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Silver Galapagos Review

Silver Galapagos
Silver Galapagos - Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises. Silver Galapagos - Sea Lions Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises. Silver Galapagos - Accommodations Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises. Silver Galapagos - Bartolome Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises.
50% of cruisers loved it
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  • Luxe Galapagos-based ship to sail for Silversea from '13
  • Top-flight naturalists bring destination alive
  • 24 of 50 cabins have balconies -- rare for the region
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Silver Galapagos Overview

By Jamey Bergman, U.K. Production Editor
The 4,077-ton, 100-passenger Silver Galapagos, which previously sailed as Galapagos Explorer II, joined Silversea Cruises in the fall of 2013 after an interior makeover.

The upscale line announced in June 2012 that it had acquired Galapagos Explorer II and with it Canodros S.A., a tour operator that runs sailings to the Galapagos aboard the upmarket expedition vessel. The acquisition signals the first time that Silversea will offer cruises to the Galapagos, a group of Pacific islands off the coast of Ecuador known for their abundant and unique wildlife. Silversea's fleet also includes Silver Explorer, an expedition vessel that visits both poles and almost everywhere in between.

Silver Galapagos will operate in the region year-round via two seven-day itineraries. Both departures, roundtrip from Baltra, will leave on Saturday. The first will visit the western, southern and eastern islands, including Santiago, Bartolome, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal, and Santa Cruz. The other will explore the northeast, central and southeast islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, North Seymour, San Cristóbal, Española and South Plazas.

Originally part of the now-defunct Renaissance Cruises fleet, Silver Galapagos has 50 suites ranging from 210 to 287 square feet; all have ocean views and 24 have balconies (a rarity in the Galapagos). The ship features a main restaurant, piano bar, library with Internet access, main lounge, outdoor bar, two outdoor whirlpools and an observation deck.

As denotes a luxury line, fares will include butler service, complimentary beverages and all gratuities.

Silver Galapagos Member Reviews

Some of my thoughts on the Silver Galapagos: The ship was nice, certainly not off the charts 4+/5 star and I couldn't tell that the cabins were redone in last three months- especially the bathrooms. The service was thoughtful and there was a clear ... Read more
We have just returned from Voyage 8440 and although the Expedition Staff on and off the Silver Galapagos were 10 out of 10, we amongst many of the guests were appalled with the quality of the food and service. The breakfast buffet was of a very poor ... Read more
Was worried when I saw that only half (or so) of cruisers liked Silver Galapagos. Then after sailing I realized that's because this ship is not for everyone. Those who have sailed with Silversea need to recognize this is not a typical SilverSea ... Read more
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Silver Galapagos Ratings

Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
3.0
3.4
3.6
2.6
3.8
0.8
Shore Excursions
4.7
Enrichment
4.3
Service
3.5
Value-for-Money
3.5

Sailing From

Galapagos

Cruises To

South America & Antarctica

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Ship Stats
Crew:
Launched:
1990
Decks:
5
Tonnage:
4,077
Passengers:
100
Registry:
Ecuador
CDC Score:
Not Yet Inspected
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