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Silversea welcomes its first-ever Galapagos ship

Silversea welcomes its first-ever Galapagos ship

Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship—Silver Origin—has floated out of the De Hoop shipyard in Lobith, the Netherlands. 

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The all-suite, 100-guest ship touched water for the first time on Dec. 30, 2019, and Silversea has commenced the countdown for the vessel’s inaugural season. Silver Origin will welcome travellers in the Galapagos Islands from July 18, 2020.

Guests travelling on Silver Origin will enjoy the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos. Part of the ship’s crew, a team of expedition experts will lead immersive shore experiences for guests. In addition to guided Zodiac excursions, hikes, and nature walks ashore—all of which are included in the fare—these passionate and knowledgeable professionals will offer onboard lectures, discussions and recaps in Silver Origin's innovative Basecamp.

All-inclusive Galapagos package

Travellers who reserve a Galapagos voyage with Silversea receive round-trip flights between Ecuador and the Galapagos; a two-night, pre-cruise hotel stay in Quito; transfers between airport, hotel and ship; and an immersive "Quito by Night" tour. Travellers who book with a travel agent by January 31, 2020, can take advantage of free round-trip economy air from select U.S. and Canadian gateways for travel to Ecuador on select Galapagos expeditions.

On board the Silver Origin, guests can expect the following:

  • Ocean-view suites
  • Sumptuous cuisine
  • Personalized service of a butler
  • All-inclusive amenities such as complimentary select wines, premium spirits and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • In-suite minibar stocked with local snacks
  • 24-hour room service and in-suite dining
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary expedition gear that includes a waterproof backpack, raincoat and premium metallic water bottle.

Silver Origin will continue retiring Silver Galapagos by alternating two Saturday-to-Saturday, seven-day itineraries between Baltra and San Cristóbal. On both itineraries, guests will spend their days exploring Darwin's "Living Laboratory of Evolution," where they might spot rare giant tortoises, marine iguanas, Blue-footed Boobies and sea lions.

Purpose-built with the environment in mind, the innovative new ship 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; incorporate in-suite freshwater purification systems that drastically reduce the use of plastic on board; and meet the highest standards of energy efficiency in the segment.

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