lighten her carbon footprint. Using reverse osmosis, 100 percent of fresh water comes from the sea, and even air-conditioning condensation can be reused in the laundry facilities.
While complimentary amenities are always included, conservation measures will naturally be incorporated on Celebrity Flora. Step into your suite and you’ll spot a filtration system designed to refill your reusable water bottle — a gift as part of your voyage — while toiletries are provided in refillable containers. (What you won’t find on your ships are single-use straws and plastic bags.)
On these islands, every traveler must be accompanied by authorized naturalist guides. With Celebrity Cruises, not only do you have access to certified naturalists on your excursions, but they’ll impart their knowledge on board through presentations in the Discovery Lounge.
Cruise the Inner Loop to marvel over the astonishingly red beaches of Rábida Island inhabited by sea lions and Darwin’s finches, and visit Bartolomé Island to snorkel among colorful fish and the iconic Galápagos penguins. On a voyage through the Outer Loop, your days may be spent alongside guides who point out one of the very first post offices in this remote region, followed by an excursion into dark lava fields dotted with flamingo-filled lagoons.
The Leave No Trace philosophy is a matter of life and death on these islands. That means packing out all of your trash, not introducing any food, animals or plants into the archipelago, and even choosing biodegradable sunscreen to avoid harming the ecosystem. Your guides will keep you informed on all the need-to-know details throughout your voyage.
From your first sip of rich Ecuadorian coffee in the morning, dining is an essential part of the Celebrity Cruises experience. Feast on sustainable fare curated by a Michelin-starred chef, and end each day with decadent chocolate presented on your pillow — delighting in the knowledge that even the cacao was sourced from small, local producers.
All-inclusive voyages create an entirely effortless introduction to responsible travel when you sail with Celebrity Cruises. We’ll book your overnight stays with land tours in Quito before and after your voyage, along with a seven-night voyage through the Galápagos Islands that includes excursions and gratuities. Transform your point of view about the world, and gain a better understanding of your role in preserving all that nature has to offer.