Discover the Galapagos with Celebrity Cruises

Sinead Lonergan on 18 May 2021

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Named one of the Best New Cruise Ships & Itineraries in the World in the Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2020, the state-of-the-art Celebrity Flora® is the first ship of its kind to have been designed and built specifically with the thrilling destination of the Galapagos islands in mind.

Sailing these spectacular islands all year round, Flora® offers a choice of seven-night Inner Loop and Outer Loop itineraries. Whichever you choose, you’ll experience unforgettable encounters with the endemic wildlife the discovery of which led Charles Darwin on his journey to writing The Origin of the Species, the foundation of evolutionary biology.

I have outlined what you can expect on this truly once-in-a-lifetime trip. Note that a 7-night Galapagos cruise can be packaged with a pre -or post-adventure to the likes of Quito, Ecuador, Lima, Cuzco, Peru and the extraordinary Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Packages are available for 10, 11 or 16 nights; just let me know what appeals to you and Ill put together a proposal .

Unique Encounters and Insights

Giant tortoises, Galapagos hawks, finches, sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals are just some of the incredible animals you’ll see while travelling around the Galapagos; if you choose to snorkel, you’re likely to encounter sea turtles too. Landscapes to admire on your voyage of discovery include the likes of Daphne, a satellite volcanic cone with a crater floor that forms an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies and a cliff shore that is home to sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and tropical birds that you can see as you sail around it. Along the way, you’ll discover unique slices of history, such as Post Office Bay, Floreana Island – so named for being home to the post office barrel that was established around 1793, whereby pirates, buccaneers, whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships.

All-Inclusive Galapagos

On board Flora® you can sit back and take in the spectacular nature in the knowledge that everything is being taken care. That embraces menus expertly crafted by a Michelin-starred chef, unlimited drinks, room service, the use of snorkelling equipment and wet suits, and excursions led by Galapagos National Park certified naturalists.

Galapagos Glamping

In the first experience of its kind at sea, guests on the Flora® can spend a night stargazing with a naturalist using some of the top-deck cabanas, followed by an exclusive campfire-inspired dinner and then a night on deck, waking to the sunrise and a breakfast in bed that you’ll never forget.

All-suite accommodation

Celebrity Flora® suites are large and luxurious, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light flood in, specially designed balconies to take your accommodation virtually to the water's edge, and personal suite attendants to unpack for you and tend to your every request – summoned by the touch of a button. The natural materials inspired by the islands that are used in the decor ensure that the ship forms a true complement to its destination, merging seamlessly with its surroundings to create a greater connection with nature.

A Focus on Sustainability

From the natural materials used in the elegant interiors and the sustainably caught produce to the anchorless dynamic positioning system and the solar panels, Celebrity Flora® is one of the most eco-friendly and environmentally safe of ships.

Discovery Lounge

This relaxing spot is the place to hear presentations and briefings put on by Flora®’s own naturalists and to learn all about the activities and excursions you’ll have the opportunity to take part in during your cruise.

Book this bucket list adventure and take advantage of exclusive benefits including financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay. 2022 & 2023 dates available I look forward to hearing from you.

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