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Galapagos Island | Expedition Cruise

30th Mar 2024 | 7 nights | Silversea | Silver Origin

All inclusive, all-suite ships
Executive transfers to/from home*
Ultra-luxury | Butler service for all
El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps), Genovesa
Bahía Darwin, Genovesa
Isla Seymour Norte
Bahia Sullivan, Santiago
Punta Mangle, Fernandina
Punta Moreno, Isabela
Isla Santa Cruz
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz
Bahía Gardner, Española
Punta Suarez, Isla Española
Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal
All inclusive, all-suite ships
Executive transfers to/from home*
Ultra-luxury | Butler service for all
30th Mar 2024 Saturday
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, San Cristóbal
30th Mar 2024 Saturday
Léon Dormido (Kicker Rock), San Cristobal
31st Mar 2024 Sunday
El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps), Genovesa
31st Mar 2024 Sunday
Bahía Darwin, Genovesa
1st Apr 2024 Monday
Isla Seymour Norte
1st Apr 2024 Monday
Bahia Sullivan, Santiago
2nd Apr 2024 Tuesday
Cerro Brujo, San Crist�bal
2nd Apr 2024 Tuesday
Punta Mangle, Fernandina
2nd Apr 2024 Tuesday
Punta Moreno, Isabela
3rd Apr 2024 Wednesday
Isla Santa Cruz
3rd Apr 2024 Wednesday
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz
4th Apr 2024 Thursday
Bahía Gardner, Española
4th Apr 2024 Thursday
Punta Suarez, Isla Española
5th Apr 2024 Friday
5th Apr 2024 Friday
Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal
6th Apr 2024 Saturday
Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, San Cristóbal

When you explore the uninhabited islands of the Galapagos National Park, you are in one of the roughest places on the planet, a land where the wildlife rules and you are just another creature. That does not mean you need to rough it. You certainly won't on the luxurious, all-inclusive, 100-passenger Silver Origin, Silversea Cruises' first purpose-built, destination-focused expedition ship. Everyone on the ship stays in suites with butler service, and your every need is catered to with aplomb. Crew greet you with Italian designer bathrobes as you return from snorkelling, perhaps with whitetip reef sharks and sea lions. You will find hot water aplenty in your ocean-view glass shower with rainfall showerhead. Your personal butler will fetch you a cappuccino or whatever else you desire.

Silver Origin Deck Plan...

...focuses on bringing the outdoors in. The ship has windows all around (even in the elevator) for views. A luxury hotel designer created a soothing colour scheme of stone and cream, complimented by an Ecuadorian-focused art collection, that gives a sense of place but does not distract from what's happening outdoors. At the same time, Silver Origin is filled with the kind of cushy furnishings you can sink into after a busy day of exploring via inflatable Zodiac, kayak, snorkelling or on foot, with the ship's 10 local, park-certified naturalist guides. You and your fellow passengers may have come to meet blue-footed boobies and endemic marine iguanas and tortoises, but a convivial atmosphere on the ship, an open-seating policy at meals, free booze, and the small number of passengers onboard, means it's easy to make friends (the spaciousness of the ship also means you can avoid anyone you don't care for).

Is Silver Origin a Luxury Expedition Ship?

Silver Origin has space to stretch out, so much so you may feel at times like you are on your own private yacht. Reserve the hot tub for two and have your butler serve Champagne. Head to the windowed observation lounge/library and take a nap with book about Charles Darwin on your lap. A basecamp lounge features an interactive digital wall, a nifty high-tech way to learn factoids about Galapagos wildlife. Silver Origin is Galapagos on a silver platter.

Daytime: Casual, with shorts or jeans and tees most common.

Evening: Most passengers go with country club casual at night; no one dressing up much beyond a casual dress or trousers and blouse for women; collared shirt and slacks for men. Sneakers and hiking boots for footwear.

Not permitted: Shorts and jeans are not allowed in the restaurant at night.

Shows and Theatre on Silver Origin

The entertainment onboard is a piano player performing on a baby grand in the main Explorer Lounge during cocktail hour and after dinner (though few passengers are in the lounge after dinner). He also plays a keyboard in The Grill at lunchtime. Otherwise, guests may entertain themselves in the evening by chatting at the ship's firepit outside the Explorer Lounge on Deck 4, or heading up to the dark stargazing area on Deck 8 to try and spot the Southern Cross or, if you're lucky, lava flowing from an active volcano in the distance.

