Friday, 15 February 2013

Introducing Silversea's Silver Galapagos - a New Species of Corporate and Incentive Cruising



Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea is introducing the newest member of its fleet, the 100-guest Silver Galapagos, in September 2013. The stylish all-suite vessel - the first of its kind in the Galápagos Islands - is available for small group bookings or full ship charter and is ideal for companies seeking a truly aspirational corporate and incentive experience for their staff or clients.

Silversea's year-round schedule of 7-day expedition voyages aboard Silver Galapagos will take in the highlights of the untouched Galápagos Islands, featuring two itineraries round-trip from Baltra Island. The Western Itinerary will trace a path across the western, southern and eastern islands, including Santiago, Bartolomé, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. The North Central itinerary will take in the north-east, central and south-east islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Seymour Norte, San Cristóbal, Española and Plazas Sur.

Silversea's all-inclusive fares are ideal for organisers wishing to know all costs upfront. Once onboard Silver Galapagos, groups will enjoy full-scale exploring from an enclave of luxury at sea that includes spacious, ocean-view accommodation; sumptuous gourmet cuisine; the personalised service of a butler; fascinating shore excursions; and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, such as complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, and stocked in-suite beverage cabinet.

For full ship charters, a range of meeting facilities including the main lounge are available onboard and Silversea's corporate and incentive experts will work with organisers to personalise special events and experiences throughout the voyage.

Silver Galapagos' schedule offers groups the life-enriching chance to discover a remote paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed boobies, colourful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous finches.

The program also offers opportunities to swim and snorkel in tranquil clear waters, witness unique highland ecosystems, hike through lush mangrove forests and across volcanic fields, explore natural lava tunnels, watch for wild flamingos (in season), read cave inscriptions from the 1800s, and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Detailed information and complete itineraries for Silver Galapagos are now available at www.silversea.com/expeditions.

For more information on corporate and incentive group programs, please contact Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or toll free 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.com


About Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit - all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos (debuting late 2013), Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to both polar regions and over 500 fascinating destinations in between.

In Asia Pacific, Silversea has been voted "Best Luxury Small Ship Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine every consecutive year from 2006 to 2012 and Silver Whisper or Silver Shadow have also won the Gold Award as Best Small Cruise Ship in each of those years. Silversea has won similar awards from readers of Australia's Cruise Passenger Magazine. In the US, Silversea has been voted "World's Best" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and awarded "Best Cruise Line for Luxury Small Ships" by Luxury Travel Advisor (2011).