You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This

Expect the unexpected when sailing the Galapagos aboard Silversea Expedition's Silver Galapagos - a truly stunning experience. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Expect the unexpected when sailing the Galapagos aboard Silversea Expedition’s Silver Galapagos – a truly stunning experience. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

If my day yesterday aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos was indescribable, today has left me downright speechless. Such is the power of the Galapagos Islands.

This morning, we were up and off the ship again bright and early. If you like to sleep in, an expedition cruise may not be for you: things start early, and go hard for the entire day. But that’s all part of the fun, particularly in a region like the Galapagos. Like my fellow 99 guests, I am here to see and do as much as is humanly possible in a week, and Silversea isn’t disappointing me.

Disembarking Silver Galapagos this morning...Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Disembarking Silver Galapagos this morning…Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

...for a fabulous exploration of the coastline of Punta Vincente Roca. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

…for a fabulous exploration of the coastline of Punta Vincente Roca. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

A total of two scenic Zodiac tours were offered from our anchorage at Punta Vincente Roca, departing at 8:00 and 9:15 a.m. An hour in duration, these explored the unique coastline of Punta Vincente Roca, teeming with wildlife and bordered by the most brilliant blue seas I’ve seen anywhere in the world.

In a single hour on a standard workday, you can answer emails, send a few faxes, attend a meeting, and perhaps – just perhaps – find a moment of solitude to make a new cup of coffee.

Iguanas cling to the rock face near the sea. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Iguanas cling to the rock face near the sea. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

In my hour-long Zodiac tour this morning onboard Silver Galapagos, I saw things I’ve never seen in my life. Iguanas and Blue-footed boobies sitting side-by-side. An invasive species of cat wandering alone on the rocky cliff face. Galapagos Penguins having sex.

Yes, you read that last bit right: we saw some hardcore penguin-on-penguin action today. Eat your heart out, sex-ed class. You can’t make things like this up, but it’s literally all on offer here in the untamed Galapagos.

Breathtaking scenery and colours off Punta Vincente Roca. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Breathtaking scenery and colours off Punta Vincente Roca. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

More Blue-Footed Boobies. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

More Blue-Footed Boobies. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

...lots and lots of Boobies. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

…lots and lots of Boobies. And, apparently, a lone Iguana. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Silversea offers two distinctive runs in the Galapagos: the Western Itinerary that I’m currently participating in, and the North Central Itinerary that Silver Galapagos will sail next Saturday. Both runs have some pretty spectacular sights going for them, and Silversea sails both because Ecuadorian regulations prevent ships from visiting the same location twice in as many weeks.

What’s the best itinerary to choose? That’s a tricky question, as I can’t speak to the North Central itinerary. All I can say for now is that, despite the fact it’s only Day 2 of our journey, I’ve already got my sights on the North Central Itinerary as a follow-up to what is quickly becoming a stellar cruise experience.

It's tough to put a price on an experience like this. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

It’s tough to put a price on an experience like this. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Or sights like this. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Or sights like this. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Or this. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Or this. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Expedition Guides aboard Silver Galapagos are just as fantastic as those onboard Silver Explorer and Silver Discoverer. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Expedition Guides aboard Silver Galapagos are just as fantastic as those onboard Silver Explorer and Silver Discoverer. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The rare Galapagos Penguin, pre-coitus. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The rare Galapagos Penguin, pre-coitus. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

We were even taken deep into a sea cave. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

We were even taken deep into a sea cave. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Hello, there. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Hello, there. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

A truly beautiful sight. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

A truly beautiful sight. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Arriving back onboard Silver Galapagos...Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Arriving back onboard Silver Galapagos…Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

...and heading up to Deck 5 for outdoor lunch at The Grill. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

…and heading up to Deck 5 for outdoor lunch at The Grill. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos continues tomorrow from the amazing Galapagos Islands! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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