Silversea Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainability

Silversea Cruises, the leading ultra-luxury expedition cruise line, has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to sustainability and conservation by achieving environmental management certification in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

In fact, Silversea classifies and sorts all waste generated onboard Silver Origin before transporting it (except organic waste) from the Galapagos Islands to the mainland for recycling or processing in accordance with government regulations, and provides a tracking document to verify its responsible movement.

Working with a local waste management company, paper, cardboard, plastic and crushed glass are transported weekly to San Cristobal for recycling, while the remaining waste is transported by sea to Guayaquil on the Ecuadorian mainland. Once in Guayaquil, it is collected and recycled or processed in accordance with environmental legislation and sustainability best practices. In addition, the waste management company uses the waste oil to fuel its incinerator.

“We are very proud to be the first tour operator to achieve environmental management certification, which represents our long-term commitment to the sustainability and conservation of the Galapagos Islands,” said Gabriela Naranjo, Vice President and General Manager of Silversea Cruises Ecuador.

These actions are part of Silversea‘s Environmental Management Plan, designed to minimize any ecological impact on the Galapagos Islands and approved by the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment. This plan is based on Silversea‘s commitment to “SEA the Future” by protecting the planet, supporting communities and accelerating innovation.


In 2019, Silversea will also launch the Silversea Fund for the Galapagos, which will support a wide range of educational and conservation projects each year to strengthen the balance between people and nature in the archipelago. In addition to contributing to this noble cause, donors to the fund will enjoy savings on Silversea voyages as the line converts guest contributions into a future cruise credit.


Silversea‘s commitment to sustainability in the Galapagos extends to the culinary offerings onboard Silver Origin. Silversea has quintupled its sourcing of local ingredients in the Galapagos in recent years, working closely with farmers and independent suppliers in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal to find long-term solutions, strengthen the local economy and support ongoing conservation efforts. Most of the protein and approximately 40 percent of the dairy products are sourced locally, as well as tomatoes, oranges, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, watermelon and more.

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Giorgia Lombardo