Christian Stan, at 17 Nov. 17, in Cruise, News

A new ‘eco-friendly’ ship designed specifically for the Galapagos islands has been announced by Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity Flora’s outward-facing design will give its 100 guests all-round views of the South American archipelago famous for its wildlife

The all-suite ship, to be introduced in May 2019, will also offer new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform and a marina with room for three Zodiac boats at once. Other features include the Sunset Lounge, open-air hideaway The Vista with private cabanas, and the floor-to-ceiling glass-wrapped Observatory.

Three meals a day will be served in the Seaside Restaurant while the Ocean Grill will offer great views and dinner under the stars.

Two penthouse suites will be the largest in the Galapagos with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customisable lighting and blinds, and a telescope for looking at the stars or watching wildlife. Information on the islands will be provided in Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center, while expert speakers will give talks in the Discovery Lounge.

To protect the sea floor, Celebrity Flora will use anchorless technology to maintain its position. It will be one of the most energy efficient ships in its class, lowering fuel consumption and cutting air emissions thanks to an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines.

The need for plastics on board will be cut by in-room water filtration stations and by converting sea water and air conditioning condensation into clean supplies. Any materials that can be recycled, reused or donated will be.

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