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Galapagos Explorer II now called Silver Galapagos luxury cruises

Galapagos Explorer II Cruise

The Galapagos Explorer II was a small ship with a lot to offer, the boat now has been purchased by Silvesea Expeditions and is called the Galapagos Silver

Built in 1990 and fully refitted in 2013 for its new operation under Silversea Cruises, this luxury cruise ship can accommodate up to 100 passengers in beautiful and fully equipped suites, perfect for soaking up the atmosphere of these enchanted islands. 

Silver Galapagos formerly known as Explorer II

Galapagos Explorer cruises (Silver Galapagos) are offered on either a three, four or seven night itinerary, each taking in the most interesting highlights of the islands in order to give you a fantastic, in-depth experience.

Each cruise is designed to offer scientific information as well as once in a lifetime experiences. Expert naturalists will help to guide and enhance your cruise as you journey through this pristine paradise in search of some of the most unique plants and animals in the world. 

The five decks of the Galapagos Explorer II (Know part of Silversea Expeditions) offer a wealth of recreational and social facilities including a swimming pool, solarium, library and even a karaoke bar. So whenever you’re not out exploring you can relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and take in the beauty of this fantastic location.  

All of the passenger accommodation on Galapagos Explorer cruises is spacious and beautifully finished, with many of the outside suites also offering private balconies so you can enjoy your very own piece of paradise.  

During your cruise you’ll get the chance to see some of the Galapagos’ most famous residents up close, including the legendary giant turtles, the unique iguanas and the colourful birds that call the islands home. 

There will also be opportunities for hiking, snorkelling and swimming, giving you the chance to really feel part of the landscape. 

And after a day of discovering new worlds, what better way to relax than with a dip in the onboard Jacuzzi, an evening cocktail as the sun sets over the archipelago or a soothing rub in the Silver Galapagos (Explorer) very own message suite. 

Galapagos Explorer II photo gallery

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Explorer II cruises technical specifications

• Vessel built in 1990 in La Spezzia (Italy).
• GRT: 4077 Tons, Net 1223 Tons, Length Overall 88.16 m,
   Beam 15.3 m, Draft 4.012 m
• Design speed 17 Knots, Cruise speed 14.5 Knots
• Main and auxiliary engines B&W
   C.P.P: B&W
• Bow Thruster:
   Brunvoll

Vessel Certificates of Safety and Navigation

• ISM Certificate
• SOLAS Passenger Safety Certificate
• Load Line
• Marpol (Prevention of pollution)
• Classification: RINA
  Registro Italiano Navale
 
Electronic Equipment

• Radar: Furuno FR-1510 Mark III
• Radar Arpa : Furuno FR-2125
• GPS: Navtrac
• Sat. Navigator: Shipmate
• Echo Sounder: Simrad
• Gyro Compass: Anschutz
• Fire Alarm: Salwico
• Radio: GMDSS Raytheon
• SATCOM C.: Fax
• Sat Phone: Trane & Trane
  Phone: 874-762014651
  Fax: 874-762014652

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Galapagos Explorer Itinerary


3, 4 or 7 nights
Saturday AM: Arrival by air to San Cristobal
PM: Cerro Brujo , San Cristobal Island
Sunday AM: Bartholomew Island
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Monday AM: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island
PM: Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island
Tuesday AM: Seymour Norte
PM: El Chato (Highlands),lava tunnels and Wild Giant Tortoises, Santa Cruz Island
Wednesday AM: Lobería or Islas Lobos or Tijeretas or El Junco and Interpretation Center, San Cristobal Island
PM: Ochoa Beach, San Cristobal Island
Thursday AM: Punta Suarez, Española Island
PM: Charles Darwin Station & Puerto Ayora, Sta. Cruz Island
Friday AM: El Barranco, Genovesa Island
PM: Bahia Darwin, Genovesa Island
Saturday AM: Loberia and town, San Cristobal Islands
PM: Departure from San Cristobal


4 nights
Saturday AM: Arrival by air to San Cristobal
PM: Cerro Brujo , San Cristobal Island
Sunday AM: Bartholomew Island
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Monday AM: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island
PM: Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island
Tuesday AM: Seymour Norte
PM: El Chato (Highlands),lava tunnels and Wild Giant Tortoises, Santa Cruz Island
Wednesday AM: Lobería or Islas Lobos or Tijeretas or El Junco and Interpretation Center, San Cristobal Island
PM: Departure from San Cristobal


3 nights
Wednesday AM: Lobería or Islas Lobos or Tijeretas or El Junco and Interpretation Center, San Cristobal Island
PM: Ochoa Beach, San Cristobal Island
Thursday AM: Punta Suarez, Española Island
PM: Charles Darwin Station & Puerto Ayora, Sta. Cruz Island
Friday AM: El Barranco, Genovesa Island
PM: Bahia Darwin, Genovesa Island
Saturday AM: Loberia and town, San Cristobal Islands
PM: Departure from San Cristobal

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Galapagos Explorer II Day By Day Itinerary

CRUISES CAN BE DIVIDED INTO 3 OR 4 NIGHT PROGRAMS

Cruise 3 Nights / 4 Days from Wednesday to Saturday

Cruise 4 Nights / 5 Days from Saturday to Wednesday

SATURDAY PM: San Cristobal Island - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
The second largest concentration of human population in thearchipelago. Approximately 6,000 inhabitants.

SUNDAY AM: Bartholomew Island
A tiny island of just 1.2 sqkm2, provides spectacular views of the Archipelago. Bartholomew is also a must for the visitor interested in geology. The endemic Galapagos Penguin is common in the bay area. Snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Settled in the 20’s by Norwegians, who attempted to establish a fishing and a salt factory. The island is currently uninhabited. Several species of land birds, including 10 species of the Darwin Finches as well as the Galapagos Hawk. The best site in the Archipelago to watch the Galapagos Fur Seal. Snorkeling and swimming.

