MIAMI — Silversea Expedition has launched the first of two new seven-night Galapagos itineraries onboard the 100-guest, all-suite Silver Galapagos.
Departing Saturdays, the ship will operate the alternate itineraries, both of which have been approved by the Galapagos National Park Service.
The new North Central itinerary departed from Baltra for the first time last week, en route to San Cristóbal. In addition to a newly added circumnavigation of Isla Daphne Grande, the voyage explores Bahia Darwin and El Barranco in Genovesa; Galapaguera Cerro Colorado and Punta Pitt in San Cristóbal, Bahía Gardner and Punta Suarez in Española, El Edén, FAusto Llerena Breeding Center and Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz, as well as Bahía Sullivan, Seymour Norte, Rábida, and Plazas Sur. Highlights of the voyage include climbing Prince Philip’s Steps to see a thriving sea bird colony, hiking up the sides of an extinct volcano, and admiring the antics of Red-footed and Blue-footed Boobies.
The new Western itinerary from San Cristóbal to Baltra is enhanced by new points of interest such as Cerro Dragón and Playa Las Bachas in Santa Cruz and a circumnavigation of Roca León Dormido (Kicker Rock). The voyage will also visit Punta Vicente Roca, Caleta Tagus and Bahía Elizabeth in Isabela; Post Office Bay, Islote Champion and Punta Cormorant in Floreana; Los Gemelos, Fausto Llerena Breeding Centre and Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz; Bartolomé, Playa Espumilla, and Punta Espinoza. Highlights of the voyage include spotting land iguanas and penguins along rocky shores, swimming with green sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays, and hiking through fragrant forests of palo santo “incense” trees.
“The Galapagos Islands are undoubtedly a bucket-list destination for nature-lovers, and our new itineraries showcase the impressive flora and fauna unique to the region,” said Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s vice president of expedition planning & strategic development. “For the first time, Silver Galapagos will circumnavigate iconic Kicker Rock and Daphne Major, both spectacular settings for spotting an array of exotic birds. Another new destination, Las Bachas Beach, is one of the main nesting sites for sea turtles on Santa Cruz Island.”
For a complete list of Silver Galapagos itineraries, details, and fares, visit silversea.com/ships/silver-galapagos.