3 Day Land Pre-Tour & 7 Day Cruise Onboard the Silver Galapagos

Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites that include butler service, and most include private verandas. Our intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore. And for those who yearn to explore the new and unknown, Silversea Expeditions can transport you to the further most boundaries of the planet. Enjoy the ease, convenience and value of an all-inclusive cruise fare that includes almost all of your discretionary onboard expenses. With a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galapagos Islands, Silver Galapagos is naturally suited for in-depth explorations. Make this elegant, intimate ship your home away from home as you discover this spectacular region.

The Galapagos Islands are home to the only active volcanoes in the archipelago and are known both for their spectacular volcanic landscapes as well as penguin spotting: over 95% of the Galapagos Penguins live in these islands. Go snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to look for the playful Galápagos Penguin, perched on a rock or zooming underwater. One of the most pristine islands in the world, Fernandina hosts an impressive array of wildlife including sea lions, colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs and the rare endemic Flightless Cormorant. As you travel along the coast, you may find many other creatures that shelter amid the red and white mangroves: eagle rays, marine turtles, Brown Pelicans and resting Cattle Egrets. Kayaking through the turquoise waters here is a true pleasure, inviting a sense of peaceful solitude and an invigorating feeling of connection to nature. Floreana has been luring visitors since the 18th century when whalers hunted the island for tortoises and pirates sought shelter in its caves. Sailors established a rustic mailing system here: a barrel nailed to a pole where they would drop letters hoping they would be delivered by other mariners sailing home. You can continue the tradition if you choose. Then take a walk along the lovely beach, or hike through fragrant forests of palo santo “Incense” trees.

A Galápagos expedition cruise, enjoyed aboard Silver Galapagos, brings you to one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife species that is incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth. Lying just off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos archipelago is inaccessible to most, yet this isolation has allowed nature to develop in ways exclusive to the islands. Experience it all with complimentary exploration activities including Zodiac tours, snorkeling, kayaking and nature hikes led by our highly experienced guides certified by the National Park of the Galápagos.


Dining
When dining aboard Silversea ships, gastronomic excellence is a given, thanks to our partnership with the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux. Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea’s luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues. No matter where you dine, there will be great diversity and freshness in your selections. Dine amid sparkling crystal, silver and sweeping ocean views in our main dining room. Join friends or find a table for two, and enjoy Continental or regional specialities impeccably presented and graciously served. The Restaurant is an open-seating dining room, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables. You are free to arrive at your leisure and dine with whomever you choose. For a more casual dining experience, enjoy a meal at the Grill for soft breezes and ocean views, especially as the sun goes down. Cruise guests can gather at the outdoor bar and talk about the day’s events. Complimentary room service is also available for all guests.


Enriching Experiences
Imagine exploring the history and culture of captivating destinations before you ever step foot off your ship. Our knowledgeable team of onboard Destination Consultants is delighted to share their regional expertise to Silversea guests, with informal discussions throughout your voyage and commentaries from the bridge. Elevating your cruise travel adventure to more stimulating heights. Gain an insider’s perspective on your voyage’s destinations. From where to shop, to top-rated eateries, and the area’s must-see sights. Ensuring you will journey ashore like a true native. While on your luxury cruise, embark on a personal journey of wellness to complement your global adventures. Work out in the well-equipped Fitness Centre, take a class in circuit training or Pilates in the aerobics room, and let the sauna and steam rooms work their magic to soothe every muscle. Silversea offers seminars ranging from aromatherapy and nutrition to how to burn fat. A holistic approach to wellness fully integrates exercise, fitness and spa therapies with health lectures and nutritious dining to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even while away from home.

Inclusive Amenities for All Guests


The Grill
Soft breezes and island views beckon at the Grill, especially as the sun goes down, when guests gather at the outdoor bar for cocktails and tapas, and talk about their day. Dining options include a choice of lighter fare as well as grilled favourites and fresh-from-the-oven pizza. In the evening The Grill is transformed into an intimate, interactive eatery where diners can grill their own fresh seafood and prime cuts under a canopy of stars. This alternative dining venue is always a favourite with Silversea guests, and dinner reservations are recommended.


The Restaurant
The menu in The Restaurant includes a wide range of international selections to accommodate the global palate of our guests. Our chefs always include a choice of local Ecuadorean specialities to enrich your culinary journey, as well, but whether you choose Galapagos Lobster à la Galapaguera or filet mignon with truffles, your selections will be artfully presented and served. The Restaurant offers open-seating dining, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables You are free to dine when, where and with whom you please.


Library
Relaxing in the ship’s library, you can read books about the natural sciences, human history and conservation of the islands, and find maps and charts of this remarkable archipelago that sprawls over 36,000 square miles around the Equator. Here you can also find a choice of contemporary literature and an extensive collection of the classics, test your knowledge with daily quizzes and crosswords, or challenge someone to a game of chess or a board game.


Beauty Salon
A full range of salon services is available for both men and women including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures. Appointments for these chargeable services may be made on board the ship. Appointments for these chargeable services at the beauty salon may be made on board the ship, or in advance via My Silversea.


Massage Room

After an energetic day ashore, a soothing ministration may be the perfect accompaniment to the spiritual and physical renewal of travel.


Explorer Lounge

Attend informative lectures, recaps and briefings, and enjoy views of the islands in the Explorer Lounge on Deck 3. Along with a sophisticated AV system, there’s also a small photography station with an IMac where guests can download and edit their photographs during their time on board.


Fitness Lounge

Eye-opening panoramas inspire you ever onward in the Fitness Centre with its treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike and a weight machine.


Snorkel Area

Snorkelling equipment for guests is stowed and cleaned in this outdoor area on Deck 3. Guests who bring their own equipment can also stow their gear here to dry after our water activities.


Piano Bar
Meet and mingle with fellow travellers and your expedition leaders in the Piano Bar, where cocktails are served and views of blue seas and lava-rock landscapes are always on display. Your bartender will quickly learn your favourite drink, but do try one of the local concoctions — a Blue Footed Boobie perhaps. Accompanied by the music of our resident pianist, you can take your afternoon tea here, and enjoy pre-dinner cocktails before an impromptu dinner with new-found friends.


Jacuzzi
What better way to cool off in the tropics than with a dip in the Jacuzzi, waiting for you up top on the sun deck of your luxury cruise ship.

by Amelia Rhoden on 06/09/2017 in River or Ocean Cruises