MONDAY AM: Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island
Fernandina is the westernmost island of the Archipelago. The colossal shield of the still active volcano Fernandina reaches 1,494 m. Impressive island with a variety of wildlife as well as volcanic features. Punta Espinoza at the northeast coast is the only area open to visitors. Harbors one of the largest communities of Marine Iguanas, as well as Californian Sea Lions and Galapagos Flightless Cormorants.
PM: Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

TUESDAY AM: North Seymour
NOON: Baltra, Turtle Cove
In Turtle Cove you will find Mangroves, Golden Rays and White tipped Sharks

WEDNESDAY AM: Ochoa Beach, Isla San Cristobal
Free time to walk on the beach. You can do snorkeling. Beautiful beach for swimming, sea anemones, beach vegetation, sea birds, seashore birds lagoon birds, mangrove trees.

Alternatives available, depending of the flight schedule:
PM: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristóbal
Visit to the Interpretation Center inaugurated in 1998. State-of-the-art facility offers complete education on both the islands and its human population.
Short visit to the town followed by and transfer to the airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.
Islas Lobos, situated less than an hour's ride from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Lobos Islet is a seasonal nesting location for the Blue-footed Booby. Snorkeling.

THURSDAY AM: Punta Suárez, Española Island
Its rocks count among the oldest in the Archipelago. Some geologists describe the 60 km2 island as the remains of an eroded archaic volcano.
One of the most spectacular sites of the Galápagos
Explore Punta Suarez, looking for Californian Sea Lions surfing the breaking waves and groups of Marine Iguanas basking in the sun.
Further in land, both Masked and Blue-footed Boobies nest beside the trails.
The only site in the Galapagos to spot the Galapagos Albatross (a seasonal sight)
Hike a trail towards the cliffs to the Blowhole, a fissure in the lava cliffs where seawater jets high in the air.
PM: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz is the second largest island of the Archipelago.
Colonized since the 1920´s, Puerto Ayora is the most important harbor of the islands.
The headquarters of the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Station are also located in this town and the latter is part of our visit.
Option 1: Visit Darwin Station to learn about the research activities conducted on the island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding and rearing center. Here tortoises of different subspecies are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Afterwards, you can stroll through Puerto Ayora, the largest town on the islands.
Option 2: Board a bus for a 45-minute ride through changing vegetation zones to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Here, about 40 Giant Tortoises live in the wild. By approaching quietly, you can find and observe a tortoise turtle on your own. We also hike through tunnels made by cooling lava.

FRIDAY AM: Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Genovesa is the only northern island of the Archipelago open to visitors This 14 sq km. island is the tip of a submerged shield volcano that rises 76 meters above the sea level. Its central crater is filled with salt water. Ocean erosion created the Darwin Bay on the southern slope.
Genovesa lacks on reptiles, except for the Marine Iguanas. It is a paradise for sea birds, including large colonies of the Red-footed Boobies and Great Frigatebirds.
Swimming, snorkeling and dingy rides are available.

Prince Phillip's Steps
This is the breeding ground for the tree-loving Red-footed Booby and the ground-nesting Masked Booby. This is also home to four species of Darwin Finches: the Large Ground Finch, Sharp-beaked Ground Finch, Large Cactus Finch and Warbler Finch.
Natural history enthusiasts will recall that Charles Darwin's observation of varied adaptations of finches beaks helped inspire his theories on natural selection. Genovesa is also home to the indigenous Galapagos Mockingbird and the Galapagos Dove. If we have time, we'll snorkel at El Barranco on the west side of Darwin Bay.

SATURDAY: Cerro Brujo. Hiking and swimming, snorkeling is available. Sandy beach Sally-lightfoot Crabs, Brown Pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies.

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Galapagos Explorer II deck plan

Explorer deck

Erickson deck

Marco Polo deck

Columbus deck

Magellan deck

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Galapagos Explorer II cruises rates 2016

HIGH SEASON

Description Cruise A (7D/6N) Cruise A (8D/7N) Cruise B (5D/4N) Cruise C (4D/3N)
Cruise D (9D/8N) Cruise E (11D/10N) Cruise F (15D/14N)
Renaissance Balcony Suite $5.635 $6,575 $3,955 $2,965 $7,275 $8,895 $12,465
Majestic Balcony Suite $5,395 $6,295 $3,785 $2,835 $6,965 $8,525 $11,935
De Luxe Balcony Suite $4,655 $5,435 $3,265 $2,445 $6,015 $7,355 $10,295
Renaissance Panoramic $4,345 $5,075 $3,055 $2,285 $5,615 $6,875 $9,615
Classic Suite $3,595 $4,195 $2,525 $1,875 $4,645 $5,675 $7,945

LOW SEASON

Description Cruise A (7D/6N) Cruise A (8D/7N) Cruise B (5D/4N) Cruise C (4D/3N)
Cruise D (9D/8N) Cruise E (11D/10N) Cruise F (15D/14N)
Renaissance Balcony Suite $5.295 $6,185 $3,715 $2,785 $6,845 $8,365 $11,715
Majestic Balcony Suite $5,075 $5,925 $3,555 $2,665 $6,555 $8,015 $11,215
De Luxe Balcony Suite $4,375 $5,105 $3,075 $2,305 $5,655 $6,915 $9,675
Renaissance Panoramic $4,085 $4,775 $2,865 $2,155 $5,285 $6,455 $9,045
Classic Suite $3,375 $3,945 $2,365 $3,375 $4,365 $5,335 $7,470

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