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Celebrity Cruises will be bringing a new ship to the Galapagos Islands in 2019: the 100-passenger Celebrity Flora.

Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making her first sailing on May 26, 2019 (bookings are now open). She will sail on alternating 7-night inner and outer loop itineraries.

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, in a press release statement.

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 thus allowing more time for guests to explore the islands. On board, guests will find the Sunset Lounge, The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas, and the floor-to-ceiling glass-wrapped Observatory. Meanwhile, 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, while the Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views and Dinner Under the Stars.

The all-suite Celebrity Flora will offer an innovative outward-facing design that gives guests 360-degree views of the islands, and there’ll be personal suite attendants catering to guests’ every whim. Its 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. Other accommodation options include the Royal Suites, Ultimate Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda, Premium Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda and Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda.

“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 Leon, Ecuador’s minister of tourism, in a press release statement.

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