Celebrity Cruises to bring glamping to the seas

A rendering of the cabanas aboard the Flora.

FORT LAUDERDALE -- S'mores are coming to the Galapagos.

Details about top-deck sleepovers aboard the Flora, Celebrity Cruises' 100-passenger expedition ship under construction in the Netherlands, were announced at Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld on Thursday by Dondra Ritzenthaler, senior vice president of sales, trade support and service.

The Flora will offer glamping at sea for four passengers each night once the ship begins its itineraries through the Galapagos Islands in May. The $299 per-couple cost includes two cabanas -- one for eating, one for sleeping -- cocktails, a gourmet meal al fresco, wine, s'mores and the services of a naturalist, who will provide stargazing guidance.

At sunrise, a full breakfast will be served bedside.

A rendering of the Flora.
A rendering of the Flora.

The naturalist notwithstanding, privacy will also be included -- one glamping site will be starboard, one will be port.

"We're going through the roof for this one," Ritzenthaler said.

Bookings are open for the Flora, which will sail year-round from Baltra Island in the Galapagos, taking over itineraries currently offered on the 100-passenger Xpedition.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this report incorrectly spelled the first name of Dondra Ritzenthaler. Also the report was updated to clarify that there will not be open flame aboard the ship -- but s'mores will be served to guests.


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