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The luxurious M/Y Grace, named after Princess Grace of Monaco, has a representation of elegance, beauty and prestige.

The M/Y Grace was built in the UK and named after her last owner, Princess Grace of Monaco. The name is a representation of her elegance, beauty and prestige.

She is the ideal small luxury yacht for the traveller seeking a grand nautical safari experience, complimented with excellent service and dinning. It will feel like you are sailing in your own private yacht, with a a cruise director onboard to ensure the voyage and visits ashore all go perfectly.

The yacht has spacious dining room, sitting room inside, as well as 'al fresco' dining areas, sun deck, library, bar-salon, kayaks and a jacuzzi.

She has only 9 spacious staterooms of up to 19 square meters (209 square feet) to accommodate up to 18 guests. All staterooms feature private bathrooms, individual climate controls, safe boxes, telephones and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Bathrooms have luxury amenities, hair dryers and ample space to store toiletries.

Upper deck: 2 Master Suites (A1 & A4) with queen size bed, and 2 suites (A2 & A3) with twin beds, all with picture windows.

Lower deck - 5 Staterooms with porthole windows. 3 cabins (C1, C2 & C5) with a queen size and 2 cabins (C3 & C4) with twin beds. 

 

Grace
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  • Following Darwin's Trail

    7 Nights

    grace darwins footsteps route

    Saturday to Saturday

    Day 1 - Arrival and Daphne Minor

    The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos is approximately 1 ½ hours. On arrival at Baltra airport, guides will meet you and transfer you via motorised dinghy, called 'Pangas', to the M/Y Grace. Enjoy a relaxed lunch and settle into your stateroom. We set sail for Daphne Minor, located off the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. The M/Y Grace has special permission to sail in this coastal area, enabling wonderful sightings including blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds and short-eared owls.


    Day 2 - Santa Fe and South Plaza Islands

    This morning we visit Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago, and to some of the best snorkelling - with its crystal clear waters. Certainly one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions and get a glimpse of the Galapagos white-tipped Shark. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus. In the afternoon we visit South Plaza Island and its land iguanas wandering through bright red carpet weed. We will see swallow tailed gulls nesting around the overhang tops and red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and shearwaters flying with dancing displays. 

    Day 3 - Tower Island

    After breakfast, we explore Prince Phillip's Steps (named after Prince Philip in after a visit here in 1964) a steep path that leads through a seabird colony full of life, up to cliffs that are 25 metres (82 feet) high. At the top, the trail continues inland, passing more seabird colonies in a thin palo santo forest. After lunch, we explore Tower Island further landing on the white coral sands of Darwin Bay. Walking up the beach, you will be surrounded by friendly frigate birds, herons, iguanas, lizards and other species that make this beautiful place their home. We explore the cliffs from the coast in a fascinating guided journey on a panga. And as we return to the M/Y Grace, we might spot a manta ray.

    Day 4 - Fernandina and Isabela

    Today we visit Fernandina Island, home to the still active La Cumbre volcano. We visit Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flightless cormorants, herons, egrets and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity. After lunch, we explore  Urbina Bay, directly west of Isabela's Volcano Alcedo, where we will make an easy, wet landing. We walk on a stretch of the three miles of marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet (4 meters) out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkelling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on shore. 

    Day 5 - Isabela Island

    Morning visit to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. In the afternoon we head north to Punta Vicente Roca. Snorkelling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. We will have a chance to see colourful fish, sea lions, penguins and sea turtles in the water. This is also a great spot to take an interesting panga ride to spot wildlife along the shores. 

    Day 6 - Santiago Island

    This morning we explore Espumilla Beach on the northwest shore of Santiago Island. We explore the mangrove and lagoon where we observe flocks of pink flamingoes. We continue to Buccaneer Cove, where an audience of hundreds of seabirds look down on the gallery from the surrounding cliffs. After lunch, we visit nearby James Bay on Santiago Island, where we land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos formed of broken lava tubes, which are home to sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas and tropical fish. Snorkelling in the late afternoon to at one of the best sites on the islands to see Green Sea Turtles and Galapagos Penguins swimming. 

