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55% of cruisers loved it
  • 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

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 20 Reviews
   Best Possible Way to do the Galapagos
November 2014

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 ...continue

   B2B Western and North Central Itinerary
November 2014

The Silver Galapagos takes 100 guests and was not full either week of our b2b cruise. Guests fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (Ecuador) on a LAN flight to Baltra, Galapagos which is a five minute coach ride to the tiny pier where zodiacs arrive ...continue

   Completely new cruise experience
October 2014

This was our first expedition cruise and our first cruise with Silverseas. We have previously cruised with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Star Clippers. Our favourite (before this one) was the one with Star Clippers. Now it's a close ...continue

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Ship Stats
Launched: 1990
Decks: 5
Tonnage: 4,077
Passengers: 100
Registry: Ecuador
CDC Score: Not yet inspected
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