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Galapagos Cruises and Tours

Silver Galapagos

Galapagos Cruise Ship

Silver Galapagos Silversea Cruises

Meet the newest addition to Silversea's fleet of ships: the 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galapagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today's discerning travellers.

All accommodations are ocean-view suites, most feature private balconies - and all offer the personalised services of a professional butler. Relax completely and leave the unpacking to your butler as you sail away on your unforgettable adventure. Like-minded guests from across the globe are your travelling companions, and the intimate ambience is much like a country club where conversations flow as easily as the complimentary drinks.

A Galapagos cruise with Silversea Expeditions offers adventurous travellers who want to experience the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On our Galapagos tours, enjoy up-close encounters with an abundance of Galapagos wildlife, including sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colourful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches.

Join complimentary expeditions ashore guided by Silversea's experienced Expedition Team for the most authentic and enriching of experiences possible. Observe unique highland ecosystems, hike through lush mangrove forests and across volcanic fields, explore natural lava tunnels, watch for wild flamingos (in season), read cave inscriptions from the 1800s, and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Plus there will be many opportunities to swim and snorkel while learning more about the sealife found in the tranquil clear waters that surround the Galapagos Islands.

But these exciting shoreside activities give only half the picture of your Silversea Expeditions experience. On board the luxurious Silver Galapagos, the elegant vessel of your Galapagos cruise you will find spacious, ocean-view accommodations, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalised services of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, such as complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship and stocked in your suite.

Rates

Please inquire for Rates
Galapagos Reservations

The Silversea Galapagos Package conveniently includes flights to/from Quito/Baltra/Guayaquil with airport check-in assistance, the Galapagos National Park entrance fee and the Galapagos Immigration fee. These advance purchases are highly recommended to reduce any possible complications and simplify the complexities associated with travelling to the Galapagos.

Silversea - Galapagos Terms & Conditions

Amenities & Services

The Naturalist Room
This room is designed for the wide-eyed ecotourist who is seriously interested in being part of the long-term research programs developed by the various research organizations. Here you can help and work together with our guides monitoring physical and biological process of the islands. Here you will also find a "Research Logbook", where you and the naturalist guides register uncommon sights. In addition, marine and land charts of the islands and mainland are available, as well as satellite images.

Conferences
In addition to the daily briefings, conferences on natural history and culture lectured by our guides are also offered. Please check schedules and themes on the information board in the main lobby.

Star gazing
Since Galapagos offers cloudless skies mostly of the year, astronomy is a must. Our crew offers nightly interpretation lectures on the top deck with visual aids to enhance the sightings.

Bridge and Engine Room Visits
The Silver Galapagos represents a state-of-the-art display of the latest marine technology meriting a visit to the neural areas of the ship, the bridge and the Engine Room. Please sign up at the front desk for the assigned schedule. Only guided visits permitted

Special food
In case you require vegetarian or a special meal, please report this information to the purser.

Snorkeling
The Marine Reserve offers a spectacular world worthwhile to explore. We offer this activity nearly every day. Snorkeling requires a certain degree of preparation that will be provided by your guide, but should be not attempted by people without swimming abilities. Snorkeling gear is available on board.

- Boutique
- Library
- Karaoke Bar
- Conference Room
- Restaurant
- Twin Jacuzzis
- Solarium
- observatory deck
- 24 hours coffee and tea Station
- Medical Assistance
- Massage Suite
- Satellite communication.

 

Itinerary

North Central Itinerary:

Visit “Bird Island” home to over 70 bird species
Climb Prince Philip’s Steps through a thriving seabird colony
Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises
Search for the endemic Galápagos barn owl
Walk across lava fields and watch for lava lizards
Admire the antics of red footed and blue footed boobies
Find corals and bones on raised North Seymour Island
Explore natural lava tunnels and look for stalactites and stalagmites
Hike up the sides of an extinct volcano
See spectacular water-spouting "blowers"
Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters
Photograph colourful marine iguanas
Marvel at the fearless behaviour of wildlife
Cruise by Zodiac along scenic coastlines

 

DAY

VISITOR SITE

ARRIVE

Sat Baltra Airport, Galapagos, Ecuador AM
Sat Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador PM
Sun Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador AM
Sun El Barranco, Genovesa, Ecuador PM
Mon Seymour Norte, Ecuador AM
Mon El Chato Reserve, Santa Cruz, Ecuador PM
Tue Punta Pitt, San Cristobal, Ecuador AM
Tue El Junco Lagoon, San Cristobal, Ecuador PM
Wed Centro de Interpretation, San Cristobal, Ecuador AM
Wed Frigatebird Hill, San Cristobal, Ecuador PM
Thu Bahia Gardner; Islote Gardners; or Islote Osborn AM
Thu Punta Suarez, Espanola, Ecuador PM
Fri Estacion Charles Darwin & Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz AM
Fri Plaza Sur, Ecuador PM
Sat Baltra Airport, Galapagos, Ecuador AM

