Cruise length: 4, 5 and 8 days
If you are looking for a larger, luxury-class cruise ship with an excellent range of facilities and personal service, the Silver Sea (formerly known as The Galapagos Explorer II) will not fail to delight. One of the largest and most luxurious ships sailing the Galapagos Islands, the Silver has the capacity for 105 passengers; though due to Galapagos National Park regulations, the Silver Sea carries only 100 passengers.
The ship has 50 spacious air-conditioned outside cabins, each with spectacular ocean views, a private bathroom and a small sitting area.
The Silver offers an impressive list of amenities, including two jacuzzis, a solarium, a spacious dining room, an electronic elevator, a lounge, a first-class restaurant, a piano bar and two other bars with music, a boutique, a reading room and a large briefing/conference room. The briefing room is used by the vessel’s six naturalist guides, who lead daily shore excursions and offer nightly presentations and briefings to fully prepare passengers for the islands to be visited the following day.
In addition, the Silver offers karaoke, star gazing, massage therapy, Spanish lessons and even cocktail-making classes. Indeed, you’ll be spoiled by all the choices. Best of all, there are ample social areas where you can relax after a busy day and reflect on your adventures.
On top of all the pampering, this vessel also has power. Navigating the Galapagos Islands at a cruising speed of 17 knots, the Silver enables passengers to see more of the Galapagos in less time.
The most famous, and diverse, collection of wildlife on the planet. This delicate ecosystem has very strictly controlled visitation programmes, but once you arrive, it’s like a natural wonderland. Turtles, sharks, manta rays, sea lions…there is nothing like this collection of islands anywhere else.