Galapagos Shore Excursions on Silver Origin

You've come to the Galapagos to explore, and your itinerary includes up to four excursion choices each day, all included in your cruise fare and led by universally excellent Galapagos National Park-certified naturalist guides – visitors are not allowed to explore the park unless accompanies by a guide. A big selling point is the number of guides, Silver Origin with a 1:10 guide to guest as opposed to the 1:16 ratio allowed by the park. To keep everything orderly, your ship will be divided into groups, and call each group at staggered times, so you never need to wait long to board a Zodiac at the ship's very active marina. Lots of crew are on hand to lend an arm as you board the bobbing Zodiacs for adventures that might include a hike on a beach strewn with thousands of nesting marine iguanas, or a hike past lava tubes for views of volcanic rock formations, or a ride along the coast to spot birds such as blue-footed boobies, or a little time on a beach. Most tours are for one hour.

The only time you will find yourself on a bus is a visit to a tortoise preserve and coffee plantation on the island of Santa Cruz. Deep sea snorkelling and kayak excursions require signup, so that groups can be staggered – with one guide assigned to every 10 guests. Kayaks are for two, but if you are a solo traveler you will either be paired or assigned your own guide/partner. Snorkelers are provided with wetsuits, fins and masks with snorkel that you keep in your cabin. The masks and snorkel are yours to take home. All guests are also given a life vest to wear on the Zodiacs and you keep that in your cabin as well (hooks in your walk-in closet handle all that). In a bit of an oddity, the shore excursions are operated with a sound system (for hearing the guides) that requires you to download an app on your cellphone and to have your own headphones. It works well, unless for some reason you don't have your own headphones – be sure to pack them.

Wildlife Viewing on Silver Origin

Visiting the Galapagos is like visiting an open-air zoo, except in these islands the animals are utterly unafraid of you. We are sized up as something big and non-threatening walking by. You are advised by your naturalist guides to keep a distance of six to eight feet, but the animals haven't necessarily gotten the memo. When you are deep-sea snorkelling, you may find yourself with a sea lion trying to stare you in the face, or look down to see several whitetip sharks swimming by – which you can brag about with your friends if you have an underwater camera. On a kayak excursion through a scenic mangrove, sea lions may come over to show off their octopus or other catch of the day, while sea turtles swim past. If you don't snorkel or kayak, you'll still have plenty of wildlife experiences, assured by the naturalist team. Zodiacs explore the shore, the drivers getting as close as they are allowed to birds and animals. Bring your binoculars for the best views. You'll also walk beaches where sea lions are lounging, bright orange Sally Lightfoot crabs are scurrying and rays are hanging right off shore. From your ship, you may spot dolphins and sea birds will fly overhead. An excursion to a on the island of Santa Cruz will assure you will get to see giant, 150-year old tortoises at a private preserve that's also a coffee plantation. Hundreds of species are found nowhere else on earth such as spiky-backed marine iguanas, warm-weather penguins, the giant tortoises and Galapagos sea lions. Birdwatchers come to see prizes such as Darwin's finches (four species of which are mockingbirds), endemic Galapagos hawks, rails, flycatchers and martins, plus blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies.

Enrichment and Lectures on Silver Origin

In the evening, everyone – guests and guides – gathers in the Explorer Lounge pre-dinner for cocktails, a recap of the day’s events, and to hear what is on the schedule for the next day. One naturalist will also do a brief lecture based on his or her area of expertise. Longer lectures are offered some days, either in the morning or afternoon. Nature movies are also occasionally shown on the screens of the Explorers Lounge. The ship's unusual enrichment feature has a high-tech twist. In the cushy Basecamp lounge, off the marina, is an alcove with a 39-square-foot interactive digital screen – the largest such screen in the Galapagos. A touch control panel on a podium looks like something out of Star Trek, and allows you to both preview your trip and do a deep dive into the Galapagos, including science and research being conducted. It’s a fun way to supplement the already deep and interesting lectures given by the ship’s expert team of naturalists. Silversea received special permission from the Galapagos National Park to film footage by drone for the magic wall, and then added expert commentary from naturalists. Keep touching for photos and factoids and videos about the animals you will see on the excursions. If the ship is at sea for an afternoon, the naturalists may invite passengers to an open deck to search for wildlife from the ship. On select nights, there is a naturalist leading stargazing on the top deck – otherwise, you are free to head up to view the stars on your own. One afternoon, the chef will do a cooking demonstration and talk on Ecuadorian ceviche, complete with a tasting and handout recipes.

