Luxury intimate cruising in Galapagos Islands

by Fiona Harper

Silver GalapagosLuxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea is introducing the newest member of its fleet, the 100-guest Silver Galapagos, in September 2013. The stylish all-suite vessel – the first of its kind in the Galápagos Islands – is available for small group bookings or full ship charter and is ideal for companies seeking a truly aspirational corporate and incentive experience for their staff or clients.

Silversea’s year-round schedule of 7-day expedition voyages aboard Silver Galapagos will take in the highlights of the untouched Galápagos Islands, featuring two itineraries round-trip from Baltra Island. The Western Itinerary will trace a path across the western, southern and eastern islands, including Santiago, Bartolomé, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. The North Central itinerary will take in the north-east, central and south-east islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristóbal, Española and Plazas Sur.

Silversea’s all-inclusive fares are ideal for organisers wishing to know all costs upfront. Once onboard Silver Galapagos, groups will enjoy full-scale exploring from an enclave of luxury at sea that includes spacious, ocean-view accommodation; sumptuous gourmet cuisine; the personalised service of a butler; fascinating shore excursions; and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, such as complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.

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For full ship charters, a range of meeting facilities including the main lounge are available onboard and Silversea’s corporate and incentive experts will work with organisers to personalise special events and experiences throughout the voyage.

Veranda SuiteSilver Galapagos’ schedule offers groups the life-enriching chance to discover a remote paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colourful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin’s famous finches.

The program also offers opportunities to swim and snorkel in tranquil clear waters, witness 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.

Detailed information and complete itineraries for Silver Galapagos are now available  on Silverseas website.

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