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Explore the Galapagos Islands on a Cruise

2nd August 2018

As the eyes of the world increasingly turn to environmental concerns, awareness of the astounding range of flora and fauna species grows too. There are a number of regions where the miracle of life on earth is abundant; the safari land in Africa, the river banks of the Amazon, and of course, the incredible Galapagos Islands. This archipelago of Ecuadorean islands is becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, and what better way to explore them than on a cruise.



Which Cruise Lines Operate in the Galapagos Islands?


More and more cruise lines are offering itineraries in this part of the world, often combining a visit to the Galapagos with other destinations in South and Central America. Here are a handful of our favourite options;

Silversea Cruises, Silver Galapagos – This purpose built ship manages the terrain here perfectly. With a capacity of just 100 guests, cruisers will have an intimate experience and will profit from the first-hand expertise of the onboard staff.

Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Flora – Another ship designed for exploring the Galapagos Islands, onboard Celebrity Flora guests will relish in the onboard ambience which perfectly echoes and celebrates the surroundings.

G-Adventures, Yolita – Accommodating just 16 guests – yes 16 – Yolita provides an incredibly personalised experience. Explore the beautiful islands while befriending like-minded people and learning more about the complex eco-system from the experts.



Why are the Galapagos Islands so Important?


Located more than 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the 21 islands that comprise the Galapagos are home to far more species than you might realise. The famous biologist Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and it is said that the discoveries he made here went on to inspire his theory of evolution. This is because many of the species found here cannot be found anywhere else, meaning they have developed in accordance with what the region can supply - which is indicative of the process of natural selection.


What species are unique to the Galapagos Islands?



Among the huge array of animals and plant life here include some very special creatures which do not live anywhere else on earth;


  • The Galapagos penguins
  • The Galapagos tortoise
  • Red and Blue-footed booby birds
  • Land and marine iguanas
  • Darwin’s finches
  • Flightless cormorant

    There is also plenty to see in the way of marine life, such as sea turtles and sea lions, so guests should take advantage of any scuba or snorkelling opportunities during a cruise.

    Take a look at our range of Galapagos Island cruises, and finally tick this stunning place off your bucket list.

    5 Remote Locations to Cruise To

    5th June 2018

    To some people the perfect vision of a holiday is some thorough escapism. What better way to achieve this than cruising to some of the world’s most remote locations. From sunny idyllic islands to rough and moody seaside towns, these special cruise destinations can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to relaxation and rejuvenation. Read on for our favourite five remote locations to cruise to.

    1. Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark



    Located in the North Atlantic Ocean above Scotland, between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands consist of an archipelago of 18 volcanic islands. Some of these have as few as nine inhabitants, but capital Torshavn has around 13,000. Cruise lines including Silversea and Saga tend to visit the area in the spring and summer months, but even them temperatures are usually between 4 and 11°C. These stunning islands are perfect for anyone wanting to bask in some rugged wildlife taking in coastal cliffs and a huge variety of birdlife – puffins in particular are populous.

    2. Kiriwana, Papua New Guinea



    This is one of the world’s most untouched islands, with an intact and authentic island culture that is prominent all over. With a population of around 12,000 people, Kiriwana boasts a friendly and relaxing atmosphere as well as unspoiled scenery. Think beautiful sandy beaches with luscious forest interiors, it’s a wonderful place for escaping everyday life and simply chilling out. Local markets sometimes sell tasty island food as well as handicraft souvenirs. Explore this gorgeous location with P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises.

    3. Komodo Island, Indonesia



    Home to more than 2,000 Komodo dragons, the island is in fact a National Park. The landscape is incredible, consisting of volcanic hilly terrain as well as white sand beaches adjacent to clear warm waters. The dragons roam freely on the island, so visitors with cruise lines like Azamara and Norwegian Cruise Line have a fabulous chance to see these amazing creatures in their natural environment. It’s also possible to go snorkelling or take a boat trip in the surrounding waters to observe some of the local marine life as well.

    4. South Georgia, South Atlantic



    One of the gateways to Antarctica, South Georgia is located around 1,550 miles east of the Falkland Islands, and is a British Overseas Territory. It was once the centre for the Southern Ocean whaling industry, and a common stop on many Antarctica expeditions. Today popular adventure cruise lines like Hurtigruten travel to this beautiful location, showing guests around the masses of fjords, glaciers, and varied wildlife.

