Discover the Galápagos on Silversea Cruises’ new expedition ship, Silver Origin, which debuts its maiden voyage in 2020.
BY AVERY STONICH
WHEN CHARLES DARWIN EXPLORED THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS IN 1835, HE WAS AWESTRUCK BY THE WILDLIFE. “I never dreamed that islands, about 50 or 60 miles apart, and most of them in sight of each other, formed of precisely the same rocks, placed under a quite similar climate, rising to a nearly equal height, would have been differently tenanted,” he wrote.
Indeed, the Galápagos is like nowhere else on earth; this “living museum” even inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The remote archipelago—a constellation of 19 volcanic islands located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, where three ocean currents converge—evolved in isolation, creating a unique environment home to hundreds of endemic species. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galápagos is almost entirely national park, surrounded by 51,000 square miles of marine reserve. For anyone who is curious about the natural world, a trip here—ideally by ship—is a must.
Soon, the latest evolution in expedition cruise ships will set sail. In 2020, Silversea Cruises is unveiling Silver Origin, a small luxury ship designed specifically for immersing guests in the wonder of the Galápagos. All-suite accommodations wrap the ship’s exterior in an outward-facing layout that frames sweeping views of the islands’ aquamarine waters, volcanic landscapes, and fascinating wildlife. Lavish interior design is further enhanced when the natural world claims the limelight.
With room for just 100 guests, Silver Origin promises an intimate experience. Spend your days snorkeling among sea lions in crystalline seas, kayaking alongside marine iguanas, watching blue-footed boobies prance and dance in elaborate mating displays, and marveling at prehistoric-looking giant tortoises. Silversea’s experts unlock the magic of the islands, with nature walks, zodiac tours, and other excursions.
Onboard you’ll soon understand why Silversea is frequently named best luxury cruise line. Silver Origin will cradle you in uncompromising style and comfort, with exquisite furnishings, locally inspired and sourced cuisine, and personalized service. Cap off adventurous days by soaking in the whirlpool, indulging in a massage at the spa, and deepening your understanding of the islands with lectures in the Explorer Lounge. Every creature comfort is at your fingertips, and if you think of something else you need, your personal butler is on call.
In the Galápagos, find plants and animals that are uniquely adapted to their environment. With Silver Origin, Silversea has created a ship that is perfectly adapted to the Galápagos. Both are otherworldly. Your floating adventure basecamp awaits.
By the Numbers
With room for 100 guests and 84 crew, the 101-meter Silver Origin will set sail in 2020. The ship has 6 zodiacs and 10 kayaks for exploring. Onboard amenities include 2 restaurants, 1 plunge pool, 1 whirlpool, 1 observation lounge, and 1 stargazing lounge.
Call us today to learn more about the unique experience aboard Silver Origin, open for bookings this May, or visit the website on the back cover, enter OFFER M19030, to uncover more itineraries with Silversea Cruises.