Grace: A deluxe luxury motor yacht, one of the finest in the Islands
Days: 8 | From: $7,500/per person
The Grace offers the chance to cruise through the Galapagos on an exceptionally beautiful and historic vessel that was once a wedding present for Princess Grace of Monaco. With a maximum of 18 passengers, she provides one of the best guide-to-guest ratios in the islands. The guides and cuisine are of the highest quality, and 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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We tailor itineraries to your dates and interests, adjusting ships, excursions and length as desired.
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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, 2 premium twin/queen staterooms (C3 & C4) both 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.
All cabins have private bathrooms, individual climate controls and ample storage space for clothing and luggage. Amenities in the private bathroom include walk-in shower, vanity, shampoo, conditioner, soap and hair dryers available.
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
Itinerary A (8 days)
Arrive to Baltra / Daphne Island
Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island
Tower Island: Prince Phillip’s Steps / Darwin Bay
Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) / Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Isabela: Tagus Cove / Punta Vicente Roca
Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach or Buccanneer’s Cove / James Bay
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Center / Highlands
San Cristobal: Interpretation Center
Itinerary B (8 days)
San Cristobal: Lobos & Kicker Rock
Espanola: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Floreana: Post Office Bay / Cormorant Point
Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill / Highlands Tortoise Reserve
Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach / Chinese Hat Islet
Rabida Island / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Bartolome / North Seymour
Mosquera Islet / Baltra
Beyond Darwin's Footsteps (8 days) - From June 2, 2020 onward
Arrive to Baltra / Santa Cruz Highlands
Floreana: Peace Asylum / 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 / Santiago
Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) / Baltra
Following in Darwin's Footsteps (8 days) - From June 2, 2020 onward
Arrive to Baltra / Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Genovesa: Prince Philips Steps / Darwin Bay
Santiago: James Bay / Espumilla Beach
Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca / Tagus Cove
Espinosa Point (Fernandina) / Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
Los Gemelos (Santa Cruz) / Baltra
Displayed itineraries are just summaries. Our travel specialists will help you select the best cruise based on your interests, timing and budget.
Trip length: 8 days, every Saturday to Saturday
Max number of passengers: 16, 9 cabins
Included: All meals, guides & activities, soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea, use of snorkeling equipment & wet suits
Not included: Park fees (about $120 per person), Galapagos airfare (about $530 per person), Holiday Surcharge ($700 per person for Christmas and New Year departures), gratuities
Grace Kelly Suite $9,600 per person
Master Suites A1 & A4 $8,500 per person
Suites A2 & A3 $8,000 per person
Premium Staterooms C1, C2, C3, & C5 $7,500 per person
Children 15 years and under receive a 15% discount (3 children discounts per family, not available during Fall Season)
Single Supplement 75% (suites, normal departure), 50% (all other cabins, normal departure), 100% (Christmas and New Year departures)
Charters: from $124,000
Reviews from this trip
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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