Silversea Cruises new ship Silver Origin will mark the line’s long-awaited return to service in the Galapagos Islands.
The 100-passenger vessel’s maiden season starts on June 19 with all passengers required to have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Silver Origin will sail on two alternating itineraries that incorporate five maiden calls, including the island of Santa Fe.
Each itinerary will include calls in the islands of Fernandina and Isabela and will include programmes ashore.
Silversea president and chief executive Roberto Martinoli said: “Having worked exceptionally hard on our healthy return to service plan, we are delighted to be nearing the moment in which our extended family is reunited aboard our two new ships, Silver Origin and Silver Moon.
“The first ship to join our fleet since Silversea Cruises joined the Royal Caribbean Group and our cruise line’s first destination-specific ship, Silver Origin is unique in her elegance.
“Following an extended period at home, our guests are eager to continue their discovery of our planet, and there are few destinations that inspire travellers with such unique natural beauty as the Galapagos Islands.”
Fernando Delgado, vice president and general manager of Silversea Cruises Ecuador, added: “Our two new itineraries have been thoughtfully crafted by our destination experts to optimise the cruise experience in this extraordinary part of the world, providing more opportunities for guests to admire the archipelago’s iconic wildlife species, including the Galapagos penguin, green sea turtles, endemic land and marine iguanas, whitetip reef sharks, Galápagos sea lions, and many remarkable bird species.
“And with Silver Origin offering the highest expert guide-to-guest ratio and the highest Zodiac-to-guest ratio in the region, travellers will enjoy the most iconic experiences on offer with unprecedented insight and access.