Cruise and Ferry Interiors 2019

6 0 INTERIOR V IEW Celebrity Flora Rebecca Gibson explores how Celebrity Cruises has worked with BG Studio International and other partners to create a pioneering ship that will transform the Galapagos cruise experience R ising from the Pacific Ocean around 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago that comprises 19 islands and multiple islets boasting some of the most diverse collections of plant and animal species in the world. So unusual is the life on these islands that it inspired English naturalist, geologist and biologist Charles Darwin to write his ground-breaking theory of evolution, outlined in The Origin of Species . From June 2019, Celebrity Cruises’ guests will have a new and more intimate way to experience the archipelago that is now dubbed the ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’ for themselves – on the new 100-guest Celebrity Flora. The vessel is the first of her kind to be purpose-built for operating in the Galapagos. “Celebrity Flora was specifically designed to bring our guests closer to the Galapagos Islands than ever before – from her outward- facing design that takes guests to the water’s edge, to the enhanced custom designed Novurania yacht tenders,” said Lisa Lutoff- Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, in a press release. To turn its pioneering concept into reality, Celebrity enlisted the creative power of renowned New York-based hospitality design firm BG Studio International, longtime partner of Celebrity Cruises. The team designed all public spaces and accommodation areas, finding innovative ways to reflect the untouched environment and the abundance of plants and animals that call the Galapagos home. “We visited the Galapagos Islands and looked at everything from the textures and silhouette CHARLES DARWIN During a visit to the Galapagos, Darwin found plants, birds and reptiles that had developed in isolation from the mainland, but varied on neighbouring islands. This led to his theory that species gradually transformed through natural evolution. Darwin’s Cove will give guests their first taste of Celebrity Flora’s nature-inspired interiors after they embark via the aft marina