Silver Sea serves up another faultless cruise. And this one, an Expedition Cruise, if far more difficult to make work than their more conventional offerings. The Galapagos Islands are one of the worlds most magical places. Silver Sea sails it with their expedition ship, the Silver Galapagos, which has a maximum capacity of 100 guests. This gives guests the best of both worlds. Its staterooms, food, service, everything is up the to the high standards Silver Sea sets. And yet the ship is is configured for outdoor adventure. The ship is an older ship that was completely overhauled in 2013-14 so it’s age is not a factor, it is nearly as good as new.
This trip is all about nature. Do not expect broadway shows at night. But do expect standing on the aft deck looking at the millions of stars that seem to light up the night sky. Every day there are 2-3 field trips, usually one hike and one snorkel. The Galapagos are virgin and pristine. It is like stepping back into prehistoric times. The Ecuadorian government deserves great credit in keeping it so. The number of visitors is strictly limited, the Silver Galapagos is right at the limit of 100 set for passenger ships.
Nearly every island is deserted. These are not lush, green and flowered, think more of the desert in Arizona. Each island shows the remnants of volcanic activity, there are dormant volcano cones nearly everywhere. And it seems each island has its own species of wild life. There are of course the giant Galapagos tortoises, colonies of thousands of marine iguanas, more elusive land iguanas and thousands of sally light foot crabs. And birds everywhere, the famed blue footed boobies, red footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, and giant red throated frigate birds that will gather by the hundreds in feeding frenzies.