Silversea Acquires Galapagos Tourism Company and Expedition Ship
(18 June 2012) The Silversea Group announced
today that it has purchased Canodros SA, the premier Ecuadorian
tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands, and their
upmarket expedition ship, Galapagos Explorer II.
Silversea plans to add Galapagos Explorer II to its
ultra-luxury fleet of six ships next year, after the all-suite, 100-guest
vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013 and is given a new
name, steps that will ensure consistency with the standards of the Silversea
Until that time, Galapagos Explorer II will continue on its
planned schedule of cruises and will continue to be operated by Canodros, which
is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Canodros will also continue handling
reservations for Galapagos Explorer II, as well as sales and marketing
through its established network of travel companies and tour operators.
The acquisition will enable the award-winning cruise company chaired
by Manfredi Lefebvre to expand the Silversea Expeditions brand. Its
existing expedition ship, Silver Explorer, is regularly deployed in the
polar regions, and the addition of a second vessel, offering
year-round unique luxury expedition cruises in the Galapagos archipelago, means
Silversea will have the opportunity to offer the adventure traveller a broader
portfolio of itineraries, encompassing some of the world's most desired
and least explored regions.
The 4077-ton Galapagos Explorer II offers the stylish elegance
of a mega-yacht, attentive onboard service and an enriching naturalist
education programme. All of its 50 spacious suites feature ocean views and 24
include private balconies. Public spaces include a restaurant, piano bar,
library and Internet station, main lounge, outdoor bar, two outdoor whirlpools,
and a marine observation deck.
Guests sailing aboard Galapagos Explorer II will continue to
enjoy the same exciting itineraries, luxury accommodation, shipboard amenities,
informative lectures and sustainable tourism for which Canodros is known.
Potential guests and travel agents interested in booking a Galapagos
Explorer II voyage should visit www.galapagosexplorer.com for more
Guests currently booked on Galapagos Explorer II, and travel
agents or tour operators with clients booked on the ship, should continue to
liaise through their normal channels with Canodros for any needed assistance
with their reservation.
In the coming months, Silversea will announce more details concerning
plans for the ship after it is renovated and renamed.
About Silversea Cruises
Cruises 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 Silver Explorer,
Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature
worldwide luxury cruises to
the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 400 fascinating
destinations in between.
In the US, Silversea has been voted "World's
Best" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel
+ Leisure (seven times), and awarded "Best Cruise Line for Luxury
Small Ships" by Luxury Travel Advisor (2011). International awards
include "Best Innovation in Products and Services" from the Italian
Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards (2009); "World's Leading Small Ships
Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2010); "Five Star Diamond Award"
from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2011); "Number
One" small-ship line in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Britain's Condé
Nast Traveller magazine (2010); "Best Luxury Cruise Line"
Excellence Award by Spain's Cruise News Media Group (2009); "Best Luxury
Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine
(2011); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Travel
Weekly China (2010).
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