Silver Galapagos has five different suite categories. All suites are large by expedition standards, but there are no accessible suites. Every suite comes with a butler, who can provide room service, replenish mini-bars, and handle laundry and other passenger requests.
Suites embrace earth tones with creamy walls and curtains, beige leather oversized headboards and beige-and-blue carpeting. Beds are twin or queen-sized, made with posh white Pratesi linens. Desks are marble-topped with leather chairs that match headboards.
All suites have mini-bars, stocked with soft drinks and preferred wines and spirits. Local snacks, such as Ecuadorian chips, are consistently replenished. Other amenities include a radio alarm clock with iPod docking station and a 22- to 40-inch flat-screen television, based on suite category. TV channels include CNBC, Fox News, BBC and Sky News, with on-demand movies in five languages.
Closets and drawers easily hold the clothes needed for a casual weeklong voyage. (Butlers store suitcases elsewhere on the ship for more suite space, returning them on packing day.) Two short white bathrobes -- ill-fitting for tall or big passengers -- and white slippers await. A safe is inside the closet. Hair dryer, laundry (same-day service available) and shoeshine bags, shoe polisher and a sewing kit are tucked in a drawer. A Silversea flashlight keychain and Silversea engraved case stuffed with a lens-cleaning cloth are fun keepsakes. Housekeeping visits twice daily, with Ecuadorian Republica Del Cacao chocolates delivered at turndown.
All suite bathrooms have marble counters, wood floors and marble-trimmed showers with rainfall showerheads. Three-sided mirrors make grooming easy, although lighting could be brighter (but few apply much make-up here). Above- and below-counter shelving provides adequate storage space. Silver Galapagos uses organic Makinti Ecuadorian soap, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. Fragrance sticks are Ecuadorian, too, from Amazon Aroma.
The 24 entry-level Explorer Suites are located on Decks 2, 3 and 4, and mostly accommodate two people. (Six Explorer Suites on Deck 3 can accommodate three passengers via convertible sofas.) Deck 2 Explorer Suites have three portholes and run between 210 and 240 square feet. Decks 3 and 4 are 235 to 250 square feet, with three windows. All Explorer Suites have a small couch with table and chair, making relaxing, or ensuite dining, pleasurable.
Two Terrace Suites on Deck 5 are a spacious 287 square feet with large picture windows, same indoor seating as Explorer Suites, and easy access to public outdoor area with chairs and couches.
The 12 Verandah Suites on Deck 5 measure 268 square feet, including a 53-square-foot teak-trimmed private balcony, with two striped-cushioned aluminum chairs and small teak-topped table (to hold drinks and snacks). Eight Deluxe Verandah Suites on Deck 4 measure 303 square feet, including a 68-square-foot private balcony with Verandah Suite furnishings. All Verandah Suites have the couches, tables and chairs found in the lower-category suites.
Four Silver Suites on Deck 6 are 361 square feet, including a 74-square-foot private balcony with Verandah Suite furnishings. Inside, the sitting area features two buttery leather chairs, marble-topped table and convertible sofa accommodating an additional passenger. Extra Silver Suite amenities include an Illy espresso machine, sparkling wine, Pacari Ecuadorian organic chocolates and a fruit bowl. Laundry and pressing are complimentary. Butlers deliver canapes, like mini-empanadas with Ecuadorian spicy sauce, at 5:30 p.m.