Reina Silvia Galápagos Cruise
The ship with the best service in Galápagos
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Reina Silvia
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
-20% for children ≤ 12
- Spectacular panoramic upper-deck bar;
- Only 6 staterooms means an exclusive cruise experience;
- Fantastic bow pulpit and stern swimming platform;
- Elegant comfort and great value.
Featuring just 6 staterooms, the classic motor yacht layout of Reina Silvia promise a particularly intimate and exclusive Galápagos discovery experience. A crew of 8 gives her one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of all the boats in the Galápagos fleet. Unique features such as her swim platform and enclosed panoramic upper deck bar set her aside from many of the other vessels in her class that tend to share layouts and designs.
Exclusive Comfort The 6 staterooms are very welcoming, furnished very comfortably using neutral cream and beige fabrics and wall finishes, contrasting with beautiful rich honey-colored woods. The large windows or generous portholes admit plenty of light and the ambience is one of an understatedly elegant home-from-home.
All staterooms enjoy private en suite bathrooms with full size showers and hair dryer. Other amenities include independent air conditioning, telephone with international satellite service, TV and DVD player. All beds can be configured as either twins or doubles to your liking. The 4 lower-deck staterooms include hidden “Pullman” style beds and can be configured for triple occupancy at your request.
Best view in the house Communal areas on board continue the elegant decor themes of soft whites, creams and beiges contrasted with more beautiful wood. The central lounge and dining saloon has panoramic windows along both sides offering superb views while you relax on the comfortable sofas, enjoy a book from the library or dine with your fellow guests, enjoying the excellent cuisine from the boat’s chefs.
This is also a wonderful space in which to learn more about the ecology and wildlife of the Galápagos from your bilingual naturalist guide, who uses the on board video projector to full effect to maximise your enjoyment of your daily excursions. Finally, the well-stocked corner bar means you never have to walk very far to find a refreshing drink or a well-deserved nightcap.
Closer to the ocean Outside, Reina Silvia once again offers some unique features not found on other vessels. To the stern there is a swimming platform, which as well as providing easy access to the sea for snorkeling and swimming also means transfers to and from boats to shore are easy and safe. At the other end of the boat the wonderful extended bow pulpit makes the perfect place to spot dolphins and other marine life.
On the upper deck is the jewel in Reina Silvia’s crown - the circular panoramic bar. Fully enclosed in glass that can be slid open to allow cooling breezes, yet closed against any chills, this wonderful space with it’s circular sofa offers you almost 360 degree views over the ocean and the Islands. This is the perfect place for chatting with friends old and new as the sun goes down to meet the horizon.
You’ll cruise the Galápagos in comfort, enjoying tasteful cuisine, informative lectures by the certified bilingual naturalist guide, and curling up in the library to read or watch nature films. The six staterooms have twin or king-sized beds, and four rooms include a hidden berth for the third member of your party. All accommodations have air conditioning and a large, en-suite bathroom with full-size shower.
The Reina Silvia offers an eight-day excursion through the western part of the Galápagos archipelago, and an eight-day itinerary that takes in the eastern islands. Snorkeling gear and kayaks will help you in your explorations of the islands.
Our comments Elegance, class, comfort and value - Reina Silvia does have it all. We adore the circular bar on the top deck with its sociable circular sofa and informal lounging cushions - the views are wonderful. With only 6 staterooms, Reina Silvia offers you a really intimate Galápagos experience, and this locally owned and managed boat is highly respected amongst the Islands for the warmth of her welcome and the quality of her excursions.
We had a fantastic talk with Captain Julio, who's been in charge here for 27 years! He told us how his vessel has been chartered by both Richard Gere and Angelina Jolie. Well, if it's good enough for them… Pablo the chef prepares a wide variety of Ecuadorian dishes, but also classic French and Italian as well. He tells us that Mr Gere was particularly fond of his chocolate mousse! Fully refurbished in 2015, Reina Silvia looks amazing and is remarkably stable in the water for a single hull ship. The barman Ronald also serves complimentary soft drinks and beer - the only boat we know of that does this.
