Silversea acquires expedition ship Galapagos Explorer II
Silversea has purchased their upmarket expedition ship Galapagos Explorer II along with Canodros SA, the premier Ecuadorian tourism company that operates it in the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos Explorer II is expec ted to be added to Silversea’s fleet of six luxury ships next year, after the all-suite, 100-guest vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013 and is given a new name.
Galapagos Explorer II will be given a makeover and a new name
Until that time, Galapagos Explorer II will continue on its planned schedule of cruises and will continue to be operated by Canodros, which is based in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Canodros will also continue handling reservations for Galapagos Explorer II, as well as sales and marketing through its established network of travel companies and tour operators.
The acquisition will enable Silversea to expand its expedition brand. Its existing expedition ship, Silver Explorer, is regularly deployed in the polar regions, and the addition of a second vessel, offering year-round unique luxury expedition cruises in the Galapagos archipelago, means Silversea will “have the opportunity to offer the adventure traveller a broader portfolio of itineraries, encompassing some of the world’s most desired and least explored regions”.
Galapagos Explorer II will join the Suilversea fleet in September 2013
The 4,077-ton Galapagos Explorer II offers the stylish elegance of a mega-yacht, attentive onboard service and an enriching naturalist education programme. All of its 50 spacious suites feature ocean views and 24 include 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.
Guests sailing aboard Galapagos Explorer II will continue to enjoy the same exciting itineraries, luxury accommodation, shipboard amenities, informative lectures and sustainable tourism for which Canodros is known.
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