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A New Cruise Ship Is Redefining Luxury in the Galápagos

For $24,000 a week, you can sail Darwin’s laboratory in style.

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Illustration: Lia Kantrowitz for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Somewhere between spotting blue-footed boobies off the island of Santiago and kayaking with sea turtles through the mangroves of Floreana, travelers on the 100-passenger Silver Origin were telling me the things they’d asked their butlers to do.

Among the requests: rearranging a suite for a private cocktail party, delivering ingredients for do-it-yourself Negronis, whisking away bathing suits to be washed and dried, and standing by the hot tub to fill Champagne flutes. It wasn’t the standard shipboard conversation in the rugged Galápagos Islands.