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Silversea Expeditions: Exploring the Galapagos Islands on Silver Galapagos

Silversea Expeditions: Exploring the Galapagos Islands on Silver Galapagos

The Galapagos is a collection of beautiful volcanic islands located to the west of Ecuador. It is one of the best destinations in the entire world for wildlife-viewing. In fact, when Charles Darwin visited in 1835, his observation of Galapagos’ species inspired his theory of evolution. It is also one of the first sites in the world to be designated a Natural World Heritage Site which, thankfully, helps ensure the preservation of the islands. For these reasons and more, a trip to the Galapagos Islands had been high on my bucket list for quite some time!

Silversea Expeditions - Silver Galapagos
Silversea Expeditions – Silver Galapagos

I knew I wanted to explore as much as I possibly could of this unique part of the world and the best way to do so is on a cruise! Silversea offers everything I could possibly want with their all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruises. When they say all-inclusive, they mean it! This includes plush accommodation, fine dining, seamless shore excursions, fascinating lectures and more. I was also so pleased to learn that their Silver Galapagos is their smallest ship with just 100 guests. This provided us with such an elegant and intimate lifestyle on board where quality was valued over quantity. Even with only 100 guests, there are 75 crew on board who provided absolutely five-star personal service. It is no wonder that Silversea came out on top in the 2018 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards with Best Overall Ship, Best Shore Excursions, and Best Value!

After a short ride on the zodiac we arrived on the ship which was offshore.  We walked up the stairs and were greeted by the crew in the Explorer Lounge.  After welcome drinks, we went to the reception area, where we were given our room key and introduced to our butler who directed us to our suite.

Reception Area onboard Silver Galapagos
Reception Area onboard Silver Galapagos

My Accommodations on the Silver Galapagos

I chose an Explorer Suite on board the Silver Galapagos as my home-away-from-home for 7 nights as we sailed from San Cristobal to Baltra. Like all the rooms on board, my suite offered a comfortable living space with a convertible sofa bed, writing desk, and amenities such as a mini-bar, flat screen TV, radio alarm with iPod docking station and unlimited standard WiFi. Although bathrooms can be small onboard cruise ships, I enjoyed my marbled bathroom with local toiletries. It had everything I could ask for, especially with the vanity table and hair dryer. My queen-sized bed was also extremely comfortable and I enjoyed climbing into it after my fun-filled days of exploration.

I had a nice bottle of champagne waiting for me in my room, along with some chocolate candy, and a fruit bowl.

 My welcome tray with fruit bowl and bottle of Champagne
Welcome tray with fruit bowl and bottle of Champagne – Silver Galapagos
Explorer Suite - Silver Galapagos
Explorer Suite – Silver Galapagos

Dining Onboard Silver Galapagos

Lucky for us, the Silver Galapagos offers two delicious places to eat on board: The Grill and The Restaurant. The Grill is a more casual affair where guests can enjoy a healthy and fun way of dining.

The Grill Restaurant Seating Area - Silver Galapagos
The Grill Restaurant Seating Area – Silver Galapagos
The Grill Restaurant Seating Area - Silver Galapagos
The Grill Restaurant – Silver Galapagos

In the evenings The Grill features lava stone cooking at its finest, sourced from volcanic rock and placed in an oven to reach an optimum temperature of 400˚C. You can even cook your food directly at the table if you wish in the evenings! You simply place your meat, fish, or veggies on top of the grill stone or inside the soup bowl and cook to your hearts desire.

Lobster and Steak Lava Rock Dinner - The Grill Restaurant
Lobster and Steak Lava Rock Dinner – The Grill Restaurant

We were very lucky that the evening we dined at The Grill Restaurant we got to see the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela island erupting from a distance.  It was quite the site to see and truly a memorable experience!

Sierra Negra Volcano Eruption - Isabela Island Galapagos
Sierra Negra Volcano Eruption – Isabela Island Galapagos

Lunch each day at The Grill was a highlight, offering a different grilled fish, rotisseries, as well as pasta, gourmet salad and a burger bar. The quality of meat was incredible.  There was also ceviche, and a Chef’s station, featuring an Ecuadorian specialty every day.

Octopus Salad at The Grill Restaurant, Silver Galapagos
Octopus Salad at The Grill Restaurant, Silver Galapagos

I also enjoyed gathering here for cocktails some evenings to admire the sunset and discuss the day’s exciting events with my fellow passengers.

Enjoying a glass of wine onboard the Silver Galapagos
Enjoying a glass of wine onboard the Silver Galapagos
Sunsets in the Galapagos Islands
Sunsets in the Galapagos Islands

The Restaurant is the ship’s main dining room with sweeping ocean views and a more upscale atmosphere. We enjoyed several dinners here and had a variety of international selections to choose from. I appreciated that the chefs would always include a choice of local Ecuadorean specialties as well.

The Restaurant - Silver Galapagos
The Restaurant – Silver Galapagos

One of the benefits of having your own butler onboard is that you can order room service and have them bring it to you.  We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery and enjoyed having lunch right outside the piano bar balcony.

