So we have not cruised in almost two years like everyone else, we wanted to go on a small ship so we wouldn’t be too crowded. Since we had previously sailed on Silverseas they were offering some good discounts for this Galapagos voyage. Everything was well organized including our prior Covid testing we did before flying out to the islands. It was nice having everything looked after from hotel to the ship. The ship was in new condition and the biggest improvement over the silver Galapagos was zodiac ramp at the rear of the ship, no gangways to go up or down just an easy jump onto the huge ramp at the stern of the ship. Our cabin was very roomy with a huge veranda. Our butler Jimmy and steward Ivan looked after us and kept the cabin in tiptop shape. Xavier was chief guide and kept all the groups organized for departures to the various landings. This cruise is all about the native animals and it did not disappoint, the zodiac drivers knew how to position their boats so that everyone was able to see. In particular Aldolpho was taking us on a mangrove excursion and found out that a group of penguins were sharing a rocky outcrop outside our planned trip, he told us to hang on for one small side trip. WOW were blown away. The guides were all knowledgeable and went out of their way to educate and allow us to enjoy the moment.
Christian was our maitre d for this voyage and made us feel at home and went out of his way to accommodate any requests we had, in addition he is a trained Sommelier who took us through a range of Ecuadorian wines which was quite enjoyable. The food choices were okay but the menu seemed to repeat itself, even for a short voyage. We knew there was going to be prawns featured at every meal. We went for the expedition so this didn’t detract from the cruise. I made good friends with Roberto who was the morning Barista who supplied us with cappuccino every day. The one additional comment I would make is that after disembarking the ship Silverseas looked after us until we boarded our flight to Quito. The shore company who Silversea used transported us to a Covid-19 test site as 6 of us need PCR testing done for our return flights when we got there the laboratory doing the test was typical nonchalant and the company representative had to keep on top of things as there was no sense of urgency even though we only had a couple hours before our flight from Guayaquil to Quito.
Overall the cruise was fantastic and Silverseas rightfully deserves its 6 * rating