“We want to leave a destination in a better place than when we found it,” declared Celebrity Cruises’ President & CEO while cutting a hand-crafted green banana core ribbon on the line’s newest & more sustainable ship.
Celebrity Cruises’ earnest towards sustainability was emphasised to the world over the weekend, as it presented Celebrity Flora, a ship that was designed to care for and protect the precious islands through which it’ll cruise.
Describing Celebrity Flora as a ship that’ll travel the Galapagos “like never before”, President and CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, said it’s equipped with next-generation sustainable technology such as an advanced propulsion system and specially-designed diesel engines that’ll reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent and produce fewer air emissions.
The new ship has anchorless technology that’ll allow it to remain in position without digging into the sensitive seafloor system. It’s the first dynamic positioning for the Galapagos and it’s accompanied with zero speed stabilisers, ensuring guests have a smooth sailing throughout.
Other sustainable initiatives will be found on board Celebrity Flora such as in-room water filtration stations that’ll remove the need for single-use plastics, and a reuse air conditioning condensation unit through which the cruise line will be able to reuse water in the shipboard laundry facilities.
The ship also has a strict waste management system for any materials used on board that can be recycled, reused or donated, and it’ll have reverse osmosis equipment so seawater can be processed into fresh water.
“The ship is designed to showcase this amazing destination, giving our guests incredible memories — and underscoring the critical importance of protecting our planet’s fragile ecosystems.”
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises President & Chief Executive
Beyond sustainability, Celebrity Flora is an all-suite ship with 100 rooms providing guests with “every creature comfort”. This includes personal attendants.
She has the first-ever glamping experience at sea in the Galapagos – click here for more information -, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, expert-led ecological seminars and an outward facing design that gives passengers 360-degree views of the islands.
Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making its first sailing on 30 June 2019. Bookings are now open, click here for more information.
Celebrity Cruises used the launch of Celebrity Flora to also unveil its new partnership with non-profit EarthEcho International that aims to educate and inspire young people to follow a sustainable path.
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