Sea Lion with Silver Galapagos in background. Courtesy Silversea Cruises

Silver Galapagos Sets Sail

Sea Lion with Silver Galapagos in background. Courtesy Silversea Cruises
Sea Lion with Silver Galapagos in background. Courtesy Silversea Cruises

Silversea launched its second expedition ship this past Saturday. Formerly named Galapagos Explorer II, the 100-guest ship embarked September 28 on her first-ever voyage as Silver Galapagos.

The all-suite Silver Galapagos completed a major stem-to-stern refurbishment. All public spaces and guest suites were refreshed with new upholstery, carpeting, curtains and wall treatments. Each suite was highlighted by a totally renovated bathroom, enhanced with rich marble detailing. Besides a new walk-in rainforest shower, each bathroom features a new vanity, shelving, mirrors, lighting fixtures and wood flooring. Plus, all guest suites have been outfitted with new flat screen TVs, new mattresses (custom-made exclusively for Silversea), and luxurious Pratesi bed linens.

Silver Gapalagos Veranda Suite diagram. Courtesy Silversea Cruises
Silver Gapalagos Veranda Suite diagram. Courtesy Silversea Cruises

Other ship enhancements include the installation of Wi-Fi access throughout the ship (including all suites) and a new complimentary service providing streaming movies and live television news broadcasts for guests to enjoy on their portable devices.

And rounding out the renovations are a new fitness center, massage room, beauty salon, outdoor Jacuzzi, outdoor furniture, and Silversea’s signature outdoor dining venue, The Grill.

Silver Galapagos Suite Diagrams. Courtesy Silversea Cruises.
Silver Galapagos Suite Diagrams. Courtesy Silversea Cruises.

Before setting sail, a christening ceremony was held on board, attended by local dignitaries and company executives. Highlighting the occasion were speeches by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea’s chairman; Santiago Dunn, vice president of Silversea, Ecuador; and Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s director of expedition cruises. Following the traditional blessing by a priest, the chairman’s daughter, Costanza Lefebvre d’Ovidio, the ship’s godmother, officially welcomed Silver Galapagos into the Silversea fleet by cutting a ceremonial ribbon.

In his remarks at the christening ceremony, Lefebvre d’Ovidio stated, “It is our aim that this ship will not only offer our guests the highest level of comfort and service, but also enlighten them to the rarity and beauty of the Galápagos Islands.”

Silver Galapagos sails Saturday to Saturday on seven-day roundtrip voyages from Baltra Island, following either a western or north central route. These expedition cruises offer adventurous travelers the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), Silversea’s guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colorful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin’s famous finches. 

Read more about the Silver Galapagos inaugural season.

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