Silversea’s Silver Galapagos – In Pictures

Silversea's Silver Galapagos is seen here at anchor off San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Silversea’s Silver Galapagos is seen here at anchor off San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

In September of 2013, ultra-luxury line Silversea took delivery of their second vessel for their Silversea Expeditions arm. In her past life, she was one of the most lauded luxury ships. Now, thanks to a series of substantial refits performed in 2013 and 2014, Silversea’s Silver Galapagos is well on her way to reclaiming that lofty title.

Sailing year-round in the Galapagos, Silver Galapagos began life as Renaissance Cruises’ Renaissance Three. Launched in 1990, the diminutive luxury ship would remain in the fleet until 1998, when she was sold to Canodros S.A. for service sailing around the Galapagos Islands.

Click here to read our full Live Voyage Report from onboard Silver Galapagos!

As Silversea discovered during their first year of operations, sailing in the Galapagos is no cakewalk. There are unique restrictions placed on everything from the crew of the ship right down to the kinds of toiletries you can bring onboard. Nearly everything onboard must be sourced from the Galapagos Islands or Ecuador. Failing that, the only other possibilities are other South American countries like Argentina or Brazil. In other words – don’t expect to have your favorite French champagne onboard; it won’t be there.

For her small size, Silver Galapagos has many wonderful ocean-liner-esque qualities to her. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

For her small size, Silver Galapagos has many wonderful ocean-liner-esque qualities to her. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Every cruise line operating in the Galapagos must play within the same sandbox, and Silversea is no exception. What the line does better than anyone else in the region is to push the envelope and offer more amenities, features, and – to be honest – open deck space than their competitors. Ultra-luxury voyages to the Galapagos just don’t exist, and Silversea is literally creating an entire market where there previously was none.

Silver Galapagos at anchor off Punta Espinoza, Galapagos. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Silver Galapagos at anchor off Punta Espinoza, Galapagos. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

There have been growing pains, yes. But the stunning beauty of the Galapagos Islands are now complemented by the newly-refurbished Silver Galapagos; a ship that now looks better than she has at any point in time in the last decade.

Better still, Silversea is just getting started. Let’s take a look at the newly-refurbished Silver Galapagos as she appeared in October 2014.

DECK 2

The Restaraunt

The Restaurant on Deck 2 doesn't span the width of the Silver Galapagos. Instead, it occupies a cozy area that runs along the port side of the ship. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The Restaurant on Deck 2 doesn’t span the width of the Silver Galapagos. Instead, it occupies a cozy area that runs along the port side of the ship. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

This is the lowest passenger-accessible deck onboard Silver Galapagos. It houses the ship’s main Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – though, on my sailing, it was only truly utilised for breakfast and lunch, with most guests preferring to lunch topside at The Grill on Deck 5.

Unlike most shipboard dining rooms, The Restaurant aboard Silver Galapagos does not span the full width of the ship. Instead, it occupies a small corridor of space running along the port side of the vessel. Large picture windows, split into three separate panes, let ample light into the room, though the décor composed of brown-on-brown-on-brown can be a little hard on the eyes. Still, this is a room that looks far better in person than it does in photographs, and by night it is exactly what a good dining room should be: warm, intimate and inviting.

Numerous different seating options are available here, and the entire passenger complement can be accommodated at once. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Numerous different seating options are available here, and the entire passenger complement can be accommodated at once. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Food served here is mainly Ecuadorian-style cuisine with North American and European touches. You can expect to see traditional Ecuadorian seafood soup grace the menu at least one night, and even Ostrich is served on occasion. Be sure to try both; they’re tremendous.

The remainder of Deck 2 is taken up by seven Explorer Suites. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The remainder of Deck 2 is taken up by seven Explorer Suites. Note the brand new stateroom doors and wall treatments; passenger corridors used to be dark and entirely paneled with cherrywood. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

The remainder of Deck 2 is taken up with seven Explorer Suites, all of which feature three porthole windows apiece and measure 210 to 240 square feet, depending on configuration.

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Click here to read our full Live Voyage Report from onboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos as she sails her Western Galapagos itinerary! More information on Silver Galapagos can be found by visiting the Silversea Expeditions website.

 

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