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Galapagos CruiseTour

February 20 - March 1, 2020

Embark on February 22 & Disembark on February 29


A Galápagos expedition cruise, enjoyed aboard Silver Galapagos, brings you to one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife species that is incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth.

Lying just off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos archipelago is inaccessible to most, yet this isolation has allowed nature to develop in ways exclusive to the islands.

Experience it all with complimentary exploration activities including Zodiac tours, snorkeling, kayaking and nature hikes led by highly experienced guides/naturalists certified by the National Park of the Galápagos.

Spirit of Adventure aboard Silver Galapagos

Literally every moment in this "living laboratory" can take your breath away. You may see a pod of dolphins jumping just off the bow, a spouting whale breaching the surf off in the distance, or a flock of frigate birds following in the wake of our ship. And with an expedition team of the highest caliber, you will not only visit this unique region, but experience a more profound appreciation of its natural wonders. 

Further, there are seminars, daily briefings and previews of the next day's outings for you to learn and understand this region. Join a guide on deck to identify the seabirds or chat awhile with the navigational officers. Perhaps, enhance your skills with a photography workshop or participate in informal discussions led by the expeditions team. Complimentary open bars nurture a convivial, club-like atmosphere, while the open-seating restaurant is perfect for impromptu dining with friends. 


 

Itinerary Overview

February 20 - International economy flight from Houston to Quito

February 21 - Quito

February 22 - Flight from Quito to Baltra, embark from Baltra & Isla Daphne Grande

February 23 - Bahia Darwin & El Barranco

February 24 - Seymour Norte & Bahia Sullivan

February 25 - Rábida & El Eden, Santa Cruz

February 26 - Galapaguera Cerro Colorado & Punta Pitt

February 27 - Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez

February 28 - Estacion Darwin, Puerto Ayora & Pazas Sur

February 29 - Disembark in San Cristobal & International economy flight from Guayaquil

March 1 - Arrive home in Houston

 

Click on the deck plan below to enlarge the image. 
Silver Galapagos Deck Plan

Explorer Suite - $7,560.00 per person double occupancy - Subject to Availability 

One bedroom: 240-250 ft²

  • View Window (Decks 3 and 4) or Three Portholes (Deck 2)
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Large wardrobe or walking closet (deck 2) with personal safe


 

Terrace Suite - SOLD OUT

One bedroom: 287 ft²

  • Large picture window providing panoramic views
  • Easy access to public observation area with patio furniture
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe


 

Veranda Suite - SOLD OUT

One bedroom: 268 ft² including a private balcony
  • Teak style veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe

Deluxe Veranda - $10,170.00 per person double occupancy - Subject to Availability 

One bedroom: 303 ft² including private balcony

  • Teak style balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe


 

Silver Suite - SOLD OUT

One bedroom: 361 ft² including a private balcony
  • Teak style veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe
  • Sparkling wine served with Pacari Ecuadorian organic chocolates and a bowl of fruits
  • Laundry service
  • Illy Espresso machine

All suites include the following:

  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries
  • Mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Flat screen television, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming
  • Radio alarm with iPod docking station
  • Unlimited Standard WIFI
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally

Included in cruise pricing:

  • Economy Air from Houston to Quito  
  • Group transfer from the Quito Airport to the JW Marriott
  • Two night pre-cruise hotel at the JW Marriott
  • Breakfast both mornings at the JW Marriott 
  • Group transfer from the JW Marriott to the Quito airport 
  • Ingala Transit Card (Immigration Card) and Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee 
  • Flight from Quito to Baltra
  • Transfer from airport to the pier 
  • 7 Day luxury Galapagos Cruise 
    • On board gratuities
    • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
    • In-suite dining and room service – available from 06:00 to 23:00
    • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
    • Daily guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Transfer from the pier to airport 
  • Flight from San Cristobal to Guayaquil
  • Dayroom at the Hotel Oro Verde for guests with international flights after 10pm 
  • Group transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde 
  • Group transfer back to the Guayaquil Airport 
  • Economy Air from Guayaquil to Houston
 

A deposit of 25% of the suite category selected is required to confirm your reservation. 

