The Silversea Group has purchased Canodros S.A.,
an Ecuadorian tourism company that operates in the Galapagos
Islands, as well as their upmarket expedition ship, Galapagos
Silversea plans to add Galapagos Explorer II to its
fleet of six ships next year, after the all-suite, 100-guest
vessel undergoes a major refurbishment in September 2013.
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, chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre, to expand the Silversea
Expeditions 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 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 currently booked on
Galapagos Explorer II, and travel agents or tour operators with
clients booked on the ship, should continue to liaise through
their normal channels with Canodros for any needed assistance with
Silversea is expected to unveil more details concerning plans for the ship after it
is renovated and renamed, in the coming months.
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