Starting on 16 July 2019, travellers will be able to reserve suites aboard Silversea’s new ship, Silver Origin, which has been designed entirely with the Galapagos Islands in mind. The all-suite, 100-guest Silver Origin will embark on her maiden voyage in July 2020, unlocking the authentic beauty of the Galapagos by connecting guests with the destination through immersive experiences.
Silversea’s new ultra-luxury ship will continue the award-winning legacy of the retiring Silver Galapagos by alternating two seven-night itineraries between Baltra and San Cristobal, unlocking varying experiences for guests, as follows:
Baltra to San Cristobal
Aboard Silver Origin for Silversea’s north-central itinerary, guests will enjoy a circumnavigation of Isla Daphne Major and explorations of Darwin Bay and Prince Philip’s Steps in Genovesa; Galapaguera Cerro Colorado and Punta Pitt in San Cristobal; Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez in Espanola; El Eden, Charles Darwin Research Station and Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz; as well as Sullivan Bay, North Seymour, Rabida, and South Plaza.
Highlights of this seven-day itinerary include the chance to witness captivating wildlife species in their natural habitats, including and an abundance of marine life through various snorkelling opportunities – potentially near schools of tropical fish, turtles and impressive whitetip reef sharks; and the chance to explore unusual geological features, including lava flows at Sullivan Bay, among other experiences.
San Cristobal to Baltra
Silversea’s western itinerary encompasses such points of interest as Cerro Dragon and Las Bachas Beach in Santa Cruz and a circumnavigation of Kicker Rock. The itinerary also includes Punta Vicente Roca, Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay in Isabela; Post Office Bay, Champion Islet and Punta Cormorant in Floreana; Los Gemelos, Charles Darwin Research Station and Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz; Playa Espumilla in Santiago, conditions permitting; Punta Espinoza in Fernandina; and Bartolome Island. Guests travelling westbound with Silversea will witness magnificent geological features, including Kicker Rock and Pinnacle Rock; enjoy a Zodiac ride to Buccaneer’s Cove, which once provided a refuge for pirates; and various other unforgettable experiences.
On both itineraries, Silver Origin’s guests will spend their days exploring Darwin’s “Living Laboratory of Evolution,” where they may spot giant tortoises, colourful marine iguanas, comical blue-footed boobies, energetic sea lion pups, flightless cormorants, Galapagos hawks and Galapagos penguins. Expert local naturalists of the highest calibre – one for every 10 guests, providing the highest ratio of guides-per-guest in the Galapagos – will share their knowledge and insights, as they lead complimentary excursions. A fleet of eight Zodiac crafts (the largest in the region on a per-guest basis) and kayaks will enhance the adventure with on-water exploration.
Silver Origin will see the highest crew-to-guest ratio (1:1.16) and the highest ratio of qualified guides per guest (1:10) in the Galapagos Islands, enabling unparalleled levels of personalised service. This will extend to the in-suite experience where Silver Origin’s stylish, butler-serviced suites are among the most spacious in Galapagos cruising, thoughtfully crafted to provide superlative comfort. Every suite features a private veranda or a Horizon Balcony to provide stunning views of the island landscape.
With the environment in mind, Silver Origin will feature a dynamic positioning system, which will be used when the ship is positioned over delicate seabed ecosystems to prevent the anchor from causing damage.
Find out more information about Silver Origin at https://www.silversea.com/lp-silver-origin.html