Going Galapagos With Silversea

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)

MV GALAPAGOS EXPLORER II, courtesy of Canodros S.A.

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.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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