Silver Origin Review and Specifications
Specifications of Silver Origin
|Year built||2020 new ship|
|Builder||Shipyard De Hoop BV (Lobith, Holland)|
|Class||Galapagos Islands expedition yacht|
|Building cost||USD 75 million|
|Owner||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) & Lefebvre Family (Rome, Italy)|
|Operator||Silversea Cruises (Silversea Expeditions)|
|Gross Tonnage||5700 gt|
Review of Silver Origin
Scheduled for launch in 2020, MS Silver Origin cruise ship is a Galapagos-based luxury vessel owned by Silversea Cruises and operated by company's "Silversea Expeditions" division/brand. Silver Origin's Silversea Expeditions fleetmates are Silver Galapagos (1990), Silver Clound (1994), Silver Explorer (2008) and Silver Discoverer (2014).
History - construction and ownership
Silversea Cruises is a Monaco-based privately owned luxury cruise line. It was established in 1994 by a joint venture of V-Ships Monaco (known previously as Vlasov Group) and the Lefebvre family of Italy (Rome). Silversea pioneered all-inclusive cruising with the launch of its first ship, Silver Cloud. As of early 2014, Silversea Cruises owns eight boutique cruise vessels, each carrying only 100 to 540 guests. The business model of Silversea is to operate cruise ships in the small, ultra-luxury, all-suite category. The new all-inclusive fares of the line offer such features as beverages (including selected wines), gratuities (none are allowed), travel insurance, port charges and one or more complimentary shore excursions in every itinerary.
The 100-passenger cruise ship Silver Origin (scheduled for delivery in March 2020) is one of the most environmentally friendly vessels due to its top-notch maritime technologies and solutions specifically designed for cruising in the Galapagos Islands. Ship's dynamic positioning system allows it to maintain stable position automatically and without anchors in order to protect the sea bed. The freshwater purification systems enables the vessel to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bottles. The wastewater treatment plant exceeds industry's strictest regulations.
Ship's technological innovations complement Silversea's efforts to make a positive impact on region's economic and natural environment. The company also contributes to Floreana Island Ecological Restoration Project - ecosystem restoration project aimed to remove invasive species thus protecting Floreana Island's endangered flora and fauna.
Cruise itinerary program
Silver Origin 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 Origin will operate the exact Galapagos Islands itinerary currently served by the 1990-built fleetmate Silver Galapagos. 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 cruisetour 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 cruisetour 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 Origin 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 Wi-Fi (shipwide coverage).
Silver Origin has 50 staterooms (all suites) in 8 cabin grades, with the largest being Owner's Suites. All cabins are with private step-out balcony (a rarity in Galapagos). Some categories feature the new Horizon Balcony that can be easily converted to a patio (enclosing the balcony via floor-ceiling windows) for better shelter and more space. Silversea fleet's first is that some cabin categories offer oceanview bathtub and shower (also accessible from the balcony).
Every stateroom as amenities offer minibar setup, fully-stocked refrigerator, down duvets, en-suite marble bathroom (with locally sourced bath products), premium slippers and spa robes, on-demand movies and music library. Cruise suites amenities also include rainforest walk-in showers, large mirrors, luxury vanities, flat HDTVs, wood flooring, premium mattresses (custom-made) and bedding (Pratesi linens).
Silver Origin is the only Galapagos cruise liner to offer butler service to all staterooms, as well as the highest crew-to-passenger ratio (1:1,16) and the highest ratio of qualified guides per passenger (1:10) in the Galapagos, which enables an unparalleled level of personalized top-quality service.
Shipboard facilities and amenities
The Restaurant offers contemporary, international cuisine with impeccable service and sophisticated elegance. Menus feature regional specialties that are unique to the cruise destination. The Grill is an open-air, sophisticated dining venue. Also provided is a 24-hour tea-coffee station.
Both dining venues are able to accommodate all passengers at full capacity. Fresh, local ingredients, regional wines, and authentic flavors complement international cuisine to showcase the best of Ecuadorian culinary heritage. In The Restaurant (complimentary MDR / open-seating main dining room) passengers enjoy floor-ceiling window views and an abundance of natural light. In The Grill (outdoor dining venue that can be partially enclosed) is presented Silversea's signature "Hot Rocks" BBQ dining concept with an Ecuadorian twists
Wi-Fi access is available throughout the ship (an additional fee is applied). The complimentary service provides live television broadcasts and streaming movies. The fitness center includes a massage room, solarium and beauty salon. Silver Origin features a main restaurant, Basecamp, Explorer Lounge, Observation 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.
The public spaces on Silver Origin were designed by HBA Miami. GEM - Design for Cruise Ships, which is the team behind the interior design of the line's Silver Muse, oversaw the interior design of the cabins.
Basecamp is one of the most innovative spaces on Silver Origin. It is a stylish lounge in which vacationers can socialize before or after excursions. Connecting with the Zodiac embarkation area, it hosts educational activities, through which passengers can interact with the Expedition Team and learn about region's rare wildlife and captivating history. Basecamp features a large, interactive digital wall displaying itinerary-related media content, such as scientific lectures, media presentations, land tour previews.
The Explorer Lounge hosts daily briefings (port talks) and lectures. The venue has floor-ceiling windows, a large video wall and HD screens in several areas. Explorer Lounge also doubles as piano bar offering live music performances in the evenings. Complimentary drinks throughout the ship include champagne, spirits, wines.
With its scenic bow location, the Observation Lounge offers incredible sea views. It is also the best place to relax with a book from the Library, carefully curated by company's destination experts and fitted with Silversea's most extensive destination-focused collection.
Silver Origin's crew regularly offers a ship tour to show the latest marine technologies implemented in the engine room. Nearly every day, Silversea provides Marine Reserve activities, swimming, snorkeling (provided by trained guides). Snorkeling gear is offered onboard and is complimentary. The ship features region's highest Zodiac-to-passenger ratio (1:12,5). Additional amenities include Medical Center (24-hour Infirmary), Reception (24-hour Information Desk), complimentary Room Service (24-hour), Butler Service, Internet/WiFi Access.
Follows the complete list of Silver Origin lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- "The Restaurant" (single-seating capacity dining room, complimentary)
- The Grill (outdoor dining venue)
- Explorer Lounge (lectures and briefings; piano, bar, modern AV system, small IMac station for downloading/editing photos)
- Observation Lounge and The Library (with audio listening stations and on-demand movies)
- Basecamp (lounge / meeting room for educational activities)
- Expedition Boutique (Silversea-logoed merchandise, brand jewelry, perfumes, cosmetics, hand-made souvenirs)
- The Spa at Silversea (features spa therapies including body wraps, massages, facials, sauna room, steam room)
- Beauty Salon (provides a full range of hairdresser and barber services, including hairstyling, manicures, pedicures, grooming)
- Fitness Centre (has treadmill, stationary bike, weight machine, elliptical trainer, free weights)
- Jacuzzi (outdoor whirlpool)
- Marina Platform (Snorkeling Area)
- Sun Deck
Silver Origin wiki
Vessel's construction (hull number 489) started on October 8, 2018, with the steel-cutting ceremony held at Shipyard De Hoop in Lobith (netherlands). Silver Origin is advertised as "luxury expedition cruise ship" offering environmentally-responsible ecotourism in the Galapagos archipelago (UNESCO Site). Vessel's Expedition Team are experts certified by the Galapagos National Park's service personnel.
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).
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