Silversea Announces JUN Return to Service Beginning in Galapagos, Med

The two newest ships in Silversea’s fleet—Silver Origin and Silver Moon—will lead the ultra-luxury cruise line’s return to service beginning next month.

Full vaccinations will be mandatory for guests and crew. The vaccination policy is part of Silversea’s science-based protocols to help safeguard the health and safety of guests, crew, and visited communities.

The line notes it will continue to work closely with authorities to evolve health and safety procedures as local and international health conditions evolve.

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ON SILVER MOON

Under the banner “A New Start with a New Ship”, the line hailed its return to service with its newest flagship, Silver Moon, commencing Eastern Mediterranean cruises 18JUN.

Itineraries feature Greek islands, Israel and Cyprus, from sun-kissed beaches to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

See Silver Moon voyages at:

https://www.silversea.com/ships/silver-moon.html

GALAPAGOS ON SILVER ORIGIN

Meanwhile, Silversea’s new expedition ship Silver Origin, purpose-designed and built for cruising in the Galapagos, embarks on her inaugural season from 19JUN on all-new itineraries, which have been enriched to take guests deeper into the archipelago, and to increase the quality and frequency of experiences.

Silversea's Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin
Silversea’s Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin

“We extend our sincerest gratitude to the Ecuadorian Government and the Galápagos Government Council for their ongoing cooperation and their willingness to welcome cruising back to this remarkable archipelago,” Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO said in a statement.

“The first ship to join our fleet since Silversea Cruises joined the Royal Caribbean Group and our cruise line’s first destination-specific ship, Silver Origin is unique in her elegance. Following an extended period at home, our guests are eager to continue their discovery of our planet, and there are few destinations that inspire travelers with such unique natural beauty as the Galápagos Islands.”

“Our two new itineraries… provide more opportunities for guests to admire the archipelago’s iconic wildlife species, including the Galápagos Penguin, green sea turtles, endemic land and marine iguanas, whitetip reef sharks, Galápagos sea lions, and many remarkable bird species,” says Fernando Delgado, Vice President and General Manager of Silversea Cruises Ecuador.

“And with Silver Origin offering the highest expert guide-to-guest ratio (1:10) and the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio (1:12.5) in the region, travelers will enjoy the most iconic experiences on offer with unprecedented insight and access.”

ENRICHED GALAPAGOS ITINERARIES

Silver Origin will sail on two, alternating itineraries that incorporate five maiden calls, including the beautiful island of Santa Fe.

Each itinerary includes calls in the iconic islands of Fernandina and Isabela—regularly described as the region’s must-visit destinations—and will each include enriched programs ashore. Sample itineraries include:

  • WESTERN ITINERARY – San Cristóbal to Baltra Showcasing Geographic Diversity

On the Western itinerary, Silver Origin will depart from San Cristóbal, calling at Kicker Rock, Isla Bartolomé, Buccaneer Cove (Santiago), Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela), Punta Espinoza (Fernandina), Tagus Cove (Isabela), Elizabeth Bay (Isabela), Post Office Bay (Floreana), Champion Islet (Floreana), Punta Cormorant (Floreana), Santa Cruz Highlands, Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz), Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz), Isla Guy Fawkes, and Bahía Borrero (Santa Cruz), before arriving in Baltra.

This varied itinerary showcases the geographical diversity of the Galápagos Islands, including a first-hand experience of the multiple ecosystems that exist within this small archipelago. Throughout these lands, and in their surrounding waters, guests will admire the Galápagos’ rich variety of wildlife, as well as its volcanic landscapes, while learning about the region’s history of whalers and pirates. Each experience will nurture a connection with the destination, fostering a deep appreciation for the majesty of nature here.

  • NORTH-CENTRAL ITINERARY – Baltra to San Cristóbal with Enhanced Bird and Nature Observation

On the North-Central itinerary, Silver Origin will depart from Baltra, before calling in Daphne Major, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa), Darwin Bay (Genovesa), North Seymour, Sullivan Bay (Santiago), Punta Mangle (Fernandina), Punta Moreno (Isabela), Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz), Isla Santa Fé, Gardner Bay (Española), Punta Suarez (Española), Rodriguez Breeding Centre (San Cristóbal), and Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal), ahead of arriving in San Cristóbal.

Preserving the main highlights of the original route, the enhanced North-Central itinerary will introduce experiences that will appeal particularly to bird and nature lovers. Guests will snorkel with sea turtles in Fernandina and meet the iconic Galápagos Penguins in Isabela, but will also have the opportunity to discover the ‘bird islands’ of Genovesa and Espanola, as well as the brand-new destination of Santa Fé island—home to an endemic iguana that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Another highlight is Punta Mangle, with its mangroves, lava fields, and Flightless Cormorants.

Exterior, Silversea's Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin
Exterior, Silversea’s Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin

ALL-INCLUSIVE GALAPAGOS OFFERING INCLUDES FLIGHTS

Silversea says its all-inclusive offering is the most comprehensive in the Galápagos, and lists these inclusions:

  • International roundtrip flights
  • Roundtrip flight between Ecuador and the Galápagos
  • Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Quito and one post-cruise day-use hotel in Guayaquil
  • Quito by night tour
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • National Park and immigration fees
  • Highly-qualified Expedition Team, comprising experts in their field
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shore-side activities
  • Enrichment lectures by our Expedition Team
  • Complimentary backpack, water bottle, snorkelling mask, and snorkel
  • Complimentary use of wetsuits and snorkelling fins
  • Butler service in every suite category
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Multiple open-seated restaurants, and in-suite 24-hour dining service
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi
Basecamp on Silversea's Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin
Basecamp on Silversea’s Galapagos Ship, Silver Origin

See all Silversea voyages in the Galápagos at:

https://www.silversea.com/destinations/galapagos-islands-cruise.html

Find out more information about Silversea’s health and safety protocols at:
https://www.silversea.com/lp-silversea-hrts-consumer.html

Silversea’s ‘Cruise with Confidence’ policy and its COVID-19 protections enable guests to book with full peace of mind. Find out more information at:
https://www.silversea.com/temporary-amendment-to-cancellation-policy.html

 

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