Nightlife on Silver Origin

You'll find very little entertainment on Silver Origin besides the piano player. Most guests return to cabins after dinner where they may watch classic and some last-year movies on their stateroom TV. Silver Origin does not have a casino.

Silver Origin Bars and Lounges

Explorer Lounge: (Deck 4): A quiet place to lounge and enjoy a coffee and snack by day, the Explore Lounge is also the ship's main gathering spot at night, the bar team preparing cocktails, which you can order made with Ecuadorian liquors or a broad range of international selections. There's also local artisanal beer served.

Basecamp: (Deck 3): The elegant Basecamp, with indoor and outdoor living room areas, is attached to the ship’s marina, and both a cushy place to hang out and gear up for excursions and brilliant educational centre. There's a self-service coffee set up in one corner, for those who want to linger, though most passengers pass-through on their way back from shore excursions.

Observation Lounge/Library (Deck 7): When not in a lounge chair out on deck or napping in their cabins, guests come up to this small, forward-facing windowed lounge to sit and read a book or take a nap. The rarely used space is outfitted with cushy chairs and sofas, a giant globe, atlases and books on Charles Darwin and wildlife.

Hot Tubs on Silver Origin

A hot tub large enough to be comfortably shared by four people is located on Deck 7. It's raised for views, and as a special treat you can ask your butler to deliver champagne so you can sip while admiring the passing scenery. A glass-shower is nearby. Silver Origin does not have a traditional pool. Due to restrictions in the national park, there are no individual watersports offerings and you can't swim from the marina (kayaking and snorkeling is all escorted).

Silver Origin Services, Shops and WiFi

The reception desk in the Basecamp lounge has two standard desks. There's no gift shop but there are some items for sale displayed in glass cases. Local selections include sterling silver and gold jewellery inspired by Galapagos wildlife, from the environmentally conscious Galapagos jewellery company. With straw Panama hats originating in Ecuador, there is also a custom example – If you want to pay $1,000 for a hat. Ship-wide WiFi is available at no charge. If you want to download photos or stream videos you may want to upgrade to a premium package for a weekly fee.

Silver Origin Zagara Spa

Silver Origin has a small, two-room Zagara beauty spa located on Deck 5. It's staffed by one Ecuadorian hairdresser/massage therapist. You can get a wash and blowout, pedicure or manicure at the beauty parlour or head into the massage room for treatments such as a "Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage". Prices are similar to what you find on other Silversea ships. The gratuity is at your discretion, however, as opposed to being added on.

Gym on Silver Origin

The small but well-equipped and ocean-view gym has a step machine, bike, leg curl machine and treadmill, plus a decent selection of weights. It's just enough to keep up with your daily routine, assuming you know what you are doing as there is no trainer or staff. While it would be hard to do a power walk on the ship, you can get active on hikes, and a few times during the week there are organized power walks or runs, accompanied by a naturalist guide, offered on shore.

Meals are certainly a high point with an executive chef who seems omnipresent – whether describing the fine points of why a grain melts on your tongue or giving the history of stew from the Andes.

Ecuadorian Restrictions Impact -- And Can Enhance --- Silver Origin's Onboard Dining

Part of the chef's goal is to educate guests on Ecuadorian cuisine. Listed on menus are international dishes and both traditional and modern Ecuadorian cuisine. It's hard to get imported products into the Galapagos, including a restriction on beef. It must come from Ecuador. The result is that cuts that may not please all American tastes; if you want beef, order it in the form of Silversea's Signature Burger (topped with gouda, caramelized onions and Portobello mushrooms). You are better off ordering fresh Galapagos fish and seafood – including varieties you may never have tried before such as Galapagos scorpionfish. Local pork is available from a farmer who sings to his pigs. Silversea works with local producers whenever possible, including buying produce from local farmers. What's available depends on the season, but includes fruits such as papaya and pineapple featured at the lavish breakfast buffet in The Restaurant. Cheese comes from a Galapagos producer who ages his products in lava tubes. Menus include the kind of dishes that will make vegetarians and vegans feel they received special attention, rather than being an afterthought. You won't find the caviar which seems omnipresent on other Silversea ships – it only appears as a garnish on some featured dishes.

