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We selected this trip with expectations of seeing wildlife that we'd never seen before and weren't disappointed. The 8 naturalists aboard were all top notch and provided excellent commentary on each of the shore excursions. The excursion logistics were handled smoothly and efficiently. The 100-passenger limit and very limited public space on the ship lets you know there won't be a lot going on in the evenings, but the lone musician was versatile and accomplished from sonatas on the piano in the afternoon to macarena during lunch at the grill. It is an excursion cruise not a regular cruise. We had not counted on the number of young children on board. The parents apparently thought because they were on vacation it was someone else's responsibility to supervise their kids, who ran wild all over the small ship. One afternoon during happy hour a group of the children commandeered the bar lounge for a birthday party. We couldn't even find solace for drink and conversation outside because they ran rampant squealing and shrieking and bouncing balloons outside along the rails. While the food was generally very good -- a high concentration of excellent shrimp, octopus, calamari, and various fish presented in a number of differernt ways as well as local Ecuadorian dishes -- the wines were disappointing, especially given the high quality of wines now available from nearby Argentina and Chile. Little thought appeared to be given to pairing a particular wine with the food, and the quality was lacking overall. Some of the waiters' knowledge of the wines offered extended to no more than white or red. No one on the wait staff identified himself (an all male crew) as a sommelier. One night's feature of Italian wines was the only bright spot. The wait staff during lunch at the grill was consistently short-handed and unable to deal with the number of guests. All the wait staff, however, demonstrated an eagerness to please.

Great excursions to see wild life but on-board life needs some work

Silver Galapagos Cruise Review by sstrick56

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Explorer Suite
We selected this trip with expectations of seeing wildlife that we'd never seen before and weren't disappointed. The 8 naturalists aboard were all top notch and provided excellent commentary on each of the shore excursions. The excursion logistics were handled smoothly and efficiently.

The 100-passenger limit and very limited public space on the ship lets you know there won't be a lot going on in the evenings, but the lone musician was versatile and accomplished from sonatas on the piano in the afternoon to macarena during lunch at the grill. It is an excursion cruise not a regular cruise.

We had not counted on the number of young children on board. The parents apparently thought because they were on vacation it was someone else's responsibility to supervise their kids, who ran wild all over the small ship. One afternoon during happy hour a group of the children commandeered the bar lounge for a birthday party. We couldn't even find solace for drink and conversation outside because they ran rampant squealing and shrieking and bouncing balloons outside along the rails.

While the food was generally very good -- a high concentration of excellent shrimp, octopus, calamari, and various fish presented in a number of differernt ways as well as local Ecuadorian dishes -- the wines were disappointing, especially given the high quality of wines now available from nearby Argentina and Chile. Little thought appeared to be given to pairing a particular wine with the food, and the quality was lacking overall. Some of the waiters' knowledge of the wines offered extended to no more than white or red. No one on the wait staff identified himself (an all male crew) as a sommelier. One night's feature of Italian wines was the only bright spot. The wait staff during lunch at the grill was consistently short-handed and unable to deal with the number of guests. All the wait staff, however, demonstrated an eagerness to please.
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Cabin Review

Explorer Suite
Cabin ES 342
Our cabin came with windows that looked out over the third deck level. We didn't realize that people coming up the exterior stairs of the ship would look right into our cabin. As a result, we had to keep our shades closed all trip for privacy. The finish of our cabin needs a face lift. Our bath area showed wear and tear, particularly in the shower where rust was evident. We had two stewards who kept our cabin very clean and were responsive to any requests.
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