    Day 7 - Charles Darwin Research Station and Wild Tortoise Reserve

    We arrive Santa Cruz, the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic centre of the Islands. In the morning we visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. In the afternoon we explore the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Wild Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these incredible animals in their natural habitat.

    Day 8 - San Cristobal

    Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before we bid farewell to the M/Y Grace we visit the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre that presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands' natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna. From the centre, a short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both "magnificent-frigates" and "great-frigates" can be seen in the same colony. Next we return to the airport where we began our journey in the Galapagos for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. 

     

  • Beyond Darwin's Footsteps

    7 Nights

    grace san cristobal route

    Saturday to Saturday

    Day 1 - Lobos Island

    The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos is approximately 1 ½ hours arriving at San Cristobal airport. M/Y Grace guides will meet you, collect your luggage and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbour. A motorised dinghy, called 'Pangas' will transport you to the M/Y Grace. After a welcome briefing and light lunch, we visit the tiny Lobos Island, across a small channel off the coast of San Cristobal Island. It lives up to its name of Sea Lion Island, with its noisy population of frolicking and barking beasts. This is your first chance to share the water with a playful colony of the "wolves of the sea". From Lobos we head to Kicker Rock, a spectacular rock formation that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific. It takes the form of a sleeping lion, but from another angle you can see that the rock is split, forming a colossal tablet and, piercing the sea, a great chisel ready for etching. After this visit you have time for a shower as we get ready for our welcome cocktail and our first formal briefing before dinner. 

    Day 2 - Española Island

    This morning we visit Española Island is the southernmost island of the archipelago, one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabit the island. We visit Punta Suarez where you will witness the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos, masked boobies and blue footed boobies nesting along the cliff's edge, as well as the famous waved albatross. In the afternoon we visit Gardner Bay, a magnificent long white sandy beach, where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. 

    Day 3 - Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point, Floreana Island

    Floreana Island has had a colourful history: pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists - a Baroness among them - who chose a Robinson Crusoe existence that ended in mystery and death. We visit Post Office Bay, where in 1793 British whalers set up a barrel as the island's Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues to this day, simply by dropping a post card into the barrel without a stamp. Late morning hike to the Asylum of Peace, the site of an artesian spring, one of the few year-round sources of fresh water in the Galapagos. In the afternoon, we visit Cormorant Point which offers two highly contrasting beaches; a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts and other wading birds. In the late afternoon we head to the tiny islet known as Champion, considered one of the top snorkelling sites the Galapagos and offers prime underwater sea lion interactions. 

    Day 4 - Charles Darwin Research Station and Santa Cruz Highlands

    Arrive at Puerto Ayora, home to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we visit the giant tortoise rearing and breading programme which has restored the population of giant tortoises to over 1000 today, a wonderful achievement. In the afternoon we are off to the Highlands of Santa Cruz, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Wild Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these animals in the wild, walk through lava tubes and see the Gemelos, twin collapsed craters. We return to Puerto Ayora with time for some shopping.

    Day 5 - Las Bachas Beach and Chinese Hat Islet

    In the morning we visit Las Bachas, a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos. In the afternoon we head north to lesser-visited Chinese Hat Islet, named for the resemblance its shape has to a traditional Chinese Coolie's hat. Our landing site is a tiny crescent shaped cove with sandy white beach cradled between black lava rocks and the crystal turquoise waters of the channel. A sea lion colony likes to rest on the warm white sands, while the rockier sections of the coast are alive with fiery coloured sally lightfoot crabs. Marine iguanas sun themselves atop the rocks after foraging for algae in the channel. 

