We met Elaine and Larry at the airport as scheduled, boarded our cruise ship the National Geographic Islander, and are now underway to our first hiking destination. First thing, we had a briefing and a low-key disaster drill with life jackets. Lunch was delicious. The ship has satellite access to the internet.
Our final evaluation of the Hotel Silberstein on Santa Cruz island is that they delivered everything they promised, from the airport pick-up to the final guide who took us back to meet the cruise ship reps. It's a pleasant hotel, clean, with good food and a nice atmosphere. The staff are all very helpful.