Silversea's Second Expedition Ship Will Set Sail as Silver Galapagos
new 7-day itineraries for late 2013 open for sale in mid-November
(22 October 2012) Luxury expedition cruise specialist
Silversea has announced Silver Galapagos
as the name for its second small-sized expedition ship, which is currently
sailing as the Galapagos Explorer II.
The new name
signals the company's intent to maintain a consistent level of elegance
throughout its fleet, and will take effect after the all-suite,
100-guest vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013. In a
related move, the hull of the Galapagos
Explorer II has already been painted the same dark blue as Silver Explorer, the company's other
Silver Galapagos will be the
only luxury expedition ship offering socially and environmentally responsible
ecotourism to the Galápagos archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This
important distinction enables Silversea to broaden its portfolio of expedition
cruises tailored to tap into the rising interest in green tourism.
Silversea has also
revealed that it will start selling its 2013 Galápagos programme in mid-November
of this year, offering two exciting new 7-day itineraries that will begin
operating in late September 2013 as follows:
- Sailing Saturday to Saturday roundtrip from
Baltra Island, Silver Galapagos
will trace a path across the western, southern and eastern islands,
including Santiago, Bartolomé, Isabela,
Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal, and Santa Cruz.
- Sailing Saturday to Saturday roundtrip from
Baltra Island, this itinerary encompasses the northeast, central and
southeast islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristóbal,
Española, and Plazas Sur.
The 2013 Galápagos schedule offers
adventurous travellers the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine
paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On
complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team
(certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), Silversea's guests may experience
up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking
land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colourful marine
iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches.
The programme also offers opportunities to swim
and snorkel in tranquil clear waters, witness unique highland ecosystems, hike through
lush mangrove forests and across volcanic fields, explore natural lava tunnels,
watch for wild flamingos (in season), read cave inscriptions from the 1800s, and
learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
In true Silversea
Expeditions style, the guests of Silver
Galapagos will enjoy full-scale exploring from an enclave of luxury at sea that
includes spacious, ocean-view accommodations, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the
personalised service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive
shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits
served throughout the ship, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet, and all gratuities.
are subject to change.
About Silversea Cruises
Cruises, which is
chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognised
as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship
amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver
Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit
– all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With
the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos (debuting late 2013),
Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature
worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean,
both polar regions and over 450 fascinating destinations in between.
In the U.S., Silversea
has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé NastTraveler
(nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded "Best
Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships" by Luxury Travel Advisor
(2011). International awards include "World's Leading Small Ships Cruise
Line" from World Travel Awards (2010); "Five Star Diamond Award"
from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2011); "Favourite
Cruise Line - Small Ships" in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by
Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2012); "Best Luxury Cruise
Line" by Australia's Cruise
Passenger magazine (2012); and "Best Small Luxury Cruise Line"
according to China's Travel & Leisure magazine (2011).
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