Janice Wald Henderson
Cruise Critic Contributor
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating: Entertainment

Silver Galapagos Entertainment & Activities

A pianist provides onboard entertainment, tinkling an electric keyboard at the Grill for lunch and dinner and playing piano in the Piano Bar at teatime and cocktail hour.

Expedition team members occasionally present engrossing afternoon lectures on Charles Darwin and other Galapagos-relevant material in the Explorer Lounge.

The Piano Bar might be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., but it's most popular as a pre-dinner watering hole. (Plus, passengers make dinner dates with other travelers here.) After dinner, it grows quiet as many have early-morning (7:30 a.m.) Zodiac boarding calls. Still, it's a pleasant spot, all gold and brown with plush chairs and dark wood tables, a small marble bar, and couches for curling up with a book and relaxing, or deleting the I-took-too-many-iguana photos. The Piano Bar leads directly to a small outdoor lounge area with daybeds, tables and chairs.

Passengers also congregate at the outdoor Grill Bar, at four counter rattan-covered steel stools or nearby tables. It's open between noon and 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Shore excursions are expertly handled. Expedition team members are highly educated, articulate and enthusiastic, and engage well with passengers. Each Zodiac group (about 10-to-12 people) has its own expedition leader and takes routes different from others -- a splendid way to intimately experience the islands' wildlife and beauty.

Silver Galapagos Public Rooms

The Medical Centre is on Deck 2. The doctor has hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

On Deck 3, the Explorer Lounge is the meeting place for pre-dinner briefings and shore excursions. The spacious room is decorated with leather sofas and chairs, and marble tables. An excellent AV system ensures all passengers hear expedition team members speak and can see the large screen where naturalists show wildlife pictures and videos. Passengers may use a lounge iMac to download and edit pictures.

The library, open 24 hours, is all rich woods, soft leather chairs and plush carpeting. Shelves are mostly filled with Galapagos books. Contemporary novels and classics, daily quiz games and crosswords, plus board games like chess, are available, too.

At the 24-hour reception/expedition desk, passengers can ask questions, request assistance and purchase basic toiletries and sundries, plus minimal Galapagos souvenirs like the blue-footed booby figurines displayed in the hallway.

Silver Galapagos For Kids

Multigenerational families sail during holidays and summer vacations. Silver Discoverer offers eight connecting suites plus 25 suites accommodating a third passenger. Minimum age is 6 years old.

Silversea Silver Galapagos Ship Stats

  • Crew: 75
  • Launched: 2013
  • Decks: 5
  • Passengers: 100
  • Registry: Ecuador

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise