• Grace

Grace: A deluxe luxury motor yacht, one of the finest in the Islands

Days: 8 | From: $8,500/per person

The Grace yacht offers the chance to cruise through the Galapagos on a magnificent and historic vessel that was once a wedding present for Princess Grace of Monaco. With a maximum of 16 passengers, she provides one of the best guide-to-guest ratios in the islands. The guides and cuisine are of the highest quality, and the decks and social areas are spacious and well-appointed. Excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.

  • Regular departures throughout the year
  • Available for private charter
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Vessel Information


On the Albert Deck there are 2 full beam master suites (A1 & A4) both with 1 queen bed and 2 suites (A2 & A3) with 2 twin beds that can convert to 1 queen bed. Both of these cabins have windows.

On the Carolina Deck there are 2 premium staterooms (C1 & C2) both with 1 queen bed, 1 premium twin/queen staterooms (C3) with 2 twin beds that can convert to 1 queen bed, and 1 premium full beam stateroom (C5) with a twin bed and a queen bed. All of these cabins have portholes.

On the Monaco Deck there is the Grace Kelly Suite.

All cabins have private bathrooms, individual climate controls, and ample storage space for clothing and luggage. Amenities in the private bathroom include a walk-in shower, vanity, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and hairdryers available.

Yacht Specifications

Construction: completed in 1928, retrofitted in 2007, last renovation in 2018
Type: Motor Yacht / Expeditions Vessel
Length: 145 ft. / 44 mts.
Beam: 22 ft. / 7 mts.
Engines: 8 cylinder - Twin Deutz - 500 bhp ea.
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Accommodations: 9 cabins
Crew: 9 crew members plus 2 naturalist guides (on a full ship) & 1 cruise director
Electricity: 110 volts AC / 60 Hz: 2 flat prongs
Amenities: Air Renewal System, Air conditioning throughout, TV/CD/VHS/DVD , boutique, Jacuzzi
Communications Equipment: UHF, VHF radio, Satellite Phones

Itineraries & Pricing

Beyond Darwin's Footsteps (8 days)

Arrive to Baltra / Santa Cruz Highlands

Floreana: Post Office Bay / Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown

Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay

San Cristobal: Punta Pitt / Lobos Island / Kicker Rock

Santa Fe / South Plaza

North Seymour / Bartolome

Chines Hat / Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland

Following in Darwin's Footsteps (8 days)

Arrive to Baltra / Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

Genovesa: Prince Philips Steps / Darwin Bay

Santiago: James Bay / Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer’s Cove

Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca / Tagus Cove

Espinosa Point (Fernandina) / Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno

Las Tintoreras, Sucre’s Cave, Breeding Center & Wetlands (Isabela) / cruise to Santa Cruz

Los Gemelos (Santa Cruz) / Return to Mainland


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Trip length: 8 days, every Saturday to Saturday

Max number of passengers: 16, 9 cabins

Prices 2023:

Included: All meals, guides & activities, soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea, use of snorkeling equipment & wetsuits

Not included: Park fees (about $120 per person), Galapagos airfare (about $600 per person), Holiday Surcharge ($700 per person for Christmas and New Year departures), gratuities

Grace Kelly Suite $10,900 per person

Master Suites A1 & A4 $9,650 per person

Suites A2 & A3 $9,000 per person

Premium Staterooms C1, C2, C3, & C5 $8,500 per person

Children 15 years and under receive a 15% discount (Max 3 children discounts per family, not available during Christmas and New Year departures)

Single Supplement 75% (suites, normal departure), 50% (all other cabins, normal departure), 100% (Christmas and New Year departures)

Charters: from $147,400

Reviews from this trip

5 stars
  • Our week-long cruise on board the Grace in the Galapagos was the trip of a lifetime. From the moment we landed in San Cristobal until the moment we were dropped off at Baltra, our trip was comfortable, exciting, and magical.
    Terry Waldspurger
  • We loved our guides, the trip on the Grace exceeded expectations.
    Tamerin, John and Penry-Williams Susan
  • The crew was extraordinary -- the rooms were spotless and comfortable, the food was excellent (I am a vegetarian, and the cook provided me with tasty and healthy meals each day), and the service was impeccable. We were literally treated like family.
    Terry Waldspurger
  • One of the best trips we've ever experienced. We feel we had the best ship in the islands: The Grace. Her crew was very personable and provided excellent service. The Grace is a beautiful ship and well maintained. The food was not exceptional but good. We highly recommended this trip for anyone with a specific interest in the uniqueness of The Galapagos Islands.
    John and Sally

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