Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 by Peter Knego
The Silversea Group has bought Canodros S.A., an Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos Islands. Included in the purchase was the upmarket 1990-built expedition ship GALAPAGOS EXPLORER II (ex RENAISSANCE THREE)
In September 2013, Silversea will add GALAPAGOS EXPLORER II to its fleet of six ships after the 100-guest, all-suite vessel undergoes a major refurbishment and renaming.
In the meantime, GALAPAGOS EXPLORER II will continue her planned schedule of cruises operated by Canodros.
Silversea Cruises already operates one expedition ship, the SILVER EXPLORER, on polar itineraries, so the addition of a second vessel on year-round luxury expedition cruises in the Galapagos archipelago allows the line to offer the adventure traveler a broader portfolio of itineraries.
The 4,077 gross ton GALAPAGOS EXPLORER II has an overall length of 89.35 meters (293.1 feet) and cruises at a speed of 17 knots. All of her 50 suites offer ocean views and 24 have private balconies. Public spaces include a restaurant, piano bar, library and internet station, main lounge, outdoor bar, two outdoor whirlpools, and a marine observation deck.
Silversea is expected to unveil more details about the ship, including her future name, in the next few months.