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 - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps
Day 1 (Tuesday): Baltra, Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora and Darwin Station)
Day 2: Floreana (Highlands, Cormorant Point and Devil's Crown)
Day 3: Española (Punta Suárez, Gardner Bay and Gardner Islet)
Day 4: San Cristobal (Punta Pitt, Lobos Island and Kicker Rock)
Day 5: Santa Fe and South Plazas
Day 6: North Seymour and Bartolomé
Day 7: Chinese Hat, Santa Cruz (James Bay)
Day 8: Black Turtle Cove, Baltra
Itinerary B - Following Darwin's Trail
Day 1 (Tuesday): Baltra, Santa Cruz (Bachas Beach)
Day 2: Genovesa (Prince Philip's Steps, Darwin Bay)
Day 3: Santiago (James Bay, Espumilla Beach)
Day 4: Isabela (Punta Vicente Roca, Tagus Cove)
Day 5: Fernandina (Punta Espinosa), Isabela (Urvina Bay)
Day 6: Isabela (Elizabeth Bay, Punta Moreno)
Day 7: Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Research Centre, Highlands)
Day 8: Santa Cruz (Los Gemelos)
Lower (Carolina) deck cabins C1, C2, C3 and C5 with a double bed 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.
Upper (Albert) deck cabins A2 and A3 with twin beds and picture windows.
|Grace 7 night cruise|
|1 Jan 2020||31 Dec 2020||7||Premium Stateroom||$7,500|
|Grace Kelly Suite||$9,600|
|1 Jan 2021||31 Dec 2021||7||Premium Stateroom||$7,800|
|Grace Kelly Suite||$10,000|
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 Christmas and New Year, and maximum of 3 discounts per family).
Christmas and New Year weeks have a surcharge of US$700 per person.