Western Itinerary:

• Walk across spectacular lava fields
• Explore tidal pools, lush mangroves and scalesia forests
• See pelicans and penguins along the beach
• Swim and snorkel with green sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays
• Hike through fragrant forests of Palo Santo “Incense” trees
• Encounter the largest colony of marine iguanas
• Watch for a unique species of flightless cormorant
• Visit one of the most volcanically active places on Earth
• Discover a saltwater lagoon within a volcanic tuff cone
• Read cave inscriptions from the 1800s
• Learn of the islands’ whaling history and early Norwegian settlers
• See wild flamingos (in season) and nesting sea turtles
• Observe giant tortoises and sea lion colonies
• Photograph iconic Pinnacle Rock

DAY

VISITOR SITE

ARRIVE

Sat Baltra Airport, Galapagos, Ecuador AM
Sat Bahia Sullivan, Santiago, Ecuador PM
Sun Bartolome, Ecuador AM
Sun Playa Espumilla, Santiago, Ecuador PM
Mon Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Ecuador AM
Mon Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, Ecuador PM
Tue Caleta Tagus, Isabela, Ecuador AM
Tue Bahia Elizabeth, Isabela, Ecuador PM
Wed Post Office, Floreana, Ecuador AM
Wed Punta Cormorant, Ecuador PM
Thu Galapaguero Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal, Ecuador AM
Thu Wizard Hill, San Cristobal, Ecuador PM
Fri Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Ecuador AM
Fri Estacion Charles Darwin & Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz PM
Sat Baltra Airport, Galapagos, Ecuador AM
Deck Plan

Silver Galapagos Deck Plan

Accommodation

All Silver Galapagos accommodations have ocean views and all offer attentive butler service. Select suites even feature large private verandas or panoramic windows to take in even more of the stunning and diverse environment while onboard our luxury Galapagos cruises. Every suite and stateroom includes a refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, down duvets, the finest Pratesi linens, your choice of a firm or soft mattress, a marble bathroom with shower and luxurious bath amenities, spa robes and slippers, on-demand movies and music. WiFi Internet access is available in all suites and staterooms (an additional fee applies).

Explorer Deck 6 Silver Suites
Renaissance Balcony Suites - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 601-602-603-604 have balcony, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 287 FT2, 26.66 MT2 (0.0929)

Floor Plan - Renaissance Balcony Suites - Galapagos cruise

 

Deck 5 Terrace Suites
Renaissance Panoramic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 505 – 506 have panoramic windows, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 284 FT2, 26.39 MT2 (0.0929)
 

Deck 5 Veranda Suites
Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Cabins # 507-518 have balcony, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 215 FT2, 19.97 MT2 (0.0929)
 

Floor Plan - Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Deck 4 Deluxe Veranda Suites
Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 420-421-422-423-424-425-426-427 have balcony, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 235 FT2, 21.83 MT2 (0.0929)

Floor Plan - Deluxe Balcony Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Marco Polo Deck 4 Explorer Suites
Premium Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins #428-429-430-431-433 have two windows, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 235 FT2, 21.83 MT2 (0.0929)

 

Floor Plan - Premium Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Deck 3 Explorer Suites

Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 334-335-336-337-338-339-340-341-342-343-344-345 have two windows, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Size: 250 FT2, 23.23 MT2 (0.0929)

Floor Plan - Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Deck 2 Explorer Suites

Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

 

Cabins # 246-247-248-249-250-251-252 have porthole, convertible double beds, extra sofa bed for triple configurations, mini-Bar, television, marble bathroom, private safety deposit box, walk-in or large closets, satellite communication, 110/220 volt outlets, hair dryer, vanity dresser.

Suites No. 246, 247, 248, 249 - 240 ft2/22.30 m².
Suites No. 250, 251, 252 - 210 ft2/19.51 m².

Floor Plan - Classic Suite - Galapagos Explorer II cruise

Specifications

Specifications:
I.M.O. No.8798660
GRT: 4077
Length Overall 89.35 m
Vessel delivered on July 1990
Designed speed 17 knots
Auxiliary Engine B&W

Equipment:
Bow Thruster : Brunvoll
C.P.P. : B&W
Radar : Racal Decca (10)
Arpa Radar : Racal Decca S 2690 BT
R.D.F. : Taiyo-Japanese
GPS : Navtrac 
Satelite navigator : Shipmate RS 6100
Echo Sounder : Simrad ED 161
Gyro Compass : Tenjford
Fire Alarm : Salwico 
Radio Station : Sailor HI202

Safety Certificate 1997:
SOLAS Safety passenger Vessel Certificate
Load Line
Marpol

Classification:
RINA Registro Italiano Navale

Ship’s Registry:
LIBERIAN

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