Reservations begin at 9 am on January 15, 2019.

Deposit by March 29, 2019 to guarantee pricing. 

Cancellation after deposit will incur a $400.00 per person fee. 

Final payment will be due October 15, 2019.

Optional private group touring in Quito with details and pricing to be advised.


Cruise Cancellation Policy & Schedule

If you find it necessary to cancel your reservation or any component thereof, please email us your request as all changes/cancellations must be received in writing. All cancellations received after deposit and more than 120 days  prior to your initial sailing date, a USD $400 non-refundable administrative fee will be charged per person. $200.00 of this administrative fee may be converted to a future cruise credit valid for travel within 12 months from the date of the cancelled voyage. Cruise cancellation requests received within 120 days of the initial sailing date will be subject to the following charges, regardless of suite resale:

  • 120 – 91 days prior to the initial sailing date: 15% of the total cruise fare + $400 non-refundable administrative fee per person;
  • 90 – 61 days prior to the initial sailing date: 50% of the total cruise fare + $400 non-refundable administrative fee per person;
  • 60 – 31 days prior to the initial sailing date: 75% of the total cruise fare + $400 non-refundable administrative fee per person;
  • 30 – 0 days prior to the initial sailing date or nonappearance at the time of sailing: 100% of the total cruise fare + $400 non-refundable administrative fee per person.

Guests who downgrade suite categories (subject to availability) within 120 days of the initial sailing date will incur cancellation penalties on the difference in cruise fare between the two suites.

A Passport, valid through September 2020, is required for this trip.

Reservations begin at 9 am on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. If you do not see a submit button below, please refresh the web page. 

First and Last Name (for your time stamp)

Your passport must be valid through September 2020, or must be renewed.

CDC Information

Follow the below link to view health information for Travelers to Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands:

Ecuador

Weather

February in the Galapagos is characterized by warm air and sea temperatures with calm seas. Short, heavy rain showers interrupt otherwise sunny days. 

Quito Weather Forecast

Guayaquil Weather Forecast


 

Activity Level & Health

Participants must be in good health to embark on this CruiseTour. This is a rigorous tour and you need to be in good physical condition with good balance as the terrain varies from sandy beaches to uneven lava and rocks. All ship-to-shore transfers use Zodiacs and some wet landings require guests to wade through knee-high deep coastal water. 

You can expect to walk 2-3 miles on average over the course of each day. Quito is 9,350 feet above sea level and some may experience altitude-related symptoms! Hydration throughout the trip is strongly recommended.

Luggage Allowance

We recommend packing based on the most restrictive luggage policy, which is the Intra-Ecuador flights. Please note, there are no porters or baggage trolleys at the Galápagos airports; Guests must handle their own luggage.

Intra-Ecuador Flights: You are permitted one (1) piece of checked luggage with a weight of 50lbs. (23 kg) with a maximum dimension of 62 linear inches per passenger, plus one (1) carry-on bag may be transported onboard having a maximum weight of 22lbs. (10 kg), and a maximum combined linear measurement that does not exceed 45 inches.

Linear Measurement = length + width + height

Luggage allowances and charges are subject to change. Please refer to your specific carrier's web site to access the most up-to-date information.


Packing Suggestions

Shipboard attire is casual; appropriate attire for daytime aboard ship or ashore consists of standard sports outfits. Shoes should be non-skid, flat or very low heeled for deck activities.Evening attire is also casual with caveat that jeans and shorts are not permitted in The Restaurant dining venue.

