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Silver Galapagos Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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100 Reviews

Great Itinerary and Activities, Average Ship

Silver Galapagos Cruise Review by joelkmcw

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2016
  • Destination: Galapagos
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

First of all this was an "Expedition" cruise on a 100 passenger ship, the Silversea Galapagos. So I understand that the cruise can't be like what you would experience on a medium-to-large sized all-inclusive cruise ship. Silversea advertises itself as the most all-inclusive luxury cruise line, but you have to hold the Galapagos out as a bit of an exception. OK, having said that...

The Galapagos Islands are a great place for an expedition trip. The cruise itinerary was great, and there were about three activities a day, including hiking on an island, taking a close look at the cliffs along shore from a zodiac, snorkeling, kayaking. The ship provides all the gear for snorkeling, it has numerous 2-person kayaks and a few single person kayaks, and it carries 6 zodiacs. We had numerous wildlife sightings every day. Some of the volcanic islands have about the most unusual terrain I think I've ever seen. All activities were led by licensed Galapagos naturalists so you always know what you are looking at.

So it's an active cruise and I have to say, if you are at least mobile without any problems getting around, you should enjoy it. If you don't get around so well, this may not be for you, it's not a trip where you just lounge around on the ship all day.

The ship has some age on it. I guess it was refurbished maybe three years ago. It is comfortable, but it's still showing its age in places. The cabins actually were a little bigger than what we've seen on other larger cruise ships. Breakfast and lunch were adequate, supper tried to be upscale and came just a little short in my opinion, but it still was pretty good.

Service - both dining room and the cabin service - was mostly good but a little spotty. Our cabin steward only made towel animals for us two nights of the seven. We had other passengers telling about the towel animals they found in their cabins, when we didn't have any in our cabin that night. Some passengers said they found glasses of iced tea waiting for them in their cabins when they returned from a tour, and we never had anything like that. Big picture - the service was OK, but we've had better on NCL and Carnival. The service did not live up to the expectation that I got from the Silversea marketing hype.

Overall value - this was an expensive trip. However, we found that going with Silversea was in fact one of the least expensive of the choices among all the tour operators you find in the Galapagos, and Silversea does all the work of organizing your trip, doing all the transfers and connections, and so forth. That combination - better price for the Galapagos and all inclusive planning for you - made our decision to go with Silversea.


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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin VR 517

Good size, nice balcony. Comfortable bed. The drawbacks were the closet doors - they don't have a way to secure them when they are open, and the thermostat. The room was freezing when we arrived and it took the crew technician three tries to make it right. We could not adjust it on our own.


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