At a Glance
One of the most luxurious expedition ships to cruise the Galapagos Islands
Incredible service, with an impressive staff to guest ratio and butlers appointed to every suite
- Accommodates 100 passengers
Fully inclusive of meals, drinks, excursions and tips
- High focus on sustainability, with an on board water purification system to help reduce plastic waste
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation. From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galapagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas can be rougher. Most boats go into dry dock around September for their annual refurbishment after the busy summer holidays.
To start planning your holiday to Silver Origin
One of the most luxurious expedition ships to cruise the Galapagos Islands, the Silver Origin ensures Silversea level service in one of South America's most iconic wildlife destinations, guaranteeing an unforgettable and comfortable cruise experience.
With one of the highest staff to guest ratios of all of the ships to sail the Galapagos Islands, Silver Origin puts service at the forefront of its cruises around the Galapagos Islands, one of the most exciting and unique wildlife destinations in South America. Accompanied by top naturalist guides, multiple daily excursions are included to maximise your time in the archipelago, getting up close to the fearless endemic wildlife. During a cruise you will have the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions, penguins and sea turtles, walk alongside land iguanas, marine iguanas, brightly coloured Sally Lightfoot crabs and giant tortoises, and spot blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds along the shores on Zodiac excursions.
The ship itself is beautifully designed, accommodating a maximum of 100 passengers, the maximum allowed at any one landing site, which means you'll never be sharing landing sites with visitors from other boats. All of the suites are stylish and come complete with ensuite bathrooms and verandas, along with plenty of storage for luggage. There is ample social space on board the ship, with indoor lounges with panoramic windows and outdoor space complete with a firepit, perfect for cosy evenings.
Sustainability has also been a focus when designing the Silver Origin, and state-of-the-art technology ensures minimum impact on the protected Galapagos ecosystem with a specially designed anchor to reduce damage to the sea beds. Water purification systems are also in place in every suite to reduce the need for plastic bottles.
We recommend Silver Origin for families and couples wishing to explore the Galapagos in comfort and style.
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All suites are spacious and stylish, with floor to ceiling windows and verandas to maximise ocean views and opportunities to spot wildlife as you cruise. Every suite has an ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower, and from the Deluxe Veranda Suite and above, the showers are glass fronted looking out to sea. Butler service is provided in every suite to ensure your every need is taken care of and in-suite dining and room service is available 24 hours a day. A minibar and pillow menu is provided.
Facilities on board include two restaurants with both indoor and outdoor space, a small fitness centre, a spa treatment room and a beauty salon. There is plenty of social space too, including a bar, cosy lounge with firepit and additional loungers and seating on the upper deck.
Multiple daily excursions are included to get out and explore the Galapagos Islands, whether on Zodiac boats, snorkelling, kayaking or walking on land. You will have opportunities to observe the endemic wildlife of the islands and admire the unique ecosystems, discovering huge lava fields, bright white beaches, lava tunnels and cloud forest.
Ultimate Peru & Galapagos
Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Quito, Galapagos
from £13300 pp inc flights & transfers for 15 nights
- Snorkel in the Galapagos for up-close encounters with sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins and sea turtles
- Travel through Peru's Sacred Valley aboard the Hiram Bingham, Belmond's luxury train
- Visit the ancient Inca capital of Machu Picchu, a must-see when exploring Peru
Location & directions
Silver Origin offers cruise itineraries around the Galapagos Islands, which sit off the coast of Ecuador.
How to get there
A 15-hour flight to Quito from London, normally via Madrid, followed by a two-hour 30-minute flight to the Galapagos.
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