In The Restaurant:

  • No jeans; in fact jeans are not recommended at all for this trip as are not quick-drying
  • No flip flops.
  • No shorts. 
  • For gentlemen - Pants and shirt (polo, button down or Hawaiian).
  • For ladies - Pants, skirts or casual dresses. We recommend leaving heels, jewelry and makeup at home

Helpful hints:

  • Landings on Galapagos Island may be either wet or dry so quick drying shoes with covered toes are best. Think hiking or mesh sneakers; Keen’s as example
  • Quick-dry clothes including wicking or Columbia-type clothes are best for this equator environment
  • Poncho/Light rain jacket with hood; umbrellas are not welcomed due to Zodiac operation.
  • The color yellow is not advisable when outside as well as any other stark colors because it attracts insects; stick to light colored clothing. 
  • A water resistant back pack and water bottle are provided by the cruise line – no need to pack this.
  • A hat (with a strap) IS A MUST due to wind when riding on the Zodiacs
  • Polarized sunglasses with a strap are highly recommended
  • Lip Balm with SPF protection. 
  • Reef-Friendly Sunscreen - Click here for more information. 
  • Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm - helps with chaffing and preventing blisters on your feet. 
  • Motion sickness medication either over the counter or prescription
  • 2 bathing suits; one to wear while the other is drying.
  • Double Ziplock bags for electronics 
  • Walking sticks are available onboard, subject to limited availability; if you definitely require one, recommend bringing your own collapsible version
  • Check out Lifeproof for waterproof cases for your IPhone
  • Camera equipment - please refer to Silversea's description below

For snorkeling: You will obtain a shorty wet suit onboard for this activity. We recommend bringing winter (long-sleeve/long-pants) running gear (as example) along with bathing suit to wear under the wet suit, if sensitive to cold. Average sea temperature in February is 77 degrees-F. 

A note about toiletries: The cruise line will have a very small shop with limited items for sale. Other than Quito & Guayaquil, there are no other shopping options for you to purchase things you may have forgotten. Please make sure you have adequate supply of insect repellent, sunscreen, and medication for this journey. 

Click here for full excursions packing list

Remember the key is to dress comfortably to fully enjoy this expedition. See example photos below of Cindy's recent Galapagos Adventure.

You will be spending most of your time off the ship, and items to pass the time are not necessary.

DO NOT OVERPACK. 

The Grill

Sourced from volcanic rock and placed in an oven to reach an optimum temperature of 400°C, The Grill invites guests to cook their food directly at their table. With the stone cooking available in the evenings only, The Grill becomes a daytime rotisserie, gourmet salad and burger bar. Reservations can be made onboard. 

Dress code: Casual

The Restaurant

Dine amid sparkling crystal, silver and sweeping ocean views in our main dining room. Enjoy Continental or regional specialties impeccably presented and graciously served. The Restaurant is an open-seating dining room, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables.

Dress code: Dressy Casual; no jeans, shorts.

Room Service

You may order from the Room Service menu between the hours of 6 am and 11 pm daily. A selection of light dishes and gourmet bites are offered.

Responsible Tourism

The fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos was finally brought under protection when the islands became part of Ecuador's national park system in 1959. Silversea Expeditions is committed to preserving the archipelago as a unique and priceless UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Silver Galapagos has received ISO 14001 certification. ISO is an international action plan designed to promote more effective and efficient environmental management. In addition, Silversea Expeditions participates in programmes sponsored by the Galapagos National Park. We also support the local communities with recycling campaigns and other environmentally-friendly practices. 

Tourism has a pivotal role to play in preserving the Galapagos Islands while simultaneously providing employment and economic stability. Silversea Expedition believes that by educating their passengers and by adhering to responsible practices they can assist in the long term preservation of this unique region. Every itinerary includes a visit to the Charles Darwin Foundation so that guests are further educated about conservation issues and the importance of protecting the diversity of this rare ecosystem. 

Travelers should be surefooted as terrain varies from sandy beaches to uneven lava and rocks. All ship-to-shore excursions use small Zodiac boats and some wet landings require guests to wade through knee-high deep coastal water/navigate in and out of small boats. 

Itinerary and specific hotel properties are subject to change.

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