I just learned about what Silversea Cruises is up to with their Expeditions division.  This is not to be confused with their original, non-expedition, fleet which is still cruising the wonderful Mediterranean and other areas around the world.
Big difference from the regular Silversea fleet
The 3 small ships carry no more than 130 guests and all excursions are included.  In 2017 Silver Cloud will join this fleet, increasing it to 4, and she’s a bit bigger at 200 guests.
Experienced guides like you’d find with other companies who have been doing this for years, like Lindblad.
Themed voyages:  bird watching, photography, culinary, wellness, diving are examples
Antarctica / 10 and 18 day voyages on Silver Cloud. And with just 200 guests she will be much more flexible than larger ships in ‘shore’ events.  Josh: This is a big difference with the competition
Galapagos / choice of 2 itineraries
Western itinerary:  more snorkeling focused, less birds, penguins
North central itinerary: more birds and more hiking
Misc Galapagos Info:
No walkers or canes but plenty of help for aging baby boomers
Landings can be dry or wet / maybe 1 to 2 feet of water.
Walks at different difficulty levels
Zodiac cruises – looks fun
Kayaking too
Two activity times per day.  Early start. Back for lunch; then out again and back for dinner at 630 or 7pm
Silver Explorer, basically circling the entire Atlantic (Antarctica / Africa (west coast)  / Europe (Portugal, France) / Scandinavian Islands / Arctic / New England / So America (east coast).
Silver Discover, circling the entire Pacific (Australia/NZ, Micronesia/Polynesia, Exotic Alaska, Russian Far East, India,
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