Celebrity Welcomes First Expedition Mega Yacht Designed for the Galapagos Islands
Live music venue Music Hall will make its Oasis Class debut on board Royal Caribbean’s amplified Oasis of the Seas. A roster of live cover bands, an expansive dance floor, pool tables and lounge seating across two levels give vacationers ample room to end the night on a high note at a place where every seat is the best seat in the house.
OASIS OF THE SEAS SET FOR ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S LARGEST AMPLIFICATION YET Oasis of the Seas is set to marks its 10-year anniversary with a larger-than-ever, $165 million amplification. The first to introduce the unique seven-neighborhood concept and one-of-a-kind AquaTheater entertainment venue, Royal Caribbean International’s original gamechanger will set a new standard for family vacations with first-to-brand experiences and the latest Royal Caribbean hits. Guest favorites making their way to Oasis include a reimagined, Caribbeaninspired pool deck that will feature a Splashaway Bay kids aquapark and The Lime & Coconut signature bar; famed Quantum Class staple, Music Hall; the Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and the Ultimate Abyss – the tallest slide at sea. Debuting alongside this lineup is the cruise line’s first barbecue concept, Portside BBQ , and dedicated karaoke venue Spotlight Karaoke. The amplified Oasis will set sail on November 24, beginning 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Royal Caribbean’s new, state-of-the-art Terminal A in Miami. The architectural marvel will break even more records when she heads to the Big Apple in May 2020 as the largest ship to sail from the New York area. Oasis will reposition to her new summer home at Cape Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, offering seven-night sailings to The Bahamas with visits to Royal Caribbean’s newly transformed private island destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay.
The first ship designed specifically for the beautiful Galapagos Islands— Celebrity Cruises’ revolutionary Celebrity Flora—was welcomed by an intimate delivery ceremony on May 13. In honor of the significant moment, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain hosted a ceremony aboard Celebrity Flora, while docked in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Company and shipyard executives were also in attendance, plus more than 70 crew members, many of whom are Ecuadorian natives. “The delivery of Celebrity Flora is a momentous occasion,” said Fain. “Designing a new ship specifically for the Galapagos Islands was an exciting challenge, and we think Celebrity Flora succeeded beautifully. It is of course luxurious – but it’s also the most energy-efficient ship of its kind in the region, which further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and protecting the vital ecosystem of this unique place.” “More than two years of planning, collaboration and construction have led to this very exciting moment,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. The most energy-efficient ship of its kind in the region, the 100-guest Celebrity Flora was designed specifically to explore the Galapagos. The cutting-edge new ship features Celebrity’s signature outward-facing design concept, giving guests 360-degree views of the islands, and all-suite accommodations. 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. Celebrity Flora will have the highest ratio of Certified Naturalists per guest (1:9) in the Galapagos, who will offer travelers an in-depth experience with certification by the Galapagos National Park, recognizing their extensive educational training and commitment to maintaining the pristine nature of these islands. Celebrity also blended 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 will become open source data, a first for scientists around the world and anyone with a passion for this information. Another first is that guests will be able to view the data through compelling real-time visualizations on board the ship. These visualizations will give guests the opportunity to learn more about the beautiful Galapagos Islands region and its scientific importance. The Marina and the custom-built Novurania Yacht Tenders on Celebrity Flora in the final phases of construction at Shipyard De Hoop
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