ex San Cristóbal and Baltra (Galapagos yachts and cruises, Galapagos)
Quick facts - Level: Luxury | Passengers: 16 | Duration: 7 nights | Length: 145 feet | Cruising speed: 12 knots | Operator: Quasar Expeditions
A classic motor yacht built in Southampton in 1928. She has a colourful history, previously owned by Aristotle Onassis and given to Princess Grace of Monaco as a wedding gift, and also used during WWII at Dunkirk (she even captured a German torpedo E-boat!). The yacht has an al fresco dining area, sun deck, library, bar-salon and outdoor Jacuzzi.
Experienced naturalist guides lead daily island, panga and snorkelling excursions and presentations are given on board. Grace carries kayaks that can be used at certain sites permitted by the National Park. The use of snorkelling gear and wetsuits is included. Scuba diving is offered as an additional activity on the day the yacht visits Puerto Ayora (extra cost).
9 spacious double cabins (twin and double beds), with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. 4 lower (Carolina) deck Deluxe and Premium Staterooms have portholes, and 4 upper (Albert) deck Suites and Master Suites have picture windows. They are all very comfortable, but the Master Suites, cabins A1 and A4, are slightly larger with a small sitting area. There is also 1 double cabin, the Grace Kelly Suite, on the main (Monaco) deck, which is the largest cabin on the yacht.
Grace operates a 14 night programme which is a combination of two 7 night cruises, (itinerary A) and (itinerary B).
Itinerary A - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps
Day 1 (Saturday): San Cristóbal (Kicker Rock, Isla Lobos)
Day 2: Española (Punta Suárez, Gardner Bay)
Day 3: Floreana (Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant)
Day 4: Santa Cruz (Cerro Dragón, Charles Darwin Research Centre)
Day 5: Santa Cruz (Bachas Beach), Santiago (Sombrero Chino)
Day 6: Rábida, Santiago (Sullivan Bay)
Day 7: Bartolomé (Pinnacle Rock), Seymour Norte
Day 8: Isla Mosquera, Baltra
Itinerary B - Following Darwin's Trail
Day 1 (Saturday): Baltra, Daphne
Day 2: Santa Fé, Plaza Sur
Day 3: Genovesa (Prince Philip's Steps, Darwin Bay)
Day 4: Fernandina (Punta Espinosa), Isabela (Urvina Bay)
Day 5: Isabela (Tagus Cove, Punta Vicente Roca)
Day 6: Santiago (Espumilla Beach, James Bay)
Day 7: Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Centre, Highlands)
Day 8: San Cristóbal (Interpretation Centre)
Lower (Carolina) deck cabin C3 with twin beds and port holes.
Grace Kelly Suite
The only, and largest, cabin on the main (Monaco) deck with picture windows and a double bed.
Upper (Albert) deck cabins A1 and A4 with a double bed and picture windows.
Lower (Carolina) deck cabins C1, C2 and C5 with a double bed and port holes.
Upper (Albert) deck cabins A2 and A3 with twin beds and picture windows.
|Grace 7 night cruise|
|1 Jan 2020||31 Dec 2020||7||Deluxe Stateroom||$7,200|
|Grace Kelly Suite||$9,600|
50-75% Single Supplement, depending on cabin type (not valid over Christmas and New Year).
15% discount for children 15 years and under (not applicable for low season).
Christmas and New Year weeks have a surcharge of US$700 per person.