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11 Jul 2019

BY Tom Parry


Silversea's Silver Origin to go on sale next week

Silversea will put its new Galapagos-based ship on sale next week.

Silversea Silver Origin

The ship will continue the operations of the retiring Silver Galapagos

Reservations for the all-suite, 100-guest Silver Origin will be taken from 16 July with the ship due to embark on its maiden voyage in July 2020.


Silver Origin has been “designed entirely with the Galapagos Islands in mind and is the most elegant ship to ever sail the region”, according to the line.


It will continue the operations of the retiring Silver Galapagos by alternating two seven-night itineraries between Baltra and San Cristobal.


In 2020, two extended voyages are planned for the holiday season: departing 19 December, guests will be able to travel on an 11-day voyage from San Cristobal to Baltra, while a 12-day New Year cruise will depart Baltra on 29 December concluding in San Cristobal.


To support agents around the opening of reservations, the line has created a dedicated Silver Origin brochure and its sales team will host a series of trade webinars.


A dedicated training module will launch later this year via the Silversea Academy.


Silver Origin will feature a dynamic positioning system, meaning there will be no anchor to damage the ecosystem of the seabed.


Guests will also be gifted a metallic reusable bottle that will utilise an in-suite freshwater purification system that converts seawater into drinking water "drastically reducing the use of plastic onboard", Silversea said, adding that the vessel would "meet the highest standards of energy efficiency" in the sector.


The ship’s eight suite categories include one Owner’s Suite that wraps around the rear section on Deck 6 of the vessel, while situated directly below, on Deck 5, are the ship’s one Grand Suite and one Royal Suite, which are connecting suites that may be combined into one suite for family and friends travelling together.


There are also two Silver Suites – located forward on Deck 5 – each of which can be connected to an adjacent Classic Veranda Suite to accommodate groups.


All of these top-tier suites feature a large veranda with outdoor furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors.


In a first for Silversea, the Owner’s, Grand, and Royal suites offer an ocean-view whirlpool bath and separate shower, accessible from the veranda (except in the Grand Suite). The Silver Suites’ whirlpool bath and separate shower provide exterior views and can be accessed from the veranda.


The remaining four suite categories include one Medallion Suite, seven Deluxe Veranda Suites and sixteen Superior Veranda Suites located on Deck 6.


These accommodations feature a Horizon Balcony, which converts into an indoor living space with a floor-to-ceiling window. On Deck 5, there are also 22 Classic Veranda Suites, each with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open onto the veranda. Additionally, they offer third-guest capacity as well as several connecting suites.

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