Thomas Carpenter

small ship galápagos cruises

Thomas Carpenter
small ship galápagos cruises

We’ve got the intel on a brand-new expedition ship, the Celebrity Flora, from one of our preferred travel partners. And it’s pretty clear that this is one of the best ways to experience the incredible archipelago, its natural beauty, it’s amazing wildlife and the unique ecosystem.

Celebrity has other small expedition ships that sail in the Galápagos, and they’re widely-regarded as one of the best options for seeing these islands and their wildlife. So if you only know them for their premium ocean cruises, toss those expectations out the window, because this is cruising on a much smaller scale. It’s still luxurious, but they’ve built this ship to bring you closer than ever to the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands. Want to learn more about seeing the Galápagos in a purpose-built ship?

If you feel like you’re cruising the Galápagos in a luxury yacht, it might be because you’re actually, uh, well, cruising the Galápagos in a luxury yacht.

The natural beauty of the islands and the diversity and uniqueness of the species that it harbors make the Galápagos uniquely important to the common heritage of humanity.Aboard the Celebrity Flora, educational, research-based programming gives travelers an opportunity to continue learning about the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands. 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.

But the learning’s not limited to the enrichment activities while onboard. The Marina, on the back of the Flora 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 allowing more time for guests to explore the practically untouched islands.

And, because you’re in such a unique ecosystem, Celebrity Flora has been purpose-built to protect the environment, and has adopted practices to preserve the environment. Celebrity Flora is one of the most energy-efficient ships in its class, with a 15 percent reduction of fuel consumption and equivalently fewer air emissions, thanks to the introduction of an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines. And with another first in the Galapagos, Celebrity Flora’s dynamic positioning system allows the ship to stay in position without physically anchoring and damaging the sea floor, with zero speed stabilizers promising smooth sailing throughout.

Celebrity has reduced the need for plastics onboard by introducing in-room water filtration stations and by converting sea water and air conditioning condensation into pure, fresh water. Any materials that can be recycled, reused or donated will be, as part of a strict waste management system.

But back on board the ship, onboard guests will unwind in the Sunset Lounge, find solace in The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas, and enjoy the breathtaking surrounds in the floor-to-ceiling glass-wrapped Observatory.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the Seaside Restaurant. The Ocean Grill offers a casual dining space, panoramic views and Dinner Under the Stars, or guests can choose from an indulgent in-room dining experience.

With only 100 passengers on board, these seven-night inner and outer loop itineraries are available to book, now. And because Celebrity is a preferred travel partner with our agency, we can make certain that your trip-of-a-lifetime is just that—the trip-of-a-lifetime.

Want to take an incredible trip? Huckleberry Travel can put together the trip of a lifetime that includes tons of unique experiences you might otherwise miss.  Contact us for more information about our travel consultation services.