All Restaurants Are Included on Silver Origin

The Restaurant, Deck 4

Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Breakfast and lunch in The Restaurant feature lavish buffets and menu dishes available to order, in both cases with a good selection of choices, both hot and cold. International dishes combine with Ecuadorian selections at each meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful. At dinner, The Restaurant takes on the allure of a fancy restaurant, the vibe distinctively more formal, the Ecuadorian waitstaff dressed more formally and presenting dishes as beautifully decorated as you would expect to find in a top-notch restaurant. Delivery of dishes is timed, for a voila moment. Seating is open, sit where you like and with whom you like. Reservations are not required, unless you want to have a large table for your own dinner party.

The Grill, Deck 7

Meals - Lunch and dinner: The open-air, but shade-covered grill hosts a daily Galapagos Seafood Market at lunch, with meat and vegetarian options and a salad bar. A popular selection at lunch is the daily-changing Ecuadorian version of ceviche, which is more like a cold soup and is served with popcorn and plantain chips. The Grill is a favourite spot for catching views and breezes, and if passengers are not heading off on shore excursions they tend to linger here. The chef goes table to table explaining the day's featured Ecuadorian and seafood dishes, with other menu options including burgers and a sandwich of the day.   At night, the venue hosts Silversea's popular, casual "Hot Rocks" experience where you can choose your protein and cook your own selection on a heated lava rock. Reservations are required for the evening experience.

Room Service

Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Complimentary room service is available 24 hours a day. Many passengers choose to have breakfast in their cabin, whether indoors or on their veranda. Your butler delivers your selections on a tray. The lengthy, full-breakfast menu includes pastries, made-to-order eggs and Ecuadorian breakfast specialties. At lunch or dinner, you may choose Silversea's Signature Burger, pasta, pizza and other hot or cold dishes. At dinner, you can order off the menu in The Restaurant, but be aware that only the upgraded suites receive the order course-by-course – otherwise, you receive the whole meal at once.

Everyone stays in a suite on Silver Origin and the smallest is a spacious 325 square feet. There are eight categories, including some of the largest suites in the Galapagos. All 51 suites are located on Decks 5 and 6 and come with butler service and 24/hour room service.

Check Your Room to See What Kind of Balcony It Has

While all the suites have balconies, they are not all the kind where you can step out into open space. Some are what the line calls "Horizon" balconies, a design borrowed from sister brand Celebrity Cruises, where you push a button to open the top half of a floor-to-ceiling window to make your suite open-air (patio furniture near the window replicates a balcony atmosphere). Like the rest of the ship, much attention was paid to details in the suites, which are done up in a soothing contemporary décor. Headboards are padded. Beside your bed are plugs (110/220) and USB outlets. You sleep on fine European linens, including down duvets and have a choice of pillows. Beds are twins, convertible to Queen or King, depending on your suite category. The glass shower in your bathroom will have an ocean view – in some suites, you need to push a panel above your double sink for the view (note that your shower is not on an outside wall, so your view is through your bedroom, and you'll be flashing your roommate as you shower). In the bathroom is a special purified water faucet for filling your water bottle. The toilet is in its own separate room, sans sink. Bath amenities are all Ecuadorian-made, and an inclusion is natural suntan lotion that will not harm the fragile Galapagos wildlife, created so that no chemicals leach into the environment. Provided in your walk-in closet are bathrobes and slippers, hanging space and drawers, as well as a safe. Storage space includes hooks to hang your snorkelling gear and the lifejacket you'll use for the week, each time you're in a Zodiac, which is your means for getting ashore to kayaks or to snorkelling spots. Lighting is designed so you can read in bed without disturbing your roommate. Your mini-bar is stocked with local snacks, soft drinks and your choice of alcohol. There's a flat-screen HDTV with an interactive media library (including on-demand movies and a music library) and a mirrored vanity table/writing desk with a chair in each suite. Top suites add coffee machines.

