Silversea Expeditions (Silversea)
Silver Galapagos Review and Specifications
Specifications of Silver Galapagos
|Year built||1990 / Age : 30|
|Builder||CNF Cantiere Navale Ferrari SpA (La Spezia, Italy)|
|Owner||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) & Lefebvre Family (Rome, Italy)|
|Operator||Silversea Cruises (Silversea Expeditions)|
|Speed||18 kn / 33 kph / 21 mph|
|Length (LOA)||88 m / 289 ft|
|Beam (width)||15 m / 49 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||4077 gt|
|Passengers||100 - 120|
|Decks with cabins||5|
|Former names||Galapagos Explorer II (Renaissance Cruises)|
|Christened by||Costanza Lefebvre d'Ovidio|
Review of Silver Galapagos
Launched in 1990 as Galapagos Explorer 2, MS Silver Galapagos cruise ship is owned by Silversea Cruises and operated by the company's “Silversea Expeditions” division. Ship's fleetmates in Silversea Expeditions are Silver Cloud (1994), Silver Explorer (2008) and Silver Origin (2020).
History - construction and ownership
Silversea Cruises is a Monaco-based privately-owned cruise company and top-luxury travel brand. It was established in 1994 as joint venture of V-Ships Monaco (fka Vlasov Group) and Lefebvre Family of Rome Italy. In 2018, RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd acquired 2/3rd of the company. Silversea now has a fleet of smaller-sized boutique cruise vessels with passenger capacity between 100-700. Company's business model is to operate yacht-like vessels in the industry's ultra-luxury-all-suite ship category. Silversea's all-inclusive fares include beverages (also selected wines), gratuities (none are allowed), travel insurance, port charges, one or more shore excursions (per voyage).
The 4,077-ton, 100-passenger cruise ship Silver Galapagos was previously sailing as Galapagos Explorer II for Renaissance Cruises fleet. The Galapagos ship joined the Silversea Cruises fleet in fall 2013 after an interior makeover. In June 2012 the line announced it had acquired the vessel and Canodros S.A tour operator running sailings to Galapagos aboard the expedition ship. This acquisition signalled for the first time that Silversea Cruises will offer Galapagos cruises to the Pacific islands’ group off Ecuador coast, famous for their unique wildlife. On September 28, 2013, the fully-refurbished cruise ship started its inaugural Galapagos cruise.
Cruise itinerary program
Silver Galapagos itinerary program is based on Galapagos cruises operated the whole year-round. This unique archipelago in South America also features cloudless skies throughout the year - the perfect destination to enjoy stargazing. Ship's professional crew provides nightly astronomy-themed lectures on the top deck and visual aids for enhancing the sightings.
Silver Galapagos operates the exact Galapagos Islands itinerary to be served by the fleet mate Silver Origin (2020). The 7-day itinerary (Saturday to Saturday) is between the homeport islands Baltra and San Cristobal.
|Date / Time||Port|
|Day 1||Departing from San Cristobal Island, Galapagos|
|Day 2||Santiago Island, Galapagos|
|Day 2||Bartolome Island, Galapagos|
|Day 3||Fernandina Island, Galapagos|
|Days 3-4 (overnight)||Isabela Island, Galapagos|
|Day 5||Floreana Island, Galapagos|
|Days 6-7 (overnight)||Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos|
|Day 8||Arriving in Baltra Island, Galapagos|
The modified north-central cruise tour itinerary departs Baltra for San Cristobal with a newly added circumnavigation of Isla Daphne Grande (Daphne Major). The voyage explores Darwin Bay and El Barranco (on Genovesa Island), Galapaguera Cerro Colorado and Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island), Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez (Espanola Island), El Eden, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), as well as Seymour Norte, Rabida and Plaza Sur.
Departing from San Cristobal for Baltra, the enhanced western cruise tour itinerary has new points - Cerro Dragon and Playa Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) and circumnavigation of Roca Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock / San Cristobal). The itinerary also includes Punta Vicente Roca, Caleta Tagus and Elizabeth Bay (on Isabela Island), Post Office Bay, Islote Champion and Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island), Los Gemelos, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), Bartolome, Playa Espumilla and Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island).
Silver Galapagos circumnavigates Kicker Rock and Daphne Major - both best-rated for exotic birds viewing. Flamingos can be seen at Las Bachas Beach. Wildlife viewing opportunities also include land- and marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, finches.
All Silversea Galapagos shore tours/expeditions are complimentary and guided by an experienced team, On the ship, passengers enjoy premium butler service, gourmet cuisine, complimentary wines and spirits and free Wi-Fi throughout.
Silver Galapagos features 50 suites in 5 grades, ranging 210-287 sq.feet. All have an ocean view, and 24 offer private balconies which is a rarity in Galapagos. Every stateroom and suite includes bar setup and refrigerator stocked with your preferences, down duvets, marble bathroom with local bath amenities, slippers and spa robes, on-demand music and movies. After the refurbishment, Silver Galapagos suites include rainforest walk-in showers, mirrors, new vanities, flat screen TVs, wood flooring, mattresses that are custom-made and covered with Pratesi linens.