Pictures and Deckplans of Reina Silvia
The sailing routes of Reina Silvia
Amenities on board the Reina Silvia
Transfers to and from ship
Snorkel gear (free of charge)
All meals throughout the cruise
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Kayaks on board
Air conditioning & private bathroom
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
-20% for children ≤ 12
1 free night in hotel prior to flight (only if booking flights with us)
Sundeck with jacuzzi
Sustainability on board the Reina Silvia
At Galapatours we love and respect the pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, and we insist that our cruise partners do too. To protect the archipelago all our cruise vessels must have sophisticated water filtration systems, modern efficient engines, and strict maintenance schedules to minimize pollution.
The Galápagos National Park authority also defines exact cruising routes that dictate which ships can visit highlights at specific times, as well as limiting passenger numbers. These measures ensure that animals and habitats are not disturbed by too many visitors.
But at Galapatours we like to go even further. We voluntarily offset all the CO2 emissions of every cruise we sell - at no cost to you. And you can also play your part by traveling responsibly and following our Eco Guidelines during your stay. Click here to find out more about these guidelines, our commitment to sustainable tourism, and the Galápagos National Park rules.
Technical details of Reina Silvia
First Class Ship
2 GM 8V71 N
91 ft / 28 m
23 ft / 7 m
6.5 ft / 2 m
Food & Drinks on board the Reina Silvia
The food on our Galapágos Cruises is among the very best you will find in South America. Most of the on-board chefs are internationally trained and have prior experience working in the best hotels and restaurants in Ecuador and indeed around the world.
You can expect a first-class selection of food, including a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced poultry and fish/seafood, rice and pasta dishes. Most boats will always include some typical Ecuadorian dishes on the menu during your cruise. If you have specific dietary requirements then these can usually be accommodated by the chef providing you have given advance notice. Please make sure you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you have at the time you book with us. If you leave it until you arrive at the dockside, then it may well be impossible to accommodate your needs.
Most boats serve a range of options at meal times in a relaxed buffet-style. At the first class and luxury end of the market, some boats have more formal dining where you will be served at your seat. However the atmosphere is always relaxed on board our cruises, and never stuffy or formal.
Cabins categories on board the Reina Silvia
Six staterooms. Two staterooms are doubles which can be configured with either two lower twin beds or one king-sized bed. The four additional cabins are furnished with two lower twin beds, which can be configured as doubles or king, and one Pullman-style bed. They will be considered doubles and used as triples only upon request. All staterooms have en suite facilities, are fully air-conditioned and have TV & DVD players
Reviews of Reina Silvia
Ein unvergessliches Erlebnis Wir sind am 02.12.2018 gut nach Hause gekommen und wir durften eine wunderschöne, geniale Zeit auf Galapagos und der Reina Silvia verbringen.
Die ganze Crew, unser Guide Fabian und auch die anderen Gäste waren sehr sehr toll. Ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!!!
TravelingJoy456, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Der beste Urlaub aller Zeiten Der Urlaub auf der Reina Silvia war der beste Urlaub den wir je hatten. Die Besatzung war super in vielen Hinsichten sogar mehr als das. Mein Mann und ich hatten einige Lebensmittelunverträglichkeiten und ale haben sich rührend um uns gekümmert. Auf uns wurde immer Rücksicht genommen. Der junge Mann, der das Schlauchboot fuhr, hatte immer ein Lächeln im Gesicht und half beim Ein- und Aussteigen. Aber der Guide, Alejandro, spielte eine besondere Rolle. Seine Leidenschaft für dieses Archipel und das Wissen worüber er verfügt, sind sehr inspirierend. Jeder Tag übertraf unsere Erwartungen.
TravelingJoy456, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Best Vacation Ever We just returned from a trip on the Reina Silvia. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had. The crew was excellent in so many ways. My husband and I have a food allergy and they took great care to offer fabulous food that did not contain milk or cheese. The dinghy operator that took us out on the snorkeling trips always had a smile and was ever so helpful getting us in and out of the dinghy. But, what made the trip absolutely exceptional was our guide, Alejandro. His passion and knowledge of the islands was inspiring. At the beginning of the trip he quickly accessed the group and then gave us a trip of a lifetime. Most days we snorkeled twice a day and hiked twice a day. Every day far exceeded any expectations we had due to the crew and Alejandro's enthusiasm to share with us all that these beautiful islands had to offer.