Suites on Silver Origin Have Wide Range; Some Are Particularly Good for Families

Some suites are designed to connect for families. At the top end, this includes the Grand and Royal suites that can accommodate a family of four, in nearly 2,000-square-feet of combined space.

Classic Veranda Suite: The 22 classic suites have step-out, 72-square-foot balconies accessible through floor-to-ceiling windows. The 325-square-foot suites have ocean-view walk-in showers, a writing desk a sitting area and TV, as well as a walk-in closet.

Superior Veranda Suite: These 16 suites are located on Deck 6 and feature 325 square feet of space and Horizon balconies. As is standard on this ship, they have a sitting area, bathroom with double sink and ocean-view walk-in shower, and a writing desk.

Deluxe Veranda Suite: The seven 335-square-foot suites in this category have Horizon balconies and sitting areas, glass showers, walk-in closets and queen-sized beds. The suites are located on Deck 6.

Medallion Suite: Located near the Bridge on Deck 6, this 335-square-foot suite has an 88-square-foot veranda created with a Horizon Balcony. The suite has a sitting area, king-sized bed and ocean view shower, one TV, a premium sound system, a coffee station, binoculars and complimentary laundry service.

Silver Suite: The living rooms of these two suites, located forward on Deck 5, feature an L-shaped couch sitting area overlooking floor-to-ceiling windows and a 109-square-foot balcony. Perks include a whirlpool tub and glass shower with ocean views and the same amenities as above. Each of these suites can connect to a Class Veranda Suite to accommodate a family.

Royal Suite: Combinable with the Grand Suite to sleep four, the 897-square-foot Royal Suite has a 305-foot veranda, an ocean-view whirlpool tub and separate shower and a living room with sitting area. The bed may be configured as twins or king. Among amenities, the suite has two flat-screen HDTVs, a premium sound system, binoculars, and complimentary laundry service, as well as a coffee station.

Grand Suite: Located Deck 5 aft, this 1,025-square-foot suite has a living room with a sitting area, a separate dining area and a bedroom with twins that can be combined into a King-size bed. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead to the 271-square-foot veranda. Both the glass shower and separate whirlpool bath boast ocean views. The suite is equipped with the same amenities as above.

Owner's Suite: The Deck 6 aft Owner's Suite features a large living room, separate dining area, bedroom and bathroom with a huge glass shower that opens onto a spacious balcony, large enough for lounging and dining. The suite is 1,722 square feet, while the veranda is 646 square feet. The twin beds in the bedroom can be combined into a king. In addition to the shower, a whirlpool tub faces the ocean. The suite is equipped with the same amenities as above.

Best for...

Sophisticated international travellers who enjoy unusual destinations yet want a hint of traditional formality, complete with butler service

Not the best for...

Young families and American-centric cruisers who like to be casual all the time

Who goes on Silversea cruise ships?

Silversea caters to Baby Boomers, affluent and often retired, with the leisure and the resources to make Silversea their cruise line of choice. Silversea Expeditions also appeals to that demographic, as well as younger professionals with a desire for active cruising that includes posh cabins and stellar service alongside Zodiac expeditions, snorkelling excursions and in-port hikes. Shorter classic voyages also tend to draw younger passengers. About 60 percent of passengers onboard come from the Americas, the rest from international markets.

Do I have to dress up on a Silversea cruise?

Yes, if you are going on a classic cruise ship; no if you're sailing on a luxury expedition cruise. The classic ships divide evenings among casual resort wear, informal attire (for men, this means a jacket, tie optional, and women wear dresses or pantsuits) and formal nights when eveningwear for women is an evening gown or cocktail dress and men wear tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits, and a tie is required. The dress code is more casual on the expedition vessels, and there are no formal nights.

Is everything free on Silversea cruises?

Silversea cruises are fairly inclusive, with the only extras being shore excursions (except on Silversea's expedition cruises on which they're included in the cruise price), shop purchases, spa and beauty treatments, and send-out laundry. Some speciality restaurants also cost extra (and caviar on the room service menu). Cruise fares include gratuities, unlimited beverages (soft and alcoholic), internet access and round trip transportation into town in most ports. Most itineraries also include transfers to/from the ship, and some even include complimentary round trip economy airfare.

What are Silversea's most popular activities?

