Visiting the Galapagos was at the top of my bucket list, and this cruise was a dream come true. We got a chance to see all the wildlife we'd hoped for, plus more. The onboard naturalists did an excellent job of letting us know what to expect and guiding us on our shore expeditions.
The all-Ecuadorian staff provided gracious hospitality, especially Ramon, the maitre d' who seemed to be everywhere, making sure everyone had an excellent dining experience. The ship was small enough so that the staff all knew our names and preferences.
I expected an older crowd, but there were a lot of young families on this cruise. To fully enjoy a voyage like this one, you must be fit; all shore excursions and even embarkation/disembarkation were by Zodiac. Landings ashore were sometimes in water or on rocky coastline. The Zodiac crew and expedition team did a great job of ensuring everyone's safety, despite some rough seas one day.
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there wasn't much time to enjoy onboard amenities like the gym and hot tub. We usually had hikes in the morning and afternoon, as well as optional snorkeling and kayaking. We visited three different turtle reserves and two small island towns. We also had several excellent lectures to enrich our experience. Silversea provided snorkeling gear, wet suits, and even binoculars!
I understand that because of our location, the food was not the usual fare of Silversea. But we had the opportunity to try lots of local cuisine and South American wines, as well as excellent seafood. Lobster was on the menu every day, both at lunch and dinner!
Overall, we had a fantastic experience, and I recommend it highly. Less
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The cabin was called a "suite," and the cabin steward a butler, but it really wasn't much bigger or different than our "staterooms" on other ships. But the accommodations were attractive and comfortable, and we had everything we needed. A stocked mini-bar included with the price was a nice perk.As others have said, the ship could use a makeover, and in fact, it will be going into dry dock soon.