Celebrity kept the destination’s environment in mind when designing Celebrity Flora
. “It was purpose-built for the region, and state-of-the-art technology like an advanced dynamic positioning system allows the ship to hold its position over the ocean floor without the need to drop physical anchors that could damage the fragile ecosystem,” Spencer says. Those who want to really connect with the surroundings can book an on-ship glamping experience, which includes dinner under the stars, a naturalist-led stargazing session, and overnight accommodations in an outdoor cabana with a double bed. According to Shepherd, “There’s no doubt that the ship will sell out, so people really need to book in advance.”
Celebrity Flora and Celebrity Edge are a significant part of a much, much larger picture – one in which Celebrity Cruises is investing more than two years and $550 million. Each vessel in the fleet is getting a down-to-the-steel face-lift, which means guests will enjoy a more modern, luxurious experience no matter what itinerary they choose.
“By making this investment, Celebrity is elevating their already consistent product even higher,” Shepherd says. “Their ships have always been good and well maintained, but this will be a game changer.” The upgrades include not only renovating existing locations of the globally inspired restaurant Qsine, but also adding Qsine to every other vessel; redesigning the Oceanview Café; incorporating new retail experiences where guests can shop for of-the-minute brands such as Shinola; and introducing Celebrity Edge’s Retreat concept, consisting of a sundeck and a lounge reserved for Suite Class travelers.