M/Y "Reina Silvia", one of the finest vessels of her size in the Galapagos, permits you to discover the Enchanted Islands in relaxed comfort.
Since Charles Darwin's visit in 1835 and his monumental "Origin Of Species" published 24 years later, Galapagos has excited man's imagination. On this isolated group of islands, the flora and fauna, adapting to diverse conditions, evolved into species found nowhere else in the world. Their uniqueness, and especially the variations from island to island, can be clearly witnessed, making Darwin's Theory obvious even to the amateur.
Today, the islands are still nature's laboratory of evolution where the animal's lack of fear rewards the visitor with a feeling of being part of nature itself. To keep Galapagos in as natural a state as possible, the Ecuadorian Government, in 1959, declared the Archipelago a national park. The Charles Darwin Research Station was inaugurated five years later. Today, the National Park Service supervises and strictly controls all activities within the Galapagos National Park.

Named after H. M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, with gracious permission, "Reina Silvia" operates carefully arranged cruises in the Galapagos Archipelago. Built by Lydia Inc. of Stuart, Florida, USA, "Reina Silvia" is 90 feet long.
She was redesigned to create a pleasant atmosphere for groups of 12 to 16 distinguished passengers. With a highly trained crew of eight, including a multilingual naturalist guide, accommodates her guests in six staterooms. Two staterooms are doubles which can be configured with either two twin beds or one king-sized bed. The four additional staterooms are furnished with two lower beds, which can be configured as twins or king, and one Pullman-style bed. They will be considered doubles and used as triples only upon request. All staterooms have en suite facilities, including shower, lavatory and vanity.

The yacht is fully air-conditioned and features up-to-date security, navigational and communications equipment, including satellite telephony. From the well-equipped galley an excellent cuisine is offered in the spacious dining room. This area and the top deck lounge are used for lectures and conferences.
The yacht has a swimming/diving platform aft and an extended bow pulpit for whale and dolphin watching. A desalination plant provides all the freshwater needed. M/Y 's cruising speed of 10 knots allows her to follow a splendid itinerary, visiting the most interesting places on the islands during a one or two week cruise.
"Reina Silvia" is owned by Rolf D. Sievers and family, long-time residents of Galapagos and pioneers as organizers of cruises. Their entire operation is managed in accordance with International Safety Management (ISM) procedures.