Silversea Expeditions | Update


I just learned about what Silversea Cruises is up to with their Expeditions division.  This is not to be confused with their original, non-expedition, fleet which is still cruising the wonderful Mediterranean and other areas around the world.

Big difference from the regular Silversea fleet
The 3 small ships carry no more than 130 guests and all excursions are included.  In 2017 Silver Cloud will join this fleet, increasing it to 4, and she’s a bit bigger at 200 guests.


Experienced guides like you’d find with other companies who have been doing this for years, like Lindblad.

Themed voyages:  bird watching, photography, culinary, wellness, diving are examples


Antarctica / 10 and 18 day voyages on Silver Cloud. And with just 200 guests she will be much more flexible than larger ships in ‘shore’ events.  Josh: This is a big difference with the competition

Galapagos / choice of 2 itineraries

Western itinerary:  more snorkeling focused, less birds, penguins
North central itinerary: more birds and more hiking

Misc Galapagos Info:
No walkers or canes but plenty of help for aging baby boomers
Landings can be dry or wet / maybe 1 to 2 feet of water.
Walks at different difficulty levels
Zodiac cruises – looks fun
Kayaking too
Two activity times per day.  Early start. Back for lunch; then out again and back for dinner at 630 or 7pm

Silver Explorer, basically circling the entire Atlantic (Antarctica / Africa (west coast)  / Europe (Portugal, France) / Scandinavian Islands / Arctic / New England / So America (east coast).

Silver Discover, circling the entire Pacific (Australia/NZ, Micronesia/Polynesia, Exotic Alaska, Russian Far East, India,

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Silversea Cruises Buys Galapagos Ship

Hello Readers,

Check this recent press release from Silversea, one of our luxury travel partners

The Silversea Group announced today that it has purchased Canodros SA, the premier Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands, and their upmarket expedition ship, Galapagos Explorer II.

Silversea plans to add Galapagos Explorer II to its ultra-luxury fleet of six ships next year, after the all-suite, 100-guest vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013 and is given a new name, steps that will ensure consistency with the standards of the Silversea fleet.

Until that time, Galapagos Explorer II will continue on its planned schedule of cruises and will continue to be operated by Canodros, which is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Canodros will also continue handling reservations for Galapagos Explorer II, as well as sales and marketing through its established network of travel companies and tour operators.

The acquisition will enable the award-winning cruise company chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre to expand the Silversea Expeditions brand. Its existing expedition ship, Silver Explorer, is regularly deployed in the polar regions, and the addition of a second vessel, offering year-round unique luxury expedition cruises in the Galapagos archipelago, means Silversea will have the opportunity to offer the adventure traveller a broader portfolio of itineraries, encompassing some of the world’s most desired and least explored regions.

The 4077-ton Galapagos Explorer II offers the stylish elegance of a mega-yacht, attentive onboard service and an enriching naturalist education programme. All of its 50 spacious suites feature ocean views and 24 include private balconies. Public spaces include a restaurant, piano bar, library and Internet station, main lounge, outdoor bar, two outdoor whirlpools, and a marine observation deck.

Guests sailing aboard Galapagos Explorer II will continue to enjoy the same exciting itineraries, luxury accommodation, shipboard amenities, informative lectures and sustainable tourism for which Canodros is known.

Potential guests and travel agents interested in booking a Galapagos Explorer II voyage should for more information.

Guests currently booked on Galapagos Explorer II, and travel agents or tour operators with clients booked on the ship, should continue to liaise through their normal channels with Canodros for any needed assistance with their reservation.

In the coming months, Silversea will announce more details concerning plans for the ship after it is renovated and renamed.

About Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels:Silver CloudSilver WindSilver ShadowSilver Whisper and Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of Silver Explorer, Silversea Cruises’ itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 400 fascinating destinations in between.

In the US, Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded “Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships” by Luxury Travel Advisor (2011). International awards include “Best Innovation in Products and Services” from the Italian Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards (2009); “World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line” from World Travel Awards (2010); “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2011); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2010); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” Excellence Award by Spain’s Cruise News Media Group (2009); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2011); and “Best Luxury Cruise Operator” according to Travel Weekly China (2010).

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For more information on Silversea Cruises, please contact a travel agent.



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Galapagos Luxury Travel | Planning

You have completed your basic research – you have selected your ship, your itinerary and you have dates. Now, on to PLANNING: When to Go / Getting There / The Focus or Part of the Whole. Read On! Brought to my readers from the folks at Ladatco:

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“Galapagos 101” re-written

WHEN TO GO?If you have the luxury of traveling anytime, you can further maximize your Galapagos Experience by considering two influences: weather and “who’s in, what’s up” so to speak.

WEATHER: In the real world, for you and I weather on the equator is not dramatically different any time of the year though it does influence life in the islands.

WHO’S IN, WHAT’S UP: There are plenty of animals and plenty of activity in the islands all year. But each species has its cycles – when they mate, when the babies are born, when the kids are infants, when they are juveniles, when they learn to fly or fend for themselves. The Waved Albatross, as an example, take extended vacations and are not in residence December to April.


There are plenty of flights into Quito and Guayaquil, from the US and from Latin America. While not manatory by law, it is “mandatory by reality” to be in Ecuador two nights before flying to the islands for embarkation.

Why? To ensure that you do not, literally, “miss the boat”. Because if for some reason – weather or mechanical – you do not arrive the first night, you still have another day to get to Ecuador. If you are not on the morning flight designated as “the flight” by your ship, you will miss the ship and there will be no way to catch up. Everything will be lost and there are no refunds of any kind.

So, plan on being in Ecuador two nights before the cruise.


Going to the the Galapagos may be the main goal of your journey or it may be part of a larger trip.

There are plenty of experiences in Ecuador: the rainforest, the cloud forest, Indian Markets, Haciendas, activities such as biking, hiking, trekking. Depending on what you want, you can easily spend two to three weeks just in Ecuador.

And the Galapagos are very often combined with Peru, giving a historical addition to the world of nature – a perfect combination of History and Natural History “Incas & Islands”.


DOING – Is it really a cruise, The Average Day , Wet vs Dry

LADATCO’s preferred ships and itineraries 2012

2011 Holiday Space

Galapagos Evolving – Galapagos 101 re-written

The introduction & first newsletter in this series of four

Galapagos Evolving – Chapter One: RESEARCH

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