Silversea Floats Out Galapagos-Bound Silver Origin
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Silver Origin hits the water.
From shipyard to sea.
Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship—Silver Origin—has floated out of the De Hoop shipyard in Lobith, the Netherlands. The all-suite, 100-guest ship is going through the final steps of preparation for its inaugural season in the Galapagos Islands, starting 18JUL, 2020.
"This is an important milestone for our cruise line; it takes us one step closer to strengthening our industry-leading offering in the Galapagos further still,” says Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s President and CEO.
“When Silver Origin welcomes guests in July 2020, the ship will be the most elegant vessel to ever sail in the Galapagos region,” Martinoli added. “While completing the final stages of Silver Origin's construction, ensuring that the ship surpasses Silversea’s trademark level of comfort, we are also readying our Expedition Team, who will deliver an enriching and memorable expedition experience for our guests.”
Guests travelling on Silver Origin are promised 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 professional biologists and naturalist guides will offer onboard lectures, discussions and recaps in Silver Origin's ‘Basecamp’ gathering space.
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 by 31JAN, 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.
Silver Origin will offer guests an enclave of ocean-view suites, with personalized butler service and included amenities like: 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; and complimentary expedition gear including a waterproof backpack, raincoat and premium metallic water bottle.
Silver Origin will follow in the path of retiringSilver Galapagosby 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.
Silversea says its new ship also excels in environmental friendliness. The ship features a dynamic positioning system, which will be used when positioned over delicate seabed ecosystems to prevent the anchor from causing damage. Silver Origin also incorporates 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.
Watch a video of the Silversea experience in the Galapagoshere.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.