At a Glance
Matchless butler service and luxury suites and amenities
A highly experienced expedition team to guide your excursions
Gourmet food and limitless complimentary premium wines, sparkling wines and spirits
Two imaginative itineraries around the Galapagos Islands
Everything is included, and the vessel operates a no tipping policy
Silver Galapagos is in partnership with the Royal Geographic Society
To start planning your vacation to Silver Galapagos
The Silver Galapagos is a 100-guest ship that forms part of Silversea Expeditions’ luxury fleet, and a cruise around the Galapagos Islands aboard this vessel is simply the most luxurious way to experience this enchanting archipelago.
Like all Silversea cruise vessels, the Silver Galapagos offers delicious cuisine, the services of a personal butler and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, such as complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship and stocked in your suite. Like-minded guests are your traveling companions, and the ambience is much like a country club where conversations flow as easily as the complimentary drinks.
A Galapagos cruise with Silversea Expeditions offers adventurous travelers a life-enriching opportunity to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. The Silver Galapagos operates two week-long itineraries that concentrate on the Western Islands and the North Central Islands respectively. You will enjoy up-close encounters with an abundance of Galapagos wildlife including sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colorful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, whales and Darwin's famous finches.
Expeditions ashore are guided by Silversea's experienced expedition team. Observe 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. There will be many opportunities to swim and snorkel while learning more about the sea life found in the clear waters that surround the islands.
All Silver Galapagos accommodations have ocean views and all offer attentive butler service. Select suites even feature large private verandas or panoramic windows to take in even more of the stunning and diverse environment while onboard our luxury Galapagos cruises. Every suite and stateroom includes a refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, down duvets, the finest Pratesi linens, your choice of a firm or soft mattress, a marble bathroom with shower and luxurious bath amenities, spa robes and slippers, on-demand movies and music. WiFi Internet access is available in all suites and staterooms (an additional fee applies).
Children are welcome aboard the Silver Galapagos and will love the close interaction with the wildlife. We would recommend a minimum age of 7 years. Some suites interconnect, making them ideal for families.
The Galapagos Islands are a must for wildlife lovers who will be enthralled by the curious nature of many of the unique inhabitants such as Blue footed Boobies, Galapagos penguins, giant tortoises and sea-lions. Being in the Galapagos is much like a safari, the crew includes a bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide who will explain the fantastic flora and fauna that you will see on the islands. Your day is likely to include a couple of different visits on one particular island which are reached by inflatable rubber zodiacs and most days include snorkeling which is one of the highlights of a trip (wetsuits are provided free of charge onboard the Silver Galapagos). If you are an active enthusiast, certain islands offer more adventure than others such as longer hikes or cave rapelling, but otherwise the Galapagos is a gentle experience.
Since the length of cruise varies and the visits to the islands are strictly regulated to ensure minimal impact on the wildlife, it is important for us to know if there are any particularly animals that you would like to see because they are not on all of the islands.
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When to go
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 Galápagos 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 tend to be rougher.