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Celebrity Cruises Announces a New Expedition-Style Ship



Celebrity Cruises has unveiled another revolution in ship design: Celebrity Flora which will sail around the Galapagos Islands.

One of the most energy-efficient ships of its size in the archipelago, the 100-guest vessel will offer seamless sea-to-shore transportation and include anchoress technology that keeps the ship in place without damaging the sea floor.

Destination Focused

The natural beauty and diversity of the islands, as well as the uniqueness of the species that live there have piqued the curiosity of adventurers for centuries. The region has a large number of flora and fauna that don’t exist anywhere else in the world, making the Galapagos one of the most unique places on the globe.

Celebrity Flora will feature the cruise line’s outward-facing design, and will virtually erase boundaries to bring the destination closer to guests. Educational, research-based programming will give travelers a chance to continue learning about the wildlife-rich islands.

The Marina is the primary point of access to the ship and can accommodate up to three Zodiacs at once, reducing transport time to land for the guests. While onboard, passengers can unwind in the Sunset Lounge, relax in the open-air hideaway with 360-degree views called The Vista, and enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows in the Observatory. Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Center provide a wealth of information on the destination, and Discovery Lounge will hold Naturalist presentations and excursion information. Guests can also participate in guided astronomy tours or enjoy the starry skies on their own from the Stargazing Platform.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant. The Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space with panoramic views and Dinner Under the Stars, or guests can enjoy dining in their stateroom.

Accommodations & Environmental Stewardship

Celebrity Flora boasts all-suite accommodations with oversized bathrooms and Infinite Verandas. Personal suite attendants will tend to travelers’ every need. The ship’s two Penthouse Suites are the largest in the Galapagos, with separate indoor and outdoor living areas, customizable lighting and shades, and a telescope. There are also Royal Suites, Ultimate Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda, Premium Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda, and Sky Suites with Infinite Veranda.

The ship boasts a new advanced propulsion system, hull configuration, and specially designed diesel engines that set it apart from other ships in its class. Flora also has a dynamic positioning system that allows it to stay in position without anchoring, with zero speed stabilizers that promise smooth sailing throughout the entire journey.

The ship also offers in-room water filtration stations and convert sea water and air conditioning condensation into pure, fresh drinkable water, which reduces the need for plastics onboard.

Celebrity Flora wil sail from Baltra year-round, making her first voyage on May 26, 2019. Bookings are now open for the ship’s alternating seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries.

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Celebrity Cruises Announces 2019-20 Alaska and Pacific Coastal Schedule



Celebrity Cruises’ 2019 Alaska cruise season will feature 13 destinations with over 40 extended port visits on three ships in the region: Celebrity Solstice, Eclipse, and Millennium.

Celebrity Eclipse

Embark on round-trip sailings from Vancouver through the Inside Passage, visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Hubbard Glacier, and more. Guests aboard the ship can settle in with a blanket and some hot chocolate at The Lawn Club and watch the scenery go by. These sailings have been previously only offered aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Infinity.

The ship will also be visiting the Pacific Coast in 2019. Sailing roundtrip from Los Angeles, from Los Angeles to Vancouver, or from San Diego to Vancouver on a variety of seven to nine-night Pacific Coastal cruises. The season will feature 10 destinations including Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Catalina. Overnight stays in San Francisco mean that travelers can explore all of the city’s must-sees, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies.

Celebrity Millennium

Those looking to venture further into the expanse of the area can enjoy alternating open-jaw sailings out of Vancouver or Seward, Alaska aboard Celebrity Millennium.

Fresh from her expansive revitalization, the ship will return to Alaska with completely redesigned staterooms and renovated public areas for guests to enjoy along the Seward to Vancouver (or vice versa) route.

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Celebrity Solstice

Once again, Celebrity Solstice will embark from Seattle for a roundtrip adventure that visits Victoria, Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and traverses Tracy Arm Fjord. Under the night sky, guests can enjoy A Taste of Film, which pairs films that evoke a specific cultural, culinary, or destination experience with cuisine that brings the scenes to life through the taste buds.

Celebrity Cruises Cruisetours

Those looking for a more in-depth Alaskan experience are invited to embark on a Celebrity Cruises Alaska Cruisetour; a cruise voyage paired with a guided land tour deep into the heart of Alaska. With 11 cruisetours to choose from ranging from 9-13 nights, Celebrity Cruises offers Alaskan adventures to suit everyone’s preferences.