Onboard, each Silversea cruise ship has a pool and hot tubs that see a lot of action, and the spa gets a lot of use, as well. Silversea cruisers also enjoy attending lectures on the culture and history of the destinations they visit, and like to spend time in the library. Evening shows, which range from opera-themed to swing-era classics, also draw a crowd. When in port, most Silversea cruisers opt for one of the line's many shore excursion offerings. Expedition cruises bring cruisers together with experts to lead hiking, Zodiac, snorkelling, diving and other small group excursions.

What are Silversea Covid-19 policies and onboard protocols?

At Silversea, their top priority has always been to safeguard the health and safety of their guests, crew, and the communities they visit. Partnering with leading medical experts and governmental authorities from around the world, the Royal Caribbean Group formed the Healthy Sail Panel to ensure that guests can travel in luxury with unwavering confidence. Silversea Cruises has introduced a comprehensive, multi-layered set of science-backed protocol, which, informed and approved by the Healthy Sail Panel, will help to safeguard guests.
Silversea will continue to work closely with relevant governing bodies and health authorities to evolve its health and safety procedures, as new health recommendations are issued and as the fluid situation advances.
Please note, with the uncertainty surrounding current travel regulations, this information might evolve by the time of your voyage, and it may change based on the cruising region of a particular itinerary. As well, please know that local regulations may require more stringent protocols (e.g. masks may be mandatory), in which case Silversea will comply with all local requirements and guidelines.

Silversea Vaccination Status Requirements

To embark on a Silversea vessel, all guests aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before embarking on the vessel. Guests must bring proof of vaccination or boarding will be denied.

Testing for all

Fully Vaccinated Guests: If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (but have not received an additional dose or booster), you must provide a negative antigen or PCR test result, administered by a verified third party (either a laboratory or pharmacy), taken no more than 2 days prior to boarding your ship.

Up to Date Vaccinated Guests: If you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you must provide a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result, administered by a verified third party (either a laboratory or pharmacy), taken no more than 3 days prior to boarding your ship. 

Health & Safety

While Silversea will facilitate entry into each port of call during each voyage, guests are responsible for complying with entry requirements for the country of embarkation, as well as the travel requirements affecting their return journeys. These regulations could include a COVID-19 test (PCR or other).

Physical Distancing

While physical distancing will no longer be required for guests, their staff and crew will continue to maintain this practice.
Thanks to the intimate size of the ships and the abundance of space enjoyed by guests, the ships can guarantee physical distancing with only minor reconfigurations to onboard public areas.
The flexible embarkation procedure will be further relaxed by the implementation of staggered check-in times at various locations on the pier. This will ensure ample space for every guest to embark in comfort and safety.

Exploration ashore

Guests wishing to go ashore will be able to experience each port either on Silversea’s shore excursions or, in destinations where permitted, independently, at their leisure - all the while respecting local health and safety requirements, if and when applicable. Please be aware that some destinations in the world still do not allow independent shore excursions. Guests venturing ashore in select ports will only be able to do so on Silversea’s verified shore excursions. Due to regulations set out by some authorities, guests will not be permitted to go ashore independently in selected destinations. If guests decide to voluntarily leave the verified shore excursion group contravening local country regulations in these specific destinations, reboarding will be denied. All shore excursions will comply with Silversea’s health and safety measures. To better prepare for your journey, please book your shore excursions through My Silversea before your voyage. You are reminded to carry your vaccination certification with you when exploring each destination, as you may be required to present proof of vaccination to access restaurants, transportation, and local attractions.


The wearing of masks during the cruise will be at each guest’s discretion, with the exception of the casino, the theatre, and during muster drills where masks remain mandatory. Masks are mandatory inside shore excursion buses and you may be required to wear them at indoor venues. Whilst Silversea recognise that the wearing of a mask is a personal choice, they strongly encourage guests to wear a mask whilst indoors aboard ship, other than when actively eating or drinking, or when in the privacy of your suite. Note that the Staff and Crew aboard all their ships will continue to wear masks for the foreseeable future.



Extensive cleaning and sanitation measures have been introduced to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness are met. These around the clock measures include constant sanitation of public and high-traffic areas. Suites will be disinfected twice daily. Departure terminals will be subject to continual disinfection on all surfaces both before and after embarkation. Where permitted, they will implement fogging to sanitise hard to reach and potentially hazardous areas.
Upon embarkation, guests will be provided with a portable sanitisation kit, which will include hospital grade hand sanitiser. Hand sanitising points will be placed in easily accessible and strategic points throughout the ship.