    Day 6 - Raibida red beach and Santiago

    Rabida Island, also commonly known by its English name of Jervis Island, is known for its unique reddish-maroon terrain as a result of the oxidation of lava. It is home to large populations of sea lions, pelicans, flamingoes, as well as a thick forest of Palo Santo trees. A yellow saltwater lagoon is found behind the reddish beach, where vast numbers of brightly coloured pink flamingoes can be seen lazying around male sea lions that have been ousted from their groups. Late morning snorkelling opportunity along the rocks with sea lions and tropical fish. In the afternoon we visit Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkelling with playful sea lions off two small beaches. 

    Day 7 - Bartolome and North Seymour Islands

    This morning we visit Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, where we will see Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. We will also hike a trail to Bartolome's summit where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and our beach, where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle your yacht. 

    After lunch, we explore North Seymour, a good nesting site for frigate birds and Blue-footed boobies. The Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. This island is teaming with life! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom. 

    Day 8 - Black Turtle Cove and return to the mainland

    Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before we bid farewell to the M/Y Grace we visit Black Turtle Cove, on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island. The area is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. We explore by dinghy observing white-tipped reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. The cove has been declared a 'turtle sanctuary' and is a wonderful way to end our week's journey of discovery in the Galapagos. We continue to Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. 

     

Grace
Useful Information

Boat Description

The Grace offers opulent accommodation to match her prestigious past. You'll be living in high style during your cruise, enjoying the facilities, fine food and shore excursions.

The 9 staterooms combine the style of a bygone era with modern comforts such as individual climate control, safe and telephone. 

You'll mix with fellow travellers in the dining room and lounge, as you relax into your elegant surroundings and start to feel at home. Grace has an attractive sun deck where you'll find inviting easy chairs beckoning and a barman at your beck and call for that refreshing drink. A separate deck area at the front of the boat has deck chairs and a jacuzzi.  Fine dining is served in the elegant dining room. You can choose to eat indoors or out, as you prefer.

The daily shore excursion programme is delivered by 2 on board expert naturalist guides, with a maximum of 9 guests to each guide.

What's included:

  • Full board accommodation in your chosen cabin.
  • All shore excursions.
  • Transfers to/from the ship in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Non alcoholic drinks throughout the cruise.
  • Complementary use of snorkelling gear, wet suits and sea kayaks.
  • Air conditioning throughout the ship.

Technical information:

  • Length - 44 metres.
  • Beam - 7 metres.
  • Engines - 8 cylinder, twin Duetz 500 bhp ea.
  • Generaters - 75kw ea.
  • Builder - Camper & Nicholsons, England.
  • Cruising speed - 12 knots.
  • Crew - 9 crew members,, plus 2 naturalist guides and a cruise director.
  • Navigation equipment - 72 mile Furuno Radar 19-53 CBB Navnet, Furuno GPS satellite navigator system, Furuno Depth Sounder, Simrad HS50 Electronic Girocompass, speed and distance log, compasses, barometers, forward looking echo sounder.
  • Safety equipment -EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 2 x 16 person open sea life rafts, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishing system, and sprinkler system throughout the vessel. Safety Onboard equipment on board either meets or exceeds USA Coast Guard regulations.
  • Communications equipment - UHF, VHF radio, Satellite Phones.
  • Electricity - 110 volts AC / 60 Hz: 2 flat prongs.

 

Deck plan and staterooms

The M/Y Grace has only 9 spacious staterooms of up to 19 square meters (209 square feet) to accommodate up to 18 guests. All staterooms feature private bathrooms, individual climate controls, safe boxes, telephones and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. Bathrooms have luxury amenities, hair dryers and ample space to store toiletries.

Upper deck: 2 Master Suites (A1 & A4) with queen size bed, and 2 suites (A2 & A3) with twin beds, all with picture windows.

Lower deck - 5 Staterooms with porthole windows. 3 cabins (C1, C2 & C5) with a queen size and 2 cabins (C3 & C4) with twin beds. 

Example lower deck stateroom

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