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  1. We are looking at Galapagos in case we are not able to do our NZ/Australia trio in 2021. Any feedback on selecting either the inner and outer loop would be appreciated. Also room selection on the Flora.
  2. Hey everyone, our trip to the Galapagos onboard Celebrity Flora is getting closer & closer, and we're very excited, but also getting anxious about some aspects of the trip we're unaware of. I'll post some of these questions below and please provide any info you may have based on your experience.Please keep in mind that we're on the Flora, so if you've been to the Galapagos with Celebrity on a different ship that your experience may differ, so please specify if you were not on the Flora. Thanks for any help, tips, isights, answers and info anyone can shed on our questions: 1) Our main concern is wet landings/getting off the zodiacs and onto land/shore. I've read here that it's inevitable that you'll get your feet and part of your legs wet. How did you manage this? Did you have water shoes that doubled as hiking/walking shoes? Did you disembark into the shallow water with water shoes, then take the time to dry your feet and put your hiking shoes on? This is our first "expedition" type cruise, so we have no idea about these kinds of things. I've heard that the new zodiacs on Flora have a new design to make landings easier, but that you still have to step into water. Any insight is helpful. 2) Is sunscreen part of the amenities provided onboard? With all the eco-concerns, do they provide hair conditioner in guest rooms on board? 3)In case we forget any important gear, does the boat have a shop where can purchase hats or sunglasses, etc? 4)Some people said to bring a long sleeve sun shirt/rash guard to put over the provided wet suits. Does this mean that the provided wet suits are sleeveless? 5)Does the cruise line disinfect scuba gear or should I bring my own sanitary wipes ? 6)What is the dress code for the dining room? We tend to be on the more formal side and I'm considering bringing a jacket for the dinner, but I've from a cruiser on another boat that he was in jeans and a t-shirt. I'm assuming there is no enforced dress code nor a formal night, but in general how do people dress for dinner? Any info or tips are helpful. Thanks for your time.
  3. Why is a Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda a higher category than Sky Suite with "true" Verandah? We have a hold on a Guarantee, and they have assigned us an Infinite Verandah, but I rather have a true balcony so sit outside. The Infinite is just a window that opens at the top only.....Am I wrong? TIA!
  4. My husband (70)and I (67) are on the Flora on March 8 excursion. We’ve only snorkeled once and I am not sure if I’m going to be that adventuresome. If I choose not to do the snorkeling, are there other options while the rest of the guests or snorkeling?
  5. This is a 3 minute slideshow showing some of the highlights of our recent Celebrity Flora Cruise and optional land tours to Quito, Lima, the Sacred Valley, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu. To say it was the trip of a lifetime is an understatement. We highly recommend this adventure to any and all travelers who want to experience something they cannot duplicate anywhere else on this planet. Celebrity did an over the top, exceptional job in every aspect. We felt thoroughly coddled throughout our journey and totally wrapped in their big embrace. Accommodations, cuisine, tours all FIRST CLASS. Simply amazing!! IMG_0316.MOV
  6. We are planning to cruise the Galapagos on the Flora in June of 2021. I have a few questions about the booking process and what discounts I might be entitled to as well as a few about the ship. We shall be 3 adults and one 15 year old and we plan to book the lowest category, partly due to cost but also as I would much prefer a proper balcony. Although we have never sailed Celebrity before we are Emerald in Royal’s Crown and Anchor club. When we book on Royal we get discounts due to our status and also further discounts due to our play in the casino. I’m not expecting a casino discount as there is no casino on board, but should I expect a discount due to our C+A status and should I call the Celebrity Casino booking number regardless. Am I also right in thinking my trip on Flora will contribute to my C+A status? I realise these cruises have limited numbers, hence the 18+ months of planning, but how realistic are hopes of price reductions after booking and before final payment? Currently the base price is $8999 per person which we are OK with but would naturally prefer to pay less. I have noticed there are GTY rooms offered but they are not showing as available of our chosen dates. If/when they do become available, is there much of a saving over picking a suite? I notice that sometimes the price includes Quito hotels before and after as well as flights to Baltra. I’m trying to compare costs us doing Quito under our own steam and booking the flights ourselves. Any ideas on the expected weather for June? I see August can be the coldest and see then that sea temps are a chilly 65. Is June better? And is June a particularly good or bad month for seeing the creatures? Finally, we have also noticed Silver Seas are launching the Origin next year. It appears to be a sister ship to The Flora albeit under a different brand? Looking at costs, I think Silver Seas will be about 10% more expensive for an experience that looks very similar. Are there any reasons that you think should make me consider Silver Seas further? Would really appreciate any feedback
  7. News Release Issued: Apr 25, 2019 (10:26am EDT) Celebrity Cruises Announces Three Revolutionary Partnerships Ahead Of Celebrity Flora's Debut The reveal marks Celebrity's commitment to the Galapagos Islands and environmental stewardship Video(1) Photos(6) ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, April 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With just 66 days until the official debut of Celebrity Flora, Celebrity Cruises has unveiled three new cutting-edge partnerships for the revolutionary new ship: A world-renowned conservationist turned Godmother, a one-of-a-kind designer with an unmatched vision, and a leading university specializing in marine and atmospheric sciences. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8219058-celebrity-cruises-partnerships-celebrity-flora/ "We are also thrilled to unveil three one-of-a-kind partnerships, which help underscore our passion for protecting this beautiful archipelago," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "Each of these new partners are helping shape a better tomorrow for our planet in one way or another – whether it's through the research, sustainable material sourcing or conservation – and we couldn't be prouder to be a part of this sea change." Lutoff-Perlo also added: "These new partnerships are accentuating the already incredible work we've done with our other partners, including the amazing Francesca Bucci of BG Studio International, a New York City hospitality design firm – who designed every aspect of this stunning new ship – and the world-renowned marine scientist and regional destination expert Dr. Ellen Prager – who crafted new and exciting science- and discovery-based programming exclusive to Celebrity Flora." A GODMOTHER WITH PURPOSE Naturally, sharing Celebrity's passion for environmental stewardship was the most important factor in choosing a godmother for one of the most eco-friendly ships of its size in the Galapagos Islands. No one was a better match than Yolanda Kakabadse. Recognized as a prominent environmental leader and a global champion of sustainable development and biodiversity preservation, Kakabadse is a former Minister of Environment for the Republic of Ecuador and a former president of both the International Union for Conservation of Nature and World Wildlife Fund International. Kakabadse is passionate about reducing the economic, social, and environmental impacts of food waste, and is a member of Champions 12.3. She has dedicated her career to leaving the world a better place. "The Galapagos Islands are an ecological treasure and I am excited to showcase its one-of-a-kind biodiversity through Flora," said Kakabadse. "I am proud to partner with a company that is committed to sustainability in the Galapagos and showing leadership on an issue critical to sustain this beautiful ecosystem, food waste." As part of Celebrity's more than 20-year repertoire of environmental efforts and inspired by the work of Celebrity Flora's Godmother, the brand is pleased to partner with Kakabadse to further focus on continued efforts to further reduce the any food waste and to create passionate advocates for conservation in every guest who sails. UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF THE OCEAN Located at the intersection of five ocean currents are the lush Galapagos Islands, with their world-famous ecology featuring some of the most diverse flora and fauna anywhere in the world. Understanding how those currents and weather patterns have impacted development of the unique island environment and wildlife is a key part of conserving the one-of-a-kind archipelago for years to come. With the launch of their newest ship, Celebrity Cruises had the opportunity to blend exploration and research by making Celebrity Flora the first vessel in the Galapagos to be equipped with cutting-edge oceanographic research equipment, known as Oceanscope. The program builds on a more than 20-year relationship with University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science that benefits from a cruise ship's consistent itinerary to create a perfect and cost-effective way for scientists to gather and measure ocean circulation dynamics. The system will track and map the region while measuring sea-surface temperatures and gathering data critical to research prediction of El Niño and La Niña. All findings gathered by Celebrity Flora will become open source data – globally accessible to research – a first for scientists around the world and anyone with a passion for this information. "Celebrity Flora's repeated circumnavigations of the Galapagos Archipelago will not only yield data essential to understanding the physical system that has created and maintains the unique Galapagos ecosystem but will be an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the effects of global weather and climate upon eastern equatorial Pacific circulation and regional ocean acidification," said Peter B. Ortner, Research Professor, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. DESTINATION-INSPIRED DESIGN When Celebrity set out to build the first ship designed with the Galapagos in mind, the brand knew it needed to bring on a designer whose aesthetic not only drew inspiration from the region, but who also had a personal connection to this one-of-a-kind destination and would complement the stunning ship design by BG Studio. Ecuadorian-native Adriana Hoyos was the perfect choice. A renowned interior and furniture designer, Hoyos pulls inspiration from her heritage and her extensive travels and highlights sustainable materials when crafting a new collection. Her one-of-a kind pieces can be found throughout the Discovery Lounge, Penthouse Suites and the Marina, complementing the ship design with local elements that connect to the destination organically. "The Galapagos have always been a great inspiration for my work. Each island has different elements like the sand, the volcanic ashes, the leaves and all of those textures put together have a place in my furniture. That is why we chose selected pieces to complement the ship' design with local elements that will connect organically to the design of the cruise," said Hoyos. "The ship is unique and Galapagos is a unique place as well!" EXPERIENCE THE EVOLUTION OF TRAVEL IN THE GALAPAGOS One of the most energy-efficient ships of its size in the diverse archipelago, the 100-guest Celebrity Flora is the first ship of its kind designed specifically for the Galapagos. The cutting-edge new ship will feature Celebrity's signature outward-facing design concept, giving guests 360-degree views of the islands, and all-suite accommodations – including an unprecedented 50% Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda – equipped with personal attendants. Unique to Celebrity Flora are the first-ever glamping experience at sea, new dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, expert-led ecological seminars, and custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders, which create a seamless sea-to-shore experience for guests. Celebrity Flora will sail from Baltra year-round, making her first sailing on June 30, 2019. Bookings are now open at www.celebritycruises.com/galapagos/ships/celebrity-flora or through a travel advisor, for the ship's alternating seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries and selection of 10-, 11-, and 16-night packages, which feature either pre- or post-cruise expeditions. About Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. Celebrity Cruises' 13 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents incredible Cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel advisor.
  8. We are booked for a cruise on the Flora next month and I have been hoping that someone on this board has now completed a trip and is willing to write a review. I am really excited and have the typical Cruise Critic questions- laundry? food? how to dress in the evenings (I know Galapagos cruises are very casual in general) and any other useful information. Thanks in advance!
  9. I will be sailing on the Flora next May and I'm excited to hear from the folks who just got back...
  10. If anyone is on the maiden voyage departing today, we would greatly appreciate any reviews, thoughts, comments or helpful tips as we are booked on this cruise on Dec. 1st of this year.
  11. DW and I are looking at flights, on the celebrity flights, it autofills "Quito" as the destination for a round trip flight, but I image that the meeting place for the 7 day Galapagos cruise would be in the Galapagos.
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