The Celebrity Canadian Rockies Cruisetour invites guests into the heart of the region, with an overnight rail journey aboard VIA Rial’s legendary train “The Canadian.” The route between Jasper and Vancouver offers daylight views of the mountains, which guests can take in from the domed cars, parlor cars, and their own private cabin. Travelers can choose from two different Canadian Rockies Cruisetour options ranging from 12-13 nights.

Celebrity Cruises’ Captain’s Club members have early priority access to begin planning their 2019 and 2020 vacations, two days before they open to the general public on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

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Celebrity Cruises to Have 5 Ships in Europe for 2019



Celebrity Cruises has most all of Europe covered with their fleet of cruise ships. In 2019, the line will have five ships, including Celebrity Edge, sailing in the region. The line will be calling in three new-to-them ports, too: Nauplion, Greece; Rijeka, Croatia; and Santa Margherita, Italy.

Celebrity Edge will be taking guests to beautiful places in the Mediterranean with a range of 7-11 night sailings from cities like Barcelona and Rome in 2019. The itineraries will also feature two of the new ports of call: Nauplion and Santa Margherita.

In addition to Edge, the brand will also occupy the region with four of their other vessels: Celebrity Infinity, Constellation, Reflection, and Silhouette. 

Celebrity Infinity

In 2019, Infinity will return to Europe for the first time since 2014, offering 7-12 night voyages with visits to ports in Italy, Malta, Greece, and Croatia. With alternating seven-night sailings from Venice to Rome and Rome to Venice, the ship will offer guests the flexibility to create even longer vacations by booking those itineraries back-to-back for a 14-night tour. The combined sailings have no repeat stops and include an overnight in Venice.

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Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Constellation will also be returning to Europe in 2019 with new itineraries, including visits to a brand new port of call – Rijeka, Croatia. Travelers can choose from a variety of 9 and 10-night itineraries sailing from Venice, Barcelona, and Rome. The alternating sailings offer guests the chance to book 9 and 10-night voyages back-to-back, creating extraordinary journeys across Europe.

Celebrity Reflection

For the 2019 season, Reflection will call Dublin and Amsterdam home, and offer a wide range of European itineraries, with 8-12 night sailings across northern Europe, from the British Isles to Scandinavia, Russia, and Iceland.

Guests will visit iconic ports across the region, like Reykjavik, Iceland; Lerwick, Scotland; Belfast, Ireland; the Norwegian Fjords; St. Petersburg, Russia; and many more, including overnight stays in Dublin.

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette returns to Southampton in 2019 to offer a variety of 3-14 night sailings to Scandinavia, Russia, the Norwegian Fjords, Ireland, and Iceland. Travelers will enjoy overnight stays in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they can enjoy the Russian Ballet, the Hermitage, famous palaces of Russian nobility, and more.

Other exciting cities along the ship’s Scandinavian season include Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Tallinn. The ship will also sail to Ireland and Iceland for 12 and 14-night sailings.

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A Cruise Ship Meeting Room You’ll Actually Want to Be In



Celebrity Cruises has revealed another tidbit of their new upcoming cruise ship, Celebrity EdgeDesigned by Wilson Butler Architects, The Meeting Place will be a 1,970 square foot state-of-the-art meeting venue with beautiful views. The possibilities for the space will be almost unlimited, with soundproof dividers, advanced audiovisual capabilities, a variety of seating layout options, private office space for event planners, dynamic mobile food and beverage bars, and a full-equipped pantry.


One of the exterior features that Celebrity Edge will offer. Photo: Celebrity Cruises

“When designing The Meeting Place we asked ourselves what would be more appealing; being subjected to lectures in a conference room, or socializing with colleagues in a hip lounge?’ The latter seemed obvious. Thus the flexibility and functionality of a ‘state of the art’ meeting space was designed for pleasure first,” said Scott Butler, AIA, Founding Partner, Wilson Butler Architects. “The word that defines The Meeting Place is ‘connected’. It facilitates guests getting connected to one another; to the latest technology and to the greatest new ideas. It also happens to connect to other venues on the ship that vastly expand the opportunities for groups.”
Seating is flexible; choose theater-style, classroom, U-shaped, or circular layouts.  Tabletops also work well with or without covers or skirts.  The space will transform easily from day into night, with high-top bar tables or comfortable lounge seating.  For the technical lovers among us, there will be wireless microphones, a mini sound board, electronic whiteboard, and 98 and 75-inch LED screens that can be used in a myriad of ways.  So, if you’re looking for a cutting-edge cruise ship with top-notch facilities for an office getaway or private event, consider looking into the upcoming Celebrity Edge.
Celebrity Edge will homeport in Fort Lauderdale and make her inaugural sailing on December 2018.

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