Enhanced Air Filtration

The highest grade of medical air filters (MERV 13 or HPA according to HVAC standards) have been installed on board. On each of the ships, the HVAC systems supply fresh, filtered air from outdoors to all areas. This continual intake of fresh air means old air is replaced, with a full total air change per hour - well above the minimum required.

Medical Facilities & Expert Response

The high-quality onboard medical care is stronger than ever, with enlarged teams of doctors and/or nurses on each ship, as well as state-of-the-art equipment enhancements. Additionally, all ships have been appointed with an Infection Control Officer. This person is responsible for ensuring that all enhanced sanitary measures are met. The multi-level COVID-19 Expert Response Plan has been developed and approved by the Healthy Sail Panel to contain an outbreak if a positive case is confirmed. These protocols include tracing methods and notification of those who may have been exposed, as well as dedicated isolation and quarantine areas.


Covid-19 Protections

Should authorities in a guest’s country of residence prohibit travel, or should a guest or a member of their travelling party test positive for COVID-19 within 30 days of embarkation, the guest will be able to convert their booking into a 100% Future Cruise Credit or receive a 100% refund for the total booking amount.

Safe, Timely Return Home

Silversea has developed a robust repatriation plan should any guest or crew member fall ill with COVID-19 while onboard one of their ships. They have worked closely with local authorities to ensure that immediate medical attention is provided should the need arise, and have strengthened and upgraded their telemedicine consultations. Silversea will cover COVID-19-related expenses for onboard medical and repatriation costs.

We aim to keep this page as up to date as possible. For the very latest information, and to find out more, speak to our team or click here.

Private executive transfer: Take your Silversea all-inclusive experience to new heights. Start your cruise as soon as you leave home with their chauffeur service. Taking you from home to your domestic airport and back again, this luxury service is included as part of their all-inclusive offer with all new bookings on all voyages.

* applicable for distances of up to 50 miles (80 km). For longer distances, special tariffs apply.

All-Inclusive pre/post cruise benefits: Let’s talk about extras! At Silversea, they want your travel experience to be as smooth as possible. And that starts from the moment you book your ultra-luxury cruise. The fare includes international roundtrip flights, business class upgrades in selected destinations, in-country flights (when required by the itinerary) and pre and post cruise hotel nights, according to your flights. And that’s not all! If your preferred flights aren’t available, then they’ll give you an air credit in its place. Their all-inclusive really does have it all.

Butler Service in Every Suite. Silversea offers around-the-clock, dedicated Butler service in all suites. Guests at Silversea are assured their every need is well served – with thought, surprise and charm. Breeze through embarkation and step into the warm welcome of white-gloved staff. Enjoy a glass of bubbly while being escorted to your suite. Allow them to indulge you with their undivided attention. Sounds good? That’s because it is. Better than good in fact.

Complimentary beverages everywhere. Enjoy a glass – or even a bottle – of champagne, wine, beer, or premium spirits on the house. They’ll also make sure that you’re well stocked with water, juices and soft drinks in both the public bars and your suite. Silversea's promise is to keep your mini-bar full of your favourite drinks – whether these are alcoholic beverages (including wine, spirits and mixers) or cold bottles of water for hot, sunny days! Your butler will replenish daily, but if you want a little extra, simply ask and they’ll make sure you get exactly what you want. No wish is too big or too small. Yes, really!

Gourmet Dining. Enjoy breakfast in your suite, or lunch and dinner in one of the speciality restaurants. Their gourmet dining options welcome you for an unforgettable meal. The aim is to create an extraordinary dining experience by making long lasting gastronomic memories for everyone to enjoy. The regionally inspired S.A.L.T. Bar, Kitchen and Laboratory aboard Silver Moon and Silver Dawn offer a deep-dive culinary immersion that goes beyond anything you have ever experienced aboard a cruise ship. The speciality dining options include local and international options, prepared for those who take their dining seriously. Buon appetito!

