Twenty years ago, Silversea began offering luxury cruises with just a single ship. Now, they have a fleet of eight, comprised of five classic luxury cruise ships and three dedicated luxury expedition vessels.
So far, I’ve sailed aboard two of their expedition vessels – once in the British Isles aboard Silver Explorer, and this past May aboard Silver Discoverer in Australia’s remote region known as The Kimberley.
On each voyage, I have been struck by the depth of Silversea’s expedition itineraries and the sheer number of experiences that can be rolled into just a few short days; things like hiking on deserted islands, flying over mountain ranges or enjoying sunset cocktails on a sandbar in the middle of the ocean. These are journeys where guests were up before dawn on certain days and turned in well after midnight. They’re busy, active voyages – but when the hard work ashore is done, Silversea’s signature luxury kicks in. There’s nothing like coming back to the ship after a long day of exploration to a cold towel and a fresh cocktail waiting for you, all complimentary.
Now, I’m ready to tackle another Live Voyage Report adventure: The Galapagos Islands aboard Silversea’s second luxury expedition ship, Silver Galapagos!
Silver Galapagos sails both Western (pictured) and Northern Itineraries. Did you know that, due to Galapagos regulations, ships cannot call on the same port twice in 14 days, hence the two itineraries? Illustration courtesy of Silversea.
On October 3, 2014, I’ll travel to Quito, Ecuador for an overnight stay before flying to San Cristobal to embark Silver Galapagos on a special modified version of her Western Darwin Discoveries Itinerary, Voyage 8436. The full itinerary, both here and onboard: