Registered Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.- USA - Beneficial owner:Royal Caribbean International - USA - Operator: Celebrity Xpeditions -USA
Entered service: 2019 - Gross tonnage: 5.922 - Pass. cap. based on two: 100. - All berths: 100 - Passenger decks: 6 - Length: 101,50 m. - Beam: 17,00 m.- Draft: 4,50 m. - Drive: diesel/electric The power supply for two rudder propellers and two bow thrusters is supplied by four Caterpillar C32 diesel generator sets. Total power 4x 994 kW. The diesel engines are equipped with an selective catalytic reduction installation, whereby NOx emissions are greatly reduced. Propulsion: two contra-rotating rudder propellers, type 20 CRP of 1450kW each, supplied by Steerprop from Finland. The two 400-kW bow thrusters are provided by Veth from the Netherlands. - Service speed:12 knots - Max. speed: 14 knots - Built de Hoop Shipyards - The Netherlands - Yard no. 488 - Flag: Ecuador - Classification: Lloyd's Register.
|Passenger space ratio all berths: 59.22|
The cruise operator Celebrity Xpeditions– a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines – signed the contract for the expedition vessel with Shipyard De Hoop in August 2017. The contract marks the Dutch shipyard’s entry into the expedition cruise market and is also the first seagoing cruise ship built in the Netherlands for many years.
The keel of the first section was laid on in December 2017. Erecting this 49.2-tonne section on the longitudinal slipway marked the starting point of a 1.5-year building process.
In January 2018, the vessel was launched at the Lobith facilities of Shipyard De Hoop. After the launch, the ship was towed to Wiltonhaven, in Schiedam(Rotterdam), to be further outfitted and to perform the test runs. Starting from Baltra, one of the smaller islands of the Galápagos, the expedition cruise ship will make year-round cruises to the Galapagos Islands.
The dynamic positioning system and zero-speed stabilisers minimise the roll and heave motions on the vessel, significantly improving passenger comfort.
Celebrity Flora has been specifically designed and built for the Galapagos, with a focus on reducing its environmental footprint. De Hoop’s management are convinced that more than a decade building river cruise vessels, with the associated design development and investment in knowledge, has now paid off. Celebrity Flora is the first expedition ship specifically designed and built for luxurious cruises in the Galapagos area. The exterior deck areas are optimised for the best outdoor experience, offering features including a special railing design, protective sun awnings and hammocks for enjoying the scenery in full comfort. “To make the guests stay even more pleasant, the ship’s superstructure shape has been submitted to wind tunnel tests to ensure passengers on deck will not be subjected to exhaust gases".
Classed by Lloyds Register, Shipyard De Hoop says Celebrity Flora will be the first vessel built according to the latest probabilistic damage stability regulations and complies with the relevant rules and regulations for 2020.
Shipyard De Hoop has put a lot of effort into decreasing noise and vibrations, with floating floors, flexibly mounted equipment and anti-vibration panels in walls and ceilings. The practical implementation of this was supported by theoretical frequency analysis of the ship and its interior construction.
The Marina, the embarkation area located aft on deck three, is the primary point of access to the ship and the guests will be brought on board over water, in one of the three available ridged inflatable boats (RIBs). Celebrity Flora’s transom features integrated aft stairs, combined with a foldout stern platform with special boarding facilities to allow safe and easy boarding for the passengers. The non-standard layout of Celebrity Flora is immediately expressed when boarding, as the only passenger entrance to the vessel is via the stern. Once inside, the route leading the passengers to their accommodation is focused on passenger experience.
50 Staterooms divided over decks five and six, with a capacity to host 100 passengers. A further characteristic of this vessel is the large variety of public areas on decks three, four, seven and eight including a choice of seven seating locations. There is a floor-to-ceiling glass-wrapped observatory and an open-air hideaway: the Vista on deck seven – with 360° views, cocoon-style loungers and private cabanas. Passengers can go to the Sunset Lounge or enjoy naturalist presentations and excursion information sessions in the Discovery Lounge, both on deck four. On deck three, Darwin’s Cove and the Naturalist Centre, are home to the tourist offices providing information about the destination, wildlife and environmental efforts. There is the Stargazing platform on deck eight where guests can participate in a guided astronomy tour.
The power and propulsion plant of Celebrity Flora is duplicated and housed in two separate engine rooms.
The power supply for two rudder propellers and two bow thrusters is supplied by four Caterpillar C32 diesel generator sets. The diesel engines are equipped with an selective catalytic reduction installation, whereby NOx emissions are greatly reduced. The rudder propellers, type 20 CRP of 1450kW each, were supplied by Steerprop from Finland, while the 400-kW bow thrusters are provided by Veth from the Netherlands. With this configuration, a 12-knot cruising speed can be achieved, and a high-maneuverability is guaranteed. One glance at the ship’s profile reveals the sophisticated bow shape, featuring a straight, wave-piercing stern, with an integrated bulb. This characteristic bow both reduces resistance in waves when in transit and saves energy when staying in position, similarly due to the higher efficiency of the bow thruster.
Flora Reflects Celebrity's outward-facing design concept to give 360-degree views of the islands. Half the accommodations are Sky Suites with infinite verandas. An upper-deck glamping experience, stargazing platform and custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders are other features.
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