Gratuities and personalised service onboard. Setting sail on Silversea promises peace of mind from start to finish. That means no worrying about tipping the butlers or staff. Their crew to guest ratio of almost 1:1 ensures flawless service from pole to pole, but with Silversea, you never have to think about who should get a tip, how much you should give and when. It’s all included! They believe that not having to deal with tipping helps make you luxury cruise even more special and stress free. And that is worth every penny.

Shore excursions and onboard lectures. Silversea have made sure that you see the best of your itinerary, at no extra cost! Every port on every cruise enjoys at least one included shore excursion. Their team of destination architects have carefully chosen on shore adventures that will allow you to get the best out of everywhere you go, where ever you are. Onboard, the knowledgeable lecturers give great talks on the background of your favourite places. And for those who want to immerse themselves even deeper in their destination, there is a range of bespoke shore excursions and land programmes just for you!

Ultra-Luxury Cruises

Every detail taken care of...

Butler Service in Every Suite. All guests are pampered equally aboard our ships. We are the only cruise line in the world to include butler service in every suite, in every category. A staff-to-guest ratio of nearly one to one ensures that your every wish is fulfilled with earnest precision, from the concierge who can customise your voyage to the butler who serves your breakfast in suite.

Beverages in-Suite and throughout the Ship. Select wines, premium spirits, speciality coffees, as well as bottled water, juices and soft drinks are complimentary in all bars and lounges. Your suite’s mini-bar is also stocked with your preferred beverages including wines and spirits. Your butler will replenish them upon request.

Gourmet Dining. Delicious meals created with thought and panache, discerningly elaborated menus with perfectly balanced wine choices and a relaxed atmosphere with erudite friends – dining aboard any Silversea ship is the ultimate experience for people who only want superlatives. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Why not ask the couple you just met to join you? With our open-seating policy, arrive at your leisure and dine with whomever you please.

Gratuities. Our unwavering commitment to flawless service requires an attitude that is totally focused on the part of every member of the staff. Their professional training is readily apparent from the waiter who keeps your water glass filled to the chef who prepares your favourite soufflé à la minute. Yet surprisingly gratuities are not expected. They’re included in your fare. *Please note: Beauty salon and spa treatment gratuities not included.

Ashore Activities and Onboard Lectures. Enjoy included shore excursions – already available with Silversea Expeditions - in all ports and itineraries starting Summer 2022! Whether you travel on an expedition voyage to far flung places or on the ocean going fleet to iconic ports, rest assured the very best of the destination is included in your voyage. What’s more, our experienced and enthusiastic experts and expedition staff will share their knowledge in friendly onboard lectures, meaning you only have to listen to immerse yourself in the authentic beauty of the world!

NEW: Private executive transfer*: Silversea, in partnership with Blacklane, offers chauffeured transportation from guests’ home to their departure airport and home again at the end of their vacation. Silversea covers the cost up to 50 miles. Should the distance of the trip be longer than the covered mileage, guests can pay for the additional miles to Blacklane directly.


  • Air credit
  • Private executive transfer to and from your home
  • Shore excursions (Available on all Expedition voyages and will be available on Classic voyages starting March, April or May 2022 depending on ship and voyage. One per port/per day.)
  • Transfers and luggage handling
  • Complimentary city centre shuttle when applicable
  • Butler service in every suite category
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Multiple open-seated restaurants, serving diverse cuisine and an in-suite 24-hour dining service
  • Sustainable caviar on demand 24 hours per day
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne and selected wines, premium spirits, soft drinks, and more
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi


  • In-country flights on selected itineraries
  • Highly-qualified Expedition Team, comprising experts in their field
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shore-side activities
  • Enrichment lectures by our Expedition Team
  • Complimentary expedition parka in cold water regions
  • Complimentary backpack and water bottle
  • Complimentary use of wetsuits and snorkelling equipment on selected voyages

While Silversea strives to serve guests all listed items, some items may be excluded in certain destinations, such as the Galapagos.

Terms & conditions

Executive transfers: This service will be available for bookings confirmed on or after 22 July, 2021 on voyages starting with the following departure dates in 2022: Silver Moon 30-Mar; Silver Cloud on 1 April; Silver Dawn on 1 April; Silver Origin on 2 April; Silver Wind on 4 April; Silver Explorer on 16 April; Silver Muse on 19 May; Silver Whisper on 22 May; Silver Shadow on 24 May and Silver Spirit on 31 May.

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