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Silversea Galapagos fund

Silversea Galapagos fund

It’s one of the most delicate ecosystems on planet earth, but it’s also an increasingly popular cruise destination. The Galápagos Islands has quickly become, after Antarctica, one of the top expedition cruise destinations. Now Silversea Cruises has launched a dedicated fund that it says will help preserve the natural wonders of the archipelago. By supporting a diverse selection of projects each year, the Silversea Fund will strengthen the fragile balance between humans and nature in the Galápagos, as part of a long-term conservation strategy.

Established in partnership with Galápagos Conservancy - the only organization focused exclusively on protecting the archipelago’s unique ecosystems and biological integrity - the Silversea Fund will educate and support local communities by financing projects related to youth empowerment; education and training; science; technology; and conservation.

"The Silversea Fund for the Galápagos is a natural extension of our belief that sustainable tourism can open eyes and foster respect for our planet, particularly for such unique and diverse destinations as the Galápagos," says Fernando Delgado, vice president and general manager of Silversea Cruises Ecuador. "We will use education as a means to sustain the long-term conservation of the environment, leveraging on our strong relationships with the region’s local people. We are honoured to have Galápagos Conservancy as our administrative partner for this initiative; our guests will be excited to help protect the island's natural treasures by supporting the fund."

Replacing Silver Galápagos, which currently welcomes guests exclusively in the Galápagos Islands, Silversea’s new Silver Origin will be the most luxurious ship to ever sail the region when it launches in July 2020. The all-suite, 100-guest vessel will be designed specifically to connect travellers to this ecological time-warp like never before. Silver Origin will feature a dynamic positioning system, which will be used when the ship is located over delicate seabed ecosystems; and incorporate an in-suite freshwater purification system that converts seawater into drinking water, thus drastically reducing the use of plastic on board.

  • 9th November 2019

Gary Buchanan

Edinburgh-born Gary Buchanan has been a travel writer for over 30 years. He has been a specialist cruise writer for 25 years contributing to leading British publications including national newspapers and consumer magazines. He is the author of five books about cruising and spends over seven months every year at sea sailing the world’s oceans.