Unvergesslich Wir bereisten die westlichen Inseln auf der Reina Silvia im November 2016. Diese Reise übertraf unsere Erwartungen. Wir hatten viel Platz in unserer Kabine und der ganze Rest war auch fabelhaft. Essen, Crew, Guide, alle waren großartig und leisteten tolle Arbeit.
Unforgettable vacation of a lifetime We are a couple who travelled around the Western islands of Galapagos on board the Reina Silvia in Nov 2016. This trip more than met our expectations and prompted us to write this review.
We bought our cruise just 4 days before embarking on it, having researched that prices go down nearer the date of the cruise. We secured a 50% discount though I believe it's possible to get an even better rate shopping really last minute in Quito.
As for the cruise itself, we were lucky to have a total of only 8 passengers on the Reina Silvia, a boat that usually accommodates 12. We were always well looked after - cold towels after our land trips, snacks and refreshments, free flow of soft drinks, tea and coffee, and beer! Our rooms were made up twice a day. Very impressive since there was only one person in charge of this: Ronald did a brilliant job, and also mixed the best cocktails. The rest of the crew were efficient and friendly. The chef must also be commended. One of us is pescaterian and there was always something suitable prepared. Great pains were clearly put into presentation, and the food was hearty and wholesome - I'm still not sure how they managed to whip up 3 course meals in that space.
We stayed on the lower deck which was comfortable and spacious compared to other boats. The Reina Silvia is not the newest of boats, but it has been extremely well maintained and is very clean. It has a retro vibe with lots of wood trim and warm lighting. Staterooms on the upper deck come with windows ; while on the lower deck we got portholes which was more than sufficient. There is a small library of Galapagos-related books which we browsed in-between activities. The Reina Silvia also has a long bow which we found handy on the days we observed Orcas and Dolphins!
The highlight was the activities. We felt that the Reina Silvia's Western itinerary was good because it included Fernandina, the only place we could observe marine iguanas and flightless cormorants in the water while snorkelling. We had 2 land tours and at least one snorkel every day. Walks were between one to three km long and snorkel sessions were an hour each, which was just nice. The activities were interspersed with a siesta to help recuperate between activities. For a relatively active couple, this was perfect. There was no time to be bored, although on one of the days, we had a longer siesta. We appreciated that as it gave us time to relax and reflect on what we had experienced so far.
The wildlife was amazing. We were greeted by at least one different animal everyday. We snorkelled with penguins, sea lions, turtles, rays, fur seals, galapagos sharks, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas (as mentioned of the highlights of this itinerary was that it brought us to Fernandina where we could swim with marine iguanas. Not many itineraries offered this), reef fish, even a mola-mola, just to name a few. On our walks, we came across lots of sea lions, land iguanas, tortoises, blue footed boobies, frigates, finches, mockingbirds, and many more. We also saw a pod of orcas from our boat at Canal Bolivar near the northern tip of Isabella, on 2 consecutive days - it was one of the most awe-inspiring moments. The crew was also great at pointing out wild life from the boat, and would accommodate us by stopping or going to where the action is. We had common dolphins and bottle-nose dolphins come right next to the boat a couple of times.
We had not fully appreciated how important the guide is despite reading similar comments on this forum before, so it was fortunate that we got Jan Post as our guide. Knowledgeable and patient, he answered our questions (even the most inane ones!) and kept us enthralled by his descriptions of the animals' behaviors. The Galapagos Islands attract people who are interested in wildlife and in the concept of evolution, and Jan shared lots of information in that respect. He also gave talks spanning geology, the Coriolis effect, and Darwin's life, all of which we appreciated. His easygoing demeanour and fascination with the animals (despite probably having repeated the same information hundreds of times before) helped stoke our own enthusiasm as well.
Tips were suggested for the 7-man crew as $150-$180 and $60-$80 for the guide. This was far above the tipping range others have mentioned on this forum and definitely impacted our budget, but we followed the guideline believing that the crew deserved it.
Overall the cost of our Galapagos holiday was high but at least the experience turned out to be commensurate with the price - we got what we paid for! Our cruise turned out to be a magical experience and probably the best vacation we have taken so far.