    5. Easter Island, Chile



    The famous heads on Easter Island are a sight that many travellers and holidaymakers dream of seeing one day. The island is Chilean territory, and is more than 2,000 miles from the mainland. The population here is less than 6,000, making it a quiet and tranquil environment with an abundance of open space to explore. This destination is certainly a thought-provoking one, with the mystical and majestic heads dominating the scene. See Easter Island on a cruise with Oceania Cruises and MSC Cruises.

    Our Top 5 Expedition Cruise Destinations

    22nd March 2018

    As more cruise lines are offering holidays to the world’s more remote destinations, visiting places you never thought you would is becoming increasingly easier. Whether you’re interested in meeting new people all over the globe, trying different foods, seeing some incredible wildlife, or gazing in awe at beautiful scenery, an expedition cruise can certainly deliver. Here are our top 5 expedition cruise destinations.

    South America



    From the busy streets of Rio and incredible steak in Argentina, to majestic Machu Picchu and Chile’s stunning fjords, those who opt for an expedition cruise in South America are in for some amazing experiences. Many cruise lines who travel to this part of the world offer some fantastic, bucket-list opportunities. These might include exploring part of the Amazon rainforest, dining with a local community, or experiencing the modern wonder that is the Panama Canal.




    One of the world’s most remote areas, Antarctica is absolutely breath-taking. With an almost unnerving vastness, the sight of the environment alone is one that you will remember forever. Imagine sitting on the deck of your cruise ship while watching the passing glaciers, glass-like sea, and stunning wildlife that passes by. You could see penguins, whales, and huge sea lions, not to mention the many different species of birds. On exhilarating excursions led by guides it’s often possible to get up close and personal with this remarkable natural beauty. However, even when you're simply relaxing on the top deck, you'll have many opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife, thanks to these expertly designed Antarctica cruise ships.

    Galapagos Islands



    Known for its abundance of wildlife, more and more cruise lines are offering expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands. This Ecuadorean archipelago is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, many of which can’t be found anywhere else. Be sure to look out for the Galapagos penguin – the only penguin that lives in the Northern Hemisphere – as well as iguanas, giant tortoises, and the red or blue footed booby bird. This destination is certainly a must-see for anyone who appreciates wildlife.

    Indian Ocean



    A cruise in the Indian Ocean can transport you to what feels like an entirely different world. From the beautiful beaches and views found in Goa, and expansive golden sand dunes in Abu Dhabi, to the wonderful wildlife in Africa, this part of the world has something to interest everyone. Feel yourself become entirely immersed in the different cultures here, meeting some of the friendliest people, eating some of the most delicious food, and seeing some extraordinary natural sites.

    Australia & New Zealand



    In addition to the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, Australasia is home to plenty more fascinating locations. New Zealand’s breath-taking scenery can seem almost otherworldly, and the famous glow-worms are certainly a sight to behold. Discover some off-the-beaten-track spots in these gorgeous countries, and get to know more about the cultures and traditions that live on in many areas. An expedition cruise to this part of the world can bring all kinds of fantastic surprises.


    Expedition Cruising with Silversea Cruises


    One cruise line that is thoroughly devoted to destination immersion is Silversea Cruises. This luxury cruise line enables guests to really get to know the places they visit, by exploring a wide range of areas and providing some brilliant, enriching excursions.



    Silversea Cruises’ Immersive Opportunities

    With Silversea Cruises, you can relish in local hospitality while trying new cuisines, see a variety of cultural performances, and take part in some really special excursions. Look over the incredible and mysterious Nazca lines from a small plane, discover some amazing eco-systems in the rainforest, or buy some authentic Indian spices in Cochin’s pretty markets. These are just a few of the fantastic opportunities guests can make the most of on a Silversea Cruises expedition adventure.

    Silversea Cruises’ Ships

    Many Silversea Cruises ships venture to expedition destinations, giving guests ample choice with regards to where they visit, dates, and ship. Rest assured that all vessels can be relied upon to provide outstanding standards of luxury, with great service, dining, and onboard facilities. Enjoy delicious cuisine at The Restaurant, where you will find regional specialities as well as firm favourites, before learning more about a new culture or a fascinating piece of history at a lecture, or seeing a local performance onboard.