Having Lunch onboard the Silver Galapagos
Having lunch onboard the Silver Galapagos

The Silver Galapagos Ship

With recent renovations in 2017, the Silver Galapagos has so much to offer in terms of luxury experiences and amenities on board. I found myself enjoying the Jacuzzi quite often as a way to unwind in the afternoons on the sun deck. The temperatures were cooler so the warm bubbling water was very much appreciated!

The jacuzzi on the sun deck - Silver Galapagos
The jacuzzi on the sun deck – Silver Galapagos
The sun deck area where the spa and fitness center are located - Silver Galagagos
The sun deck area where the spa and fitness center are located – Silver Galagagos

If you have more energy to burn off, their Fitness Centre offers world-class equipment, as well as classes and personalized services. While you exercise, you can enjoy panoramic sea views.

Fitness Center - Silver Galagagos
Fitness Center – Silver Galagagos

I frequented the beauty salon and massage room on board as a way to indulge and treat myself, as you should on vacation! The Beauty Salon offers a range of salon services for both men and women which include hairstyling, manicures, and pedicures. I do recommend booking in advance as it can fill up quickly, with only one person working the spa.  I loved being able to maintain a fresh look throughout my cruise experience. The Massage Room was the perfect escape after an energetic day ashore. They offer soothing treatments which focus on spiritual and physical renewal.  I had a swedish massage which made me feel very relaxed afterwards.  Unfortunately, the spa does not offer facials.

The Spa Area - Silver Galapagos
The Spa – Silver Galapagos

For those bookworms on board, or for anyone who enjoys some peace and quiet, the Library is the perfect spot. Here you can browse through the ship’s extensive selection of hardcover books, magazines, newspapers and more. You’ll discover everything from contemporary literature to the classics. I particularly enjoyed the natural science books as well as the maps and charts of the Galápagos which gives so much detail into the sprawling 36,000 square miles of islands.

The Library onboard the Silver Galagagos
The Library – Photo Credit: Silver Galagagos

If you want to learn more about this remarkable archipelago, the Explorer Lounge hosts informative lectures, recaps, and briefings with views of the island as your backdrop. I really loved being able to learn as much as possible about the places I was exploring in the Galápagos. It really enriched my overall experience and helped me form a deeper connection to this part of the world. Along with their sophisticated AV system, there’s also a photography station with an iMac where guests can download and edit their photos while on board. This is a great option for anyone who decided not to bring their laptop with them!

Explorer Lounge - photo credit Silver Galagagos
Explorer Lounge – Photo Credit – Silver Galagagos

Last but certainly not least is the Piano Bar where I enjoyed many nights of meeting and mingling fellow travelers and expedition leaders. You can enjoy delicious cocktails here, along with beautiful music from their resident pianist. The bartenders here are top-notch and quickly learn everyone’s favorite drink. Along with impressive mixology, guests can also visit the Piano Bar during the day for afternoon tea as well.

The Piano Bar - Silver Galagagos
The Piano Bar – Silver Galagagos
The Piano Bar - Silver Galagagos
The Piano Bar outdoor seating area and sun deck – Silver Galagagos
The Silver Galapagos Senior Officers and Captain
The Silver Galapagos Senior Officers and Captain

The Excursions on the Silver Galapagos

Zodiac adventures, searching for wild-life, snorkeling and hiking are just a few of the excursions that you can enjoy with Silver Galapagos! As this cruise is all-inclusive, there’s no added charges for these activities which makes things hassle-free. The beautiful sights I discovered in the Galápagos will be included in my next post as  there are just so many to share!

The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands

Thanks to the quality of activities, attentive service, and luxury surroundings with Silversea Expeditions, my dream trip to the Galapagos Islands turned into a beautiful reality. I experienced and learned more than I could ever have imagined and I would recommend the Silver Galapagos to anyone who wants to splurge on a trip of a lifetime!

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

18 Comments

  1. I would love to go on one of their cruises. Met a guy last year working as a photographer on that ship when I was out hiking in Tromso. LOoks like you have an awesome time!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I love meeting people along the way during my travels!

  2. Your room looked very comfortable. This sounds like it was an amazing way to see the Galapagos!

    • Carmen Edelson

      It was beyond comfortable!

  3. You always find the most fabulous ways to travel! Bookmarking this in hopes that I’ll have a Galapagos trip soon 🙂

    Denise // theelleaesthetic.com

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thank you, I so appreciate it!

  4. That jacuzzi on the deck looks amazing! I also love your photos from the Galapagos! I’ve always wanted to go there!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thank you so much! I hope you get to go there one day 🙂

  5. michele h peterson
    Reply

    I’ve heard lots of great things about Silversea and their Galapagos journey sounds fabulous. It’s a bonus to have all the excursions included in the price – makes it worry free when planning

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know, it’s so stress free!

  6. This looks so fun!! I’ve always wanted to visit the Galapagos. I had a friend who went a few years ago and loved it!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, it’s a dream place!

  7. Visiting the Galapagos would be a dream come true, and traveling with Silversea Expeditions seems like a stress-free and luxurious way to make a Galapagos Islands trip a reality. Plus, the food looks fantastic!

    • Carmen Edelson

      The food was to die for!

  8. OMG this ship is like a dream! I’d love to visit the Galapagos in style like this! One day for sure.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, definitely add it to your bucket list 🙂

  9. Oh wow so fancy.. we’d love to go to the Galapagos Islands one day.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s a wonderful place to visit!

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