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
The Restaurant offers contemporary, international cuisine with impeccable service and sophisticated elegance. Menus feature regional specialities that are unique to the cruise destination. The Grill is a favourite dining spot – an excellent outdoor dining venue. 24-hour tea and coffee station is also a plus.
Follows the complete list of Silver Galapagos restaurants and food bars.
- "The Restaurant" MDR (open-seating)
- The Grill (outdoor dining venue).
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
Wi-Fi access is throughout the ship (additional fee applied). The new complimentary service provides live television broadcasts and streaming movies. The fitness centre is also new, including a massage room, solarium and beauty salon. Silver Galapagos features a main restaurant, main lounge, piano and outdoor bars, library with the Internet, two outdoor whirlpools, observation deck. Fares, just like on other luxury lines include complimentary beverages, butler service, all gratuities.
Naturalist Room is designed for ecotourists interested in research programs. Passengers are able to work together with Silversea guides who monitor the biological and physical process of Galapagos islands. Daily briefings, natural history and culture conferences are also offered.
Silver Galapagos regularly represents displays of the latest marine technologies with a visit to the engine room. Nearly every day Silversea also provides Marine Reserve activities with the spectacular world to explore. Swimming abilities and a certain degree of preparation are required for snorkelling that is provided by trained guides. Snorkelling gear is offered onboard.
Additional amenities include a Medical centre, complimentary 24-hour Room Service, Butler Service, Internet/WiFi Access, Library.
Follows the complete list of Silver Galapagos lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Main Lounge / Explorer Lounge (featuring informative lectures and briefings; with a sophisticated AV system and small IMac photography station - guests can download/edit their photos)
- Piano Bar
- The Library (with audio listening stations and on-demand movies)
- Expedition Boutique (offers the highest quality products: logo items, jewellery, perfumes, souvenirs)
- The Spa at Silversea (features spa therapies including body wraps, massages and facials; sauna and steam rooms)
- Beauty Salon (provides a full range of services: hairstyling, manicures, pedicures)
- Fitness Centre (offers a treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine, elliptical trainer)
- Jacuzzi; Snorkelling Area; Sun Deck.
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Silver Galapagos cruise ship sailed previously as Galapagos Explorer II, part of the Renaissance Cruises fleet (now-defunct). The ship joined Silversea Cruises in 2013 after an expansive interior makeover at the Muggiano yards (La Spezia, Italy), including new marble bathrooms, fitness centre, Jacuzzi, Silversea’s Grill.
On September 28, 2013, Silversea christened their second luxury expedition cruise ship Galapagos. The other vessels in the Silversea Expeditions fleet are Silver Cloud, Silver Explorer and Silver Origin.
In September 2014, the Galapagos ship went into dry-dock for a month-long refurbishment program. 2014 refit and refurbishment was done by Fincantieri (Muggiano, Italy). It was positioned as the one and only luxury expedition cruise ship to offer environmentally responsible ecotourism in South America's Galapagos Islands archipelago (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Expedition Team experts on board are certified by Galapagos National Park Service.
Silversea's "flight and cruise" package deals (by the line's Silver Sky programme) are inclusive of the luxury cruise fare, discount round-trip airfare (Economy Class) and airport-pier-airport transfers.
Silversea's "hotel and cruise" package "Silver Shore Simply Hotel" offers overnight 5-star luxury hotel stays with the option of adding transfers or upgrades. The upgraded cruise and hotel package ("Silver Shore Grande Hotel") offers 1-3-nights landmark hotel stays (or at a boutique property) and is inclusive of private transfers (airport-hotel and hotel-pier).
Silver Galapagos Itineraries
The below listed Silver Galapagos cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Silversea fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2020 May 16||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$9268|
|2020 May 23||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$10702|
|2020 May 30||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$8385|
|2020 Jun 06||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$8606|
|2020 Jun 13||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$8606|
|2020 Jun 20||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$7834|
|2020 Jun 27||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$7834|
|2020 Jul 04||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$9930|
|2020 Jul 11||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$8496|
|2020 Jul 18||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$13753|
|2020 Jul 25||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$10822|
|2020 Aug 01||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$10822|
|2020 Aug 08||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$11385|
|2020 Aug 15||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$11385|
|2020 Aug 22||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$11385|
|2020 Aug 29||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$11385|
|2020 Sep 05||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island||$11047|
|2020 Sep 12||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$11047|
|2020 Sep 19||8 days, one-way from Baltra Island to San Cristobal Island||Baltra Island|
|2020 Sep 26||8 days, one-way from San Cristobal Island to Baltra Island||San Cristobal Island||$11047|
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