Recapping our journey aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos

Silversea's Silver Galapagos at anchor off San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador, on October 9, 2014. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s Silver Galapagos at anchor off San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador, on October 9, 2014. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

On Saturday morning, I said goodbye to Silversea’s Silver Galapagos in the port of Baltra after a stunning trip through the Galapagos Islands as part of Silversea’s weeklong Darwin’s Discovery – Western Galapagos Islands itinerary.

Over the course of a week, I had the chance to arguable see and learn more about the endemic species of wildlife that call the Galapagos home than I would have ever considered possible. The things you’ll see will confound your expectations and shatter your perceptions of the world around you. It’ll ruin zoos and aquariums for you for the rest of your days. This is the real deal – wild and untamed.

The Galapagos is the real deal. Accept no substitutes. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Galapagos is the real deal. Accept no substitutes. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

This is nature wild and untamed. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

This is nature wild and untamed. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

But I was also able to experience the refurbished Silver Galapagos. She’s looking worlds apart from her former self, and while there’s still some work that could be done, the month-long drydock was a colossal improvement in her appearance and functionality. In fact, the refit was pulled off so well that most guests couldn’t pinpoint what had changed until they were confronted with her former looks – dark wood panelling and public spaces that had been cobbled together over decades of hard use. Silversea is attempting to put the style and elegance back into Silver Galapagos, and they are succeeding.

Say Hello to the New Silver Galapagos. Pictured is a Deluxe Veranda Suite on Deck 4. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

My voyage also served a dual purpose: I wanted to see the new and improved Silver Galapagos. Pictured is a Deluxe Veranda Suite on Deck 4. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The full Live Voyage Report:

Even if I did have to be reluctantly dragged off, disembarking Silver Galapagos couldn’t have been easier. Guests were requested to be out of their suites at 7:30 in the morning, but breakfast continued for a full hour after that and guests could pass the time until our 9:30 a.m. disembarkation by watching the BBC Documentary, Galapagos, in the Explorer’s Lounge if they so wished.

The attractive new Explorer Lounge on Deck 3 mimics the look and feel of the same space aboard Silver Discoverer. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Guests could relax in the new Explorer Lounge on Deck 3 and watch the BBC documentary, Galapagos. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos has sadly come to a close, but we have more Live Voyage Reports in the works! Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

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