The countdown is on as 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 touched water for the first time on Dec. 30 and Silversea commenced the countdown for the vessel’s inaugural season. Silver Origin will welcome travellers in the Galapagos Islands from July 18, 2020, onward.
“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, the ship will be the most elegant vessel to ever sail in the Galapagos region. 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 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 knowledgeable professionals will offer onboard lectures, discussions and recaps in Silver Origin’s innovative Basecamp.
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.
Guests travelling aboard Silver Origin will journey in luxurious ocean-view suites and have the personalized service of a butler. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities 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 WiFi; and complimentary expedition gear that includes a waterproof backpack, raincoat and premium metallic water bottle.
Silver Origin will continue the award-winning legacy of the 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.