    Browse through Silversea's expedition cruises on Silver Galapagos, Silver Explorer, and Silver Discoverer to see which fascinating destinations you could explore.

    Top 5 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

    12th August 2016

    Updated February 2017


    We take an in depth look at Brazil's passionate heart and soul. Read on for the top five things to do in Rio.


    Cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain

    The city of Rio is by far one of the most breathtaking cities in the world, where vibrant beaches meet modern architecture mixed with verdant rainforests and soaring mountains. This incredible view can only really be seen from above and the Sugarloaf Cable Car is the ultimate way to experience this.

    Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks and stands on top on this phenomenal city. The cable car is divided into two stages: the first goes from Praia Vermelha to Morro de Urca and the second from Morro da Ulca to the tip of Sugarloaf Mountain. Reaching an altitude of 528 metres, these cable cars travel at a fairly slow pace allowing you to catch every inspirational view on the way.

    The most captivating sight you will ever experience will be the Rio beaches, Dedo de Deus (God’s Finer), Rio Niteroi Bridge and the bright city that shows off it's dynamic lifestyle even from above.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Sugarloaf Mountain


    Go to a carnival

    Everyone knows about Rio Carnival. The most famous carnival in the world truly celebrates what this country is all about – dancing, fun and parties!

    Although the main carnival is held in February, if you are not lucky enough to go during this time rest assured there will be a carnival happening somewhere. In fact, Brazilians are known for having any excuse to throw a carnival party.

    I would not believe anyone who goes to a carnival in Brazil and says they didn't want to join in. From the extreme costumes, happy music and sensational dancing, nowhere else in the world could put on a show like this.

    Even if you stand on the sideline, the spirit of Carnival and the locals will entice you. Read more about the world's best festivals.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Rio Carnival



    Brazilians are known for their love of dance. Everywhere you turn, even if it’s just along the street there will be someone moving to the sounds of music. Whether first thing in the morning or in a night club, there is never a bad time to put on your dancing shoes.

    From the famous Brazilian Samba to the romantic Latin tango, these guys really know how to take control of any dance floor. You cannot stand and watch this happen around you, your trip to Rio will not be complete unless you test your dancing feet. The great thing is the locals are just as willing to teach you as they are to dance amongst themselves.

    There is a venue for every taste, from the larger nightclubs to the smaller local hangouts, dancing will play a key part of every venue.

    If you're a solo traveller and love to dance, take a look at our post about dancing options for single cruisers.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Dancing


    Participate in beach activities

    Endless beaches line the city of Rio and act as a carefree backyard to the exotic lifestyle lived here. From the small secluded beach areas to the lively Copacabana beach, a trip to Rio will have you experience 'beach life' like never before.

    From tiny bikinis, market stalls and barbecues serving local cuisine, there is no shortage of exciting things to see and do upon these lively shores. However the main thing seen here is the array of beach activities and competitions being played by both locals and tourists.

    Beach volleyball, polo and surfing are among the activities you should try when visiting these shores. If you are unsure of how to play, the locals are more than happy to show you and make you feel included.

    Fun fact: Brazillians do not take towels to the beach, the women will use their sarong to lay on and the men will use a chair. Using a towel will ensure everyone knows you are a tourist.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Beach


    Watch the sunset

    As if this city is not striking enough, as the sun sets it projects a luminous glow over every inch. The beaches will be covered in palm tree silhouettes and the mountains create giant shadows on the side of the radiant buildings. Accompanied by sounds of exotic music and cocktails being served, I would recommend you take in a sunset if nothing else.

    Although experiencing it from the top of Sugarloaf mountain is an unforgettable experience, it is just as inspiring from the beach, your hotel balcony or cruise ship.

    Most of us think of a sunset as the close of a day, however in Brazil it is often referred to as the beginning of the night. As the sun goes to bed, the bars and streets come alive with the most exciting nightlife in the world.


    Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Watch the Sunset


    Visit Rio on a cruise with these cruise lines MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Hurtigruten, Cunard, Celebrity and more.


    See cruises to Rio de Janeiro.

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