Silversea Cruises was the winner of the 2020 Seatrade Cruise Award for Sustainability, sponsored by Cruise Baltic. The award recognizes the recipient for having shown that it put sustainability, both socially and environmentally, at the forefront of its business operations over the past 12 months. The winner was announced on October 6, 2020, during the Seatrade Cruise Virtual event, and was determined by an independent panel of 14 experts from across the international cruise community.
The company was recognized for its Silversea Fund for the Galapagos, which is among a number of Silversea efforts aimed at enriching the communities and landscapes visited by its ships.
SILVERSEA FUND FOR THE GALAPAGOS
Established in partnership with the Galapagos Conservancy – the only U.S.-based organization focused exclusively on protecting the Galapagos’ unique ecosystems and biological integrity – the Silversea Fund for the Galapagos educates and supports the archipelago’s local communities by financing projects related to youth empowerment; education and training; and science, technology and conservation. The fund welcomes both formal and grassroots project proposals from the Galapagos’ four inhabited islands: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Floreana.
The fund builds on Silversea’s existing efforts to make a positive impact on the natural and economic environment of the Galapagos Islands, including its contribution to the Floreana Island Ecological Restoration Project. Guests traveling aboard Silver Origin can donate to the Silversea Fund for the Galapagos during their voyage. Each person who donates between US$200 to US$1,000 will receive a Future Cruise Credit in a matching amount that may be applied towards any future voyage aboard any ship in Silversea’s ultra-luxury fleet.
SILVER ORIGIN: BUILT WITH THE ENVIRONMENT IN MIND
The newest addition to Silversea’s fleet, the all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin is slated to begin year-round voyages in the Galapagos later this year, and has been built entirely with the Galapagos’ unique environment in mind. Silver Origin incorporates environmentally low-impact features to comply with future rules and regulations, in addition to the Galapagos National Park Directorate regulations. The latest technological innovations mean a reduction in fuel consumption and fewer exhaust emissions; the ship’s dynamic positioning system will be used when positioned over delicate seabed ecosystems to prevent the anchor from causing damage; suites incorporate freshwater purification systems that convert seawater into drinking water, thus drastically reducing the use of plastic on board; and a wastewater treatment system will meet or exceed the strictest regulations in the market. Moreover, all waste will undergo a rigid segregation procedure on board and will be delivered to a local waste management enterprise for it to be recycled or shipped out of the islands.